One of my favorite ways to photograph a family is in a This Season session. This style of photographing results in tons of details, variation, and a series of photos that in traditional portraiture are eliminated to show the “just right” moments.
This Spring I drove a couple of hours to visit a family I have been photographing for a few years to photograph them at their new home. Since I had seen them, they had a new baby, a new home, and big brother had grown up so much. They are in the thick of rock piles and squishy baby legs, singing the ABCs and soft-fluffy animals, and decorating a new house (with tons of PLP photos!). Their new home is near a special grandma who loves to snuggle her grandbabies, and that is certainly part of this season to share.
One of the special parts of a This Season session to me is that we can include so many of the moment we might otherwise neglect, like those quiet moments when a toddler is feeling shy and needs some comfort from loving parents.
These are tender, special moments, which for a parent are precious memories, and for children help them view their preciousness in strong imagery. These send powerful messages to our children about their worth.
Having photographs of details and moments are such a gift as we have them to look back on and remind us of little things so quickly forgotten.