On Sunday, I met up with the “B” family at Joyner Park in Wake Forest for family portraits. It was a beautiful afternoon and the park was full of other families and photographers. Clearly, brilliant minds think alike! A fun fact about this family is that I went to high school with both Travis and Stacey. Travis and I graduated in the same class; Stacey was a year behind us. As we were walking up to our first spot, Travis mentioned that we haven’t seen one another since high school. I replied that we’re definitely not young anymore…and he said something about gray hair. I laughed and told him to speak for himself! My mom and grandmother always told me that you never have to go gray if you have a good hair stylist. I digress. Years later…and these two have gotten married and now have two handsome boys. Finley is 4 years old and Henry is almost 1. One look at them and you know exactly who they favor. Stacey and I have been talking about this photo shoot for months it seems…it may have even been over a year before Henry came along. So, you know how excited I was to finally photograph these guys. I don’t know about other photographers, but I often scroll through Facebook and think “I would just LOVE to photograph that child.” I remember thinking that when I first saw Finley. This boy could easily be a model. Handsome and takes direction – a photographer’s dream. Don’t get me wrong, Henry will be the same way…but he probably won’t take much direction for a few years. However, he was happy to show me his Orangutan moves. He also gave me sweet cuddles. There were a few times that he got upset and allowed me to hold him. All the little boys in my life give me this special treatment. Felicity does too, but man…it is oh so sweet when a little boy hugs your neck or lays on your shoulder. LOVE IT! Towards the end of our session, as the sun was setting, the boys needed a break from the camera so I took the opportunity to photograph Travis and Stacey together. Still in love after all these years. After a few quick photos with Mom and Dad, the boys were back in front of the camera. Stacey wanted to make sure that Mommy and Daddy had some one-on-one time with each of the boys…and I thought it was a great idea. Finley loved giving kisses. In fact, long after I got “the shot” he was still kissing his mommy. Meanwhile, Henry loved gazing at his mama while they played on the grass. And we ended our afternoon with a little rough-housing. Travis tells me that nearly every night, they wrestle on the floor a bit, so it seemed only fitting to capture that. Boys will be boys, but if I ever have a little boy half as sweet as these – I will be one lucky mama. Thanks Travis, Stacey, Finley and Henry for meeting up with me this weekend. You guys were amazing and I hope to work with you all again soon!
Boys Will Be Boys: “B” Family Portrait Preview