After photographing their Bar Harbor Club wedding, I started meeting with Mallory, Chris, and their family for summer portraits in Sargentville, Maine. They try to gather there at the same time every July. I usually head down and photograph whoever happened to make it that year. Unfortunately, Covid made it impossible for them to come up last year. I met up with them for the first time in two years this past July. They’d welcomed a son in that time who was already over a year old. It felt strange and exciting to be meeting such an established member of the family for the first time!
I only photograph family sessions for past wedding clients because there is minimal posing involved in my sessions. Our wedding clients know we prefer the spontaneous, candid moments on the wedding day, which carries over into my family sessions. In addition, they know my style, so it’s fun to show up and see what happens. Poor Parker had to be woken up from a nap when I arrived. Eloise was in the funniest mood—she didn’t want to be in photos, but she also didn’t wish to be left out. So, we let her run wild and pop in and out of pictures as she pleased. I love seeing the personalities of little kids shine through. I’m a huge fan of documenting them in whatever stage they’re currently in. So often, families get upset if their kids aren’t willing to sit perfectly still and smile for the camera, but not this family. I think Mallory said, “if there’s one good one of them, I’m happy.”
I think the fun photos that might not be perfect will be the ones pointed out in albums and laughed about down the road. I’m all about letting kids be kids.
Here are some of my favorites from our time together.