The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, is a fantastic place to gather and relax with family: there’s delicious food, swimming, a spa, golf, and beautiful architecture to admire everywhere you walk. (I still daydream about the blackberries I had at their breakfast buffet about a decade ago!) These things make it the perfect place to hold a family reunion, vacation, or anniversary weekend. Harrison and Gail did just that, celebrating their 5oth wedding anniversary in style at the historic resort. And what better occasion to dress up and have family portraits made? These photos make me smile every time I look at them. True love and laughter, fifty years on, is just inspiring to witness and an honor to photograph.
Baby Finlay has the good fortune of having not one, but TWO amazing older sisters. We took plenty of photos of Finlay with her mom and dad and on her own, but in this session, it’s the photos of her with her sisters that really spoke to me.
When I think of the ideal lifestyle newborn photography session, this is one I picture. Little Rhydian was born last winter into a colorful home with two active brothers. I was in love with the place as soon as I walked in. They live near a creek, with chickens. There were drawings taped to the walls and pictures on the fridge. There were colorful furniture items collected over time, each with a story. A basket étagère hanging by the kitchen window. Toy trains and handmade blankets. Color and texture and character all around. And his family itself: they were relaxed and caring and funny, with the brothers running around barefooted and in costume, excited to show me their favorite toys and their brand new baby.
Sometimes you get lucky and are there to capture it all: engagement, wedding, pregnancy, and baby. I have loved working with Taylor and Kevin over the years and was so honored to be the one to photograph their little James last spring. He was so quiet and calm, the session was unusually easy and I kind of hated to leave!
I met baby Tessa last winter, and spent a cozy morning at her house with her mom, dad, big brother, and dog. (I loved that dog.) She wasn’t very interested in modeling solo, but that’s okay. When I think back about my own children at this age, I don’t remember what they looked like clearly. Yes, I remember a handful of outfits, and I remember wearing a burp cloth most of the day, and I remember how we were never quite sure what color their hair was going to be. But what I remember most of all is how it felt to sit down in a quiet room and nurse them, how their soft little bodies nestled into mine, how it was “even better than a puppy,” as I told my mother at the time. And that’s what I hope these photos capture for Tessa’s family. A feeling, a moment in time, a squishy little warm baby that by now is probably smiling and laughing and crawling about, ready to take on the world herself. If you’re expecting a baby soon, let’s chat. I’d love to work with you. You can contact me here. SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave […]