It’s an amazing thing when your profession helps reconnect you to childhood friends. Jessica and I were best friends in elementary school. However, we grew up and grew a part in high school. I’m not sure if there’s any particular reason why, since it’s been 15 years. I think you grow old and stop thinking about those things. What matters today is that I got to photograph her beautiful family and see how energetic her kids are and the love they have for them!
They are the perfect family, beautiful red headed children (I’m a little partial because of my own red head) and the perfect number, one boy and one girl. I never really witnessed the brother and sister fight. They were so very sweet to each other. A testament to their parenting skills. They look like they always are having so much fun together, which is evident in their photo shoot.
We began the shoot at Folsom Lake (obviously the weather was a little warmer then) and drove to their house after. Their boy was my muse for the shoot. He was so energetic and happy to be outside. Like boys do, he loved to throw rocks, splash his mom and dad and show his little sister how things were done.
Their little girl was so different in mannerisms than what I am used to. She was so calm and focused on what she wanted to do, barely needing entertainment. She squatted in the water scooping sand and water into her bucket for almost the whole time we were there.
We went back to their house where they had dinner, bath and bedtime. I know it seems awkward to have someone take pictures during dinner and intimate evening moments, but these moments are the most amazing between family members. These are the moments that happen everyday, that we tend to forget over time and forget the moments of joy we experience everyday as parents. Sometimes we're too focused on the negative of everyday and not all the things that went right. I’m so glad Jessica recognizes this and was willing to let me into her home to photograph all the things that went right that day.