It’s not easy to photograph 31 people in a single session (especially including toddlers!), but Heather Starr Photography and I used teamwork to take on the challenge.
Last week, I said “see you later” to some wonderful family friends, who are relocating to Virginia. They are important in so many ways, but it is significant that they are actually the very FIRST family I ever photographed on the beach at the Hotel del Coronado – way back in November of 2009, when I was just getting started in photography. Looking back, it seems I haven’t changed much . . . still drenching my clients seven years later! THEY have changed, though! Their tiny boys are big kids now, and their 6-year-old girl is now a beautiful teen! They have been through some things in the last seven years, but Keri’s joyful, optimistic personality and Mike’s faithful love for and devotion to his family have made them stronger and able to tackle this next chapter in their lives with excitement and enthusiasm. I’m so glad I had this chance to see Keri, Mike, Rylee, Zach, and Colby again and make some special images of them enjoying one of their favorite spots in San Diego. As they reach their new home in Virginia today, my thoughts and prayers are with them for many wonderful new adventures.
When it comes to portrait photography, sometimes the dads are a little . . . hesitant. Sometimes they think they’ll be done before the kids are. Sometimes they don’t like getting their good pants wet, and sometimes they are just doing it because their wife promised them a nice dinner after.
But mostly not. There’s something about the beach, in particular, that brings out the best in a dad – sometimes even against their will. Looking back at this last year’s sessions, it is so much fun to see the many ways dads connect with their kids. Happy Father’s Day to the new dads and experienced dads, young dads and older dads, dads to newly-adopted kiddos and newborns and special needs kids and toddlers and teens . . . and to the wonderful grandfathers out there, too. May your day be filled with happy memories like these.
And to these dads who are especially special to me. 🙂