family of 4

one hour with family of 4 at bamford park | davie family photographer

I met this beautiful, recently-turned family of 4 for a quick mini session in Davie, at Bamford Sports Complex - right down the road from where I grew up.  Now although the entire sports complex of endless baseball & soccer fields didn't exist when I was a kid, we found ourselves in a nice shady spot in front of the original (& unchanged) community center, where I remember taking dance classes & swimming lessons many moons ago.  There is something refreshing about finding myself shooting photos for local families in the very area where I was raised.  Pine Island Park was very welcoming & quiet - a nice change from the overcrowded parks I've been shooting at, where there is a photography session every 100ft.  I don't know how I've gotten so lucky with so many adorable kids to photograph, but they sure make my job easy!

Family of 4 Holiday Photos | North Beach Park Hollywood

I love my annual check in with this family... And considering Jordan (who is now 5) has been taking part in these photo sessions since he was just 13 months old, he definitely knows the drill (he even directed the 2nd photo in this gallery - wanting to pose in the background of his sister).  We met at North Beach Park in Hollywood this year, which gave us great places to "explore" (& play find-the-grills) before ending up on the beach.  There was no doubt Jordan was going to be first in the water - It gave our family photo session a trash-the-dress-esque edge.  Ha.  Had a great time as always - love watching these two grow up!

Family of 4 Photo Session | Colee Hammock Park Photography

When its my first time meeting (& photographing) a family, I always do my best to explain my creative process a bit in the beginning.  It starts simple... "just be yourself", "engage with each other", "pretend I'm not here"... but after this past Sunday, I think Melissa & Josh might tell you it sounds much easier than it actually is.  I'm sure when they arrived at Colee Hammock Park Photo Sessions in Fort Lauderdale for family photos, they were probably not expecting to get a full workout complete with running, lifting, throwing, etc.  But good news... I don't charge extra for the unexpected calorie burn! ;)  I had such a blast with these girls, covering every inch of the waterfront park... pulling those natural smiles out from behind those shy, hiding faces I first met.  It was great to meet you all - I hope you enjoy the photos... full gallery coming soon!