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!
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!