June 25, 2012

Beautiful Life. Orange County Family Photography

This is quite possibly my longest post ever. And here's why: this photography session epitomizes everything I *love* about photography. Pictures can freeze time. Pictures can tell stories. Pictures can show you what your life looks like. Pictures can help you remember precious moments forever. Pictures can memorialize stuff & details that might not be heart-warming at the moment, but will be 20 years down the road. Let me explain ...

But first, let me introduce the H Family. They trusted me to do my "lifestyle" thing. When we discussed the all-important "what-to-wear" question, I answered that I would love for them to wear what they loved. This, of course, concerned Mom H, because Son was going to want to wear his beloved (and bedraggled & stained) soccer jersey - the same jersey he likes to wear to bed and wake up to wear the next day. Remember those details that aren't precious now but will be in a couple decades? Soccer Son wore his jersey ;-). And his sneakers, not sandals. Never sandals. Because he must always be ready to kick a soccer ball wherever he may find himself.

The "location-to-shoot" question was a no-brainer. The H Family loves the beach. So off to the beach we went. But not with picnic food or family quilts or fill-in-the-blank-stylized-options. Because the H Family doesn't *eat* at the beach; they *play* at the beach. They *read* at the beach. (And might I mention, Darling Daughter has a pretty sophisticated literary palate: Jane Eyre, Mere Christianity, Collected Poems of T.S. Eliot - wowzers)! They *hang out and talk* at the beach and *surf & boogie-board* at the beach. Those are the real-life, authentic details we set out to capture.

And thus we did. Capture, that is. Behold: a lovely family. On a glowy, gorgeous evening. Going to the beach. Hauling gear down the trail. Setting up camp. Playing, laughing, reading, talking, surfing, snuggling. Breaking down camp. Hiking back up. Garage - to beach - back to garage: here's the story in pictures ...



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H Family - I adore you guys! Thank you for trusting me to do my thing. Thank you for not being afraid to be yourselves. Yours is a Beautiful Life, indeed.

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12 comments:

stacey said...

Susan. Susan. Susan. These are so wonderful!! Ack! You captured their day perfectly. What a beautiful family and what beautiful memories you froze for them. Isn't it wonderful when you have clients that trust you to do your thing? They make for the most magical sessions like you have here. ADORE!!

Tracy P. said...

Hmm, looks like a family the Kellers would enjoy hanging out with. :-) I love this. I need to get a job so I can hire someone to do this for us.

Michelle said...

This session is perfection. It makes me think of our beach days in Oregon. You captured the flowing, easy nature of it perfectly. I love these. And what a beautiful family. Those kids are gorgeous! Wow!!

p.s. I'm a huge fan of having the boy wear his soccer jersey. You nailed it. It's the things that are so much a part of our daily lives that we think will always be there and don't think to remember. By doing the session in that jersey these images will mean even more to mom and dad down the line.

Bethany said...

Susan, I love seeing you do your lifestyle thing! Such an amazing collection that this family will cherish years and years down the road. Great job!

Rebekah said...

Oh, Susan! I hope you are SO proud of these pictures! They brought tears to my eyes and I will never meet these people! Just an amazing gift God has given you - thank you for using it.

Caseybumpinalong said...

Wow! Beautiful captures of a beautiful family enjoying a beautiful day! Amazing job!

Tracey said...

Wonderful story Susan! What a gift you gave them! This makes me want to be at the beach right now. :)

Andrea said...

Magical session! Beautiful! Makes me wish I was at the beach. And the daughter has the most gorgeous curly hair I have every seen.
Well done!

Anita Johnson said...

I agree with all above...beautiful!

Eva said...

LOVE this!

I feel like I was there....

Life with Kaishon said...

I didn't want the slideshow to end! I wanted to see their tuck ins. Their wake up. Their breakfast. Everything. This family has so much love. You captured them perfectly. As always. Amazing.

Leslie said...

this session is beyond words lovely, and you shine behind the camera in it. This is seriously my favorite session of yours, the mom and daughter under the umbrella, the brother sister with boards, all of it. I really love it. You capture life well friend, real not filtered life.