There are really no great words I can provide to explain this family. I have had the pleasure of working with them twice now, and hope to work with them more for years to come. I mean honestly, I should just let the photographs and images speak for themselves, but I will try and add a bit here. 

When Maureen reached out to me, she told me her story. How excited their family was to be expecting this baby. I admit, I was a bit nervous. Coming from a blended family, having my own...I know that blended families can be a challenge to photograph. It isn't always easy. Kids and adults alike are already a bit awkward and unsure in front of the camera. Add in kids who were not small toddlers or children that would fall for my silly jokes...and there was a bit of anxiety on my end. How was I going to get everyone to relax and be close and show love and emotion? 

We headed out to a field in Akron before sunset (golden hour really is such a special time of day! nothing compares you guys!) and got to work. It was one of the easiest sessions I have ever shot. I have to compliment the parents here. They have worked so hard at creating a loving and nurturing environment and this family needed no direction. Sure, I think maybe they felt a bit awkward (even I still feel awkward in front of the camera! We aren't models!) but honestly I felt they needed hardly any direction. You could honestly see how much they all loved and appreciated each other. How strong their bonds were. How close they had all become. 

What is my point, other than to try and to describe how amazing this session was and how incredibly special these individuals are? It doesn't matter if the kids are older. It doesn't matter if they aren't toddlers or babies. If they are teenagers or adults, they still deserve to have photographs of them with their family. It doesn't matter if your family is blended or imperfect or messy. You still deserve to have images and memories of that messiness and imperfection. Trust me, even if your children don't thank you now...even if its more for you in the immediate years, as they grow, they will be so grateful to have images that many never will. 

These are the sessions photographers dream of getting. Easy going, laid back clients with a sense of humor and a perfect sunset. Couldn't have asked for more. - Lauren 

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