Joaquin Miller Park With The A Family

To me, family means three things: love, acceptance, and beautiful chaos. All three go hand-in-hand and, in many ways, it’s out of the chaos that love and acceptance bloom brightest.

Now, I should clarify, I mean ‘chaos’ in the best possible sense of the word. The silly, crazy, unpredictable, energetic type of chaos that makes life worth living. The kind that makes life, well, life. And the A family has it in spades, along with an abundance of love and acceptance. It was such a joy capturing this moment in life, when the family of four became a family of five and their hearts grew just a little bit larger to multiply the love.

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This little lady had no interest in photos when we first started. None whatsoever. She just wanted to play with sticks and pick flowers and, honestly, who could blame her? We chatted about it as we walked through the park. She wanted to know exactly how many more pictures we were going to take, and at one point she negotiated me down from my initial suggestion of “500,000 more pictures!” to just four. And after we finished those four? Well, she surprised us all by coming up with more ideas for poses and set-ups all on her own! She especially loved this log pile and all the pine cones, spiders, and bugs contained within.

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Instant flash-forward to mom pinning on her veil in 25ish years, am I right? This photo will absolutely need to be recreated for a little side-by-side comparison.

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Our hour together flew by and when we were done, Big Sis asked if she could lay in the grass and look at the clouds. When she called mom & dad over to join her, I couldn’t help but pull my camera back out of the bag and capture just a few more frames. The moment was so pure and so perfect, and now they have it preserved in their own little time capsule to relive again and again.

Want to capture your family at this stage in life, too? Drop me a line and let’s make it happen!

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