Not many people know this but our first interaction with a camera was for the sole purpose of capturing our family. Growing up I ( Stephanie) never had many pictures and now I realize how hard it is to remember special events and even things that we take for granted like what I looked like. Everyone looks at our first daughter and says she’s a spitting image of me growing up but I don’t know how accurate that is because I don’t have any pictures to compare nor do I remember. So when Landon said honey lets get a camera, when we were expecting our first child, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.
Family pictures are so special and are taken for granted so many times. Think about it. As kids it can be a drag and annoying to get dress up for mom. As parents we know the painful truth of how quickly our children grow up and pictures is a way to hold on to this moment forever. Before you know it they become independent. Then they start their own families. Soon enough, those silly, free spirit little personalities will all be a distant memory . The children may get annoyed with taking pictures and even the husbands but trust me, every morning when the memory loop on Facebook pops up a picture of our sweet girls that we took years ago on this day, we lay in bed together laughing and retelling stories behind those pictures and videos. We create new memories reliving the old ones!
Today we are sharing a family session we did for a sweet family in Washington Oak State Park. The Purcell family. Momma knows what we are talking about so she made sure to set up her annual family pictures with the boys. She knows that next year their three boys will already change so much, but when they sit and look at these pictures, our hope is that they are able to see all the love that they had growing up. The laughs. How hot mom was and how crazy their daddy was about her. They’ll get to see how close of a bond they have as brothers. But more importantly, our hope is that they will be reminded that no matter where their lives end up they can always count on each other. They are a tribe and they are not alone.
Bill and Jenna, thank you so much for sharing your sweet family with us! Thank you for being yourselves and for blessing us with the honor of capturing these smiles, little hands and laughs for you! Here are some of our favorite moments from your session.