Two weeks ago, on father’s day to be exact, I had the opportunity to work with a larger family that stretched across three generations, the Hastings, Teeles and McCoys. I had worked with the McCoys before but this time I was able to meet all of their grandparents. Due to the size of the shoot (and the magnitude of the schedules put on hold for this) the family made sure to book the shoot with me a year ago. That day had finally come and they all drove out from Orange County to Santa Monica in order to make it happen. They looked absolutely adorable! The sky was cloudy but beautifully dramatic and the beach, cool but not uncomfortable. We started with formal portraits and then we played, just the kids and I.
After the formal portraits were complete, we were all excited to be able to run around under the mid-day sun, which was now peeking out to play as well. It was so entertaining to watch Cade and Berlin, brother and sister, interacting and reacting. They’re closer in age now, can communicate better and have a strong understanding as to who they are. Berlin is very protective of Cade and has definitely taken on the roll of teacher. Cade is more rambunctious and free-spirited but follows his big sis everywhere, mimicking her every move.
As we wrapped up the shoot, Berlin had something important to tell her mother. As mom picked her up, Berlin carefully whispered into her mother’s ear and then shyly looked away, allowing her mother to convey the message aloud for her. “She wants me to invite you to her upcoming birthday party,” she stated with a big smile. I got a little misty, it was the sweetest invitation I’d ever received. I felt accepted. And proud. I love what I do and most of all I love watching the children that I document, grow and change right before my very eyes.