During a lucky break in the weather this weekend I was able to get down to Fort Fisher to take some family photos of the Hysons. Can you believe little Henry is already so big? It was the perfect fall day at the beach- cool, still, empty, slightly overcast. A beautiful day to explore in fox covered slippers.
Many years ago Dan and I had the pleasure of working on an exhibit at the Maryland Historical Society as students in MICA’s Curatorial Studies program. The summer after the exhibit opened we stayed on as interns to help with programming and found ourselves under the jurisdiction of Erin Kimes. Erin was the perfect supervisor- kind and helpful but also full of levity. Her sense of humor helped ease me into a career that can be wonderful and exciting but also disappointing, frustrating, and painful. That summer was one of the best I’ve ever had for many reasons, and later when Erin found out that Dan and I had finally started dating she exclaimed “INTERN BABIES!” And while we haven’t actually gotten to that step ourselves it’s good to know there’s someone in our corner who will be enthusiastically excited for us. Someone who knows how many years of awkward flirting it took for us to get there. Someone who witnessed most of that flirting first hand. In her office.
This is all to say that when Erin reached out to us this Spring about photographing her wedding, we were overjoyed. Erin and her partner Kim had been together for 16 years and 3 kids and, now that Maryland passed marriage equality laws, were finally able to take that next step as a family. I would have happily been a part of any wedding Erin was planning but when I heard this was a small intimate wedding in Havre de Grace where almost half of the guests were children, I was pumped for the possibilities. Dan was terrified.
The wedding was perfect. From their son Jake’s reading of The Family Book during the ceremony to the family first dance, it was a beautiful day.
See more photos of Erin & Kim’s wedding here.
A benefit of taking portraits of one of my favorite students and families in this town is getting to hear “I love Ms Elena” frequently throughout the shoot. The McLane family- Matt, Danielle, Harper, and future baby boy McLane are the sweetest, and I just loved spending the afternoon with them. Even if that did mean accidentally crashing a wedding.
One of my favorite things about working with families is thinking about how precious these photographs will be in twenty, thirty, forty, seventy years. This shoot in particular had me imagining Nate and Hudson looking through the photographs of their family on the beach, feeling nostalgic for long summer afternoons. We were lucky to have a beautiful day at Fort Fisher (my favorite place to take pictures ever), and I felt so lucky to be able to capture these sweet moments.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to spend an evening at Fort Fisher with the Callahan Family. Seamus and Aaron are sweet and bubbly, full of energy and anecdotes. I loved being able to walk around with them and capture them in their natural state- laughing, playing, and telling stories.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend a quiet morning with the Hyson family, who welcomed baby Henry into their lives a few weeks ago. Henry is sweet and well natured and he was happy and alert while we sat with his mom and big sister, Isla. These moments are so precious, I feel lucky to have been there to help capture this time in their family’s story.
Can you even believe that this little guy is 10 months old? I can’t! We had the pleasure of a visit from the Keffer Family last weekend, which meant that we got to take a few pictures of my dear Henry. We snapped a few shots among the turtles and alligators and giant ducks at Greenfield Lake, and I love the way they turned out. Henry has become such a sweet, expressive, lively baby; he’s a delight! Not to mention I was thrilled to be there when the Keffers experienced their first alligator in the wild!