June 25, 2012

Ladd Family :: Chicago Family Photos

The night before Dana and Eric’s wedding, I drove out to the ‘burbs to shoot family photos with Dana’s aunt and family. According to my Google map directions, it should’ve been a 40 minute drive. Well, it turned into a 90 minute drive. It was Friday afternoon, there was rush hour traffic, and I just should’ve known better. Either way, I pulled up to their house and–if I’m being completely honest–thought to myself, “Let’s just get this over with.”

However, as soon as I walked into this family’s home, I couldn’t help but be in a better mood. You’ve never, ever met such a fun, loving, and open family. I mean, I shoot  A LOT of family photos, and I’ve never felt such genuine joy during a portrait session before. These folks just love being around each other, and it made me love being around them, too.

Here are some sneak peeks from our shoot. Yes–every laugh, every hug, every kiss on the cheek was 100% real. I didn’t force them to look like they liked being around each other; they just really do.

Kim owns a landscaping business with her sister. So, it was no surprise that her yard was BEAUTIFUL.

Everyone was making everyone laugh during the shoot.

Can’t get enough of these sisters.

They asked to do an “edgy and dramatic” Kardashian-esque family photo (just for fun, of course). These are SO hilarious.