February 21, 2012

Marlowe & Emerson :: Chicago Family Portraits

I really, really love shooting family portrait sessions, especially when they’re casual sessions at home. The truth is, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve shot photographs with this particular family. I do know that I remember when they were a family of three, I remember when Emerson–now a big sister–could barely walk, and I remember when Marra–now a year old–had the chunkiest baby thighs I’d ever seen (okay, maybe that hasn’t changed). Either way, it’s always good to see them.

Shooting a family session the midst of winter can be a challenge. Often, it is cold and gloomy outside. Of course, we don’t want to force the little ones to stay out in the cold, but we also have to find inventive ways to assure good light. For this session, Shauna and Mark allowed me to work next to large windows in two rooms of their house. We made the most of the little light that was coming in, and I think we got some great photos.

Who knows where this family of four will be when I see them next, but I can’t wait to find out.

Emerson is a great big sister!

Marra is just getting the hang of the bike she got as a birthday gift.

I absolutely ADORE this photo.

Love this photo (and the one at the top) of Marra and her daddy.