"I would like to have fall family pictures done. My son is 10 and my daughter is 2 and I have never had family pictures done. I would love to capture this moment in our life forever!" Coral wrote.
When we connected on the telephone, she explained further:
"I didn't find that many family photographers. I saw lots of photography studios like JC Penney and Sears. I don't want to go to them. I want an actual family photographer. I see gorgeous family pictures on Facebook all the time of the perfect family outdoors. The whole JC Penney studio photography thing of a family sitting in front of a column is so 1980s. I want the real thing.
I looked at your website, and your family photography is absolutely stunning. I hate pictures of myself, which is why I've been so hesitant to go somewhere to have family pictures, but I looked at all your reviews and read how happy families have been with you."
When I asked what she would like to do with these fall family pictures... how she would like to enjoy them day after day... she said:
"We don't have that much wall space in our home, but I would love to hang some family pictures above our family room couch, as well as give prints to family members."
It was just a few weeks later that I got to meet Coral, her husband, and the two kids, Ethan & Averi, for their fall family pictures planning & design meeting. 10-yr old Ethan wowed me with his comedic talent, and of course, as a family photographer, I totally loved how excited he was at the prospect of being photographed. His specific request was to have individual portraits of himself doing "cool poses with a serious expression." He was sure to make everyone laugh, including his little sister, Averi, on the day of!
Last year, for Averi's 1st birthday photos, they had attempted cake smash photography. Averi wasn't into it last year, but Coral thought she would love it this year, for her 2nd birthday. And it was perfect timing because Averi had just turned a very precocious 2! All we needed to do was reserve the last 15-20 minutes of their fall family pictures session for cake smash photography!
We looked at a number of potential locations for their fall family pictures session, and in the end, settled on Sugarloaf Mountain in Dickerson, MD, which was Ethan's favorite location because of the large rocks. We ended up with a beautiful fall day, and everything was just perfect! Enjoy some of my favorites from their fall family pictures & cake smash photography session!