Every time I meet a new family to capture behind my lens I just feel so blessed. It's so neat to hear their stories, learn about their family and to know that the pictures we take that day will be a lasting memory for them.
Charlotte contacted me about doing family photos for them before her husband gets deployed this fall. We met at the Tallgrass Prairie in Kansas (which is amazing if you haven't gone) as it is about halfway between both of us.
Something I really loved that Charlotte told me was that she didn't set expectations for her son to smile in every picture. She mentioned that the non-posed, every day pictures worked best with him and she was definitely right. You just gotta capture kids in their element, laughing and having fun. The flowers you see in this shoot were all little Tobias' idea. He started picking flowers so we just went with it and captured it. He also just owned that little school house like he was the teacher, which was the cutest thing ever!
Lastly, Jason will deploy this September so if you think about it pray for this family as they are apart. I firmly believe that military families sacrifice a lot to keep us free. Those who deploy and those who stay behind sacrifice a lot.
Charlotte, thanks for asking me to capture your family. You all were a JOY to work with.