My favorite type of photographs to make are documentary. I love to let kids be kids and find ways to make interesting photos out of it.
This family has been with me since the beginning, and always lets me have free reign. There might be a plan or a goal, but when naps or tantrums get in the way, we roll with it. Honestly, I believe that is when we make the best photographs.
They are real, honest and often silly. Or sometimes quiet and focused, like when three year old Liam played his violin with his dad. (That kid has more talent in his pinky finger than I do in my whole body!)
But really, the point of this session was to celebrate the arrival of baby Cormac, and to honor the angels in Heaven that came before him.
In Alicia's words, "I miscarried once after Stella and three times after Liam. For me, the suffering that I endured was more redemptive than anything else. I now have a stronger faith and a greater appreciation for what God has given us."
The picture below sums it up for me. The smile on the babies face while the family hangs out in front of their home on a sunny Fall day.
Love. Family. What more do you need?
Tom, Alicia... thank you again, for reminding me how blessed each of us are. Thank you for opening your home and sharing your story. You are two of the strongest people I know.