Back in the spring one of my favorite, most authentic and dearest life long friends, Elizabeth, asked to buy a gift card. She and her sister Suefan wanted to give a family session as a Mother's Day gift to their mom Cissie. Since Mother's Day was in late spring, we planned to take the pictures in the fall when the colors were bright and it wasn't so hot. Well, we were able to get the colors but we got the very opposite of hot- It was around 38 degrees that day! And the wind was soo soo strong coming across the fields! But we were not going to let the weather keep us from getting these pictures.
To take pictures of her family at their farm in our hometown was pure joy to say the least. Visions of the images I would get to take came flooding into my dreams months in advance as if I had already taken them. What I was fortunate enough to capture was beyond anything I could dream up. Images of true unbreakable family love, childhood innocence, the adoring relationship of mother and child and even grandmother and grandchild, brotherly love and a bond of sisters that will grow and grow. I was just lucky enough to get to be there with my boys on this freezing cold day to witness the moments and relationships of this deeply genuine and loving family.
The goals of the day were to get a group shot of all the children together around the farm and house, portraits of each individual child, images of the children with their siblings, Suefan with her family, and to capture their love for each other and this special place their great-grandparents, grandparents and parents have created for them.
A few of the portraits of each child ( and teenager)
The group shots were a bit more challenging. Poor Bea (age 1.5) was not feeling well and everyone was doing their best to get her to smile. It was heartbreaking. Her sweet brothers knew just what to do whether it was reading her favorite Sandra Boynton book, giving sweet hugs and kisses or making funny faces. Warm hugs from her cousins didn't hurt either.
Family and sibling love easily made up for the challenge. I mean really, this family is gorgeous! The girls are beautiful! I love seeing the Wellons' family traits run through the generations. The dark hair and eyes, sweet smiles. I also grew up with Elizabeth's husband Eric ( technically I introduced them!) and their son Elliott is the spitting image of him!
So many moments fell in between the shot list to complete the whole story of the farm and family.
What really brought this day together, what brought it full circle to feeling complete, was the original purpose the photographs: a gift for a mom on Mother's Day. Thank you Lizzie, Suefan, and Cissie for allowing me to capture your loves on this day in such a special place. Even more, thank you for letting me see you as moms in such genuine and authentic ways.