“Just act natural.”  Those words are said over and over again by photographers across the globe in order to capture the perfect moment between two people.
Does it work? Not usually at first — it takes most people awhile to warm up to being photographed and eventually let down their guard, but when that happens — lookout!

Sissy of Simply Beautiful Artistry, is my ‘go to’ girl for bridal makeup and hairstyling, as her talent is amazing.  Typically, it’s Sissy’s work that’s photographed, not her — so it took a little adjustment and some words of encouragement. Near the end of the session, I said the magic words, “Just act natural,” and turned my back to grab another lens. As I turned again to face the couple, I quickly began shooting because they were doing just that — acting as natural and playful as they do each and every day.  Sissy had laughingly grabbed David in a headlock just moments before he swept her off her feet and began twirling her around.  Not content to quietly stand on the sidelines, their son Mason rushed over and joined the fun.  Amid the laughter, Sissy said, “This is the real us, Julia!”

There was not a doubt in my mind.  This was a family who knew how to play, and excelled at the game.

As twilight started fall at The Ivy Place, I pictured a romantic couple silhouette shot against the skyline and prepared for just that. As the pictures began to roll, I caught a short image running from the left toward the couple. I couldn’t help but smile. Mason was only doing what came natural . . . running to join Mom and Dad to complete the family circle.

Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.

 

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