Wendy is a photographer for our sister photography company, The Polished Olive. She's a very gifted photographer and we just love her. She has never had a generational portrait done, so she honored me with the invitation to do that for her...and what a special honor it was! Her little g'ma is over 90. Over 90! Isn't she beautiful!
There are 5 generations represented here and they are all bursting with personality. I love watching connections and relationships between all the family members. Thanks so much, Mrs. Wendy for allowing me the privilege of doing this for you!
The light sabers.
All of it. Absolutely all of it.
You may remember this family...they're quite unforgettable.
They have personality PLUS! Plus what? Plus more personality, that's what.
I literally either laugh or have permagrin from the time they walk in to the moment we part.
Their joy, sarcasm, dry humor and depth leave me wanting more every time I see them.
Oh, and did I mention their willingness to do crazy things? They let me lay their first son
down in really tall grass, wrapped in a blanket up on Roan Mtn.. This year they let me float their new baby boy down the river in a basket. They rock.
We did a two part session Maternity/Newborn. Both by water to carry the theme. I think it's pretty obvious in the images where one story stops and the other starts. Isn't it cool how our bodies, as women, change so drastically, so rapidly? I love that.
Have you ever been to Grandfather Mountain? Wow! Breathtaking!!! I didn't actually go on the mountain, but I could see it from the golf course where we photographed. I love the entire area up in that region. Quaint, quiet, relaxing little towns. I just want to grab a good book and chill in a hammock somewhere. Nap a little, read a little...relax a ton. Ahhhh. I digress.
Sometimes I look at the caliber of people I get to work with and get totally overtaken with gratitude. They love life. They love their families. They are laid back, have a great sense of humor and they are just all around good people. What a gift! Thankful for you Hart family!
From Princess to Jedi, this precious baby girl is growing up!
You can see the contrast one year makes if you check out her birthday party from last year.
Not Princess or Jedi, but if you're a sap like me and just love to see children grow, you can see another super fun birthday of hers here.
AND just because I was searching through their old sessions, I found this jewel..one of the very first Life, Actually videos we ever made. "Rub-a-dub-dub Rex!"
To celebrate her 5th birthday...she planned her party (yes, she did) around Star Wars.
There was an obstacle course that everyone had to go through. If you completed the course, the force was with you...or you battled the dark side, or was it joined the dark side? Truly, I know nothing about Star Wars..I'm sure it was something to the effect of one of the aforementioned processes, though. More importantly, look how determined and serious she took it.
And then the rain came. Lots of it. These images crack me up. It's as if there has been mass destruction...SAVE YOURSELVES!
The party moved inside...just in time to open gifts!
Playtime was nothing short of hilarious with all the lightsabers, blasters and p-e-r-s-o-n-a-l-i-t-y.
These kids looked like they had the time of their lives at this party. Watching them made made me smile so much my cheeks were aching.
Happy 5th Birthday, little Addy. May all your wishes come true!