I met this awesome family years ago at my first pet portrait program at Islip Public Library. I've been lucky enough to have many shoots with them since then and they're always so much fun! This session was booked to celebrate son Owen's 10th birthday (he was only 5 when I met him the first time)! Mom, Dad and his two little sisters joined in so we could also capture some great family shots during our hike in the gorgeous woods of Prosser Pines! We got a beautiful fall day for our shoot and the kids had a great time exploring the trails and fallen branch tents that are scattered throughout the park.
I'm going to climb on my soapbox for just one moment here, so please bear with me. Prosser Pines is a really popular spot for photographers; there are even some times when I'm shooting there that I have to make sure there are no other shoots going on in the background of my photo (and sometimes even Photoshop them out if I can't avoid them)! Last year in October I shot there and there was litter left from photographers setting off smoke bombs during their sessions. I was happy to see that this time there was no trace of anything like that. It's so important for us photographers to respect the places where we shoot. Not only is it just common decency, if we don't, we might not be allowed to keep using those locations. If you visit a park or nature preserve, remember to take out what you bring in!
Ok, rant over, back to these amazing folks! The best feedback I can get from my clients is not reviews (although those help!), it's the fact that they return to me for more sessions. That tells me that I did my job, that they love their photos, and that they can stand me telling corny jokes or doing my silly noises to make their kids smile! As a small business owner, I appreciate every single client who books with me because they allow me to live my dream, but clients who come back year after year are something so special to me and I can't thank them enough!
Without further ado, here are some of my favorite shots from this very fun session!
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