I’ve known Ruthie since we were pregnant with our now almost NINE year old children! We started off on a Babycenter group together, which evolved into a more closer knit Facebook group over the years. This incredible group of ladies has gotten very close as our kids have grown. We have watched our October 2013 babies become big siblings, start daycare and then kindergarten, and now they’re going to be big bad third graders this fall of 2022. As a San Diego Family Photographer, I had the honor of photographing her gorgeous family, and let me just say how fantastic they were! Ruthie and her husband have the most beautiful connection with each other and with their amazing girls, Olivia and Elise. I also was just in love with the sister bond, too. You can tell they really love and value each other. As someone who has a close relationship with my own sister, I love seeing it in others.
I dressed Ruthie and her family from head to toe. My rule is to always dress Moms first because let’s face it – our kids look great in everything! I helped Ruthie select a dress that she would feel great it and that would reflect her style as well as be comfortable to move around in. Though this is quite a bit of fabric, she rocked it!
We then dressed the girls. Olivia picked her dress, which we felt looked amazing with Ruthie’s. I had this beautiful two piece for Elise, and even though both girls are in lighter tones, they compliment each other really well because of Elise’s pattern. We then topped it off with a dried flower crown!
We picked Robert’s shirt and jeans to keep the palette casual and neutral while complimenting the girls. I think it came out great!
When working with families, I try to make sure to get a variety of shots. Though I want to make sure we get a good amount of full family shots, it’s also important to me that we split up the family and get photographs of each parent with each child, as well as sibling pictures and solo kids. I strive to give a really varied gallery because I think about the moments I would want as a mom of my own children. It’s important to me to be well rounded.
We always end our session with free play if I’ve been able to get everything that I want and we have some extra time. I put on a favorite family song and tell everyone to get close, dance, and snuggle! It always makes for adorable photos. I also love that this part of the session is unique to each family!
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