I know I have said this many times before, but I love photographing families! And especially the session with these guys! Goodness. They are such a beautiful, sweet, and fun family! I simply adore them. I met Ben and Ashley at church a little more than a year ago when they only had their adorable little Hazel in their lives (Ben and my husband, David, are in the worship team at our church here in Napa, and it's always fun to see them play together). Their upbeat personalities made this photo session so easy and smooth. This was their very first professional family photo session and one of my first shoots when I moved to Napa Valley a year ago. The timing was perfect because they were expecting a new addition to their family: baby Brooks.
It is no secret that I love outdoor sessions and this one specifically was at a location that I always love to go back to: Kennedy Park. There is something about the open skies and the fresh feel of riverfront in this place that makes me want to come back over and over again. The weather that day was perfect and we got the most amazing light just before sunset.
Ashley really made pregnancy look so natural and glamorous. She was glowing and just looked so amazing wearing the exact same dress that her mother wore when she was pregnant with Ashley. And of course, there's Hazel! She was so excited to dress exactly like her mom and I loved watching her personality come alive during the photo shoot. She was so excited to become "the big sister"!
This family was such a joy to work with. There was something so special about witnessing the love and laughter between each other and just letting special moments unfold. Ben, Ashley and Hazel, thank you for having me capture this exciting time in your lives!
Take a look at some of my favorite photos from their maternity/family session!