This week I am featuring two very different and very beautiful families from my silhouette sessions over the summer. No matter what your family looks like or how you express your love, I can guarantee that underneath the superficial differences we are the same.
While I photographed many combinations for this family, my absolute favorite images are the parent-child ones. I especially love that they made it very personal to them, tailoring their silhouette session to their interests and relationships.
And this. THIS! This is, by far, my absolute most favorite silhouette I’ve ever taken. I’ve GOT to recreate this with my husband and son, as we are a huge Star Wars family. When I saw them walking up the path with lightsabers in hand, I got giddy.
And of course, we can’t leave out Mom and her daughter. I love the classic nature of a girl delighting in her “spinny dress.” Mom started twirling her around and the laughter that erupted was so delightful and heartwarming.
My next family is a beautiful military Mom raising her beautiful toddler son. I’m so grateful for Moms in the military; the strength they have to serve our country often means leaving their little ones behind for a time. I can’t imagine how heart wrenching that must be. This sweet kiss so perfectly illustrated the grace and love these two have for each other.
Sunsets are tough for my littlest clients. It is typically after their bedtime, and I know a lot of Moms worry about cooperation when toddlers can fall apart so easily as the day goes on.
That is one good thing about silhouettes. You can’t see faces, you don’t need to coax smiles out of the kids or even wipe the remnants of dinner from their sweet cheeks. You can embrace the sticky fingers and varying range of moods, and often it can make for a beautiful portrait.
Here, the little guy was tired at the end of our session. He didn’t want to stand on his own, or run to Mom, or any of the tricks I usually use with toddlers. He wanted Mom to hold him and comfort him and reassure him that everything was going to be okay. Only Mom would do. She scooped him up in her arms and held him close, offering unconditional love and the most beautiful reassurance. They touched foreheads as she quietly spoke to him, and he snuggled in through his tears. Absolute beauty radiated from this small but meaningful moment.
Would you like to celebrate your family with this fun, nontraditional take on the family portrait? Silhouette season runs from mid-June through late August. My VIP list gets first dibs on scheduling these fun sessions, so you should sign up today to take advantage of it! Scheduling starts for VIP members in early May, and opens to the general public (if any space remains) around Memorial Day.