R Family | Lake Villa IL Family Portraits

April 07, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I met this family and little baby C about 9 months prior to this photo session. Mom had contacted me to set up an extended family portrait session. We had nearly 20 people in those images - blended families and kids of all ages! We met in the early spring and completed those portraits. They were quick (it was cold!) but think of wedding day family portraits. We got the right grouping of people, looked to the camera and smiled, and then switched to another grouping of family members. 

While these images were perfect for this blended - extended family session, it's not what this mom had in mind for her family portraits. When she contacted me again in the fall, she sent a few Pinterest images to be able to communicate the look she was hoping for. The images included more interaction among family members (in photographer speak - candid images) where they were looking at each other, not at the camera (those are called camera aware images). She also had some gorgeous lighting in the Pinterest pictures - beautiful sun flare peaking out behind the family. 

I told this momma that I could ABSOLUTELY capture these images for her and that I would much prefer these candid images over the formal family portraits. We met early Sunday morning in the fall at a local forest preserve (Hastings Lake - the one with the awesome playground!) And I think we nailed it -  these might be Pinterest-worthy themselves!!

Family of Three | Lake Villa IL PhotographerFamily of Three | Lake Villa IL PhotographerMom and dad holding their toddler girl with the sun flaring behind them

Dad and Daughter | Lake Villa IL Family PhotographyDad and Daughter | Lake Villa IL Family PhotographyDad cuddling his 18 month old girl in his sweater

Family Kiss | Lake Villa IL Family PicturesFamily Kiss | Lake Villa IL Family PicturesMom holding daughter in the air and kissing her cheek & mom and dad sitting on the ground giving a kiss

Family of Three | Lake Villa IL Family ImageFamily of Three | Lake Villa IL Family ImageMom and dad holding their daughter in the sunlight

Girl Walking with Parents | Lake Villa IL Family PortraitsGirl Walking with Parents | Lake Villa IL Family Portraits18 month old little girl walking down path while holding her parents hands

Family of Three | Lake Villa IL PhotographerFamily of Three | Lake Villa IL PhotographerDad and mom looking at their toddler daughter

Toddler Girl | Lake Villa IL Family PortraitsToddler Girl | Lake Villa IL Family Portraits18 month old toddler girl walking with her mom and clapping her hands at the beach

Couple Laughing | Lake Villa IL Family PicturesCouple Laughing | Lake Villa IL Family PicturesMom and dad sitting on the ground smiling and laughing at each other

Toddler and Parents | Lake Villa IL Family PicturesToddler and Parents | Lake Villa IL Family Pictures18 month old toddler playing in the woods with her parents

Three Generations of Women | Lake Villa IL Family PortraitsThree Generations of Women | Lake Villa IL Family PortraitsGrandma poses for a picture with mom and toddler plays in the wild grasses

Looking Back | Lake Villa IL Family ImagesLooking Back | Lake Villa IL Family ImagesMom and dad walking away holding daughter's hands while she looks back at the camera


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