It might be shocking to hear that I have a love-hate relationship with my own family portraits. Being that photographing family portraits is my job, I put a lot of unnecessary pressure on my family and expectations on the day itself. Just to name a few things that happened that day: It was cold. A lot of things went wrong. And I was annoyed with my kids. See, I’m just like every other mother!
One of our favorite family activities is backpacking and exploring new places. So, we knew that our next family portrait would have to be at one of our most favorite places doing what we love to do. My husband grew up in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. If you’ve been up there, you’ll know just how beautiful it is this time of year! I got in contact with a wedding photographer that I absolutely adored her work. She was willing to hike the trail with us, about a 2-mile round trip, and document our time together. These portraits have a lot of meaning behind them. Every time I look at them I’m reminded of where my husband grew up, of just how beautiful the landscape is, and the little moments that we take for granted every day.
These little moments won’t last forever but these memories will. Every time I see them I’m reminded why I wake up in the morning and do what I do. Even through all the good and hard times its beautiful to be reminded what life is truly about.