When Valerie suggested we do her family photos on the Neuse River, I was totally game. I mean, bare feet, water, sand? Sign me up!
I had posted in my stories on Instagram about this little known spot that I took my boys to. It’s not the ocean, but it has this perfect little beach that makes for a viable substitute when you don’t want to drive all the way to the coast from Raleigh.
When Valerie saw it, she was all for it! And I was too!
Here’s the thing. Valerie is also a photographer! And the best thing about working with other photographers is that they just get so many things.
To most people, this location wouldn’t look like much through an iPhone photo on an Instagram story. But Valerie could see the possibility that existed and knew it would work.
I also love the other photographers always bring their A game when it comes to wardrobe choices. This sweet family coordinated so well and chose pieces that photographed beautifully!
What I love the very most, though, is that other photographers almost always know that I want them to interact with their family. I don’t want them to smile and look at the camera the whole time, and I don’t want them to constantly make their kids look at the camera, and they know that.
Because like me, they know that the best photos happen when everyone is interacting and letting their personalities come through.
And that happened so easily with this amazing family. They snuggled, tickled, laughed and even ended their session with a whole lot of splashing. These moments are where the magic happens, and I’m so grateful I was able to photograph it for them!