Even though I’m partial to an in-home session, these Raleigh summer family photos were a fast favorite for me. I’m not sure if it was the gorgeous light, the beautiful colors or the fact that my niece was the star of the show, but it’s hard not to love them. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that we’re family, though, if I’m being honest!
When my sister started planning wardrobe choices, one of the first questions I asked her was, “Do you want to do something neutral or something that shows more personality?”. You can imagine my sheer delight when she opted for more personality!
The dress that she chose was perfect. It added a healthy pop of color and provided a beautiful palette to work off of for the other outfits. Not to mention, it hid her 19 week pregnancy bump quite well. She didn’t want this to be a maternity/it looks like I ate too much pizza last night photo session. 🙂
Even though this is my sister’s family, I was still a smidge nervous for this session. Before our session, Lauren had mentioned to me how she had noticed how my work has evolved over the past six months or so. She told me that I’ve always been a good photographer, but my work recently was on a different level. And then she told me that she was so excited to experience it with her own family.
Now, this is a huge compliment. I can see that my work has evolved, but it’s a really huge compliment when someone on the outside can see it too.
BUT, it’s also terrifying. 😅 Because what if I don’t live up to her expectations? What if the photos I capture of my sister’s family aren’t as incredible as she thought they would be? What if I let her down?
Good news. I didn’t. She even admitted after I sent her the gallery that she was nervous that she had built it up too much in her head. But once she saw her photos, she knew that she didn’t.
I’m always so grateful when my client appreciate what I do and how I do it, but there’s something a little more special about it when it’s your own sister. I’m so honored to be able to document their growing family, and I can hardly wait for Baby Garlick’s newborn session this fall. 🤍