A few years ago, I got to photograph one of my favorite weddings ever. A sweet red-haired beauty named Charlotte wore a lace dress. She was about 8 months pregnant at the time. They got married on a goat farm with their closest loved ones. They danced under the stars. They radiated joy.
A couple of years later, Charlotte’s dad reached out to me and got them the gift of a family session. Charlotte held on to that gift because they knew they wanted to grow their family. Recently, they invited me to their North Carolina farmhouse to capture their life as a family of four.
When I arrived, it was catching up with old friends. It was talking to the little man Charlotte and Curtis prayed over during their wedding ceremony. They walked me through their home, we played with toys and talked about being thankful. I met their cats. They have a lot of cats. We chased their chickens and played soccer. Little man even showed me his golf swing while Charlotte sat with the baby on the sweetest vegetable blanket I’ve ever seen.
We wrapped up the day with little man rummaging through the shed for his “lawn mower” dressed as batman.
Perfect. It was all so perfect. Because they weren’t trying to impress me. They weren’t putting on a show. They were just inviting me in to capture life as they know it. Life as it stands right now.
Life is going to change tremendously over and over again. But year after year, they can relive this fleeting time with an honest reminder of who they are right now.
Here is a little glimpse of that life.