Tama and Jason's family session at sunset, on the grounds of Gypsy Pines Photography in Mifflinburg, PA was absolutely breathtaking. Their last portraits were when they married, so it has been several years, and they decided it was time to add to their collection for when they share their family story. When Tama and I first sat down and talked about portraits, the idea was to create a fun wall series of Leila somewhere in the home, and to do images of Tama for her Yoga Instruction with Inspire Yoga and Massage Studio. Walking through the Buttorff's home with her, picturing their final renovations and placement of the few wall decorations they had in mind, we both looked at the same section of wall between the kitchen and living room and I told her it would be perfect for a large family portrait. The session went from a children's session to a family session, with the one perfect location to show off the love and connection of their small close family, a conversation starter and introduction to their family's story.
Working with their family was full of laughs and fun because they are so close and high energy. Leila, their curly-haired bouncy three year old could just not stop moving, and was struggling internally with adventuring on her own and directing her parents every move. I loved it! She showed me how to make wishes on dandelions, and made sure her parents had plenty of the fluffy white flowering weeds to join her magic making mission. When she found out she could feed the ducks, and they may even eat out of her hand, she was off, feed bucket in hand, chasing those little fluff butts all around. Everything about being outside and with her parents was a great game: cherry blossom snow-storms, strength test her dad's arms, tickle-fights and snuggles, she even did some yoga with mom. The love and connection of this small family was touching and every image we made together will help tell the story of their life for years to come.