Katherine and I shoot mostly weddings these days, but every once in a while we get to take a brief hiatus from the creative space of wedding photography and focus on the smaller, and often times even more intimate, setting of a family photo session. I love these sessions! It's an entirely different approach to the creative side of image making; it's generally a much more relaxed environment; and you get to see the dynamics of one of the highest forms of love, that which exists between a parent and a child, play out right before your eyes. It's refreshing and it's inspiring. The Wiedenmeyers have been friends of ours for a long time, and it was a pleasure to take part in the celebration of their sweet little girl's first (or second, depending on when you start counting) birthday!
I must say, it pains me to look through these photos as I post them. These were taken last September of my brother and his family. My brother, Matt, died of a sudden, massive stroke at the age of 35 just 2 months ago. It is a gift to have been his brother for 33 years… not long enough! He was a true friend, an amazing father, a great husband. I miss him dearly, as does his family. I am continually inspired by the way these photos bring him to life every time I look at them. Matt, I love you… and I will always miss you.