JOY 12.02.11

J.O.Y. That's what I think of when I see these pictures, and I know they are going to bring a smile to Leslie and George's faces too. Their kids are growing up -- they are practically teenagers, and I think I was able to capture them in a way that shows that, but also in a way that really preserves their youth too. Because as parents, isn't that what we all really want?! Our kids to stay little, just a little longer. I have a lot of favorites, and it brings me a lot of joy to share them! enJOY! :)

Meet Maria -- what a stunning girl!

And this is her handsome brother Owen. We started off with some individual portraits...

And then we got this of the kids together. LOVE it!

Mommy's girl...

Daddy's boy.

We did some portraits of the whole family...

And some that were more directed candid of their family enjoying life.

Joy -- I really couldn't think of a better word.

Every smile is just real and uncontrived.

Maria. She is growing up...

But I love that I could capture the playfulness in her steps.

Nice ducking Owen! So fun!

I absolutely adore the candids we got that day.

Because in my opinion, a session shouldn't be just portraits. It should capture personalities.

At the very end, I took a few pictures of Maria in her riding clothes.

Gorgeous!!! Next year maybe we'll include the horse! :)

One more of Owen...

And one last favorite of them together. They were super excited to surprise their parents with this one! Leslie and George, thank you so much for asking me to document your beautiful family!! Enjoy the pictures and the holidays! ~Kristine

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