Going into a photo session, I try to get a feel for what the family is looking for, both stylistically and in subject matter. It also helps to know something about the family, what they do together, who they are–my goal is to capture a bit of that in their photos. For this family, the mom told me her son has the best belly laugh, and that she really wanted that captured in the photos. It’s never a sure thing that a child will feel comfortable enough to really open up during a photo session, but I did my best, and with mom and dad’s help, he was definitely laughing! I think my favorite by far is the one below of the whole family, with Mom and Son kissing Dad; the expressions on all of their faces are just so blissful. This was a casual, relaxed session with a sweet kid and such a loving family.