One of my favorite things about being a photographer is getting to know people better! When you spend a couple of hours working with a family and taking their portraits, you start to build real relationships with them. I get to talk with the kids, learn about some of their favorite things, and get to know the parents. It’s always a fun time and makes family sessions more enjoyable!
The Godard family was no exception! I have known Rachel for a few years now, but had never gotten to spend time with the whole family. Let me tell you, they are a lot of fun! Rachel and Matt have four kids: Taylor, Etienne, Estelle, and Simeon . I was so impressed with how well each of the kids cooperated, even little Simeon! While I was working with the kids one-on-one, the other kids were having fun exploring the park, climbing the stone bridges, and tossing the football with Matt. The evening felt more like a family picnic than a family session!
We did their session at Onondaga Park in the city. Rachel really wanted willow trees and glowing light, so she couldn’t have picked a better location! That evening there was barely a cloud in the sky and just enough of a breeze to add some movement to the willows. It was perfect! To top it all off, Rachel and Matt were very thoughtful as to what props they wanted to include (make sure you see the photo of little Simeon in his Giants jersey with the football!), and even which shots they wanted. The family had photos taken at Onondaga Park four years ago when Estelle was a baby, so it was fun to try and recreate some of those shots with Simeon added in.
I really enjoyed working with the Godard family and absolutely LOVE how their photos turned out! Here are some of my favorite images from their family session!
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