Trying to coordinate clothing and schedules can become challenging when it comes to family photography, but the Jackson family did a great job of making something that can be complex look EASY. We had been talking for awhile about various ideas for their family photo session and decided on shooting at the Cope Environmental Center in Richmond, Indiana. It turned out to be the perfect location to allow Benjamin and Lydia all the room and freedom to be themselves and have a bit of adventure. “I love how you just went with what they were already doing. They didn’t feel pressured to move and pose a certain way. They even got to eat the apples,” stated Brandi (mom). Little did I know when I picked them out that Lydia and Benjamin LOVE green apples.
Brandi enjoys photography herself and knows just how much energy can go into shooting kids. When I asked her what everyone’s favorite part of the session was she said, “Well, for Benjamin it was the apples, Lydia liked posing for the pile up picture, and for me it was the whole thing–it was great having someone else working to get the smiles and poses. For Daniel, well… he enjoyed looking at the end results.
Family photographs mean more when personal objects can be incorporated. Benjamin has loved “things that go” since he was one year old. Trucks, trains, airplanes…he has always been fascinated with them. His great grandpa was in the Air Force and helped foster his love of planes by finding cool toy planes everywhere he went. Benjamin still is the first to spot planes, trains, and any construction equipment and point them out to the rest of his family.
The Jacksons have fun together no matter what they are doing! They play together a lot; taking walks, playing games, swimming, reading, watching movies, dancing around the house, and laughing.
Lydia started dance class when she was 3. Like most kids, she wanted to try something new after a couple years. But now at age 7, she is back in dance and loves every second of it. She especially loves ballet with all the stretches and pointy toes and was recently selected to perform parts in the Nutcracker with a Chicago dance company and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. I’m impressed!
It was fun spending time with Benjamin, Lydia, Brandi and Daniel. I hope these images will spark a reminder back to a fun day eating apples and dancing in the sunlight.