Family Session: Abby, Naythen, and Jayden, Lakeside Park, Dallas TX

October 22, 2018

family sessions: a whole lot of love

You might think a session with two highly spirited young boys, ages 7 and 9, might be a bit of a challenge for the average photographer. And you would be correct! You just never know what you’re going to get when it comes to little boys. Honestly, a lot of them don’t get as into having their picture taken as their sisters are. But these two were an ABSOLUTE DREAM.

From the moment I introduced myself, Naythen and Jayden were so easy to work with. They were playful with each other (and with me) but never out of control. I felt impressed by this – a lot of kids this age simply lose themselves trying to ham it up for the camera or impress a stranger they’ve just met. These boys were laid back. They paid attention to me and were respectful. They smiled when I asked them too. I was very impressed to say the least!

I think this totally is a reflection of their relationship with their mama. As a boymom myself, I feel the pressure to raise polite, respectful, sweet boys. Sometimes these traits seem so out of character to instill in a little tornado of a person. But when I see kids like this, I know it’s possible. If you look at these pictures, I think it’s quite clear how much Jayden and Naythen adore their mom, Abby. Isn’t there something so sweet and special about the connection between a mom and her boys?

The three of us met at Lakeside Park in Dallas, which I’d photographed only one session at before. I was so excited to get a chance to explore this park a little more. It is really a gem! I think perhaps I ended up on the wrong side of it last time, because this time the park did not disappoint. The sun was setting behind this gorgeous lake and the greens of the trees sparkled off the reflection in the water. We actually found the giant teddy bear statues I’d heard about. And I got this shot, which I totally love, of Abby and her boys on the Lakeside bridge.

Abby, Naythen, Jayden (and my friend Ally, not pictured, who is the boys’ auntie and a dear friend of mine) I had so much fun with y’all! I really hope you love these pictures, because I do. When I look at them it makes me look forward to my boys getting older. Because I realize that mother-son bond never becomes less sweet and strong.

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