Remember these people? I can’t believe it’s been over a month since we were hanging out with them on the coast of Sri Lanka. They’re currently packing their bags in preparation for a new adventure in a brand new place. But I couldn’t let them go without sharing some images from our more “formal” time together taking pictures. If, that is, you can classify flip flops, sea shells, and turning Dad into a jungle gym formal. Cheers, you guys!
When we were in Sri Lanka last month, we stayed with our friends Chris and Gabby who live in Colombo. Over the course of several weeks, we crashed at their house, ate too much food (yet somehow not enough curry), clinked our glasses, swam in pools, swam in oceans, told stories, talked about the past, talked about the future. Our kids played together, chased one another, shed some tears, and sorta, maybe, kinda fell in love with one another just a tad. I took “family photos” of them while there, but I also took these. Which pretty much show them just loving one another day by day, week by week, year by year–as families are meant to do.
So I might’ve said previously that in-home sessions are my favorite kind of family sessions to shoot. And it’s true. I promise! But then I get to do an international session featuring the Baier family at one of the most amazing non-home locations I’ve ever shot in — the absolutely stunning Gangaramaya Temple at Beira Lake in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This Buddhist temple is not only a place of worship but also a center for learning and welfare work. And no matter your background or beliefs, it’s hard not to feel a sense of reverence while visiting.
What made this shoot even more incredible was the Baier family, of course. Barefoot, laughing and, apparently, snake-loving. I pretty much fell in love with them, minus the snake part. We got rained out at the end of our shoot so we took cover nearby and were ultimately blessed with a gorgeous rainbow after it was all done. Swoon.
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My all-time favorite sessions happen in people’s homes. Mom and Dad are always more relaxed. Kiddos are elated to show me their toys. And it’s easy for everyone to simply be themselves. Here is the Harris family at their home in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Yes, I will travel that far to take photos!)
Twirling with ribbons. Painting. Putting your little sister’s swimming pool float ring on your head. Making your dad laugh. Loving life.
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This is Saturday night. When the six of you decided to make dinner together. This is homemade tortillas and empanadas sitting outside in the January cold because there is no more room in the refrigerator. This is multiple conversations sprinting and hurdling over one another toward an invisible finish line. This is an evening on the cusp of two of you getting married. This is friendship and laughter. This is a future memory.
This week in pictures might be my favorite yet… Dax and I visited the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary on Colorado’s Eastern Plains. I know so embarrassingly little about horses and the wild mustangs that have found a home at the sanctuary. But I know when I am witnessing something majestic. And the site of these animals living wild and free took my breath away.
“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” – Charles Darwin