One of the exciting part about being back in VA is getting the opportunity to photograph friends and family. I have known Lindsey since elementary school, so I was thrilled when she won my Friday Freebie contest on Facebook a few weeks ago for a free session, especially since she told me these would be the first professional photos with all three of them together! The Austins live close to Richmond but were willing to come up to Charlottesville for the afternoon for our shoot at Darden Towe Park.

Connecting with the client before a session is so important in planning a shoot that will convey a story. Whether in person or by questionnaire, I like to dig into the details that may seem trivial, but are so helpful in creating a meaningful experience from start to finish.

In her pre-session questionnaire, Lindsey told me that sometimes the three of them would build sheet forts in bed and lay together inside reading stories. It was such a sweet sentiment and something that was unique to their family so I wanted to incorporate that into their shoot. She also told me that their house was out in the woods and used mostly nature tones in decoration, so a forest setting seemed most appropriate to make sure the photos fit in to the room when on display.

Tying those two main details together, the "forest story-time shoot" was born. With a still simple set-up and some magical sunlight, I think we were able to capture the connection they share at this time in their lives as a family of 3. When I delivered the photos a week later, Lindsey responded,

"Okay I'm crying, these are amazing."

That's my favorite kind of response.

Happy tears, of course. :-)

The best part about this shoot? Lindsey and Alex are expecting Eva's little brother or sister this May!

Please leave some love for Lindsey, Alex, Eva, and Baby #2 with your comments below!

For more baby shoots I've done recently, you can check out [this one] ( of baby Eric and this one of Axton with his proud big sister Brynna.

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