The Fordhams are of course, adorable as you can clearly see.  Not only that but they carry such peace coupled with a sense of adventure.  I’ve done many kid sessions and I’ve pretty much seen it all.  Some are harder than others but I always walk away seeing it a little differently than the parents.  I know what it’s like to be a parent and wanting your kids to cooperate for pictures (hence why I couldn’t even send out a Christmas card last year).  The thing that the parents don’t usually see until the pictures come back is that even when the conditions seem tough, there is almost always a smile or a smirk that is in there that can be captured.  Sometimes it’s stepping back and allowing them to just be who they are.  It creates an environment that is safe and authentic for them.  I know I’m going off a little here but I really see these sessions a little differently now.  I think it’s so important to capture who the kids (families, individuals) TRULY are.  The pictures end up being ones that you will look back on years later and smile, remembering how they were and the authentic smile that they had at that age.  The Fordham kids are such sweet kids.  The boys wanted to help their little sister, who wanted NOTHING to do with me or especially my camera.  Whitney (their mom) and I finally stepped back and just let them be and play and through that, were able to catch some sweet photos that show their true selves.

Eli is fun and adventurous.  He will have a very positive influence on the world….

Cooper has such a sweet, gentle spirit and extremely kind.  He will be a safe place for people….

Avery is powerful and full of grace…

Big brothers helping to distract and entertain their little sister….

Avery was a little stuck on the word “no” throughout most of the shoot (see first pic below) so Whitney pulled out all the stops, gave her a phone, and let her be.  We ended up getting some great smiles out of her (see below)….

…and like every good event with boys, it ends in a tackle 😉

Cooper, Avery and Eli….