Jane Howard once said, “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” The Brown family would certainly be considered a tribe by some. This great family has five kids, spanning the ages of 12 years to 18 months. I was eager to capture moments for them since the last time we did a session, Kate wasn’t there. The planned spring semester was delayed and rescheduled for a blistering summer evening, yet I found that the park was almost empty which gave us free range and not having to wait on others passing through the area. Mom, Libby outdid herself in choosing outfits that not only complimented each other but also were perfect for the weather, providing as much comfort in the heat. Libby and husband Ryan helped behind the camera to get the youngest to look at the camera and smile.
I was completely flabbergasted at how well the evening turned out to be, regardless of the dreaded heat. Even while hot, the Browns easily went with the flow and most smiled. While I had spent time with the other kids before, Kate, the youngest, didn’t know me quite as well and was stoic to my animated looks, dances and goofy noises. Luckily, I was able to get her to grin at me from time to time and capture those moments. I completely enjoyed myself with the Brown family and can’t wait to capture more moments of them in the future (Libby, let’s not wait so long! Just joking of course!) Menacheim Begin once said, “It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family.” This session was the quintessential show of that statement.