Engagement sessions are often just about the couple, but Liana and Nick wanted to include their two boys in the shoot. The family dynamic was important to them since they weren’t just getting engaged, but actually becoming a whole new family unit. They went Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis as the location for the session, which was held on an unusually warm (although not without its bite) December day, in the late afternoon. The park was a perfect spot for the session, it was beautifully landscaped with a large terraced garden near the Blue Heron Center. The garden provides a variety of backgrounds for the photos, from lush greenery to beautiful flower beds–none of which was in bloom, of course. But that’s just a testament to how excellent Quiet Waters is.
Due to some unexpected transportation delays, we were running a bit behind schedule, but we made the most of the time we had. The youngest boy was full of energy, with adorable curly blond hair and big blue eyes. His new older brother was a good sport and had a good time playing along and posing with him. They were both full of energy and playful, which made for some great candid shots.
The focus of the session was on the entire family, but we also took some time to capture images of the boys on their own and together. We wanted to make sure we captured the special bond between the new brothers. The boys were natural in front of the camera and made my job easy.
We also managed to squeeze in some classic engagement-style photos just of Nick and Liana, but as any parent knows, it can be difficult to have time to each other when kids are involved. However, Liana and Nick were great at balancing their attention on the boys and their time as a couple. They were affectionate and playful with each other and it was clear how much they like each other.
The session ended as the sun was quickly sinking, and we got one more shot of the two of them tucked into some evergreen foliage. All in all, it was a great session that captured the unique dynamics of this soon-to-be family.