Waltham Family | North Durham {A Family Mini Session in the Woods}

We were brainstorming ideas for a sweet, sweet location for their fall family mini session. “Maybe the American Tobacco Trail? Or downtown Durham? How about Duke Gardens? Or Northgate Park?” when she finally admitted that she really just wanted someplace super easy. A location that required zero thought, had access to a bathroom, and didn’t require any sort of crazy parking. I debated with myself on whether the suggestion would sound weird for about five seconds before I texted back: “How about my backyard?” Seriously, our Durham home has one of the prettiest backyards I could have imagined – making it perfect for any sort of photos. This small half acre lot has so much lushness that I can’t wait till we have time (and money!) to really begin playing with it. The woody lot is currently overgrown and practically dripping with ivy, as well as way too many flowering weeds and bushes that look fantastic for photos, but will look even more gorgeous when Vincas gets his gardner hands on them. On this day in particular, there was that perfect glow of greens and yellows in the background that whisper of a coming fall. And of course, plopping this adorable family in front of all that lushness was a perfect combination. I’m completely in love with how this family’s mini session turned out and already plotting how I can have more of my family portrait sessions here at home! <3

A family photo

When photographing a family fall mini session, I love capturing those relaxed moments. Telling everyone to pile in close, and then snuggle up to each other. Let the family dynamics shimmer through as the big sister cuddles with the baby and little brother plays with the leaves and refuses to give even the smallest smile. It’s okay! Looking back one day, mom will remember what every single child was like in that moment of time.

Closeup of siblingsLittle boy in the woods

Leaves always make for a great way to coax little boys out of their shells. And baby brother didn’t seem to mind being sprinkled over the head with them, either!

Family portraits

No family mini session is complete without dad tossing the baby into the air!

Father tosses son in airSibling family photoSisters snuggling

I love seeing sisters who are so obviously best friends! <3

Mommy & Me Family with son tossed in air


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