Every parent loves to watch their kids venture into the world of adulthood and begin building a life, a career, and potentially a family for themselves. As exciting as this is, though, it often takes adult children farther from the nest than Mom and Dad might like, so when the entire family can come together, it’s a particularly special treat.
That’s the stage of life where this family finds themselves: the kids are grown and creating their own lives. One son lives out of state, so when he came home for a visit, it was an exciting occasion for everyone. That’s why the parents’ daughter decided to surprise her parents with a family photo session for everyone. It had been far too long since they had enjoyed family portraits and the brood had grown since then, so this was the perfect opportunity to get everyone together and get those beautiful smiles in front of the camera.
I met up with everyone at the beautiful Ada Hayden Park in Ames, IA. From the moment I met them, I could tell that this is an incredibly sweet family. The love runs deep and wide among this crew, and there was no shortage of laughter. It’s clear that everyone cherishes the time they spend together and that they easily enjoy each other’s company. They are the picture of the bond that every parent hopes their kids have when they grow up.
This was such a fun session for me as a photographer. I gave some guidance but for much of the session, I just captured the family being their joyful, relaxed selves and enjoying a day at the park with each other. Those smiles are as genuine as they come, and I’m thrilled that I was able to get all that family love in the frame.
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