I love capturing families in their element, so when I get invited to photograph a family doing regular ol’ stuff for a session, I get really excited. When the family turns out to be as much fun as the Siley family, it’s even better! This session actually occurred just at the beginning of the holiday season, when downtown Hudson was starting to decorate for their festivities. When we met up at the wonderful Open Door Coffee Co., we all settled in nicely with each other making the session really comfortable. Adorable little Mason and I became buds quickly as he learned all about my camera and snapped a few shots of his own. There wasn’t a shy moment with him as he ran around, played, and made goofy faces. He showed himself to be a very independent and strong-willed little dude, not at all afraid to be front and center. But he was gentle and sweet, too, and I can tell that he’s going to be a wonderful older brother next month when his new sibling comes to join the family. Older brother, Tyler, was a pro at having his photo taken and was very cool, but not too cool to play cars with his brother at My Red Wagon toy store. Photographing Ty was awesome for me, because he’s at an age where you can see that he’s about to jump off into being a full-fledged teenager, but at times, you still catch a glimpse of the young kid Desiree and Darin have been used to seeing for years. When Mason started playing with some puppets at the Hudson library, I watched as Ty slowly wandered over and grabbed a bird puppet for himself. A sly smile crept over his face as he slowly and cooly made it fly toward his family. In seconds that moment had passed and he was off to grab some books from the teen section again. After I showed the shots I captured of this time to Desiree and Darin, they looked at each other and said, “He is so grown up” with somewhat baffled and very proud looks on their faces. It’s those kind of fleeting moments that I get to be privileged enough to photograph that make my heart full. Hanging out with Desiree and Darin that morning very much felt like we meet for coffee and go to a toy store every Saturday. I loved the way they laugh together and in the few moments I got them alone together that day, I could see how much they love each other as they turned to each other more than they turned to me. I can’t wait to see you all again when you welcome another awesome little person into the family. It’s going to be so wonderful. Thank you so much!