I'm officially a mom because I LOVE family portrait sessions more than ever. Whenever I do portrait sessions involving young children, I am constantly invigorated and eager to figure out new ways to engage children with their parents. With all the distractions from nature, it can be quite the feat!
This Rumiantcev family trekked all the way from Seattle to visit the mama's younger sister who is a Wilmington native. The sister gifted this family a photo session in Wrightsville Beach because they couldn't get photos last year due the pandemic. Levy, the little one, hadn't been to the beach much yet so naturally, she was not letting her feet touching that strange gritty stuff. WAY too new and bizarre.
We used a few tricks: The mama's sister was the familiar voice for this sweet girl so aunty was behind the camera saying hi, jumping up and down and making everyone laugh. Then eventually we also used the classic bait trick. We stood her on the firm sand and had the parents step back and convince her to walk toward them. She did it! By hours end, Levy was comfortable with the new nautical scene! I felt so accomplished to witness these small steps toward mama and dada. *Heart swells with happiness*
So grateful to meet the amazing Rumiantcev family that shared the sea sky with me. They have the most beautiful blonde headed, blue eyed daughter that rocked the most precious curly-headed pigtails. Don't just take my word for it, check our their sunset session below.
Here's evidence of the sweet and proud sister loving on her niece throughout the session.