i’ve had the beautiful honor of photographing this family every year since their baby girl was born four years ago and while i have always loved taking their photos… this session was different. it was a celebration! of their happiest years. of contentment. it was also their ten year anniversary! the mama, henny, planned everything out just perfectly, simple but special. she even had a little flower crown for her girl, leila, which was a tradition that her mama had started with her (if you look down a few photos you will see the side by side of henny and her mama that she shared with me, and leila with henny during our session). i just adore those tiny details that make it all so much more meaningful for the session. and the evening of the shoot… well, the SUN! so glorious! this was shot in california just at the beginning of spring with the trees glistening with green and golden hour thick and lingering. i was so happy to feel that warmth on my face standing beneath the giant oak trees… washington is sure dreamy but there will always be something about sunny california.