I met this mom, Aletha, in November or Decemeber.. i can’t remember for certain – life was INSANE and I was doing my best to get my kids involved and busy so they wouldn’t totally hate me forever for tearing them away from their friends and perfectly perfect life they knew… so.. it was at some point after we moved to Florida.. One of my daughters landed a spot on Aletha’s daughter’s soccer team.. Aletha was the team manager.. She was my lifeline for a bit.. Starting a new soccer club is an ordeal! over the next 6 months or so I got to see this family a lot.
I love good families..
Families where it is about being a family.. raising good kids… having a good balance..
this family is fun to watch.. all of them are very involved – in all sorts of things.. and watching them juggle it all is – well, at times comical – but mostly inspiring..
The two youngest are involved in soccer/sports/a bit competitive.. much like my girls.. and their oldest, Chloe, is much like my son – quieter, more of a thinker/reader/literature kind of gal..
so.. let’s start with the girls..
Emma was the first kid I met here in Florida.. when I met Aletha.. soccer superstar.. the kid doesn’t quit.. but she LOVES it.. i have to say.. i truly love watching that kid play..
I love hearing her mom quietly cheer on the sidelines..
(hahhahah… oh.. that made me chuckle)
as competitive as this kid is, she is absolutely just as inclusive and caring about those around her. Her friendship is one my kid really enjoys.
she’s a bit of a ham too.. she decided right away that she was indeed good at this modeling thing..
i mean.. of course she was!!!
then i took little Sarah off for some pictures..
Sarah.. well.. it isn’t that she is a talker.. she’s a very good listener.. but LOOK out.. once she has listened.. and is comfortable that it is okay for her to speak.. she is going to speak..
she has the most darling little face.. and gorgeous big brown eyes..
she’s a hugger.. and a sweet sweet girl.. I could have walked the property with her for hours.. listening to her tell me all the fun things about her sisters.. she may be the littlest.. but her spirit is mighty..
next it was Chloe’s turn.. by this point.. i had a lot of dirt on her from the little sisters!..
it didn’t phase her!
she had a confidence about her that impressed me very much. I bet she can hold her own in any conversation.
I am so worried about the age Chloe is for my girls.. So often I see sassy or disrespectful girls.. but nope.. Chloe is a wonderful young lady.. It kept me hopeful!!!
she took direction so well… EXCEPT when I said not to smile.. then she got SUPER serious.. so we got back to chatting.. and BAM.. there she was again!!
I honestly could have talked Hamilton and listening to her interests for another hour.. I really can’t wait to see where she takes herself over the next few years.
by this time.. i knew a bit about each girl.. so I got them together..
again.. let me say.. incredibly well behaved girls.. I probably would have done this session at no charge because they were such a joy..
all of them…
even dad, Kyle..
oh.. look at this one..
do they not look just perfect?? like little angels.. who keep their rooms clean (maybe emma), never fight and always do exactly as their parents ask!?!?!
i love this one in Black and White.. Chloe made this smirk a lot.. I love it..
another sweet sister shot.. Sarah’s adorable nails are showing.. Emma’s the perfect little model .. and.. poor Chloe… i asked the girls to pinch her.. and they did..
and she handled it.. and didn’t scream at them.. or me.. she deserves a prize!
and just for fun.. i asked.. who keeps the tidiest room… immediately.. i love Emma’s face..
time to add the parents!
there are TWO things that make or break a family session..
the stress level of the MOM.. and – well, how well the dad plays along.. let’s face it dads.. family pictures are horrible.. the moms are almost always neurotic and crazed.. the husbands usually feed off of this.. which.. sends the kids into another orbit.. i have my tricks to get ahead of all of this.. and with this family.. I will say.. Dad, Kyle.. was a rock star.. it was hot.. muggy.. and he had me telling him what to do for about an hour.. Aletha was great.. i only had to threaten her with a Red Card once..
as I’ve said.. i love a good family.. and during a photo session.. you get so see all the fun things..
this family is now one of my favorite…
right? are they not just great?!?!?!?
this one i love.. the black and white below..
Yes.. Aletha’s eyes are closed.. but.. i love it.. all of it.. i swear it’s how I wish I looked when my kids were hugging on me..
instead.. i probably look annoyed and like.. DUDES.. back off.. but no.. in the middle of all this craziness.. all this hyper stressful camera in your face time..
there is a grace about her..
me – not so graceful
THIS ONE….. LOOK
she looks just so dang happy…
a last parting shot..
a family shot..
I think Kyle and Aletha are my favorite in it.. i got some cute pics of just the two of them.. i loved watching the way he watched her.. how he calms her..
he’s good for her.. she’s good for him..
they make a great family..