We first photographed Lauren & Garrison and their families six years ago, at their amazing Wequassett wedding. Since then, we have photographed them and their ever-expanding family during their summer visits to the Cape. And, we LOVE it! It’s like a reunion every summer, a chance to see the passing of time in the changing faces of their sweet babes.

We last photographed them together last summer when they came to visit Lauren’s dad, Tony, at his lovely seaside home in Chatham. This year, the whole gang was there, Lauren, Garrison, their two ADORABLE children~Julia and Oliver; Lauren’s dad, Tony, and his wife, Kimberly; Kimberly’s daughter, Sybil, and Lauren’s brother, Adam, and his sweet girl, Chaia, and their friend, Julie. Tony’s brother and his wife, Peter & Anne, were also there.

Kimberly really wanted a group shot of the whole family, a photo of the grandkids and some casual candids of everyone hanging out in the backyard, which is exactly how we like to do our sessions.

When we do larger family sessions we like starting with a group shot of everyone, because let’s face it…during these busy times it’s not often the whole family can get together all at once, so when they do, documenting those gatherings becomes super important.

I know one of my favorite possessions is a family picture I took (on a tripod) with my entire family…my dad, sisters, our hubbies (sadly our nieces & nephews hadn’t joined the party yet), my aunts & uncles, cousins & their kids, and my beloved grandparents. Even the family dogs got in on the shot. The photo has a prime spot on my bedroom dresser and I smile every time I look at it, thinking about all of the good times we’ve shared, all of the memories made, and how much life changes….we lose family members and gain new ones, and the circle of life continues.

When we got together with Lauren & her family, it was a perfect August summer afternoon. It’s funny to see how children changes the dynamics of a family. They get all of the attention, rightly so. And, they also dictate the pace of how things will go. Oliver was feeling less than excited about having to sit still for a photo. But, the family (and we) were patient and with the help of Andy doing a really silly dance behind me, we got what we had come for…..

Oliver kept taking breaks….but sometimes it’s those unrehearsed, in between moments in life that are where the magic can be found. The photo on the left makes me lose my breath for a second. The light is heavenly and there’s something about a wee boo carrying his favorite lovies that just pulls at my heart strings. Add a big smile and forget about it….I am yours, little man.

In these next photos are Tony & his beautiful wife, Kimberly (right) and his sweet brother, Peter, and his lovely wife, Anne. I love photographing couples who’ve been married many years. It’s easy in life to get comfortable with your partner and take things for granted, but stopping to take a moment to have a portrait together has a way of reminding each other of the things that made you want to get married so many years ago.  It’s something Andy & I need to do more for ourselves!

The grandkids picture wasn’t quite as easy as the couples. Oliver just wasn’t having it. But, we were able to snag a quick one before he high-tailed it out of there. I actually love that he’s standing! I’ve said it before, but perfection really can be found in the imperfect.

Sweet Sybil and the family pooch, Chester, share a smooch. Mother & daughter…Ahhhhh. Oh, how I reeeaaaallly wish I had a photo like this of me & my mom. Sadly, she hated having her photo taken and she died several years ago, before Andy & I ever thought about starting Bello…sigh. But, getting to photograph moms & daughters somehow makes me feel closer to her, because I know she’d love what we do and if she were here today I think we’d both suck up our discomfort in front of the camera and let Andy capture a moment like this ….

Adam and his sweet girl, Chaia, being silly….LOVE.

Beautiful Julia and her equally beautiful little brother, Oliver.  Can we talk about the hand on the belly for a second? love it!!

The adults had made some serious bubble making supplies, including home made bubble mix and these fabulous bubble makers, made by attaching string to wire handles. They made the biggest, coolest bubbles ever! Love the way Chaia looks almost as if she’s a dancing matador as she gives the bubble making a whirl.

Oliver delights as he watches the monster bubble his big sister creates…

Girls and curls and flowers and twirls….heavenly.

Snuggling with daddy and eating cereal off his belly…deee-licious!

Momma snuggles…Mmmmm good!

Kisses and standing tall with Daddy….super cool, Oliver!

LOOOOVE this next one Andy captured. It’s a real moment for father & son. Melts my heart!

Adam’s friend, Julie, helps Chaia put her hair in braids….such sweetness!

Cutie cousins being silly together…life is good!

The family, enjoying themselves much as they were when we first photographed them six years ago….yaaaay for families that laugh and play together!!!!

Kimberly & Tony, thank you so much for reaching out to us to photograph the whole gang this year. It was so wonderful seeing you all again and watching you play and have fun together. We hope you love these photos and the memories created as much as we loved spending the afternoon with your beautiful family and documenting your time together! Lauren & Garrison…as always, we adore you guys and your sweet babes. It’s such a treat for us to get to see you guys every year and see how much the kids grow & change. Thank you for keeping us in your lives and continuing to share yourselves with us in such a warm & wonderful way! Sending big hugs and lots of love to you all! Christine & Andy xoxo