Cold Storage Beach Family Session ~ Dennis Photographers

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Photographing young families is not easy! Just ask any parent and they’ll tell you it’s nearly impossible to get a good photo of their kids.

Trying to get really young kids to look at the camera, to smile a real smile and show you their true personality….particularly when you’re trying to get more than one to do it at the same time is no joke. It’s hard. But, it’s also ridiculously fulfilling and wonderfully soul-feeding. When those families also happen to be former brides & grooms turned mom & dad…well, it’s even sweeter!

Andy & I started out as wedding photographers. All we shot was weddings, having been inspired by the terrible photos that were taken at our wedding. After that, we decided we wanted to document weddings organically and capture photographs that were filled with real emotion….which was what we had wished for ourselves. And it’s been incredibly rewarding to to that for hundreds of couples over these past 14 years!

But in the past several years, our reach has extended to families…mostly because we couldn’t say no to all of the fabulous couples who came back to us after starting the next happy chapter in their lives.

We still photograph weddings, though not as many as we did when we first started. But photographing families has become a passion for us, equally as fueled by love as our wedding work. Like our weddings, our hope is to do something different….to photograph real life in a real life kind of way, with love & creativity and inspiring real emotional responses to the pictures we produce.

Two weeks ago, we were happily reunited with Danielle & Adam….one of our wedding couples from 4 years ago. Their wedding was perfect in every way and I found myself particularly bonded to Dani because we had both suffered the devastating loss of a parent before our weddings. Plus, she’s just ridiculously sweet, warm, kind, loving and all around awesome! You can check out Dani & Adam’s wedding HERE.

A lot had changed since we saw them last, namely they added two new wonderful members to their wee family…..who we will affectionately refer to as Mr. L and Ms. R, who are as cute as they come!!! We had so much fun getting to know these super sweet little people.  Say hello……

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I mean come on….can we talk about Mr. L’s crazy cute smile as he leads his adoring sissie down the path? And, Ms. R’s delicious baby thighs….it’s all I could do to keep from munching!

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The photo of Mr. L on the left makes my heart smile….it just feels so sweet, so him, so full of the magic that is childhood. And, lovely baby R and her soulful eyes…..don’t stare too long, you’ll get lost in there!

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Taking a moment to turn the focus toward each other for a second….Mr. L, however, prefers the focus on him and he’s hard to resist!

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Happiness is….FAMILY.

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Low tide at Cold Storage Beach in Dennis provided the perfect backdrop for a family sunset stroll.

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Joyce, Dani’s mom and these lucky kids’ nana gets some good lovin’ from her babies.

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Flying high…..oh, to be a kid again!

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I don’t know what makes my heart squeal more…the look Ms. R is giving her Daddy or the one she’s giving the camera? Sweet little cheeky monkey!

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Higher Daddy…higher!!! Now, do it again!

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If only they would stay little forever….it’s what every parent thinks at some point. And, it’s hard not to think it myself when I saw this beautiful moment as captured by my ridiculously talented husband! Be still my baby-loving heart!!!!

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Meanwhile, I captured this silly exchange…..love these two boos!

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And, off into the sunset they go….honestly, I could barely contain myself as I watched them waddle off into the distance…Ms. R chasing after her big brother….neither certain of where they were going, just happy for the attention.

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Mr. L found a seagull feather and decided it needed a castle….

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Playing with mommy….this girl loves to fly high!

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It was a cloudy, humid day that….like our time with this wonderful family….came to a glorious end. Taaaa Daaaaaa…..

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Wait…don’t go you guys…I’m not done playing! Well, okay….maybe just one more of this delightful little man!

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Danielle, Adam & Joyce…thank you sooooo much for sharing yourselves and your beautiful family with us!! It was so great reconnecting. We only wish we had more time together, so we could have put down our cameras and just hung out!! Perhaps another time when you’re back visiting!! Until then, we hope you enjoy these precious moments and that they help preserve this wonderful time in your lives! Kids grow & change so fast…too fast!! Hope to see you all again soon!! With much love & big hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo

Family Playtime at Nauset Beach, Eastham Photographers

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Jacqueline sent us an email back in March, inquiring about family photos for her, her husband, Shaun, and their two sweet boys, Colin & Rory. We often get injuries, but not all of them are full of such warmth & goodness. And, I’ll admit, when we get an inquiry like Jacqueline’s we instantly feel a connection and get super excited to meet them and get them in front of our cameras.

I recently said that photography for me is less about creating pretty pictures…although that’s always something we strive to do….and more about connecting with people. And, I think Andy would agree. Making connections and building relationships is super important to us. There’s something that happens when we feel like the people we’re photographing are as excited about us and what we’re doing together as we are….a kind of magic is created, one that inspires and builds and always seems to lead to pretty pictures.

So, when we got together with Jacqueline, Shaun and the boys last week, all signs were pointing to the start of a beautiful relationship. We met them at their summer home in Eastham, which had been built by Shaun’s grandfather and recently remodeled to beachy perfection.

Jacqueline came out from the bedroom, arms wide open for a hug and I was immediately smitten! When we met their sweet boos, well, we couldn’t wait to get started. So, we began with a couple of quick pics in front of their special home. Are they cute or what?!!! They made it so easy to love this sweet family!

Next, Baby Rory is all love & giggles playing with his sweet Daddy, who can’t get enough….such sweetness!

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We left the house in our separate cars and headed to Coast Guard Beach, me & Andy leading the way. In our eagerness to spend more time with these lovely people, I inadvertently sped past a park ranger, who immediately pulled us over. Awesome first impression!!

Thankfully, he let us off with a written warning. Thank you Officer Hunt!! Although, it delayed us by 20 minutes, we had plenty of time built into the session, and truthfully, it was better to let the sun get a bit lower in the sky. So, it all worked out.

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Happy. Happy. Happy family!

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A momma’s love….there’s little that’s better than that!! Can we talk about sweet Rory and that smile for a second? Such a love bug!

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Sweet, gentle little Colin took some time to get used to us, but once he did…well, we were fast friends. Just love this happy moment captured by my super talented and equally sweet hubby! He has an amazing way of connecting to children that was one of the reasons I fell in love with him and, all these years later, it continues to warm my heart watching the way kids respond to him.

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On top of the world….that smile…I just can’t handle it! I can just feel the connection he was having with Andy in this moment and I just love it so much!

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Love this sweet, happy, really lovely family!

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Shaun sharing a moment with his very happy son! So much love!

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The light at the beach was so awesome and the clothing colors Jax & Shaun picked were perfectly complementary. Add in a tide pool with some ripples and I’m as giddy as Colin!

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We all want those wonderful posed family photos that inevitably become cherished family heirlooms, but the candid shot on the right makes my heart sing. Just love everything about it!

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A still tide pool + setting sun + a beautiful family = perfection.

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A momma and her baby boy….Swoon!

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I LOVE the photo on the left of Shaun with Colin….talk about a mini me moment! They literally have exactly the same body language in this moment. And, Shaun walking with Rory….such a good Daddy!

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More playful moments with momma…

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Oh Momma, you’re so funny!!!

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Run Daddy, run…the wave is coming!

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That was fun….do it again Daddy!

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Another candid family moment that warms my heart!

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Splish, splash, Colin was taking a bath…sort of!

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The two finger hold….my favorite!! Is Jacqueline beautiful or what?! I could have photographed this family for days!!!

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We headed to the Fort Hill bridge down the road for a couple of quick sunset photos.

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Peek-a-boo, I see you!

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The no-see-ums were soon bad, but that didn’t stop us from having some fun! These guys are such troopers and seem able to have fun no matter what’s happening.

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Someone’s getting sleepy. Love this sweet cherub!

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THIS moment….this is what makes life so sweet!

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Jacqueline and Shaun…..thank you soooooo much for choosing us to document your beautiful family! Jacqueline, you had me at “hello!” but meeting you, Shaun and the boys exceeded all expectations. You guys are just the sweetest! Such lovely, kind, fun, warm, loving people and parents and we hope you feel all that and more when you look at these photos of our time together! We hope too that you guys keep us in your lives and that we see you all again soon and continue to grown this wonderful new friendship….perhaps without the police & biting bugs next time! Thank you again for everything, and especially for reminding us why we love what we do!

Big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo

Ronnie, Frank & Family ~ Truro Beach, Cape Cod Photographers

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We first met Ronnie and Frank ten years ago, when we were photographing the amazing wedding of Beth & Jeff at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth. They were guests at the wedding and Ronnie had come up to us, raving about us and our work, having not yet seen the photos from the wedding. She’s just one of those people who approaches everything from a ‘glass half full’ perspective. In the dictionary next to the word positive is a picture of Ronnie. It’s hard not to immediately fall for her, and fall we did.

Happily, she,  Frank and their two daughters, Lauren & Kim, have all stayed in our lives over the years. We’ve shared dinners and giggles. We’ve photographed Lauren & Kim, for engagements and weddings, and now we get together every couple of years, when the gang all comes together for some happy family time at Ronnie & Frank’s place in Truro. It’s a beautiful respite, and for us, a sort of homecoming.

The past couple of times we’ve gotten together, it’s been so fun to see how the family has changed and expanded. What was once a family of four is now a family of twelve. We met two of the newest family members recently….and they just added more love & goodness to an already fairy tale family. Click HERE and HERE to see our past family get togethers.

As in year’s past, we met them at their summer home in Truro, and then headed to their favorite beach just down the road, Corn Hill beach. Below, sweet Hadley (left) and her sis, Piper, make their way to the beach, with brother, Wake, and the rest of the gang in tow.

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Wake is all smiles and getting so biiigggg!!! While Hadley, hams it up with Grandpa Frank and CrayCray. So much love!!!

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All the grandkids get together for a sweet pic with CrayCray and Grandpa Frank. Sweet baby Hailey (on CrayCray’s lap) was not feeling up to a photo session, but with the grown ups being big goofballs behind the camera, we got an almost smile.

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Sweet sisters, Hadley & Piper, are just delightful, as CrayCray enjoys some snuggle time with baby sis, Finley. Meanwhile, serious cousin Lincoln takes it all in stride. Love these sweet boos!

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Completely unprompted by anyone, Hadley & Piper share a sisterly smooch. Be still my heart!!!!!

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All the girls….

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Hello beautifuls!!!

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Mark & Kim are seriously the coolest parents I know. With their four gorgeous babies, they spent their week in Truro camping. Yup! Camping with four kids. Four kids and three tents! A sleeping tent, a kitchen tent and a wardrobe tent, complete with hanging racks for all the kids’ clothes. Total superstars and my heroes! And, can we talk about sweet Piper pulling her dress out at the sides, proud as punch and relishing the attention. Love this family!!!

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Speaking of love….check out baby Finley and those delicious thighs!! If ever there was a quintessential Cape Cod moment, surely this is it!

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Cousins…running, playing, loving life and making the most of their time together….Be still my heart!

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Can we talk about the unbridled joy written all over sweet Hadley’s gorgeous face? It is moments like this that are what life is all about! And, these are the ones that make me really love what we do!

Ironically, there was another family on the same beach having their photos taken. The photographer had them perfectly positioned and all was calm. I couldn’t help but wonder what they must have thought of our coordinated chaos….with kids running every which way (parents also joining in). I don’t think there’s a right way to do it, but for Andy & me…this is where it’s at. We’re just big fans of photographs that speak of life being lived and of kids being kids!

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Sweet Hailey eventually warmed up to her new friends….and man does the camera love this girl!! And, so does her gorgeous cousin. Be still my baby-loving heart!!!

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Families that play together stay together. And, this one sure knows how to play. Love them and these sweetly shared moments!!!

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While all this silly play was happening around them, Ronnie grabbed onto Frank and said, “Can you believe all of this is ours?” Awwwww…and YES! Because love breeds more love…and these two childhood sweethearts have it in spades!

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A little family sunset stroll….

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When it was all over, I was walking back with Ronnie and her super sweet cousin, Diane, who was mostly an onlooker for the photos. But, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to photograph these two sweet ladies, who like me….are not super psyched to be the center of attention and have a camera pointed at them. But, sometimes, it is in those moments where giggles and joy produce the most lovely, heart-felt smiles. LOVE!!!

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Back at the house, Ronnie asked if we’d be open to photographing their nightly ritual, where all the kids pile in their grandparents’ bed and Grandpa Frank sings a bedtime lullaby. UMMMM….YES!!!!!!! These sweet, little boos showed their appreciation with applause and sleepy smiles. And, with the sun setting and new memories made, our hearts were full. Loved this and loved that the family let us be a part of it!

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Sweet, sleepy Hailey….just yummy!

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This next one of her big brother melts my heart!! Photography for me is less about creating pretty pictures and more about connecting with my subjects. I get so moved when I look through my camera and share a moment of real connection with another human being….whether it’s a child, a bride or groom, a friend or coworker. It’s like they let me see them….the real them. And, for me, it is a moment of pure love. I know that sounds super corny, but it’s true….as human beings, we want to be seen, understood and accepted. And, when I photograph people, it’s like there’s this unspoken agreement that I’m going to be there to see them, accept them and love them and they willingly let me in. It truly is the coolest thing ever, because in so doing, they are also accepting and loving me. And, in this next photo…that’s exactly what I felt when I pointed my camera at little Lincoln, and he peered through my lens, with those soulful eyes and wry smile……all I could see was love.

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As we were leaving, Lincoln and his mom shared a moment…watching as the sun slowly faded past the horizon, bringing to an end another day of love & family time on beautiful Cape Cod.

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Ronnie & Frank….thank you!! For once again sharing your beautiful family with us!! For opening your hearts & home to us and for making us feel more like family than “your family photographers.” We love you guys and feel so grateful for your friendship. Kim, Mark, Lauren, and TL we feel so grateful to have been able to watch as you found and created love for one another and then built on that with the addition of your beautiful babies. We have loved watching you all grow and change and look forward to our next get together!! Kimmie….I’m serious about riding with you next summer!! Let’s make a mighty team of two! Love you guys to bits! Christine & Andy xoxo