• Kate Stapleton

Family Session at Juniper Trail

Updated: Jun 15, 2018

They pull up in their Black Chrysler Sedan. Together. A family of three. Each are dressed to the nines from mom to dad to baby. They are ready for a fun family photoshoot at the beautiful scenic Juniper Trail. Their color coordinated outfits go so well together. Both dad and baby in white collared button-up shirts and dress pants; dad in khaki and baby in blue pants. And as if the little one isn't cute enough, he is also wearing matching blue suspenders. The intricate lace detailing on mom's delicate blush dress perfectly compliments the outfits of her two favorite men as they walk side-by-side together. And although I have been in touch with them, I introduce myself to their little family as we walk to the first spot for their photos.

At first, mom and dad are a little quiet. They are timid. Shy. But little Damian is already all smiles and giggles the moment we met. It's as if he knew to bring his A-game for tonight's photoshoot! I can tell mom and dad are a little unsure. Nervous. And understandably so. When I am on the other side of the camera, I feel the same way. Always... That's probably why I chose to be behind it.

As we start our session, mom starts to open up and I also see that dad is getting more comfortable too. As they slowly warm up to the idea of me and my camera, what has been constant is the look they give to each other. That look of admiration. Love. From the moment they stepped out of the car, I can tell that this young couple is in love. Their smiles and laughter amongst themselves are genuine. Real. And it is very contagious that I find myself smiling too. What is so beautiful about them is that because they love each other, they wrap their child in it too. They give him gentle kisses, caress his sweet face and hold his little fingers as if to say "I love you" without saying it.

Mayra and Cristian, your love for one another is a true testament that life is beautiful when you have your best friend by your side. Little Damian is bright-eyed and happy because he knows he is loved by the both of you. He knows that he is safe in your arms. He knows that the people that have brought him into this world are happy to have him. Thank you for gracing me with your family's presence even for just a short time. Little Damian sure knows how to capture my heart with his gummy smiles. He made my night! Thank you for trusting me to hold your precious gem as I take photos of just the two of you. I believe that all parents, especially new parents, should have photos of just themselves. Having a baby in the mix can distract us from what brought us together to begin with, so I wanted you guys to have something that will bring you back to each other when things get tough. Little Damian is very blessed to have you both. You may already know this, but his smiles confirm your feelings for each other. Happy babies are happy because their parents are too.

Again, thank you.

Kate Stapleton is a wedding photographer who values telling your story in a way that feels like you.

She creates images that are sincere, meaningful, and real.

Kate is based in Reno, Nevada and photographs weddings in the Reno-Tahoe area as well as destination weddings.

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