The Benito Family

Almost a year ago, I had the honor of photographing Brian and Sara's wedding in Sturbridge, Mass. I can't believe it has already been a whole year. It just feels like, lately, time is evading me. I don't think I'm alone though.. our children seem to get bigger right before our very eyes, some days it feels like I wake up with a new wrinkle that I swear wasn't there the day before. Every time I see my parents, they seem just a little bit older. It's this unavoidable cycle of life. It's the reason I want to tell people's stories for them, to try and freeze these precious little moments in time to look back on in years to come.

It was a windy, grey September evening when I met Brian and Sara for this session. We weren't even sure if we would get rained out or not but it held off. I met them and their two daughters, Payten and Loralye at a park in Suffield, Connecticut. Brian is an old, dear friend of mine so it means so much more that I am able to capture them together. The girls are two of the most free-spirited kids I've ever met(the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!), and what started off as a casual walk through the woods and a quick cousin's shoot in a field, ended up with the two girls swimming in the lake fully clothed, and then trotting off through the parking lot back to the car in their birthday suits. 

I left this shoot feeling so rooted and grateful and humbled by our sweet time together. This is the exact reason I will always always want to photograph families. This is what it's all about.

bonjour charlotte.

You won't remember this, but I will.. your sweet baby smell, your soft breath on my face, your tiny little fingers wrapped around mine. When life feels like it's spinning out of control and you start walking.. or driving.. or even walking down the aisle someday, I will close my eyes, and remember us. just. like. this. ❤️