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.