I first worked with Suleka & Jesse for their maternity session at the field location when they were expecting their son, Kirin and went on to photograph his newborn session as well. You can see their maternity images by clicking here, and Kirin’s newborn session by clicking here.
I was thrilled to hear from Suleka when she contacted the studio to schedule a session for Kirin’s second birthday. She wanted an outdoor session and loved the gardens location. Because she had worked with Megan, one of our HMUA’s for her previous sessions, she knew she wanted to add on hair and makeup services with her again. Suleka also let us know that both sets of grandparents would be participating in the session as well! I was so excited because I think the grandparent relationship is SO special and important. I was incredibly fortunate to have two absolutely wonderful sets of grandparents that were very involved in my life growing up. One set still remains, and I can’t imagine a life without them in it. So anytime a family wants grandparents to be involved in their family session, I am 200% on board. What an incredibly beautiful gift to give to your child!
We also sent over our style guide to Suleka to help her in coordinating her family’s wardrobe since there were so many of them and let her know we were happy to assist further if she needed to run anything by us. She found the style guide easy to read and super helpful when it came to coordinating everyone’s outfits and did a wonderful job all on her own! If you need more assistance than she did, we’re here to help!
The family drove all the way from Cumming into Atlanta for their session. We had a mostly overcast evening with really nice spring weather. Overcast days are awesome because the light is really soft, even, and diffused and it affords a lot of flexibility in which direction I can place my subjects. When we have a clear day with sunlight, that’s also gorgeous - but I don’t face my subjects towards the sun because I don’t want them to be blinded and squinting in every image.
Kirin spends lots of time with his grandparents, and is a very loved little boy. His face lights up whenever he’s with the people he loves, and it was such a fun session to photograph. He enjoyed walking around the gardens and exploring, and the session was pretty much “pass Kirin around to everyone” and group images. I work REALLY fast with toddlers of this age when we have a larger family group because I want to make sure we get those whole family images checked off the shot list before my youngest subject(s) lose interest! Then we let loose, we play, and we keep moving to keep them active and engaged. The entire session took about 30ish minutes, because that’s all Kirin was interested in giving us… but as you’ll see, it was more than enough time - and the adults actually loved that it wasn’t a long and drawn out session. When we said our goodbyes, I was the only one that left since everyone else opted to stay and keep exploring and playing!
Enjoy a few of my favorite images from this family session! I can’t wait to see these guys next year!
Lily Sophia Photography specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, and family photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.