Ada and I first crossed paths when she participated in my Snap Happy Workshop several months back, so when her husband Terry’s birthday rolled around she came to me with a creative way to mark the occasion with a family portrait session in nearby Rock Creek Park.

But in order for the family portrait to earn a place on the mantel, everyone needed to look their best.  Choosing the perfect outfit for a portrait session can be a challenge for anyone, but I find that moms in particular bear the brunt of the pressure. After all, not only does she have to find a flattering ensemble for herself, but she also has to dress and press the rest of the family.  If Ada was feeling the pressure however, she did an excellent job of keeping her cool. Prior to the shoot she consulted with me about clothing choices by sending me some quick snapshots taken on her cell phone.  Two points for cleverness?  I’d say so.

Ada’s preparation proved to be well worth the effort.  She chose a cohesive color palette that encompassed everyone: from the plaid pattern in Avi’s shorts, to Maya’s sunhat, to the necklace & earring set mom wore so well.  Not to mention that the vibrant colors that Ada selected played beautifully against the lush green backdrop of the scenic Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park.

Mid springtime in Washington D.C. is an idyllic time to shoot a family portrait outdoors as nature does most of the work of providing the perfect backdrop.  Generally in these few final hours before sunset, the sky glows with a kind of peach colored light that adds a special warmth to every shot.  Yet, no matter how much we willed it to be otherwise, the weather had other plans for us.

Slowly but surely gray clouds cloaked the sky and the rumbling tones of thunderstorms loomed in the distance.  It can be a risky business partnering with Mother Nature on a photo shoot, but she kept herself in check long enough for us to capture some beautiful images of Avi and Maya with mom and dad.

Finding the perfect gift for a husband and father can be a very difficult.  After having spent an afternoon in the park with this beautiful family, I would say that Ada (and the kids) hit a home run and gave dad the perfect birthday present – the making of a memory.

Family Portait and Birthday Surprise

Family Portait and Birthday Surprise

Family Portait and Birthday Surprise

Family Portait and Birthday Surprise

Family Portait and Birthday Surprise

Family Portait and Birthday Surprise

Family Portait and Birthday Surprise

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