"Jaime, I just looked at some of the photos. I'm in tears, they are so good. There are no words for what you do (it's way beyond photography). You heal people through your work."
Probably the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me about my photography - ever!
The man behind the quote is Patrick, a family friend who had just seen photos I had taken of his older brother, Brian, and his family.
You see, Patrick had purchased the session from me as a Christmas gift to his brother, as well as two other sessions for his younger brother and his family, and a longtime friend and her family.
I completed the first session with Patrick's younger brother back in January. Session No. 2 with Brian, his wife, Katy, and their two sons, Tyler and Will, took place in early May.
I met up with the family at a park near Patrick and Brian's childhood home in Davidsonville, Maryland early one Saturday morning. The weather was overcast, and the new-spring growth was a healthy vibrant green.
Everyone was shy and sleepy at first, but with two kids under 10 on scene, it didn't take long to get the energy up.
Little Man Will was the shyest of the bunch at first, but he ended up being the silliest overall, having a good ol' time by the end of our session together.
Big Brother Tyler, meanwhile, had a real knack for photobombing, which actually created some of the most adorable shots from the session.
We only had one hour together, but we were able to create several set ups that really highlighted this family's close-knit nature. Additionally, by coming down to their level and acting a kid myself, I was able to document Tyler and Will's true personalities, which ultimately is every parent's desire during a family portrait session.