Sarah & Chris’ Lion’s Bridge Engagement Session

In August, I got the chance to head back home to Virginia. It was a chance to visit with family, see my niece, ride some roller coasters, and catch up with Sarah & Chris. I met Chris back in high school, when I was just a young girl going to local shows, in the beginning stages of my courtship with photography. Chris played bass in my favorite local band. His band even played a show in my living room at my 16th birthday party. Yes, I was that cool. Many of the first photographs I took, were photos of his band playing shows, so I guess I owe a lot to Chris.

In May, I’ll be headed back below the Mason-Dixon, to the land of sweet tea and chicken pastry, to shoot their wedding. Until then, here are some photographs of their engagement session.

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Joseph Hall - Love the tree and the light shot – lovely

Sidney Morgan - Ahhh Heather, these are all so gorgeous!!

Denis Adonis - Me gustan muuuucho estos retratos, el brenizer method te quedo la raja, y tu edición me parece genial! Saludos from Valparaíso

Jessica Schilling - So much gorgeousness! Beautiful couple, light, and scenery.

Johanna - I can’t stand all this cuteness going on. I made some really squeaky sounds when seeing that cute little dog and that tongue. SO adorable. Beautiful work, Heather! :)

Albert Palmer - Stunning use of light Heather – quite jealous!

Heather Kanilopoolos - Beautiful use of light and shadows. Gorgeous!

naomi - the light, the light! but seriously, the light. love the second and third frames

tobiah - love the shot in the woods – the depth of field is brilliant! lovely light throughout and that dog is lovely

/mariahedengren - Oh this is really beautiful, Heather. Loving it!

Brittany - I would like her dress please and thank you. These are uber lovely. The light in those last shots – well I die, and turn a touch green with jealousy.

belinda - Beautiful imagery! Love the art in all of them. :)

Emanuelle - I love the picture with so much light, gorgeous

A Day With the Nehras

I get asked quite often if I do family portraits, and my answer is always “Not like you’ve probably ever seen before.” A family portrait can be so much more than a photograph of a group of related individuals sitting on a beach in skillfully coordinated polo shirts smiling into the camera. To me, a family portrait is a photo of a 2 year old messing up the bed her Mom just made by jumping on it. It’s a photo of a new father’s terrified expression as he changes his newborn daughter’s diaper. It’s a photo of a mother, chasing after her toddler, who decided now would be a great time to run in the opposite direction. It’s a photo of a family where they’re most comfortable, in their own home, no matter how messy it is, surrounded by the ones they love. That’s the kind of family portrait I make.

Here’s an afternoon I spent with Alex, Andrew, and Sienna, making family portraits.

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backyard during a lifestyle family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.Interior of a mid-century home in metro Detroit during a lifestyle family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A family reads a story during a lifestyle family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A family reads a story during a lifestyle family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A family reads a story during a lifestyle family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.Interior of a childA two year old plays in her bedroom in a mid-century home in metro Detroit during a lifestyle family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old girl spies on her kitten during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A family journeys to the creek that runs behind their house during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A family journeys to the creek that runs behind their house during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A family journeys to the creek that runs behind their house during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A family makes fake mustaches during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.Piggyback rides during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A family looks for birds during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.Interior of a mid-century home in Metro Detroit during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old plays with binoculars during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old plays with binoculars during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old and her mother play with binoculars during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.Interior of a mid-century home in Metro Detroit during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old girl spies on her kitten during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old and her father play on a mid-century style rowing machine during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old and her father play on a mid-century style rowing machine during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old and her father play on a mid-century style rowing machine during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old girl spies on her kitten during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old girl spies on her kitten during a documentary family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old drives a toy car during a photojournalistic family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old drives a toy car during a photojournalistic family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old drives a toy car during a photojournalistic family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old plays with her mother and father in the front yard of their mid-century home in Metro-Detroit during a photojournalistic family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old plays with her mother and father in the front yard of their mid-century home in Metro-Detroit during a photojournalistic family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old plays with her mother and father in the front yard of their mid-century home in Metro-Detroit during a photojournalistic family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old plays with her mother and father in the front yard of their mid-century home in Metro-Detroit during a photojournalistic family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old plays with her mother and father in the front yard of their mid-century home in Metro-Detroit during a photojournalistic family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A two year old plays with her mother and father in the front yard of their mid-century home in Metro-Detroit during a photojournalistic family portrait session in Ferndale photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.

Adonye Jaja - this is what family photos should look like! super well done!

Sidney Morgan - Gosh, these are all so beautiful. One of my favorite family sessions i’ve seen all year.

Matthew Long - YES! This is how family photography should be done. Natural, relaxed, fun.

Jessie - These are all so fun… Family Love!

ayesha - precious! and inspiring <3 also… OMG that house, that window. love!

Damien - What a very special set! Heather they must be over the moon! i love that house too

Steve Markow - This is amazing. Thats how family photos should be done.

Veronica Varos - Awesome set and I’m so, so in love with their home!

Dominique / York Place Studios - The one where the little girl is looking out the window at the cat made me stop in my tracks. I love these images. :)

Michelle Edmonds - Gosh, love these. And your description of how family portraits SHOULD be is spot on. Wonderful work.

/mariahedengren - This is to beautiful. I want to be a kid again.

Daniel Ha - You should definitely do family photo sessions, you do them very well!

Serena Severtson - Love these images, Heather! That little girl is the cutest and it looks like it was so much fun!

Jane Haglund - What a sweet shoot – lovely work!!

Joseph Hall - Totally sweet- especially the cat out the window shot!

Nick - I just got a little teary eyed! I’m having a little girl next month and I was picturing myself in these. well done Heather, I love these.

Douglas Pettway - Um, I think they’ve won the “Happiest Family in America” award. :) Love that house too! :)

Delia McDonagh - Such happy and fun moments you catured Heather. I love it!

tim riddick - holy amaze balls!

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