I love it when a family likes nontraditional portraits. It’s great to let kids run around and be themselves and capture how the family interacts. This photo session took place in the client’s home, and from the moment I walked in their house, I was able to get a good sense of the whimsical nature of the couple. There was a large picture hanging of their son Chase with his hair sticking straight up and a smile on his face. Seeing it framed on the wall immediately told me this family liked to have fun and laugh and not just keep to traditional boundaries of standard portraiture. We started the session in their front lawn by doing some family photos and even incorporated Chase’s grandfather. But as every young boy, he was still for several frames but wanted to burst out and play. Rather than try to get him to sit, we just went with it and let him run and play and brought him into the pictures using my standard repertoire of toys. In playing, we got him to sit to get some great outdoor photos. Afterwards, we headed indoor on the couch and the family sat together just being themselves. They really made me laugh and everyone was really sweet. I had a great time and it was a pleasure to be with this family that fall morning.