The Canfield Family at the Chesapeake Arboretum, May 2019

I met The Canfield Family at the Chesapeake Arboretum back in May.  I’ll preface this by saying I’ve known Wei for a while.  We run in the same circles and have a lot of mutual friends.  We worked on a charity event together and we attend many of the same functions.  So when she asked me to do family portraits for her I was really happy to do so. I really enjoyed meeting Burt and the kids, and LOVED taking their pictures!

If you follow me at all, you know I love working at the Chesapeake Arboretum.  It is such a diverse location to work in.  On the lot of the arboretum, there’s a barn and a gazebo along with open land, and lots of colorful flowers to work with.  If you add in all of the long trails back in the woods with arching tree coverage, bridges, and a lake you can have so many different backgrounds to your family pictures. Visit their Facebook page here! 

About Our Session

When I start my sessions, I like to work with the kids while their parents look on.  It gives me a chance to get them to open up to me a bit.  I will do some light posing and just get some test shots in.  While I’m doing that I’ll start asking about their interests, and what they do for fun. We tell jokes and I ask them to tell me silly stories, and they jump at the chance to tell me something embarrassing the other one has done. When one tells a story, the other is happy to return the favor!  It lightens the mood up a lot.  By the time I ask if they want to do some running around so I can take more pictures of them playing, they feel pretty comfortable in front of the camera.

The Canfield kids were so well behaved for me!  They loved dancing around and chasing each other, all the while letting me stop and direct them a bit!  They loved searching for the little salamanders and skinks underneath rocks and around the barns!  When I pulled Wei and Burt in for some pictures of their own, I found out they are celebrating 20 years of marriage! Such a big milestone for any couple.  They still look at each other madly in love! Congratulations friends <3 Here’s to the next 20!

Chesapeake Arboretum provides a vast array of scenery for family portraits.

The trees and the plants help create gorgeous layering effects. Coupled with the light of the late afternoon, we are able to capture priceless moments like this one.

The big red barn at the Chesapeake Arboretum

Among the flowers and the greenery at the arboretum, the barn is my favorite for family images.  Its bold red color along with the grain in the wood provide a lovely contrast to your images!

What to wear for your pictures

When it comes to choosing your outfits for the day of your session, simplicity is the word to remember.  Start with a base color, as you work in one or two accent colors to complement.  The guys opted for the simple white button down and jeans, and the ladies wore dusty pink and white to tie in together with the men.  By keeping clothing options simple, your attention is drawn more to people in the picture.  Wei did perfectly when she put her family together!

Are you looking for the perfect location for your family portraits?

Send me a message and we can discuss different options for your family session. You can view more work from the Chesapeake Arboretum here.  While it is a picturesque location, there are endless options in this area for your family!

Let's get planning!