How the Sturgeon Family Rocked their Family Photography Session at the Chesapeake Arboretum!

What a great time of year to explore the beauty of the Chesapeake Arboretum!  If you’re looking for the best place to go for your family photography session in Chesapeake, look no further!  I couldn’t get enough of those sun flares, radiant flowers and all the shades of green a photographer (and a gardener) could ask for! I definitely do not have a green thumb at home, which is one of the reasons why I love working at the arboretum! There is a lot of versatility on the grounds for different backgrounds,  making sessions we have here all the more enjoyable. 🌱

I was just born this cute!” - Ellie Sturgeon 🌸 This girl seriously knows what she is doing when the camera is turned her way.  She loves posing and it shows!

Let me just tell you: the Sturgeons showed up knowing exactly how to not only make me smile, but everyone around them too! Between Ellie declaring confidently she has always been the cutest, to the boys showing off their theatrical skills and then the whole family joining in to sing ‘So long, Farewell,’ from The Sound of Music, I was in photography heaven! The kids got along so well and clearly have so much love for one another, and it shows in every photo I took.

The giggles, the jokes, the silliness, including the “Sturgeon scatter” all lead up to fun, natural moments I could freeze in time for this family. Moments that they can cherish forever. 

Oh my gosh, would you just look at these two!  Thirteen years of marriage and still in love. 💑 The way the Sturgeons gaze into each other’s eyes or whisper sweet nothings to one another… it’s priceless! These light-hearted moments, walking through the Chesapeake Arboretum, and learning more about this Navy family is one of the reasons I love what I do! Some families are just intuitive in front of the lens of a camera, and this family is one of them!  📷

I want you to enjoy your time with me; I want to help capture moments and memories, not just faces in time. It’s important for me to help you relax and feel as natural as possible, because those make the best results.

The Arboretum was an amazing setting for the children to explore. Grant and Nolan climbed trees, while Ellie came across a small garden snake! 🐍 These sessions should be fun, and I, as your photographer, value the time we have together, making a split-second of joy a piece of art you can cherish forever.

Learn more about the Chesapeake Arboretum by visiting their Facebook Page here! 

I encourage my clients to come dressed in what shows their personalities, as individuals or as a family, but at the same time it’s essential to be comfortable! Cathy Sturgeon did a idealistic job of dressing to impress for this day outdoors! The colors were simple and contrasting with the greenery, the clothes were seasonally appropriate (super important that no one was sweating through their shirts!) but there is one thing I would like to note as we move into the hotter days.

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There is one last thing I want to touch on as spring is quickly turning into summer, and it’s super important.   Keep in mind the mosquitoes and the gnats are coming out in full force towards the end of each day.  When the sun is setting and its radiance is at its peak, so are those pesky bugs.  As you plan and prepare for your session, I highly suggest bringing 🦟 Bug spray as well as sunscreen and water for those hotter evenings! 🌞

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