The Havener Family [Fort Payne, Alabama Family Photography]

Dear, dear friends.  Last August we spent the morning and afternoon together and when it got hot,  ran to the river to cool down. As you can see, they are not camera shy. ;)

I think it's very important to remember that for family shoots, having fun together is rule #1 for creating true to you images. Not taking yourself too seriously, not getting upset if a child gets their outfit dirty or even cries a little. ;) I'm reminded of this when I photograph these people, because they are some of the best at laughing things off and hanging onto what's important -- each other.