It's hard to believe that not only is summer a distant memory, but FALL is quickly fading as well. Something we've loved as our business has grown has been the growth of the family photo portion of our business. It's only natural that as our wedding clients settle into their new stages that they are adding love to their life with pets and children. The family mini session has become quite popular in the photography world - and for good reason. It's a fast and affordable way to document your family's growth from year to year. We've come to hold two family mini session marathons here on Summer Street - one in the summer and one in the fall. We just completed our fall rendition of our mini sessions, but our blog has been a bit...delayed....as of late - so today we're sharing our summer rendition of the Mini Session remix. Photographing kids and families always keeps us on our toes, and we've loved exploring how to best capture each family dynamic and child - even if they prefer to run away from the camera rather than toward. There's something unpolished about this body of work that we're building but that feels right. Childhood (and hey - life!) is not about pressed khaki's and white shirts on the beach. It's the runny noses, bear hugs, scrapes and kisses from Mom and Dad - all these little things add up to a really beautiful conglomeration of what raising kids is like. And someday we hope parents look back at these moments and think of just how sweet and small their kids were, as well as the expansive amounts of energy it takes to keep up with them. After all, life is lived between the pretty and perfect photos, and that's the way it's supposed to be.