Every now and then there are sessions that I know are coming and I can’t wait to shoot them.  This is one of those sessions!

I’ve been waiting for this one since this little guy was born.   Yes, 5 years!  5 years ago, I was very lucky to get to photograph his newborn photos and because I knew this family had a tradition, I knew this special session was coming too.

little boy in hat, suspenders and bow tie

This all started many years ago with Big Sister.  Mama had the idea to celebrate her daughter turning 5 years old with a special dress and photo session.  So I met Mama and Big Sister in her beautiful white dress and we had her session.  We also took a few family photos.  At the time there were 3 little girls- Big Sister, Middle Sister and new Baby Sister.  We ended the session, already excited for the day when Middle Sister would turn 5.

sisters with baby in leaves, little girl in white dress

Then just a few years later Middle Sister was turning 5.  I was so excited to once again photograph this special session!  I love traditions possibly because I’m so bad at remembering and following through on them.  We met at the same park and Middle Sister had her own special white dress.  And once again, we did some family photos too!  There was a new addition to the family- a baby boy!  Yes, Little Brother joined the family and happens to share his birthday with his Middle Sister.  He was just a little guy so he wasn’t quite up for laying in the leaves with his big sisters.

sisters in leaves, little girl in white dress

And then, just a few years later Little Sister turned 5.  She had her pretty white dress and was ready for her session!  Once again we took the opportunity to update family photos and our sibling shot that also has become part of the tradition.

sisters and little brother laying in the grass, little girl in white dress and veil

After we finished, Mama and I were both excited for Little Brother to turn 5!  I couldn’t wait to see what kind of session he would have.  Sure enough, this fall, we had his session!


  • SESSION TYPE: on location portrait session

  • SUBJECT: 5 yr old boy and family

  • LOCATION: Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh

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Then we took a break and he changed into a more casual outfit.

Flannel and wool

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Then it was time to add the family…

fall family portrait

and complete one more tradition!

siblings laying down, looking up and smiling

And yes, there’s a new Baby Sister who joined the family.  That means one more 5 yr old session to look forward to in a few years 🙂

Do you have a special moment that you would like to document?  Do you have a tradition you would like to start with your family?  Contact me and let’s talk about how photography can be part of your tradition!

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