At home with the BurkeCohens

If you've read this blog for longer than 5 minutes you know I have a tendency to overuse the word favorite; but if you are indeed a reader of this blog, you know I am authentic in my love of life, people, photography, and I am being totally honest when I call something a favorite. Favorite just comes with the caveat that it is completely possible I have another favorite in the same category. So with that said, knowing fully I could name another favorite at any time, I'm gonna go ahead and call it for now: Lifestyle sessions are my favorites to shoot. And although I think you can categorize my style of photography as family lifestyle portraits (and I do), I have a type of session I call a lifestyle session and it is my favorite because it allows me to really get to know you, and capture you in your environment, doing your thang, without time constraints. You can read more about those sessions here.
This session took place last fall, but I failed to blog it because it was just on the cusp of busy season and I really wanted to take the time to blog it right, so I just didn't do it at all. I tend to do that too. As I've said, my goal for 2012 is to be a better blogger. So here goes.
Jonathan and Jessie met at a swing dance 12 years ago (that's Jessie Burke of Posies Cafe and Jonathan Cohen of Imagine Energy); Jessie says "he asked me to dance and I knew after our first date that I was going to marry him." They are awesome. In the first year at their new house they hosted so many parties that party planning became one of their daughter, Anouk's, favorite activities. They also love making breakfast together; Anouk loves to dress up; Jonathan does puzzles; they watch movies all snuggled together on their big couch; they love people watching from their front porch; Baby Julien's a snuggler with a giant smile; they love being at home, together. These are the things I learn prior to a session like this, and because we have the time, I am able to incorporate much of it into the session. And I love it: I love the observing, capturing, and preserving of your daily existence. 

 She's taking my order...

See that list Anouk is working on? that's her party plan; she's hostessing a party the following day
Party primping

 Baking a cake for the party

Waiting for her guests to arrive.
I didn't actually stay for the party, that wasn't really the point. I wanted to capture this family doing what they do, and well, I think I did. 
And I loved every last minute of it.