Let me just start this off by saying, this family is flipping awesome! Ok, since thats out of the way, we can move on!
Natalie found us on Instagram and we started chatting with her way before our session. They were coming down to Gatlinburg for a family vacation in the mountains and really wanted some amazing pictures taken with some mountain views! They stayed in a beautiful cabin in the mountains! Some of the pictures from Natalie’s IG stories were to die for! It even had a theater room that was designed by Regal Entertainment! SAY WHAT!?!? Matthew and I love to shoot in the mountains so naturally, we were super excited to work with them!
We had originally planned to do the family session on a Friday night, but the weather was looking like it wasn’t going to cooperate very well! We ended up shooting the session on Thursday night. We met up with The Baker Family and literally immediately felt like we were all long time friends! Like seriously!
Michelle and Eric have 6 kids…the OGs as they call themselves, or the Original 6! We had a BIG bunch of people to photograph. Sometimes taking big family portraits like this can be daunting…but not with this family. The love they have for each other is amazing. How they all literally seem like best friends…and not just the original 6 and parents, but Nannie and those who married in or have been around for a while now! You could tell that everyone wanted to be together…wherever that was! It gave Matthew and I so much hope that we can create a family dynamic with our kiddos like this family has with theirs.
Just watching each of the groupings just love on each other and have fun with each other made Matthew and I just stand back in awe of how loving and bonded this family was. I’m pretty sure that both Matthew and I said at separate times “can we be honorary members of your family?” To which they replied…”ummm of course!” We even got a picture with Michelle and Eric 🙂 #thisfamilyisawesome She even said she was going to print it! Oh…and did I mention that they too are Honda lovers! Eric even works for Honda! We are diehard Honda people over here (I was swooning over their Pilot hardcore!)
It was such a blessing to work with this family and to spend even a small fraction of their vacation with them! We hope our paths cross again soon! We hope you all had an AMAZING week together in the beautiful mountains! Safe travels back home and we can’t wait to see y’all again soon!