The Spector family hadn’t had family portraits in . . . well . . . a long time. A VERY long time. In fact, youngest child Sawyer wasn’t even born yet. Don’t worry, I assured her at our planning meeting, that is the story for many people. With four boys, four instruments, four lacrosse teams, two busy careers, and one heck of a mountain of laundry, homework, and PTAA functions it was no wonder family portraits had fallen off the to do list.
The combination of all of us together was nothing short of family portrait magic. Older brother Grey is a Freshman at Duke University. He’s an old soul who loves chess and making Steinway pianos hum with his talent. Cole is a Junior at Cary Academy with a dry sense of humor that he slips in slyly and leaves you cracking up. Cade is a Sophomore at Cary Academy with enough personality to fill the largest room, he is a sharp debater and master of giving good jaw line. Little brother Sawyer will catch your eye in every photograph just like he draws the attention of his three older brothers. He is also the careful one . . . with enough common sense to keep the older three in check at all times. All four of them totally different, and completely wonderful in their own unique way.
We take time to get to know every family we work with before their family portrait session in a meeting at our Studio in Downtown Cary. In our planning meeting with Nicole we learned all about her boys, talked about what to wear, and made a plan for a unique urban but sentimental session in Downtown Durham. We had a few new locations we hadn’t used before and asked her if she would be down for us to try out new locations. Since the Spectors are definitely adventurous, it was a resounding YES. More than anything we wanted to capture the sweet relationship between brothers while still showing their tough and athletic sides. Justin, who is Teresa’s husband, and has extensive experience in videography joined us to document the memories behind the scenes.
Genuine moments of laughter, sincerity, and brotherly love were what made these family portraits come to life. In her viewing meeting Nicole was completely overjoyed with all of the options she had to choose from. She had worked with other talented, local photographers in years past but remarked with admiration that having just one portrait she loved this much from other sessions would have been amazing. We had given her 30 that she just couldn’t part with and with each glance at our gallery wall, she found more and more. Our job is to make portrait selection easy and together we created two beautiful wall groupings and the foundations for a beautiful leather album. She was especially excited to share the behind the scenes video with her father, one of four brothers himself, who would delight in seeing the personalities and photographs of his grandchildren. This is why we do what we do – not to just capture moments in time, but to make them authentic artwork, in heirloom quality, that will preserve the love of these four brothers in tangible form, for eternity.
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