The Suh family has a lot to celebrate! When those four sons were little, I'm sure there was never a dull moment and now that they're grown up, it appears that is still the case.
This year, the youngest two sons both graduated from college, so to commemorate the occasion (and the gathering of everyone all dressed up at the same time/place), we settled on Pepperdine University and Malibu's Surfrider Beach for a family portrait blitz.
With Malibu's beautiful spring morning light, we ran through every possible combination of families, as well as lots of group shots and a few individual senior portraits to mark the boys' graduation. Thanks, Suh family, for including me in this beautiful season of your life!
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They say home is where the heart is, and in this case, I'd say they were right. I happen to be related to the subjects of this Wednesday-morning-at-home shoot (Mama Rachel is my big sister!), so they were willing to let me show up during breakfast time and just capture what I saw. And boy, I saw a lot.... I saw smiles and laughter and see-food and morning light and Dr. Seuss and chickens and lilacs and Midnight the cat and Macarius' bicycle and a whole lotta love passed from heart to heart and hand to hand. I left my family that morning with a full memory card and an even fuller heart.
I think what I love most about this shoot are the little bursts of reality sprinkled throughout—like that smear of God knows what on Macarius' chin from breakfast (my guess is egg yolk), or Juliana's little green undies peaking out above her skirt, or Lucius rocking the diaper, or Rachel's just-showered hair. I'm not a parent myself, but if I were, these are the details I would want frozen in time. These are the things I would store up in my heart.
So please scroll down to enjoy a real morning at the Barnard home, in all it's raw perfection.
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