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On a lovely fall morning in November, I drove out to Burke Lake Park in Burke, VA to photography this beautiful family: Osmin, Sophie, Jocelyn and Bella. I met this family of 4 during the wedding I shot at the Westin Alexandria back in September and was thrilled to take pictures for their 2012 holiday card.
I couldn’t get over how cute the girls’ outfits were! Sister pictures are always fun to do since you get a glimpse of each child’s personality, as well as their overall sibling unity. We did a series of posed and candid family shots, sibling shots and even a few of just mom and dad… I know how busy things can get for parents, who are never in any pictures since they are always taking pictures of their kids… SO I always make sure to get a few in of just the parents!
The weather was absolutely gorgeous: mid-60s, partly sunny and with a slight breeze. Burke Lake was also the perfect location for this family’s holiday pictures. Its 888 square acres features a variety of amenities from a fitness trail (an awesome place to do some gritty trail running) to a train tracks and my personal favorite: a wooded, natural amphitheater (the picture above was staged at that very location). Walking around on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, surrounded by other families, runners, walkers, dogs and cyclists, one cannot walk away without a beaming smile on their faces. And best of all, I had the opportunity to walk around Burke Lake again after the shoot… I was doing a nature photography workshop with a photography student that day as well!
Osmin, Sophie, Jocelyn and Bella: it was a pleasure taking family photos for you this fall! I’m glad you were able to make a gorgeous holiday card with the pictures and wish you all the best for the holiday season and the coming New Year!