As the glowing sun sprinkled through the trees, I knew with every step I took to get to the lush backyard that I was walking into something really special. It was Mother’s Day and I was about to photograph a family of four generations. I was so happy that this family decided to make their session part of the day’s festivities. The scene was set for a glorious morning as delicious light filtered through the branches, all were dressed in gorgeous outfits, and a celebratory brunch would follow the session. And to top it off, I was greeted not by usual handshakes, but with big warm hugs. That’s right, the great-grandparents—or mimi and papa as so many affectionately call them—made me feel like part of the family right away. Simply wonderful. Like I said, I knew it’d be special.


Mimi and papa are blessed with an incredible family, and among them the sweetest little great-granddaughters. I loved how they interacted with each other.


Of course for Mother’s Day it was really special to get a photograph of mommy with her little girls. And I was so glad she let me grab a quick snapshot of her too! Doesn’t she just look so radiant?


We ended the session with some playtime of hopscotch, hula hoop, and simply being goofy. Plus, I couldn’t end without getting a photo of those red hot shoes.





Thank you z family for inviting me to such a special Mother’s Day event. I loved being part of your family celebration!

Mimi & Papa

  1. Chris Centofanti says:

    Carolyn, what a beautiful session. You truly have a special gift. I so enjoy your blog and the opportunity to view your incredible work!!

  2. Rachel Olsen says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! The light is amazing, and could those girls get any cuter???? Great job!

  3. Carolyn, you did an amazing job capturing such a special memory!

  4. Cindy says:

    Beautiful images of a beautiful family. I love that you captured this special day for them. I can feel the love and the joy.

  5. These are such fun photos, Carolyn. You captured this family so well – I’m sure the photos will be treasured! Love the red sandels shot!

  6. Jane Combs says:

    Worth the wait, these are great! Love the close-up B&W, precious…

  7. wiff harmer says:

    Soooooo cute! You did a fantastic job here! Makes me want some red sandals. Not sure they’d be as cute on me! Way to go. 🙂