I first met the Kay family about a year ago at my church. I don’t know how we hadn’t crossed paths sooner. The Kay's are my “neighbors”. I use that term loosely because we live out in the country, where if someone’s home is in the general vicinity, you are considered neighbors. Mrs. Kay is also a teacher at my daughter's elementary school. I’m so glad that I met them, my only regret is not getting to know their family sooner.
Their family consists of 2 boys and 2 girls. Their eldest boy is out on an LDS mission for the next two years, and he was greatly missed for these photos. It was obvious to see the Kay family is a tight-knit group and enjoy each other's company. The siblings get along well together and almost every moment was full of laughter and sarcasm, just the way I like it. The kids were great and up for any suggestions I gave them. Of course, the girls being teenagers, had plenty of their own poses to show off!
Mrs. And Mr. Kay still had it going on after four kids and a couple years of marriage (wink wink). It was so nice to be able to get some shots of them alone together- after all this is how their family started in the beginning.
Our original plan was to shoot at a different location at golden hour. The weather forecast predicted the clouds would be gone and the sun would be shining by 7pm. The clouds rolled out but once they were gone there was a heavy haze from wildfire smoke. The wildfire smoke this summer has sure thrown me for a loop. Here in the PNW, it seems we are always at the mercy of rain during every season but summer, and now the smoke. I’m learning to be flexible. Our last minute changes brought us to one of my favorite and most convenient locations: my own home.
We finished the session with a dance party! The girls were singing the horrible “Apple bottom jeans, boots with the fur" song. If anything good ever did come out of that song, it’s this picture. Priceless.