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Over the weekend, Matt & I had the privilege of capturing some family portraits with our dear friends Lily & Mike and their beautiful kids Zach and Zoey! We don’t do family portraits often (only by special request) but we really enjoyed capturing some sweet moments with them!

Before I share pretty pictures, I want to go way back to 2005. Lily & Mike were the first couple I ever took engagement photos of! Lily was my boss at the time and she knew that I loved taking photos and encouraged me a lot. In fact, I’m pretty certain that if not for Lily’s confidence I would not be doing this as a career today. She and Mike told everyone about me (and now “us” since Matt is shooting also) and that led to other requests for engagement photos, portraits, and weddings. Even though it took me a while to have the confidence to start a business, Lily always saw that potential in me. And so for that reason (and so many others) I love her dearly!

I was really excited to hear Lily say that she is going to get back into photography! She used to be a photographer and photos have always meant so much to her, so I’m so happy that she will once again be sharing her passion and talent with the world! She will be focusing on family photography, so if you are looking for family portraits let me know and I will put you in contact with her!

I know that no one comes to a photography blog to hear me ramble, but I just had to say how awesome Lily is. She has an equally amazing family to match, and Matt & I are sooooooo excited to show you just how stinkin’ cute they all are!

Lily, Mike, Zach, and Zoey – we love you guys! <3

5 Responses to “Family Portrait Session | Jacksonville Portrait Photographers”

  1. that baby is seriously the cutest! love it! love the location… ;)

  2. Awww, Gwen, the last shot is way too cute!! :)

  3. Administrator says:

    I know! Baby Zoey is so animated! I love the expressions on her face. She’s a cutie for sure!

  4. Lily Bristow says:

    Ok, I’m sitting her at 6:20 in the morning crying — that was the sweetest blog entry, Gwen… I know that I was part of a a group of people that really encouraged you to get your business going, I just didn’t realize how big a part Mike and I had played… Thank you for your love, your friendship, and for always bringing out the beautiful in our family! Mike and I talk all the time about what an inspiration you are, yes, we encouraged you, but you went out there and did it… I have watched and been amazed by how your talent has evolved and grown, (and yet, your engagement shots of us – which line our home’s entryway) are still some of my fave pics ever! :) Thank you for sharing your talent with us, oh, and thanks for the plug!!!! I am excited to be starting up my photography again!!!
    We love you guys!
    Lily and the Bristows :)

  5. Erica Kree says:

    What a beautiful family!!! I love that last shot too…super sweet! There is just something about hands & feet that I love…Lol! Fabulous job!

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