I was so excited to meet up with the Perkaj family for a family photography session on October 7th at Independence Oaks Park in Clarkston, Michigan.
This family is particularly special to me because of the personal connection that we share. Megan is the stepdaughter of my wife’s best friend from high school (Diana). She and her husband, Alfred, were high school sweethearts and have been together ever since they were teenagers. Now, they have two kids: Johnny, who is 6 years old, and Frankie, who is 8.
Two years ago, I was able to do family photographs for the four of them, so I was absolutely flattered when they asked me if I would be willing to do it again. It’s always an honor when a family wants to come back, because it speaks to their trust in me as well as their satisfaction with the work I’ve done. I never take that for granted. But with Megan, I was particularly touched, because she told me outright, “You capture my family so well, I wouldn’t use anyone else.”
The day of the session was one of those beautiful autumn days in Michigan. The light was that perfect autumn gold as it filtered through the changing leaves. Lucky for us, an hour later, the skies opened up and it poured. We managed to sneak our session in between the raindrops.
These two boys are little hams in front of the camera, so I had a hard time narrowing down the photos for the ones I wanted to use for this blog. Johnny in particular is like a little GQ model; I don’t think I could take a bad photo of him if I tried.
The whole session was fun, and I always have a blast with this family, but one of my favorite images of the whole day was of Megan and Alfred. Although the kids were the center of the fun, I loved I was able to get time with just the two of them to be relaxed and in love and to show off their genuine connection.
Perkaj family, thank you for asking me to photograph the four of you again. I loved getting to see you all and spend the day with you!