Hiking the Cumberland Trail with the Beard Family

The moment I talked to Jeannie on the phone for the first time, I knew our photo shoot would be fun.  She started talking about my photography and how "real" it felt.  It really made me so excited to know that she got what I was trying to do.  The genuine relationships and real laughter.  It was all communicating to this complete stranger that I wanted to do something different.  Something more "real."

She was nice enough to put down in writing what she communicated to me on the phone:

"With so many photographers out there, it’s hard to know which one is right for your family, but when I saw Christine Lewis’ photography, I knew she was the one for us. I was drawn to her work because as I looked through her portfolio I noticed that the people in her photos looked natural and relaxed. They even looked like they were having a good time, which is more than I can say for most staged family portraits.

Christine’s photographs are not only artfully taken, but they seem to also have an organic and authentic feel to them. When we booked our session with her, we found that she literally goes the extra mile to get the right shots. Knowing we were avid outdoorsy people, she suggested we do our shoot off the Cumberland trail, and as we hiked along the creek, Christine took many opportunities to photograph our family from many different vantage points. She climbed up on rocks and over logs and worked her way around leaves and tree limbs to get the perfect shots. And she didn’t even mind that our dogs were along for the trip, though sometimes they got in the way! It was a beautiful and wonderful day in the woods, and Christine made it even more enjoyable with her laid-back personality and creative style.

Christine Lewis doesn’t just take family portraits—she captures family moments. And really, isn’t that what we all are trying to do with the ones we love?"

Come to find out she teaches college level English. Can you tell?  I couldn't ask for a better review. Thanks again Jeannie!

Now on to the rest of the pictures.

This is sweet little Brodie.

The fall color at Pocket Wilderness was absolutely beautiful.  As the sun was about to go behind the mountain, we stopped hiking to catch the beauty.

Matt loves to climb.  He brought along his gear so we could get a couple shots of him bouldering.  This is Matt climbing Riverdance.   Oh, and of course Brodie has to be like his Daddy!

Brodie can run around with the best of them when he's on the ground, but the moment you put him in his hiking backpack, he just hangs out there and chills.  He's just perfectly quiet and content.  Well, until we started to get into a rhythmn of hiking. He'd start humming and making a few noises then:)

This little guy is for sure a Daddy's boy!

He's gonna be Daddy's spotter very soon.

I love this one of Matt and Jeannie...oh and Logan!  Funny story:  Their dogs are named Logan and Kayla.  My nephew (named Logan) has a girlfriend named Kayla! That cracked me up:)

We hiked a little over a mile to the Daylton Reservoir.  It was well worth it, for sure. 

When Jeannie called, she said they love rocks.  We definitely did rocks!

What a brave Daddy! Brodie had a blast playing in the water.

Fore more of Christine's lifestyle portraits and fine art prints, click here.

1 comment:

  1. Aww! What great pics! Thanks, Christine! These are going to be Christmas presents for our entire family. Great job!