Wandering Through the Forest (Fairfax, VA)

If you want to be happy, be.
— Leo Tolstoy

I love my job. And I love all the amazing families I photograph, but this family, in particular, will always have a special place in my heart. I started photographing them years ago, as a family of three and, as cheesy as it sounds, their support made me the photographer I am today.

There's something incredible about watching kids grow up - especially when you only see them a few times a year. Somewhere along the way we went from playing with blocks to detailed discussions about Pokeman, Harry Potter, and complex lego sets. And I hope that a few years from now we'll still be able to talk about "bigger" issues - like middle school and the years beyond.

On one hand, I take photos and I try to make the photos as real and true as possible. But kids don't want photos - they want someone to listen to their stories. And these kids have the best stories - I hope they never stop telling them to me.

* Looking for a family photographer in the DC Metro region? Darcy Troutman Photography offers both at-home and out-and-about sessions, so whether you prefer pictures in the backyard or photos at a nature preserve, I have a package just right for you. Please contact me at darcytroutman@hotmail.com.