I met the Mennucci family on a sunny Sunday morning at Hemlock Lake near their home. The leaves seemed to be in peak fall color mode this weekend which made for a beautiful setting to capture family photos. The sun was shining, but still in that gorgeous early morning light phase. I think the morning light might be my favorite to shoot. I had been introduced to Ariana Minnucci by my mother in law. I had spoken to Ariana many times over the month or two we had been planning this shoot, but this was finally my first time meeting her and the rest of her family in person. I instantly felt at ease with this family. Ariana's husband name is Marco and they have four children, Maddalena, Luca, Giuseppe, and Fia (can you guess they have strong Italian heritage?) The Mennucci's were a dream to shoot!
We started with some more traditional posed shots then I just let them just play together and enjoy the surroundings as I took candid shots. They seemed to really love playing near the lake and I think the family will come back to this spot in the future to enjoy more warm and sunny days. After we felt like we got all the shots we needed to get for the family session it was time for the big surprise! Ariana and Marco had planned a family trip to Disney World and wanted to surprise the kids during our family photo shoot! I LOVE SURPRISES! I was absolutely ecstatic to be a part of this surprise and to capture the children's reactions. Ariana and Marco had envelopes for the kids to open with clues on who, when, and what. The last clue was a big red box with "Where?" written on it. The kids ran over to the box after reading the envelopes. As they opened the box, Disney balloons came pouring out. The kids instantly realized they were going to Dinsey World! They jumped and clapped in excitement; it was just a fun moment to witness. Giuseppe was so excited he got a little tangled up in the balloons trying to get to his box that contained his Disney wristband and didn't seem to care at all. I'm sure they will all have a blast on their trip!
Check out some of my favorite photos below from the Mennucci session