I met the Wallace family up in Arcadia for a family shoot and spending an hour with them warmed me right up in the chilly dusk that Saturday.
Sometimes I go into a portrait session with almost zero information about the family or people I’m about to shoot. This was the case with the Wallace family. I had no idea who they were or what they were about or how open they would be to me sticking a camera in their face for an hour.
So I take the first few minutes to stand back and watch from afar how they interact together, how they walk together, how they get in front of my camera together…and the Wallace family I knew right away was a family of warmth, compassion and grace.
The way that everyone helped Grandma and Grandpa get from one point to the next, the way that everyone made sure little Owen was feeling fine after his morning coughing episode, the way that arms were swung around one another and hands were held during a simple walk to the car, I knew this family was legit.
It was a beautiful sight to see. Families can get crazy, and every family has their issues, but the Wallace’s know what’s important in life. And that’s one another.
Grandma and Grandpa, you’ve raised one wonderful Wallace clan.