Family portrait session (Courtney, Chris, E, J, N, D, and E) – Reading, MA

We met each other when our oldest girls were in dance class at the same time years ago – maybe 5 years ago! – and our younger ones were patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) waiting in the waiting room with us. Little did we realize that our kids would not only go to the same elementary school but would be in some of the same classes along the way.

What is most striking about Courtney is how big her heart is. She and Chris now have 5 awesome kiddos and a new puppy and yet she’ll still offer to help give rides if needed. She sent flowers when I needed a little cheer even though she was the one who was more deserving of a little extra sunshine. She volunteers in her kids’ classrooms whenever she can and almost always has a smile on her face. And Chris, while he jokes about how much chaos there might be on any given day with 5 kids, makes it clear that he loves these kiddos with his whole heart.

I’ve been crossing my fingers for an opportunity to photograph this awesome family for years now. I feel so privileged to have had that chance this season. There was the perfect amount of fun, chaos (read: bloopers), and genuine love. Thank you, Courtney and Chris!

photographystephanie goryl

stephanie [at] stephaniegorylphotography [dot] com

Wakefield, MA

(just north of Boston)