The morning was dark and dreary from heavy rain showers overnight. We emailed back and forth trying to determine if the weather and sweet four-year-old Caleb would hold out long enough to successfully capture the Crowder Family in Central Park. But we all put on our cold weather gear and rain boots and decided to take a chance exploring the pathways of the park.
Central Park was nearly empty - a photographer's dream! - and just enough sunlight filtered through the fog to cast a beautiful light on this equally beautiful family. The Crowder's were wrapping up a whirlwind tour of New York City, celebrating Caleb's birthday and Christmas, and even after a schedule-packed few days, they were all so happy to have me snap away and explore the park. Caleb was just as sweet as he looks and made my job so much fun with his kind smile, dancing moves, and complete ability to ham it up! We wound our way through Central Park, stopping here and there to set-up the next set of photos, though some of my favorite shots are (as always) between the posed photos. Everyone cuddled up for a few cozy shots in the Central Park Dairy - which Caleb and I referred to as a secret playhouse. As we neared the end of the shoot, Caleb refueled on chocolate milk and listened to his mom, Laura, tell "campfire stories" just before our last shots of the skyline and outside the Plaza.
Mark, Laura, Carol, and Caleb: thank you all for making this morning so special and sharing a glimpse into your sweet family! I had so, so much fun capturing these moments for you in Central Park!