Portrait | The Nagel Family | Virginia Kendall

•  I have to apologize for the blog snafus.  There’s a couple kinks that I’m trying to work out with the navigation that isn’t quite working correctly (going from one page to the next).  Seems that I can either allow you to navigate from page to page in the main blog or page to page in categories but not both.  I’m trying to get it worked out and I apologize for any aggravation it may bring you!

•  This session is a really exciting one for me to show you guys!  While I have featured my in laws on here a few times, I’ve shown you my godparents and the trips I’ve taken with them, but until this shoot I’ve never photographed anyone that I’m related to since I was a child wielding my mighty Polaroid at Christmas.

•  Kirsten is my cousin on my Mother’s side and thanks to Facebook we have reconnected after losing touch over the years.  Earlier this year we met up and I was able to meet her amazing hubby and her two kids for the first time and they were all such a charming family.  I was elated when Kirsten emailed me wanting me to take some family photos of them during the fall.

•  Her oldest son, Chris, reminds me so much of my Dad.  It’s funny because they are not technically related but they have many of the same interests and passions.  My Dad loved nature and at one time in his life was considering becoming a park ranger.  Chris is very similar to Dad in that way – he’s very interested in nature and is so curious about the world.  I kept waiting for my Dad to come up during our session and tell Chris all about what he was investigating and exploring.

•  Gretchen, her daughter, is so darn adorable.  She reminds me so much of Kirsten as she has her same wit and charm.  She holds her own when it comes to battle of the wills with her brother and I remember similar battles between Kirsten and her older brother Bruce where she held her own just as well.  She’s also inquisitive and such a cutie.  It’s been so amazing and fun getting to know my second cousins!

 

brother and sister walking through woods in ohio

This moment happened unprompted, which I hear is a rare event!

 

boy smiling with braces

Chris must have inherited my cheese smile 😉  The long standing joke was that no matter how wonderful my smile was, as soon as a camera came out it would turn to this.  Glad I’m not the only one with this curse 😉

 

girl smiling at virginia kendall park

I love Gretchen’s smile here.  Sassy!

 

family portrait at virginia kendall park

You wouldn’t know it but there was a three ring circus running around us at this point.  SO many people were at the park and so many were doing their own photo shoots.

 

family portrait at virginia kendall park

Another portrait that seems to be isolated but was anything but.  I have to say that this is an amazing place though!  I’d never been before and I hope to go back someday!

 

girl hiking at virginia kendall park

The kids were all about exploring everything.

 

family portrait on bridge at virginia kendall park

 

family portrait on bridge at virginia kendall park

This is my favorite portrait of everyone from the session.  Such a great picture with so much personality!

 

couples portrait on bridge at virginia kendall park

I couldn’t let the two of them escape without one picture of them together.  Of course the kids were “ewwwww”ing it up.

 

girl by a tree at virginia kendall park

Love this picture of Gretchen, I joked that she was already practicing for her senior portraits.

 

kids at virginia kendall park

It was such a pretty fall day!

 

boy at virginia kendall park

I tried to get some extra portraits at the end of the session but Chris was pretty much done with the camera at this point.  I don’t recall what he’s doing here but in the end, I like the personality that I was able to capture far more than I like the standard stand-and-smile poses!

 

girl at virginia kendall park

I don’t know where Gretchen picked this pose up but it’s hilarious.  She kept turning her back to me and smiling over her shoulder a la Paris Hilton.  Hilarious.

 

brother and sister

My favorite picture of the two of them together.  Chris was jumping around with his map and Gretchen got caught in the crossfire on accident.  He felt so bad and gave her a hug and apologized.  So sweet!

 

girl running in sunshine at virginia kendall park

Gretchen’s pigtails here make me laugh.  She was having so much fun running around.

 

She fell down at one point and looked up and I captured this smile.  I couldn’t have posed her better!

 

Thank you guys so much for coming out, I had a great time!

Comments

  1. Kate McElwee says:

    Corey, these are absolutely stunning. There is SO much personality in these photos… I feel like I know this family, despite never having met them. There are a number of standouts of course, but my absolute favorite has to be the little girl exploring the rocks. Just wonderful. Kudos!

    1. Corey Doyle Balazowich says:

      Awww thank you! It was such a fun day!

  2. Kate McElwee says:

    Corey, these are absolutely stunning. There is SO much personality in these photos… I feel like I know this family, despite never having met them. There are a number of standouts of course, but my absolute favorite has to be the little girl exploring the rocks. Just wonderful. Kudos!

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