Family Portrait on Tybee Island, Georgia

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 “The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.”  – Erma Bombeck  


The Sheffield family gathers to make a family portrait on Tybee Island

Today I’d like to introduce you to some very important people.  Meet the Sheffield Family.  When I was a motorcycle riding, nose-ring wearing, angst ridden art student in college, the Sheffields were my family away from home.  That’s right, these people are kinda crazy.  But in the really good, keep them close forever kind of way. We’ve been trying to make their family portrait forever.  But a funny thing happens when kids get to a certain age.  They tend to get scattered all over the place.  They go to college and get jobs and make families and generally just become uncooperative.  But after several attempts at scheduling this big family outing, only to be thwarted by annoying things like college finals or broken bones, everyone was finally in the same town at the same time and no rain was gonna … uh… dampen our spirits?  So, we gathered on the beach on Tybee Island and tried to herd the cats… er, I mean kids.. into a few group shots.  But mostly we just let them run around and play and have fun.  Keep an eye out for photo bombs from my trusty assistant… heh heh… he’s still in training. black and white portrait of boy on beach Also, while I have your attention, I’d like to especially introduce you to Aidan.  He is a remarkable young man and the story of his struggle with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis and his path to recovery is very inspiring.  You can read all about it on his mom’s blog called Aidan’s Brain Balance Journey. keep on jetties sign on tybeeSavannah family portrait photographer 4Savannah family portrait photographer 2Savannah family portrait photographer 8Savannah family portrait photographer 6Savannah family portrait photographer 7Sisters make rabbit earsSavannah family portrait photographer 18Savannah family portrait photographer 30Savannah family portrait photographer 31sister photograph by tybee lighthouse on beachSavannah family portrait photographer 21Savannah family portrait photographer 34Savannah family portrait photographer 37Power portraits of the boysSavannah family portrait photographer 44Savannah family portrait photographer 40Savannah family portrait photographer 41Kiss the babySavannah family portrait photographer 38Savannah family portrait photographer 43Portraits with momSavannah family photographerSavannah family portrait photographer 49Savannah family portrait photographer 52Brother and sister black and whiteSavannah family portrait photographer 3black and white photo of tybee island lighthouse And that, interwebz, was the Sheffield family portrait in Savannah, Georgia!  Wow, what an awesome morning.  We laughed.  We cried.  They had mimosas.  Everybody looked at the camera at least once.  So thanks Donna and Mike and Allie and Andy and Cassie and Erik and Kyle!  We did it!  Now it’s time to tackle the marsh bunnies (don’t ask…. you don’t want to know).

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