A Nashville, TN Family Portrait Session

We had the privilege of shooting an amazing session for the Boonstra family this past Saturday and had an absolute blast! When we shoot sessions like this we really like to get to know the family (Sandy, husband Jerry and their two amazing kids Luke and Jackson) as best we can so that we can be sure to incorporate their personalities into the shoot. So to do that, we went and spent some time with the Boonstras a few days prior to the shoot just getting to know them a bit.

We found out that their oldest son, Jackson, loves to play soccer (and is super good at it!) and has been playing since he was 3. The youngest son, Luke (aka Rock Star) also plays soccer, but loves to play the guitar as well. So we  really incorporated those things that they all love into the shoot and came away with some great images of the whole family!

First up is Luke. We decided to shoot some edgy photos of him with his suh-weet Gretsch electric guitar!


This is a cool detail shot of Luke holding his dad’s 60’s Gibson acoustic.What a sweet guitar! I am so jealous!!


We can’t forget to include Boo the dog!


This is me showing Luke some of the shots that we were taking. It is always good to let them know that the pics are not lame-o (as most kids his age would assume:))!


Here is Jackson in action!


Too bad these guys aren’t seniors.  These could be their senior portraits!

Next up is Jerry the dad. His dedication to his boys and family is unbelievable, and he has gone to great lengths to be a consistent part of their lives which is so evident when you meet them. This shot is of Jerry and his very first truck that he got when he was 16 years old. This truck means a lot to him and is a big part of his life. One day he is going to have this truck completely re-done and I (Zach) have first dibs on getting to ride in it!


Here is the family all together!




After the casual photos, it was time to get into wedding attire!  Some more cool shots that Jody grabbed of the two boys. Studly!


See if you can guess which one of us took what shot on this next collage. Is Jody’s shot on the left, or the right? Hmmm… And ladies, he is only 12, so don’t get any funny ideas. ;)


Then out came mom all dressed up and put them all to shame!! She looks amazing doesn’t she??




Here is a shot of Jody in the set up that the next picture was taken!



Then it was off to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church for the vow renewal… our couple in waiting!


Here is Jody getting the shot!


A reading from some of the scriptures.


Here are the boys holding candles that represent their parents. Aw!!


This is me just before the the couple took their “first walk” together. Even though they have been married for 16 years, the Greek Orthodox Church blesses all marriages when new people join the church just like they would for a real wedding.



We are so glad that we were able to share in this special day with you guys.  We look forward to hanging out more in the future (and yes, we are defenitely putting together a men-only viewing session of Running Down a Dream…)!