I am in love with Tower Beach and photographing family sessions there - even if I experience momentary regret when the session is over, and it's time to walk back up several hundred stairs. It's still so worth it.
Leana is the most incredible mother, and these two are simply a joy to photograph - they have such an obvious bond, built on trust, and adventure, and silliness too. As I've photographed them together over the years, I've seen her daughter grow into such a wonderful little girl - curious and goofy, sweet and ridiculous, and with such a desire to learn about everything in the world around her. I know this is due entirely to her amazing mom, who pauses in the middle of the session to describe the trees surrounding them, who challenges her to take risks, who teaches her to care for even the small creatures on their pathway, who comforts her at the end of the evening when she stumbles on a pebble, and who tickles her until they're both nearly crying of laughter.
I have so much love for this sweet little family of two.