July 30, 2020
It was an honor to capture more of these family photos in Puerto Rico!
Family portraits capture a moment in time. You will never again be as young as you are today. It’s never guaranteed that your loved ones with you today will still be with you tomorrow. This moment of your life is worth remembering.
What I love about family portraits are the emotions and feelings they evoke when I look back on them. Over time, we can tend to forget the details of a family vacation or event. We can forget how cute baby brother was and how much trouble he caused during the photo session, prompting laughs and sighs out of everyone. However, family portraits can bring all those moments back to the surface of your memories and provide you with that wonderful nostalgic feeling.
Melissa and I connected after I photographed her sister’s family portraits one month earlier. Melissa and her family traveled to Puerto Rico to also visit their grandparents and came along with an aunt and cousin.
We went to San Juan for the family portraits and started early in the morning before all the tourists disembarked from the cruise ships. This family portrait session took place just 9 days before Puerto Rico locked down due to COVID-19. It was at this time that most cases were confirmed on cruise ships. In fact, Puerto Rico’s first positive case (and later the first death) came from a cruise ship that originated in Italy. The governor closed the port to cruise ships just a couple of days after these photos. It’s odd to look at this session, knowing what we know now.
The El Morro fortress was built and expanded over 200 years by the Spanish between the 16th and 18th centuries to protect the port city of San Juan.
I’m so glad I had the opportunity to get to meet this family in Puerto Rico!