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Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.
My heart is set on keeping your decrees
to the very end.

Psalm 119:111-112


When Sharon contacted me about getting together with her extended relatives for a gigantic session I was so excited. I’ve known this family for many years and have treasured their friendships in ways that words could not even express. As we began working out the details of how to coordinate nearly 30 people, I started to think about the heritage of this family, their love for one another and their increasing love for the Lord. You just can’t help but to be inspired and motivated when you are in the presence of these individuals and so I wanted to make sure their images reflected their incredible bond. These pictures needed to be special, unique, memorable and full of personality- just like this awesome family.

Sharon had a fabulous idea: using their property – both pastures and orange groves as the backdrop. I loved everything about this idea and thus, the Heritage Session was born.

What makes the Heritage Session so special? The images are still captured on location, in a place of importance to your family. They quickly turn into treasured heirlooms and provide the opportunity to freeze in time this season of life with those you love the most. They are a gift that keeps giving! In fact, every year, during our annual beach vacation my family does this very same thing. Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents- the works…and while these images are often more posed than my typical style, they connect generations, focusing on relationships and the value of family.

What could be better?

So, take a look. Here are some of my favorite images from the Durrance Family’s Heritage Session.

Of course, I have to start with the kiddos and these black and white images take my breath away every time I look at them!

Certainly one of my faves of the day!

As is this one too! I love the way that big brother J.D. is touching his new brother’s head. You can feel the love dripping off of this image!

There is something so simple, but so breathtaking about this sibling shot!

Cousins dancing in the field. Love it too!

How adorable are these sisters?

I love the symbolism of the Great Grandmother to these little children sitting on the roots of this tree.

And I love how much she smiles!

Pure. Joy.

Some seriously special sisters. (Gorgeous too!)

Every year at the beach, my family does a cousin shot as well. We are super close, almost like siblings and adore one another. I think that’s why these images speak to my heart. I love the playful spirit of them, but more so, I think I appreciate how much of their love for one another shines through! 

You can’t be in an orange grove without peeling into at least one!

Miss A. was certainly enjoying her juicy treat! Look at those eyelashes! Geesh!

Of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without a true “heritage” shot! This one is hands down my favorite of this incredible family.

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:14-19

July 24, 2010 - 8:02 am

a legacy of love: heritage session - […] had already had the honor of spending some time with this sweet family capturing the generations on Bobby’s side. Martha was now requesting some images of her grandmother at the young age of 88, her mother (who […]

March 1, 2010 - 2:18 am

Emily Stephens - Wonderful family photos!! Heather and Sharon – your grandmother has not changed a bit!!!

February 27, 2010 - 2:01 am

Connie Ricks - This was so much fun … looking at these pictures. Sharon is soooo beautiful like the rest of her family. Love this girl!

January 25, 2010 - 10:57 pm

Alisha Moore - These are amazing! Such a beautiful family!

January 25, 2010 - 4:08 pm

Andrea Shef - Awesome!!! I love it! These are AWESOME!!! GREAT! You did an awesome job! How cool!!!

January 24, 2010 - 6:36 pm

Heather - Geekin out. These are even better than I imagined!! I’m with Sharon I can’t wait to see the rest simply because I felt myself wanting the pictures to go on and on…. I love my family and these pictures will forever be a tribute to that. THANK YOU!!!! Love you!

January 24, 2010 - 6:10 pm

Jessica Knight - Awesome….

January 24, 2010 - 4:01 pm

Tori - Annie is the best! Such God-given talent is so great to see over and over again! What a lovely family and a great idea!

January 24, 2010 - 1:29 pm

Sharon - AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! GORGEOUS ANNIE!!!! Absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to see them all! Go ahead and order a gazillion of that last one…that is EXACTLY what I was picturing in my head and even more! I know everyone is going to be so thrilled with these. Thank you!!!

January 24, 2010 - 1:25 pm

Dee - I love this family too and the images are so great.

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