Cataldo Family Portrait Session (Patterson Park - Baltimore, Maryland) / by Erika Sneeringer

I was very honored when Naomi with Urban Row Photography contacted me to capture her family portraits this fall.  She is also a Baltimore area photographer.  I have been following her work for awhile and her photos are stunning-- seriously, go check out her gorgeous pictures.  I was a bit intimidated at the idea of shooting another photographer’s family.  However, once I met Naomi, I was instantly at ease.  She is down to earth, fun and energetic. I just loved watching her play with her kids in the leaves - her laughter is contagious!  

I love photo sessions that include the family dog.  The Cataldo family brought their dog, a cute boxer named Reece.  Reece tried to make a break for it right at the beginning of our photo shoot, chasing after a dog who was off their leash - knocking over the kids and literally dragging Anthony until he realized what was happening.  One of those moments when respectful dog owners who appreciate leash laws get really angry…. and rightfully so!  I definitely wanted to go punch the other guy for having his dog off a leash at a public park.  However, Anthony handled it with grace and after brushing off a few knees, we got right back to shooting.

You can tell that Naomi is a photographer and put a lot of thought into coordinating perfect outfits for everyone.  I love Gabby’s stunning blue shoes and Sawyer’s adorable sweater.  With all of the pops of colors in their outfits, together with the fall leaves, I even created a new Preset in Lightroom that I call “Naomi Bold”.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from this fall mini session at Patterson Park in Baltimore, Maryland.