Last fall, I had the pleasure of photographing the Kunz Family on their ranch in Luckenbach, Texas. Anyone who knows the Kunz family will tell you that they are a special bunch. I met Bethany briefly at a fundraiser that she was helping organize for mutual friends. I had always heard positive things about her and her family from our mutual friends. So, when Bethany contacted me a few months later for a fall family session, I was excited to be able to spend more quality time with her and her sweet family.
When I arrived at their simple, yet gorgeous, ranch home, I was introduced to her husband Garret and their three boys Gavin, Gage and Grant. I am a boy mom too. So, I think Bethany and I instantly connected on that level. While Bethany, the boys and I got ready for their family session, Garret hopped on the tractor and relocated the family's couch to their cow pasture so that we could take advantage of the sunset towards the end of their session.
We started the session in an oak forest on their ranch. Bethany, the boys and I were riding their gator out to the pasture to meet up with Garret, when she turned onto a gorgeous dirt track that took us through the oak forest. I saw the golden light peeking through the trees, and knew that we had to stop. When that gorgeous golden light presents itself, you scrap Plan A and take advantage of Plan B. Their three boys were perfect, and they made my job easy.
I can honestly say that the Kunz family session is one of my favorite to date. Being invited to their ranch and chatting about being a boy mom, homeschooling and raising cows & kids helped make their family session not only easy, but also memorable. Bethany might not know this. But, she inspired me that day, and I now understand why our mutual friends adores her. I adore her, too.
After awhile, we asked the boys to take a short break in the pasture...
While Garret, Bethany and I sneaked off to get some images of just the two of them. They are adorable. Don't you agree?
As the sun to the west of their ranch, we made our way to the pasture and hoped that the boys had a few more minutes of picture taking in them. There may have been a 3 year old who was DONE with pictures, and there may have been a bruised cheek and tears from a younger brother's head hitting a cheek bone, but the three boys gave us one more image in those final minutes before sunset. I think they earned that ice cream dessert they were promised.
Thank you Kunz family for being such a lovely bunch and for welcoming me to your home. Oh, and an extra special thank you from my family for that Pumpkin Ginger Spice Pie that you sent home with me. It was delicious!