I Heart Faces . Happiness


When I saw that this month’s judged I Heart Faces Challenge theme was happiness, I knew exactly the picture that I wanted to use. This photo was taken at a session I just recently shot of our friends Travis & Amanda and their two little girls. Travis & Amanda wanted to take their girls to a local park just minutes from their house where they go to play with the girls often. We took only a couple of posed family shots, but then let the girls free to play. I love the honest and heartfelt pictures that I got from this session because I was able to let the family play together at the park like they would on any normal day. It is pictures like these that a family can look back at years from now and say, “Do you remember playing at that park all the time?” or “Remember all of the fun memories we made there?”

It’s easy to take a posed picture of a family smiling; but taking a picture of true happiness has to happen at a moment when people are truly comfortable being and acting like themselves.

Temperance is easily one of the happiest children I have ever had the privilege of photographing, especially when she was being pushed on the swings by her mom. Nothing brings my heart more happiness than to see a family truly connecting and having fun together!

To see more of the photos from this session, click here.

To see more entries into this month’s I Heart Faces judged challenge on happiness, click here.


Photo Challenge Submission


  1. Daneilia   •  

    So sweet…its adorable when their hair does the whoosh effect when they are on the swing lol.

    • Jen Stem   •     Author

      YES it is! :) Thanks for checking out my entry and for the comment!

  2. Samantha Bobb   •  

    That is definitely the perfect picture to use!!

    • Jen Stem   •     Author

      Yes! She really was having the time of her life! Thanks for the feedback! :)

  3. Jess   •  

    Aw, she is adorable!! How sweet.

    • Jen Stem   •     Author

      She really is super adorable! :) Thanks for the comment & for coming to check out the post! Much appreciated!

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