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Monday was a brilliant day for me as I got to follow up a really fun engagement shoot with a family session with my good friends Clay and Emily and their son Evan. The evening’s events started off at Hap’s Irish Pub, which was really apt as it was there that I first met up with Clay and Emily Bond almost 11 years ago. Clay and I used to work together and when I was shipped in from London with my old work friends Sean Grant (and his wife Jo) and Tracey McNabb, Clay and Emily were the people that set about making us feel welcome and essentially lining up entertainment for us on the weekends. I think one day that October, we watched a football match, a rugby match and a boxing bout in one day all at Hap’s. And we survived the Hap’s breakfast too!

Fast forward 10 years and many things have changed, but one thing remains the same and that is that Clay and Emily are amongst the nicest people I know. So it really was a pleasure to take some family photos as the sun set on Ault Park. To make it even more timely, young Evan will be 10 in a few days time. Seems like yesterday we were wetting his head! He is a great little lad and is definitely into tree climbing and mugging for the camera, which we took advantage of in a couple of shots. I also reminded him of one of my best memories of my wedding day in Panama City was as Cristel and I were welcoming people into the dinner in the receiving line and Evan came up to me and whispered “I’ve got a dead lizard in my pocket!”. One of the best lines ever!

A final note here is that Clay and Emily do not seem to age at all. What is that all about? I reckon they either sold their souls to the devil or they have a couple of very aged portraits in their attic.

Anyway, I’ll shut up now and let you enjoy their slideshow.

Geek info: Canon EOS 5D Mark II with 24-70 f/2.8 L USM, 85mm f/1.8 USM and 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye and Canon EOS 50D with 70-200 f/4 L IS USM and 50mm f/1.2 L. Sunset shots were taken with on-camera 580EX II Speedlite with -2 stops compensation.

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