For as long as I can remember, Soquel Filice and I have been friends. Our families met when we moved to Gilroy and started attending Gilroy Presbyterian Church in 1997. I don't remember not knowing her—and our entire childhoods were intertwined with youth group, Bible study, TP adventures and school. Over time, I grew to love the whole family and remember seeing Natalie in Sunday school while their parents, Bob and Beth, served and attended what we called "Big Church." Now, Beth is my favorite hygienist who cleans my teeth and encourages me with so much love and prayer!
All that to say that getting to photograph this family was an absolute joy. It was easy. Simple. Fun. All four of them have the biggest hearts of gold ever. Completely authentic and genuine through and through. Not one of them has a single mean or hurtful bone in their bodies. When my dad had his stroke, the Filice family prayed for us and cheered us on in his recovery. They live for Jesus and like to share that joy with everyone that comes into contact with them. They aren't afraid of Whose they are, and I love that. I want to be like them when I grow up.
Check out some of my favorites from Bob and Beth's Christmas Hill Park family portrait session and let me know what you think in the comments below!