This past weekend I was given the opportunity of traveling to Columbia to photograph the gorgeous Arroyo family. A beautiful blended family, their story is nothing short of a show of fate. Manny (dad) is Puerto Rican, and Rachel (mom) a native of Mississippi. Rachel has two beautiful daughters Leighla, 11 and Taylor, 8. She and Manny also have a handsome little ten month old, Antonio.
Rachel, a social worker for more than 12 years, met Manny when he was still in the military and it was love at first sight. They have since married, moved from North Carolina and built their loving home as a family of five in the Columbia area where Rachel now stays home as the primary caregiver.
Leighla the oldest, is the lover of the kids. Her mom described her as smart and sweet, a social butterfly always ready for a cuddle. She enjoys reading and playing her viola. As I spent time with her, I began to notice she the quieter of the two girls and always kept a smile on her face, loved to help out and adores her siblings. Miss Taylor is the sassy one, or fireball as her mom describes her. She was seriously cracking me up with her diva poses at the session. She is smart and witty and loved to pose (check out her AMAZING eyes!!). Her silly attitude had serious little Antonio cracking up. This sweet little guy is the observer of the three. It took him a few minutes to warm up to me, but once he did he had the cutest little smile. It took everything I had not to pinch his adorable cheeks!
I just cannot get over how beautiful this family is..like a postcard family!
I truly enjoyed getting to know them and cracking up over the girls acting silly. I had so much fun at the pond with them. I hope I am blessed to capture more memories of their family in the future.