With the son of the family – Julio – back in the DC area for the holidays, we took advantage of everyone being together to create these fun, yet sophisticated, family portraits of the Gonzalez Family at their home in McLean, Virginia. What with the cold weather, we stayed mostly indoors, but ventured outdoors for just a few more family and individual portraits at the end. Their beautiful and elegant decor, including the red leather sofas, maroon and gold bench, and Persian rugs made for wonderful backdrops, and the 2nd floor overlook over the 2-story living room allowed a fun, unique angle for many of their indoor portraits. This is a close-knit family, with everyone enjoying time spent with each other, and they were super fun to work with and photograph! Check out the mannequin that Julio’s mom made for him with his Air Force pilot uniform, his sister, Ileana, peeking out from behind. And isn’t that photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Gonzalez smooching on the first floor with Ileana and Julio cheering them on the cutest portrait ever? Mrs. Gonzalez shared with me last night that all her friends have been complimenting her on how good she looks: “We are getting a lot of congratulations messages from friends who saw our pictures in facebook; from all over the world…!!! Everybody likes them!!! They are asking me what do I use as a cream on my face, they say I do not show my age!” (I couldn’t believe it either when she told me.) And Ileana has a fascinating story as well. She’s traveled the world and studied Ayurvedic Nursing and Panchakarma and Nutrition in Tamil Nadu, India. Today, she owns and operates Apurva Wellness, an Ayurvedic treatment & yoga center / spa in Falls Church, Virginia. What an accomplished family!