They are always a party and family pictures was no exception! Their daughter just welcomed this darling little babe into their family and he pretty much stole the show. No surprise. Cameras love babies!
When you have littles that don’t have much of an attention span, a mini session (15-20 min session) is absolutely perfect. Most of the best photos are going to happen in that 15-20 minutes anyhow, since that is when your little ones are the most engaged. After that they are ready to get down and run around. So if you just want a quick session with a few fantastic photos, and have little ones who melt down quickly, this is the option you will want to choose. We will have fun, get smiles, and they won’t hate photos the next time around! I love this family, they are always so shy, but so much fun to photograph and so so beautiful!
I’ve known this family for quite some time now. Some families you photograph over and over again start feeling like family. Such is the case with this sweet girl. And I fell in love with her mama too. She was always so kind to me, would come to many of photoshoots for her grand babies, and would always give me heartfelt thanks and hugs. I was so sad when I heard she had passed away. Having lost a parent myself, I knew the grief this little family would be going through. It is never easy to lose someone you love so dearly. I know they have missed her so much. Especially these sweet little kiddos!
I know I know! You are seeing a million blog posts from me coming through. I’m playing catch up! I hate for any of my beautiful shoots to not be shared. My business had to be put on hold the last few mths for any of the little extras like blogging, facebook and instagram. I took what time I could and spent it visiting my brother in law and spending family time before he died in November. Then it was grieving time, then Christmas, and here we are. Months behind on posting, but it was needed. Thank goodness I work for myself and it allows me to take the time I need to put family first. But now I’m loving going through all my past shoots and getting them out there for the world to see.
First let me start off by telling you how much I love this pretty mama! She is strong, amazing, kind, gracious, talented, and such an amazing mom! She does all the things with her kids that I wish I could muster up the energy to do. Her kids are so kind, and so talented. I had such a wonderful time on this shoot with them all, and it turned out so beautiful thanks to these sweet kiddos participating in the experience so well!
This family has been my friends for years now. I love Khristen! She has such a big amazing heart! She is always reaching out and always so good at keeping in contact and checking up on me to see how I am. She is a tough mama who has been through so much in her life. She lives for her little family and loves being a mama. Its always so much fun to do photos for her family. They are so good at bringing out the silly and the laughs :)
I thought about you today, and for a moment looked at the phone to call you. I wanted to tell you what I was struggling with right now. I knew you'd have the right words to say. And that you'd end them with "but do whatever you want, you are going to anyway." But at least I wanted to hear what you had to say. I was mad for a minute dad. When I realized there would be no answer on the other side of the phone I felt mad. I'm mad you are gone. But mostly behind that mad is really really sad. And missing. Because sometimes dad. I'm lonely. And sometimes dad, I feel really lost. And you always made me feel like I was home. It's been a long time since I felt that.
I wonder if you are playing music. Playing your violin, viola, or the flute. If you watch me make mistake after mistake. I make so many. If you see when I succeed. I wonder if you are happy, or if you miss us. Do you feel frustrated for us? Sad for us? Do you ever wish you were here? In the quiet moments of our struggles here are you behind us, supporting us, lifting us? I look up at the sky and I wonder when I will feel whole again.
Today is 11 years since you left this world behind. 11 years of missing you. It feels more like a lifetime. If I knew the short years I would get to spend with you, there are some things I would have done differently. A lot differently.
I would have stayed home and not moved out as soon as I could when I turned 18. I would have understood that my time with you was short, and that I would have plenty time away from home later. I would have skipped out on all the time I spent away from home thinking friends and boyfriends were more important.
I would have listened to you more when you talked instead of thinking I knew better. I would have asked you more questions about YOU. And cared what your life looked like through your eyes.
I would have given up time with my friends to go on more trips and date nights with you. I would have spent soooo many more days singing with you.
I would have worked harder to make you more proud of me.
I would have taken naps with you under trees and gone on more Sunday drives with you.
I wouldn’t have fought with you that one time. You know when. I would have just stopped my words from coming out. I would have loved you more.
I would have held you longer that last time I hugged you goodbye.
But with all the things I wish had done different dad, there are so many things I’d never change. All those church girls basketball games you came to watch me play. All my dance competitions you hated coming to but still did, and cheered the loudest even if it embarrassed me in a proud way a little bit. All the times you let me dance on your feet and sang “I was waltzing with my darlin”. That time you told me I couldn’t go to that one party. The only time you told me no. Thanks dad. You knew. The time you told me you told the whole office how proud I made you. The times you took me to the university with you after I begged and begged even though I never let you get your work done. All the bags of skittles you bought me and would bring me home from work. All the rides on the lawn mower while you sang me songs. I’m sure I slowed down the work for you. You never said anything about it. The Sunday walks and every time you told me you loved me.
Dad, it’s going to be ok. We will be ok. But we will never stop missing you. Every day.
I can’t tell you how sad I am that this family moved!! I have loved photographing them over the years and I’m so glad that before they left, I was able to photograph them one last time for their maternity session. It was so tender, sweet, and I’m gonna miss them like crazy! Wonderful people. Great hearts. So happy for them and their new baby!
The older I get the more I realize just how important family is. The more I want the "younger generation" to realize how important family is. And the more I realize that as the "younger generation, I never listened much to what the "older generation" had to say. I thought I knew best. Now what I wouldn't give back to GO back. To be young again, and spend so much more time with my loved ones. With my dad. With my siblings. And eat up every moment and memory I can. It's a blink of the eye and it's gone. Replaced with time. And it only gets busier and busier as the years go by. At the end, family is what matters most.
Jake's mom Karalee was one of my favorite people in Newton growing up. She made me and the others my age laugh all the time. She was fun, funny, energetic, and loved us. I've surely missed her since I moved away from my hometown. This son of hers was just a little guy when I moved, and it was fun to go take photos of his little family and see him as a father. He is so tender and sweet with his wife and baby, it was fun to see. It's so crazy how the years go by!
To say I adore her is an understatement. I wish there were more people like her in the world.
When you have a lot of little kiddos who don't like to hold still very long, or participate very long, a mini family shoot is the way to go. The session is 35-40 mins long, and we get all the photos we can in the time the kiddos are in the mood to play and be happy. They are cheaper shoots and still give you a lot of photos without the kids melting down from the shoot being too long. No one wants to walk away from a shoot feeling like it was exhausting. It's my goal to just have you have a fun time and enjoy every minute of the shoot. So let's set up your shoot and just have some fun!
The world needs strong women who can raise strong women. I'm a huge supporter of women taking control of their lives, living brave, and embracing the best that life has to offer them. This lady is definitely a part of that. Living brave. Tia did an amazing job on her hair! Check out that braid!!
I love the fall colors from this session, Fall always makes for beautiful photos. My fall is booking out very quickly, so if you are wanting family photos this fall, now is the time to get on my calendar. Be sure to message me and let's see when we can get you in for photos in time to send out cards for the holidays… See more of this session on the blog!
I had such a fun time with this family at the Freckle Farm Greenhouse. I went to school with Mindy Rawlins and she's always been so kind to me. I love reading her facebook because she's honest and open. It's always so good to see people I went to school with. And her family are all so kind and fun to be around. Photoshoots in a greenhouse are always a fun idea!
They texted me two days earlier to see if I'd be available to photograph their birth story for them. I had two shoots scheduled already for that day they were having baby but we took the chance anyway that it would work out and I'm so glad we did!
She let me know she was in the hospital at a 4 on January 2nd at 2:30. I figured I had quite a while to go, so I ate dinner, laid down to get a nap in case, and at 5:30 I texted to see how things were going. They said she had just jumped to a 10. I jumped up so fast I knocked Vidia off my lap haha. I ran our the door without letting anyone know where I was going. Good thing Ashton knew I had a birth to shoot.
I got a text right as I got to the light by the hospital asking how close I was and that the Dr. was going to wait for me to get there. Dr. Horsley is amazing and I always enjoy being part of a birth story he is in charge of. He is funny, and always very supportive of the photographer, making sure we get all the great shots. He made sure I got all the needed shots before having her start pushing. Only a couple pushes and out that sweet baby came. There was a room full of excited grandmas and grandpas.
Stephanie wasn't feeling too great after and was feeling a little sick. It was hard for her to hold baby so daddy got a lot of one on one time with the little princess. Their little boy came in to see his sister and his face broke out into a big grin. He was so adorable with her and even gave her some little kisses.
It was so much fun getting to be a part of this day for them. I never take for granted how amazing it is that these families call me and trust me with such an important day.
Can we just talk about how amazingly beautiful this mama is too!!!??
This little guy has such a tender heart, I love this nephew of mine!
I grew up with Keesha & her brother AJ in Newton. My dad and mom took her and her little brother under their wing and loved them and cared for them when Keesha's dad had a heart attack and was in the hospital. We spent a lot of time together as kids since she lived just two houses down. She was like a little sister to me. I love seeing her so happy with her little family. She was in town for just a short time, and we quickly ran up to the Temple where she wanted to capture some memories with her family before heading home, even in the bright afternoon sun light her little kiddos were perfect.
Her brother lost his sweet little girl to a tragic accident just a little while ago and my heart hurt for all of them in their pain. I can't even imagine all they have gone through in their grief. You can read about her story and help here, every little bit helps.
I love my gal Sal! She is strong. She's been through a lot and she just keeps staying a fighter. She's been supportive of me as a photographer for years. She is passionate, and she loves her family. Those girls there are everything to her. When she talks to me about them she lights up. They are her life. And I love these two girls personalities. Fearlessly proud to be themselves, and incredibly beautiful in every way. I love seeing them grow and change the world.
Spring is here with Summer close to follow and it's the BEST TIME to book your Family Reunion photo shoot. I just heard from a grand daughter of a family I shot for this past summer. Her sweet grandma booked me, and she and I had talked a lot this past summer setting up the shoot, talking details of what was important to her, printing out some large gorgeous canvases from their shoot, and I just grew to love her so much. She was so sweet and I remember after the photo shoot she pulled me into her arms and kissed both my cheeks. Her grand daughter texted that she just passed away. Not even a year after we did the photos that meant so much to her. How this touched my heart. This life goes so swiftly, and recording these memories for the next generation is so incredibly important! I know they meant so much to her. Don't put it off another year... you never know what the year will bring. Now is the time to be sure you preserve what is most important in this world...your family.
I have had the privilege to photograph this family below for the past couple of years and I love them so much! Every session with them has been so beautiful and such a fun time with an amazing family.