Perfect baby alert! Owen is likely to cause baby fever. Browse photos at your own risk. There. You’ve been warned. :)
Well, well, well. It’s one of the sweetest families around and they’re back on the blog! I’m overflowing with happiness for these friends of mine as they have welcomed their second kiddo, Owen Lee. He is too darn perfect, and his sweeeeeet big sister Cora is doing a pretty bang on job in her new role, too. If you’re a new big sibling, you earn major bonus points for doing this picture. It’s asking a lot – you’re adjusting to a new person in the family, you’re generally a toddler, you are learning just how gentle you have to be. Plus one thousand extra points if you nail it, like Cora did! Atta girl! We snuck outside for a few of just this sweet pea by herself. Isn’t she dreamy? I love Cherise’s smile – how it captures her entire face, and you can see how much joy spills out of her on the daily. Want to know a fun fact? When Mike and Cherise needed a little nosy-friends-making-stuff-happen help before they started dating, I may have had a little something to do with arranging a common place for them to hang out and get the ball rolling. Pretty dang proud of that, considering what a beautiful family God’s creating through them! :) :) Hi, little man. Did you know you’re loved to the moon? Father & Son images are something special. I’m excited to see how their relationship evolves. We wrapped up in their beautiful backyard. This family…*sigh*…they’re fantastic. THANK YOU, Mike & Cherise, for letting me into your shaken up world! Enjoy every little bit of this new stage of being a family of four. :)
My heart is SOOOOOO full for this family. These smiles are on their faces….oh…97% of the time. They’re genuinely wonderful. I should know – I got to spend two pretty spectacular and important days with them when Mikaela & Andrew and Kelsey & Max got married! :D I had giddy butterflies when they asked to do this family session with their incredibly special grandparents. Photographing generations is so rare, and so important. We took a step toward fixing that with these. Darleen is super-grandma. She is calm and knowing, but she’s (secretly?) the life of the party, too. At Mikaela’s wedding she and George shut down the dance floor!! You can tell they’ve lived fully and are reaping the rewards of it. I adore how *both* these women look at their husbands. Same, same! On top of being fun, their whole family is ridiculously good-looking. :) George & Darleen were so wonderful to photograph, and I like all their photos together, but this one is my favorite of the two of them. It’s in their eyes for each other – these two have been married 58 years (I mean, wow), and they are so tender with each other. I could go on about them, but the bottom line is they’re just special. Their family knows it, and anyone who gets to spend a little time with them, like me, can easily see it, too. High fives to all of you in the Richard family. Thank you for trusting me with these photos!
It’s another fabulous day for having a sweet family on the blog, and here they are! This crew just stole my heart. Hannah (on the right here) jumped out of the car when they arrived and came right up to hug me! We’d never met, and it was the best way to start a session. :)
Hannah’s enthusiasm about her little sister is an 11. Actually, most of her emotions are an 11! She loooooves life. Hi, baby Olivia! This one drew the lucky “didn’t nap on photo day” straw, but you never could have guessed it. She was such a charmer. And Josh – you’re an A+ dad. So patient, so involved, and making everything fun for your family.
I just love these two next to each other. Mama’s wrangling kids like a boss, and they are both showing their colors. Don’t you just want to snuggle her? She’s dreamy.
Dear Families who let me take your pictures every so often: I truly love you and see so much unique beauty in each and every one of you. You are doing wonderful things, raising amazing kids, and acknowledging the beauty in your everyday lives. I applaud you. That goes for you too, Joneses. ;)
How on earth do I get so lucky that so many of my clients feel like family after a single session together?! Another example of just that: the warm-hearted Petersen family. Including grandparents in a family session has become such a special part of what I do. Everyone needs to do this at least once!Look at beautiful Nora! Little girls just don’t come any sweeter. She has an old soul, and the brightest eyes and the cutest giggle. She and her Nana have quite the special relationship. How could they not? Sandi is the perfect grandma. My favorite, of course. :)Ok, if we’re being honest, Nora has awesome relationships with all four of the awesome adults pictured in this session, and I had a wonderful time documenting all four of them. Next up is this fun guy, affectionately known as Kippy. And then there’s her daddy. I have serious heart eyes for this moment. If you know this family, you’re just lucky. I saved this beautiful duo for last. Lindsey is so full of love for her family and her daughter. She’s a graceful, intentional mom who gives of herself freely, and she has all my respect. Shoots like this one fuel me like you wouldn’t believe to make images that matter to the family before me. I consider it an honor and a privilege. Thank you, Petersens, for sharing yourselves with me. You’re all so beautiful from the inside out!
Heath & Brittany! Heath & Brittany!!!! I’ve been dying to get this session blogged so the world can see this fun duo in all their glory. I’ve noticed these two have this gift for setting the energy level perfectly at a chilled out happy hour vibe. They are so comfortable in their skin, genuine, and unapologetically themselves – they radiate happiness. Full disclosure: I’m doing a victory dance in my seat right now, because I think these images articulate that feeling. So go on and scroll and feel all the feels.
Nebraska, you’re pretty great, too.
My favorite thing about them is how they’re both easy going most of the time, except for when they explode with laughter. Here’s Brittany doing just that. This one on the left gives me heart eyes. Brittany, you’re a knockout. My very fave on the left. Frame this, please. I might have to frame it, too. ;) Thought the session couldn’t get any better, then Grace Kelly joined us! This little miss was the perfect pup for portraits. That’s a lot of p’s. Thank you, Brittany and Heath (and Grace), for being the very best. I loved every second of photographing your love!
Be still, my heart! This fiery family is my kind of fam. They know how to have fun, laugh, shake things off, smile from the heart, I mean…I have a big ol’ family crush on them. Look at these two!!!
And here’s the whole crew! First, let’s talk about mama Andrea for a second. It takes a strong woman to not be the least bit anxious over family photos, and she was completely calm, collected, and chill the whole time. So maybe hire her for advice when it’s your family’s turn. :) Also, she has the prettiest smile in Nebraska. Just sayin’.
Say hi to Miss Cadence! There’s so much packed into this girl’s amazing personality. She’s going to be a go-getter for sure. Her freckles are my favorite. I love baby Calvin’s little furrowed eyebrows here, because he was the happiest, smiliest guy the entire time. Hehe. How lucky is he to have these two to grow up with? :P
I’m realizing I picked lots of photos of Cadence for the blog with this sweet, soft smile like on the right. It’s funny, because she’s such a firecracker! But there’s something so fascinating to me about catching wild kids in their calm moments. Probably because you know it will only be for an instant. This is Carter. He’s the gentle leader of the pack, and so full of fun! Don’t remember what I said here, but I love his embarrassed laugh. :) I’m pretty sure it was bathroom humor. 8 years old is an awesome age. And this one of just mom and dad = favorite. I love how they laugh with each other. Seriously, Matt & Andrea, your family is solid gold. So much love to you all! Thanks for spending a little photo time with me!