jeff + cortney + elliot | watertown sd family photography

I love this family to pieces, and for good reason. It’s my little brother, his beautiful and kind-hearted wife, and my lovable, heart-melting nephew Elliot! I had the privilege of doing a little family session with them during my last trip back home to Watertown.

17_07_moffatt_01 Elliot is a (little) man of one thousand faces. He’ll study you with intensity for quite a while, but then his face melts into this adorable grin. 17_07_moffatt_02 I think he’s going to be quite the goof.17_07_moffatt_03 17_07_moffatt_04 Also, talk about a baby that (in my opinion) so closely resembles his parents! He is a perfect mix of mom and dad, but since I grew up with his daddy, almost all I see is baby Jeffy. ;) 17_07_moffatt_05 This epitomizes their family. They love fun and they do it well. 17_07_moffatt_06 17_07_moffatt_07 17_07_moffatt_08 I got teary taking this photo on the left. Jeff, you are such a good dad – so committed, tender, and heart-invested. I’m very proud of you.17_07_moffatt_09 17_07_moffatt_10 17_07_moffatt_11

Jeff & Cortney, this photo session with you made my heart sing. I hope it’s not long before I get to do it again. :)

lj + emily + baby | omaha ne maternity photographer

This night was calm, beautiful, peaceful, romantic – full of the quiet anticipation of waiting on a baby. Maternity sessions always have this feel, and I LOVE contrasting them with the newborn session that follows. Same people, different ballgame. :) And these two, they’re gonna handle it so wonderfully!

McElravyMaternity_021 McElravyMaternity_011 McElravyMaternity_023Emily is unbelievably beautiful, and while I’m not sure if she’d agree, I think pregnancy suited her (at least for the time being…). ;)McElravyMaternity_020 McElravyMaternity_030What I love about LJ & Emily is that they have an easy feel to their relationship and a good sense of humor with one another. Both those things are going to serve them well as their family grows. McElravyMaternity_027 McElravyMaternity_032 My favorite of Emily.McElravyMaternity_035 And a little non-traditional, but I think this is my favorite of them together. A little party of three, about to change everything! Can’t wait to meet this nugget!McElravyMaternity_043

brandon + meghan + sylvie | lincoln ne family photographer

It’s SYLVIE! And of course, her lovely parents Brandon & Meghan.
17_07_memming_01 I made a quick friend with this little one. Her mama told me she can be a little choosey about who she opens up to, which of course made me feel like a million bucks! :D I was honored she decided I was ok to have on her team, and we did have a lot of fun.

17_07_memming_02 As you’ll see, Sylvie is the queen of alllllll the faces. Don’t you just love her?! I love how she mirrors her beautiful mama, especially with those curls.17_07_memming_03 17_07_memming_04 Hi there, beauty.17_07_memming_05 My very fave!! Encircled by mom and dad = a favorite place for any kid.17_07_memming_06 17_07_memming_07 Showing me she’s proud to be TWO! 17_07_memming_08 My heart couldn’t even handle this quilt. Cotton + Steel (and Sylvie’s nana, obviously) for the win!17_07_memming_09 17_07_memming_10 17_07_memming_11

I miss you already, Sylvie, and hope you enjoy these photos as you grow and that you can always see how much you’re loved in them. :) Thanks, Meghan and Brandon for a fantastic session, and for sharing your girl with me! XOXO!

 

justin + erica + eloise + mirabel | lincoln ne family photographer

Hi, there! I am very eager, as always, to get talking about the amazing people in the images below, but today I feel the need to make a quick disclaimer. I sometimes worry, when I get busy with portrait sessions and post a lot, that it may seem like I’m always saying “such nice things” about the people I photograph, and it can’t possibly all be genuine. Well, I’d just like to make it clear that I don’t exactly know how I drew the right straw and got lucky enough to have the best clients/friend-families under the sun, but I mean every word I say on this here blog, and social media, and wherever. 100%. No BS. Ok, that’s all, you may continue. :) And please do, because it’s another good one!

I cannot help but smile every DANG time I pull up this family’s session. It is almost like they are a unicorn family and can’t be real, BUT. THEY. ARE!

17_07_klemsz_01 The sister love is for real, their cuteness is for real, and the smiles don’t get any better than this. 17_07_klemsz_02 17_07_klemsz_03 Daddy Justin with his girls. I met Justin back when I worked in digital design, and sweet Mirabel on the right was born just a month or so before my oldest daughter. 17_07_klemsz_04 Girl. You are sweetness personified.17_07_klemsz_05 17_07_klemsz_06 I’m not going to try to hide that I have a thing for families with two girls, 2-3 years apart. I mean…obviously! There are sisters, and then there are sisters who are friends. :D These two have it figured out.17_07_klemsz_07Erica, it’s obvious to me you’re doing good mama work, and it shows in your beautiful girls.17_07_klemsz_08 My favorite, begging for a frame!17_07_klemsz_09 17_07_klemsz_10 Tell me they don’t make your heart stop!17_07_klemsz_11 Side note: it took Eloise no time at all to figure out that the farther away I got while we were shooting, the smaller they would be in the photos. “We’re going to be tiny in this one!” I was impressed!!17_07_klemsz_12 17_07_klemsz_13 It was an honor and a treat to spend some photo time with you four, and I left with a serious soft spot for your family. :) I hope you enjoy these every bit as much as I do!17_07_klemsz_14

tommi + mollie + kinsley + two!

Gosh, talk about families that have become dear to me. Where to even start? I’ve just had the privilege of photographing these three lovely ladies a bunch of times in the last few years and I always look forward to it. I mean, we have FUN. :)

17_06_cox_01 Kinsley is a ham, and doesn’t mind the camera one bit.17_06_cox_02 17_06_cox_03 This session though, was a **litttttle* extra exciting, because it sorta…kinda…doubled as a TWIN BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT. I mean, that’s a BIG DEAL! I am still processing this news, like a month later, that they’ll be a party of five!!!17_06_cox_04 17_06_cox_05 Golly. They’re adorable.17_06_cox_06 17_06_cox_07 Ok, this is a favorite. Kinsley was obsessing over having rocks in her shoe (not big rocks, itty bitty pieces of sand “rocks”), and kept taking her shoes off to pick them out of her toes. The different reactions here that you can just *barely* see speak parenting volumes. LOVE the realness! (If you know Mollie, you can mentally fill in the rest of her face). :D :D17_06_cox_08 17_06_cox_09 A little photo trickery on this lovely. ;) Look close…17_06_cox_10 Congrats to you, special, sweet family! See you again soon, I hope, to meet the twinsies!17_06_cox_11

nate + lacey | lincoln ne engagement photographer

I had the heart-eye emoji face the entire time I was together with these cuties for their engagement session (not to mention all through editing the images)! I simply love these two. They have a fantastic sense of humor, appreciate the important things in life like Husker football and breakfast food, and the way they look at one another is full of so much love, beauty and respect I can hardly take it. If you even have to ask if I’m excited about their upcoming wedding, well…you can just go now. :)

17_06_west_01 This image on the left is what I’m calling Lacey’s smolder (woah, lady!), and the one on the right was the very first image I took all night. Also a favorite!17_06_west_02 We began on campus at the stadium, because these guys have Husker love running in their veins. I mean, Bob Devaney was at Lacey’s parents wedding! What!!?17_06_west_03 We also got all fancy and strolled around downtown. :)17_06_west_04 17_06_west_05 17_06_west_06 In front of the building where they met…
17_06_west_07 17_06_west_08 They honestly give each other the sweetest looks. 17_06_west_09 Gilbert! Their pup joined us near the end of our session, and was such a good boy. He also got to ride in a cop car, but that’s another story. ;) Hey, I like to keep it interesting!17_06_west_10 17_06_west_11 Nate & Lacey, you’re truly perfect for one another. I can’t wait to celebrate your marriage with you in just a few short months!17_06_west_12

park + krista + grayson + josalyn | lincoln ne family photographer

There is honestly nothing better than playing with your kids and making you laugh, my dear sweet client families. I big time heart my job. :)

I love a session like this where my mind is blown by how much the baby changed, because the last time I saw them it was newborn crazy time and she was teensy tiny. We started out at the Nebraska State Capitol because that’s where we did their maternity/family session when Krista was pregnant with Josalyn. It was so fun to do a 2.0! See that session here and Josalyn’s newborn photos here. :)

17_06_sloup_01 17_06_sloup_02 17_06_sloup_03 Krista has the most apparent love and affection for her kids, and it gives me heart eyes. Such a beautiful mama inside and out.17_06_sloup_04 17_06_sloup_05 Josalyn handles the neck hugs like a pro. ;)
17_06_sloup_06 17_06_sloup_07 17_06_sloup_08 Joy!
17_06_sloup_09 17_06_sloup_1017_06_sloup_11 17_06_sloup_12 17_06_sloup_13 We finished with a sweet little cake smash that Krista had lovingly set up. That is one loved one-year-old. :D 17_06_sloup_14Thank you so much, Park, Krista & crew. Loved capturing your family again!