Twins. Twins!!!! Twins and their families have me in the deepest awe, so don’t be surprised in this post to find me at a lack for words. I’m just in sheer admiration of what it takes to parent a new baby, not to mention two of them. Speaking of those babies, ohhhhhhhhhh my goodness, the sweetness is about too much to handle. Meet Evie & Ezra.
The perfect, tiny duo. These two were easy-peasy angels the entire I time I worked with them! Right off the bat, my favorite thing about Evie (on the right) is how she keeps one eye open), and Ezra shares my joy of sleep – or so it seemed for the few hours I spent with him. :)
Evie, darling girl, you just seem so intent on figuring out your little world, and the main thing that calmed you down… …was this guy. Ezra – totally expressionless except for this tiny moment during which he raised that little eyebrow. If you read this blog or follow it at all, you’ve met Kinsley. I had zero doubt about how fantastic of a sister she would be. I can’t get enough of this photo. Big sis just stepping into her new role with 100% confidence and 100% love and affection. Oh, you lucky little babies. I love how I get lost counting little limbs in newborn twin photos – the way they’re always curled up together. Even better with sister’s and mom’s hands in there, too.
Both these photos have my heart all wound up!
The real twinning begins when you set those bitty arms free. HOW DO THEY DO THAT? These three kiddos are so loved. I was recently thinking about how with each new baby, the web of relationships in a family grows. More connections are made – everyone has their own new relationship with this new amazing person, and their presence changes the relationships that already exist in beautiful, generous ways. Everybody loves more. And that’s my excitement for you, Cox family. And in that excitement, I’m just going to leave you with these antlers to make your hearts explode and your smiles burst!
Welcome to the blog, Holt family!!!!!! These guys have something special going on. They enjoy one another so dang much (and for good reason – they’re all wonderful) and it made me all kinds of happy. I could have hung out with them all afternoon, but couldn’t because they had to go to Costco. ;)
Let’s kick things off with a fave, because typography and little Maeble’s side kick. :D
Speaking of sweet Miss Maeble, here she is in all her sunshine-y glory!
She showed up ready to report for photo-taking duty! I’m a sucker for kids who love the camera (duh) so we became fast friends. Her smile alone would have done the trick, though. I’m gonna go ahead and say that Maeble’s favorite person is Jordyn. Not only is she incredibly pretty, she’s an all-star big sister, and wins bonus points because she was brave enough to stand between the cacti for this photo. Trooper. She told me she’s “the strong one” – I think that’s true in more ways than one. Her smile, too! I’m going to stop right here with how great all their smiles are, because they’re all just perfect. Say hey to Jackson on the right! There’s a good chance he’s cooler than you. Hockey stud, bookworm, go-with-the-flow middle child, wielder of comic book knowledge… Mom & Dad, laughing at Maeble. :)
I love little sister being out of height order, facing the wrong way, and holding her brother’s hand in this one. Imperfection > perfection.Jordyn, the cactus might be your spirit animal.
Of course all parents need & want photos of their kids as they grow up and change – but IMHO, moms and dads, you need to see how your marriage changes, too. And even better, the parts that haven’t changed, like how you still laugh together like you’ve always laughed. These last two: that sweet, spunky Maeble wasted no time learning how a photographer gets to boss the fam around. She’s giving directions about where to stand, faces to make, who should move together. And then… She just plain took over. :)
Holt fam, I could not have enjoyed this day any more than I did. Thank you for bringing your photo A-game (i.e. being yourselves and having fun). :D YOU’RE AMAZING!
Almost exactly two years ago, I met this endearing family for a maternity session (Megan was then expecting miss Charlotte) and immediately fell in love. Their girls are bright-eyed and ready for anything, and it’s so much fun chasing them around, teasing their beautiful smiles out. :) Their parents say these girls are total opposites, and they complement each other beautifully. I can’t handle how much Mackenzie looks like her mama, and Charlie like her daddy.
Hey, hey, sweet girl! We made do with a slightly chilly (FREEZING) day.
My favorite! Melting me with their sister love.
Of all the things I love about this family, what I love best is their willingness to just go with it. Enjoy their kiddos, embrace the craziness, and be themselves. It’s what the best sessions are made of. Hugs to you, Hundt fam!
Welcome back to the blog, Moore family! This well-loved crew has grown by three whole people since our last shoot together. Three super cute people. :D
If you know the Moore family/families, then you probably know what it’s like to be wholeheartedly welcomed & befriended, and you’ve probably had a crazy adventure or two with them. Brad, Shalita and little Zaara. Their presence in these photos is pretty significant, considering they live in New Zealand. I was immediately charmed by their sweet girl, and I can only imagine how precious their time was together with Brad’s family. On the right is Isaac, in front of his “macho fern”. :) Basically, Isaac graciously puts up with jokes from his older brothers every five minutes, and for the time being gets to proudly herald the title of Favorite Uncle to all these cute, wild kiddos. Emily, Caleb & Julian. This trio is so sweet together. Their smiles are filled with such obvious joy in one another, and it’s easy to see why. Julian drew the “no nap” straw for photo day (somebody’s gotta do it), and handled all the craziness with that darling smile on his face the entire time. I’d say he’s a keeper. Tyler, Joy, Quincy, Zoe, and what may be my new favorite sibling photo ever. Zoe, girl, you’re doing all the little sister things right. :)Quincy has turned into quite the little ham. He has energy for days and put his own amazing spin on everything I asked him to do. He’s so much fun to be around. Kurt & Diane make you feel like part of their own family. They are honestly some of the most endearing people I’ve met. Seeing them with this almost-too-many-to-hold pile of grandkids is just so perfect. Lucky, lucky kids and I think a few of them already know it. ;) Brothers. All in the same city. In the same country! Zoe, such an easy, go-with-it, happy baby girl. She complements her family perfectly. We have some seriously beautiful eyes going on with these grandkids.
Happiness. Moore crew, it is such a deep pleasure to photograph you together. Thanks for blessing me and everyone around you with all your joy. Hugs to you all!
Say hey to the coolest kids on the block: Mari and Asa! Their family is a sheer delight to be around. I couldn’t stop smiling. (Last time, either! It’s like their thing.)
I loooove this image on the right. Melissa’s face is the picture of contentment, surrounded by her crazy crew. Don’t you just want to hug them all? They’re so darn happy!!!! Let’s shake it up a bit with the posing, shall we? I think so. ;) There may have been some snort laughter going on…
I keep gravitating toward unusual words to describe this boy, like “buoyant”, but I think his fam would agree. He’s just the most cheerful, easy-going, goofball boy (as long as ya let him run!).
And then there’s this one, with the most perfect freckle in the middle of her nose, and this beautiful full-face smile. Her personality comes out after she warms up a bit, and then it just gains momentum. Wave after wave of silliness and laughter. She’s something ridiculously special. And if you’re still reading, lucky you. Sometimes I save the best for the last of the blog post… Thank goodness for kids who make it possible to take the world a little less seriously. Love you to the moon, Loyas!!!!
I’d heard so many amazing things about this crew through the lovely lady in the light blue (one of my favorite people on the planet, my friend Katie), so when I finally got to meet and photograph her family, I was HYPED. They are indeed, quite wonderful. Say hello to Jalen – the smiliest, sweetest guy! He loves to run, throw his football, laugh, and play with grandma. :) Somebody just turned…
Zac & Cherrie and their adorable littles. I love Cherrie’s smile, especially when it’s directed at either of her kids. :) I have completely fallen in love with photographing grandparents with their grandkids. The relationships are so unique, so special, and so seldom captured in a genuine way. My hope is that it will be hard to determine which generation values images like these the most. That grin!
Thank you, Kerr crew! Your family is SO special – thanks for letting me in on your fun for a day!
Welcome to the photo abbreviation of one of my most FUN weddings to date. How could it not be? The people involved in this day were enjoying the heck out of it, which made it impossible not to have a blast right along with them. The bride was at the heart of all that joie de vivre, which is no surprise if you know her. Lacey is the kind of girl everyone wants as a best friend. She looked so stunning, Nate was the sweetest groom, and their wedding was worthy of “Best Day Ever” status. I can’t tell you how much I love to photograph mothers helping their daughters get ready for the day. As a mom of two girls, it’s just such a beautiful, intimate scene and incredibly special to me. These are the types of wedding day photos that matter for life. Also, these, of course. First look love, happiness and elation! Dang, you two. Probably my favorite. They are so natural together, so in love, so classic, I can hardly stand it. They lucked out with a gorgeous Nebraska fall day, in a streak of cold, rainy ones. Pure sunshine. :) I looooooved their ring bearer and flower girl!!! And then it was time. In the next two photos, you can see how adoringly Lacey looks at Nate. It’s the cutest. The ceremony and reception, held in the Jasmine Room at the Grand Manse were both jaw-dropping. Glittery, dramatic and glamorous. The brand new Mr. & Mrs.! We slipped away for photos with their hilarious and laid-back wedding party during the cocktail hour. Seriously, such a fun group to photograph. Note to photographers: don’t ask the boys to hold the bouquets unless you expect to take this photo. ;) I always do, and it’s usually their favorite. :D :D Time to party! (And eat bacon, duh). Can it be a new rule that wedding receptions serve breakfast food? So, so good. One of my favorite moments of the day was the choreographed dance Nate & Lacey learned. It was so much fun, and they nailed it. Lacey’s dad was kind of the star of the dance. :) We snuck outside for a few photos at sunset. Lacey, seeing said sunset, immediately broke into the Circle of Life intro. Like I have said, she’s THE BEST. Congratulations, Nate & Lacey. You guys are gold, and I am so honored to have been a part of your wedding day. I’m even more excited for your future as husband and wife. Blessings and cheers to you!