chad + halley

This soon-to-be mom and dad radiate happiness, and I can’t wait to share their maternity session with you all! They make each other so comfortable and happy and are so fun to be around. I have a good feeling they’re just going to knock the whole parent thing out of the park. ;)

Halley, you’re sooooo radiant. I really mean it, motherhood looks wonderful on you. Fun fact: they got married in this building!  My fave!
Congratulations, you two! Can’t wait to meet your precious little one.

the carter family

This session was such an honor. These three were visiting from Italy (woah!) and during their precious time with family, we worked in a photo session. I fell hard right off the bat for little Siena, who just happened to be turning ONE that very day. 18_01_carter_01 18_01_carter_02 She is the sunniest little girl! 18_01_carter_03 18_01_carter_04 18_01_carter_05 Gosh, these next two with Siena cuddled up with her daddy. You can tell she’s in her happy place. 18_01_carter_06 18_01_carter_07 My favorite. :)18_01_carter_08 18_01_carter_09 After a bit of time just with these three, the whole fam showed up. Grandma, great-grandma, aunts, uncles, and all the cousins. Keep a close eye on Siena’s little smile, because as we were walking down the hall, she caught eye of a special cousin…18_01_carter_10 That smile on the left is all for her cousin who’s holding her on the right. Is that not the sweetest thing???18_01_carter_11 She’s even got his finger here. :) Anyway, she’s got three awesome “big bro” type cousins and is in such good hands. What a good-looking crew! 18_01_carter_12 18_01_carter_13 18_01_carter_14 18_01_carter_15 The icing on the cake was seeing this whole family gathered together from near and far. A seriously great close to the holidays. :) Cheers, Carter family! 18_01_carter_16

the oliver family

17_12_oliver_01One of the most naturally happy families I ever did see. The Olivers! You know for sure when mom doesn’t ask any questions or even raise an eyebrow to meeting for photos in a nondescript parking lot on a busy street, that you’ve got a winner. :)

These boys were so much fun! I love their brother relationship – so sweet (pictured here), but so very brotherly with lots of tongues sticking out, fart noises, and general silliness. This job. It does not ever get old.17_12_oliver_02 17_12_oliver_03 Grant. I definitely think this kid is older than he is. He just has a maturity about him that seems to say he’s going to do great things. Can you tell that from meeting a kid once? I think so. 17_12_oliver_04 My mama heart is obsessed with both of these. Just sayin’! Also, blue walls call to me. I cannot resist.17_12_oliver_05 And William! So much fun, quirky, mischief packed into a small human. 17_12_oliver_06 17_12_oliver_07 I’ve had a thing for lining everyone up by height lately. Artsy? Let’s go with that. :) I do love it, though! 17_12_oliver_08 In case they ever forget how old they were… this was all Traci. She’s on top of her mom game!17_12_oliver_09 17_12_oliver_10 Can you believe this smile?? 17_12_oliver_11 On the right: did I say something funny that only Grant understood?? Hmm. 17_12_oliver_12Possibly my favorite of the day, mostly because of Grant’s SWAGGER.
17_12_oliver_13 17_12_oliver_14-1I had such a blast with you, Oliver fam! Don’t let those boys grow up too fast – they are just so perfect right now!

the cox family

17_12_cox_01Twins. 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.
17_12_cox_02The 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. :)
17_12_cox_03 17_12_cox_04 Evie, darling girl, you just seem so intent on figuring out your little world, and the main thing that calmed you down…17_12_cox_05 …was this guy. Ezra – totally expressionless except for this tiny moment during which he raised that little eyebrow. 17_12_cox_06 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.17_12_cox_07 17_12_cox_08 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.
17_12_cox_09 17_12_cox_10 17_12_cox_11 Both these photos have my heart all wound up!
17_12_cox_12 17_12_cox_13 The real twinning begins when you set those bitty arms free. HOW DO THEY DO THAT?17_12_cox_1417_12_cox_15 17_12_cox_16 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! 17_12_cox_17

the holt family

17_12_holt_01Welcome 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

17_12_holt_02Speaking of sweet Miss Maeble, here she is in all her sunshine-y glory!
17_12_holt_03 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. 17_12_holt_04 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.17_12_holt_05 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…17_12_holt_06 17_12_holt_07 17_12_holt_08 Mom & Dad, laughing at Maeble. :)
17_12_holt_09 I love little sister being out of height order, facing the wrong way, and holding her brother’s hand in this one. Imperfection > perfection.17_12_holt_10Jordyn, the cactus might be your spirit animal.
17_12_holt_11 17_12_holt_12 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.17_12_holt_13 17_12_holt_14 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…17_12_holt_15 She just plain took over. :) 17_12_holt_16

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!

craig + megan + mackenzie + charlotte

17_11_hundt_01Almost 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. :) 17_11_hundt_02 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.
17_11_hundt_03 Hey, hey, sweet girl!17_11_hundt_04 17_11_hundt_05 We made do with a slightly chilly (FREEZING) day.
17_11_hundt_06 My favorite!17_11_hundt_07 17_11_hundt_08 Melting me with their sister love.
17_11_hundt_09 17_11_hundt_10 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!17_11_hundt_11