Oh goodness, this is a good one, guys. My friend Zach moved away, he got married, they have a darling little boy, and I got to photograph them recently on a return visit to NEBRASKA! It was magical even before the golden glowing sunflowers lit up the landscape along with beautiful Rachel’s smile. Dreamy baby alert! Number one trick to make Elijah smile = dad’s face. That’s not an insult, it’s a huge compliment! He just has such a connection with his daddy. ;) The love between these three is just so good, and I think you can just see how it cycles in this photo. This one’s a favorite, for sure. Elijah. I noticed something awesome about this kid in his expressions – he flips between this serious, observant, furrowed “thinking” brow and a delighted joy. Juuuuuust a bit reminiscent of each of his parents? I think so. There’s something about their fingers in this one that I love. :) Always one with just mom and dad. Zach & Rachel, it was such an honor to photograph all that makes you guys you. Elijah is the best, and so are you. We miss you already!
The bitty baby in this photo was born on Friday. It’s amazing. I cannot wait to meet her!!! I’m handling my excitement by blogging their maternity session. I bet it already seems like pregnancy was such a long time ago for this mama.
Meet Oliver, who is now a big brother. He is incredibly handsome, and has a super laid back sense about him. He’s gentle and tentative and a bunch of other things that will make him so good with a baby sister. She’s such a lucky little one.
Savoring the last few days of being just the three of them. Diane, not only are you almost literally glowing in this photo on the right, but your smile is just incredibly beautiful. Such a lovely mama. My favorite on the right! :) I so enjoyed hanging out with you guys and photographing you just how you were before everything changed (again). See you and your sweet girl very soon!
I couldn’t be more partial to the precious people in these images. That will not stop me from gushing about them, and you’d better believe it’s 100% genuine. If I didn’t believe it, I wouldn’t say it. And I love these four something fierce.
That blonde curly thing in the middle is my niece Maryn. She currently has a major, cheesy-ready-for-the-camera smile she likes to use, and I remember Molly saying (somewhat defeated) as soon as we finished with this session, “I just wish you could get her real smile sometime.” Boom. Sister, that’s what I do.Of course one of the best parts of photographing families is looking back at older photos to see all the chang that happens in a short amount of time. If you want to see how crazy fast kids grow (and how my editing styles have changed over the years – ha!), click through to see 2014, 2015, and 2016.) Molly, you’re beautiful. Will (my nephew) and his many faces were so on point. He crushed these photos - such a big kid! My heart has so many feelings for this one. This is basically why i do my job – to focus on the beauty of connection, relationship and love. Her spunk is unmatched. UNmatched. I love how he’s looking at his dad. You can just see he’s looking for reassurance and affirmation.
This sweet and wild boy. He has a million traits and emotions all balled up inside him and it’s awesome seeing him grow. This grin – it’s Will’s grin. It’s his mischief and sweetness all layered together in the cutest freckled face around. And to end…a dance party on the water. What else? Love, love, love you, Orton fam.
Oh, to find the right words for this session! Let’s start wth unrestrained joy. Breathtaking beauty in the face of sweet Zoe and the season of growing and learning a new set of ropes as a family. It was just my favorite thing walking in to their house to see these two friends (I had the pleasure of working with both of them in my designer days) taking on the title of parents with a relaxed comfort, like they had been made for it. So, so good!
Their darling little Zoe was in her element for photos. She was bright-eyed and so expressive and she stole my heart.
Their pup Linus – Mr. Big Brother. One minute indifferent, the next wanting the spotlight. :) Those eyes…
You guys are going to have so much fun as parents. SO. MUCH. FUN! There’s really no way to pick a favorite from this day, so I didn’t. But this one is a definite contender. Charlie and Ashley, my deepest thanks to you for letting me in on such an intimate, beautiful time in your family! She is the most perfect little bundle. Enjoy her to the fullest!
The relationships in this family blew me away within the first fifteen minutes of meeting them. What an incredible honor to photograph generations!! I sincerely hope these amazing kids remember their grandparents like this (hearts full, enjoying and treasuring time with them) always.
Big families have so much fun. :) I especially love siblings that crack each other up. Evie, the spunky sweetheart in the middle is adored by her brothers, and it’s clear they are her best friends. And these two… :D :D :D There’s plenty of personality to go around in their house I’m sure! Having family photos taken should be fun. Always, always, always fun. Even if the moms and dads don’t choose to hang this photo or use it for a Christmas card, there should always be enough fun for the goofy, crazy personalities to show their lovely faces!
Personally, this is my frame pick for this session. ;) Cousins are simply wonderful. One of my favorites parts of extended family sessions is seeing the “original” family together, and imagining all the history and shared memories they have between them. This right here fills my heart up big time. :) I’m so grateful to you, Humphrey family, for sharing who you are with me!
These photos represent a day of extraordinary love, deep commitment and a big ol’ party to celebrate it all. You know when the bride says the thing she’s most looking forward to is cutting loose on the dance floor, you’re in for a goooooood good day. Alison and Andy, what a pleasure to be a part of your wedding day.
You’ll notice it, so there’s really no need to point it out, but Alison’s smile is the best one in the entire world. The very prettiest. It shows all her joy, all the time. She’s gorgeous! Daaang! You two and your good looks. These next two are undeniably my favorites. (This first one reminds me a bit of this one from their engagement session… )
This wedding party. Ohhh, how I loved them! Keep scrolling and you’ll see they’re all basically models. ;) Models with a lot of spunk. Our fearless ring bearer, getting a little coaching from dad before the ceremony. Married! I love their nephew’s face watching them kiss. :D :D Did I mention there was a party? I honestly can’t get over how Andy looks at his bride. Alison, you’ve got such a winner. He absolutely treasures you. My favorite moment of the dance was when Alison’s dad hit the dance floor and JAMMED to Old Time Rock and Roll. (At least I’m 99.9% sure that was the song. I can almost hear it!)
Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs.! Your day was a dream, and your love well worth celebrating. Cheers to you and all your adventures together!
I looooove days like today: when I get to blog photos of families loving on one another, laughing together, and being their crazy beautiful selves. These are familiar faces indeed, and I am so thrilled to share Dave and Elizabeth’s family. Remember when the twins were born?? And before that. And before that? Watching kids grow up is bananas. Emily. Porter. Almost-walking. ;) This sweetheart is so much fun to be around, and a quite impressive big sister. Ari, I can’t believe you’re nearly four! Elizabeth’s only request was one photo in which they all looked human. :D Well, I aim to please, and then some. These are some joy-filled, human-looking humans. I have such mad respect for this lady. She carries out motherhood with so much grace, and always has a genuine smile on her face. She’s amazing, and I have loved hearing about her life with her three sweet kids. A little family cuddle time. These next two are my favorites of each of the twins. The eyes on these two are the most perfect starry baby eyes! Friends + lovers + partners. :) Much love to this family and as always, my deepest thanks for letting me glimpse some of your magic.