This is an absolutely adored family. I had the pleasure of working with Zeljka for a number of years and I miss seeing her lovely face every day. She and Chris were some of the first people to entrust me with the important task of documenting their family as it really started changing when Sam was born. So yeah, I love them a lot.When it works, I love starting sessions at home. Kids warm up so well in their own space, and I love a good front porch shot. ;) Eli. The most lovable little boy, with a special bond with his mama. A mesmerizing combination of his parents. Also, a total crack up. :) This is brotherhood. :) :) :) This image on the right. You guys are looking gooooood. Soap box moment: never, ever, ever stop taking photos with your spouse. It’s easily overshadowed by your cute kids, it feels like reenacting your engagement photos a bunch of years later, I get it. But don’t stop! Because you’re different, too, than you were one or two or six years ago, and your love is still super important and worth being photographed. And it’s probably not even so much for you as it is for your kids so they can see their parents’ relationship they grew up watching. Right? Ok, end moment. :D Hey, Sam! I am a sucker for this charming kid, and could listen to him talk for hours. He is razor sharp, has a uniquely wonderful sense of humor, and can tell you the most profound, detailed, all-you-ever-wanted-to-know facts about all sorts of things like tornadoes and trains. He’s downright delightful. Z & Chris, I know you already know it, but you have something so precious. Thanks for sharing it with me and being up for my shenanigans. :) I truly love photographing your family.
These imaginative, sweet, gorgeous girls came running up to me when they got to their session with the starriest eyes and all the excitement about taking photos again. Filled my heart right up! I had heart eyes for weeks after our last session, and the same vibes are back this time. Have I mentioned lately how much I love my job?? Sister love is an amazing gift. I sincerely expect these two to be best friends *literally* forever. Sienna is looking entirely too grown up. I mean, they both are. Ayla was super tiny baby the first time I photographed her! I know from experience with my own kids how quickly they grow up, but it’s magnified x10 with families I photograph once every year or two. It is such a privilege to see who all these amazing kids are growing up to be. :) SPUNK LEVEL = 100. I love it, I love it, I love it. Kara, you rock the mom gig. You’re go-with-the-flow, you embrace all the silliness and fun, you let your girls be themselves, and you are the source of so much love for your family. I admire it all so much. Sienna, never ever stop loving life the way you do. I kind of want to go do this session again, it was so much fun. Cheers to you, Cordell fam! Until next time. :)
A precious new person was introduced to the world a few weeks ago. It was such an honor to meet her and photograph her in her very first days. World, say hello to Veda Louise. Does your jaw not drop at the beauty of this nursery?? I mean, wow. Veda’s mom Diane has such amazing taste. Getting loved on by mom and dad…
Did you catch their maternity session a few weeks back? This guy was just on the verge of being a big brother, and now that he’s in it, I am sure Oliver’s getting plenty of extra time with just dad. :) Hey there, family of four!!! Veda’s eyes are mesmerizing. They just go on and on, and you can already see her resemblance to Oliver. She really couldn’t be any more perfect. Dreamy little siblings. :) Diane & Kinsley, there’s SO much to love about your family. Wishing you smooth transitions and lots of sleep as you all enjoy your perfect baby girl!
There is a major soft spot in my heart for families of six. Coming from one myself, I just feel an immediate connection. I get you! I speak your language! I love siblings and all their quirky, complicated, fascinating dynamics! So much fun!!! Imagine my excitement to hang out with this crew.
Maybe someday I’ll understand my obsession with sibling dynamics, birth order, and the like. :) There’s just something so cool about four different people, all offspring of the same two individuals, but oh my word, they all get to be SO DIFFERENT!
Baby Ezra: so sweet, but that smile has mischief in it. :) Lydia is a gem. Her smile just melts me, and she’s everything a big sister should be. You can see how patience has been built up in her, and she’s got the sweetest joy. All these boys are so lucky to have her. Tyson, little man on the verge! So ready for all the big kid things coming his way. Also, his eyes are incredibly twinkly. :) Connor reminds me a thousand times over of my own brother (also a middle child!). He’s got some serious spirit and a wonderful sense of humor. I feel like I got a little preview into what kind of adult he could be. An awesome one, obviously. He recently lost a few teeth and they joke that he gave them to baby Ez, who has gained two in the same spot. So funny! There was something about these ladies of the house and their sameness. I could have photographed just the two of them for an hour. But we did have some adorable photo bombers.This is exactly why big families are so great. There’s an abundance of love to go around. Ok, so all of them have the twinkly eyes. ;) Seth & Liz, wow – what a dynamite family you have. Loved every second of our time together – thanks for sharing a bit of your crazy, beautiful lives with me!
The two little ladies in this family are like my spirit animals. Like if they were combined into one person, because they’re really different, but…anyway. Gosh, I was glad to see these gorgeous faces again! And it doesn’t need noting, but Niki is a family-photo-outfit-coordinator extraordinaire. Girl, you should hire out your skills! Oh hey there, pretty fam with the sweet girls and the adorable parents! :D
Insert inspirational sister quote. I can’t, because they are always too cheesy for me, but here’s what I see in this photo. This duo right here are going to be influencing one another’s lives for the long haul. I looooove imagining what their relationship might look like over time. It’s pretty sweet right now, so I hope it doesn’t change too much from what it already is. Alyvia (on the left) thought she was being so good at keeping her real smiles to herself (but oh, she was wrong), and Brooklyn? Well, I couldn’t have posed her like that if I tried. The hands and everything – all her! My fave – it’s like the blog image representation of the wiggly heart emoji. :)
Sending you so much love, Niki, Nick & fam. You guys are rockstars.
I’m back at it today with an especially energetic crew of boys plus one gorgeous lady who is loved dearly by them all. :D These guys showed up ready to have fun, and I’m telling you, it was the best night.
Keep a close eye on Bohdan (in the middle) throughout these photos. He is a ham. What I love most about kids his age is that they don’t fake a thing. There’s no guessing what they’re thinking. And he’s obviously used to being slung around. God bless allll the middle children. ;)I have so much respect for mama Jen. From the second she emailed me, I knew she was the kind of person I would instantly love. She knows how to laugh at herself and enjoy the little things. She wore her joy for her family on her face all night and it was SO. DANG. BEAUTIFUL. All them boys! And a little mom & dad love. Bohdan! You crazy boy, my favorite part about you is how your eyes light up with your smile. Kannon (on the left) wins best chill, chunky baby award. He is just happy to be along for the ride, and his big brother Jaxson is everything a big bro should be. He has a lot of love for his siblings – so sweet! On the left, Bohdan is taking my directions as literally as possible (poor Kannon!). And on the right, is my favorite shot. So much happiness in one photo. You guys are such a party – I just loved getting to see who you are and celebrate that as much as photos can. Cheers!
This five star, golden family brought me a significant amount of joy, laughter and dabbing on the beautiful fall evening we spent together. :D It was so good for me. My history with them goes back oh, ten years (what???) or so to my sorority days. Such fun times had with them!
Garrison and Kase might look a bit familiar if you follow the blog regularly. These boys are so dang fun. They have an unmatched energy and are loaded with fun ideas for photos and ridiculously silly faces (not pictured here). :) Say hello to Courtney & Evan! They are refreshing to be around – super genuine and super talented (though super humble). Just super.
Like I said… Love this. If you know this family, you know they laugh a loud and laugh a lot! Pam & Terry = the most fun grandparents you could ask for. Lucky boys. This final image was a deal for the boys that they could do a photo with shades if they obliged all the other photo session nonsense. :) Loved hanging out with you, Hejny family! Hugs and high fives to you all.