craig + melissa + mari + asa

17_11_loya_01Say 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.)
17_11_loya_02 17_11_loya_03 I loooove this image on the right. Melissa’s face is the picture of contentment, surrounded by her crazy crew. 17_11_loya_04 17_11_loya_05 Don’t you just want to hug them all? They’re so darn happy!!!!17_11_loya_06 Let’s shake it up a bit with the posing, shall we? I think so. ;)17_11_loya_07 There may have been some snort laughter going on…
17_11_loya_08 17_11_loya_09 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!).
17_11_loya_10 17_11_loya_11 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.17_11_loya_1217_11_loya_13 And if you’re still reading, lucky you. Sometimes I save the best for the last of the blog post…17_11_loya_14 17_11_loya_15 Thank goodness for kids who make it possible to take the world a little less seriously. Love you to the moon, Loyas!!!!

the kerr family

17_11_kerr_01I’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.17_11_kerr_02 Say hello to Jalen – the smiliest, sweetest guy! He loves to run, throw his football, laugh, and play with grandma. :)17_11_kerr_03 17_11_kerr_04 Somebody just turned…
17_11_kerr_05 Zac & Cherrie and their adorable littles. I love Cherrie’s smile, especially when it’s directed at either of her kids. :)17_11_kerr_06 17_11_kerr_07 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.  17_11_kerr_08 That grin!17_11_kerr_09 17_11_kerr_10 17_11_kerr_11

Thank you, Kerr crew! Your family is SO special – thanks for letting me in on your fun for a day!

nate + lacey

17_10_west_01Welcome 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.17_10_west_02 17_10_west_03 17_10_west_04 17_10_west_05 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. 17_10_west_06Also, these, of course. First look love, happiness and elation!17_10_west_07 17_10_west_08 Dang, you two.17_10_west_09 17_10_west_10 Probably my favorite. They are so natural together, so in love, so classic, I can hardly stand it.17_10_west_11 17_10_west_12 17_10_west_13 17_10_west_14 17_10_west_15 They lucked out with a gorgeous Nebraska fall day, in a streak of cold, rainy ones. Pure sunshine. :)17_10_west_16 I looooooved their ring bearer and flower girl!!!17_10_west_17 17_10_west_18 And then it was time. In the next two photos, you can see how adoringly Lacey looks at Nate. It’s the cutest. 17_10_west_19 17_10_west_20 17_10_west_21 The ceremony and reception, held in the Jasmine Room at the Grand Manse were both jaw-dropping. Glittery, dramatic and glamorous.17_10_west_22 The brand new Mr. & Mrs.! 17_10_west_23 17_10_west_24 We slipped away for photos with their hilarious and laid-back wedding party during the cocktail hour. Seriously, such a fun group to photograph. 17_10_west_25 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 :D17_10_west_26 17_10_west_27 17_10_west_28 Time to party! (And eat bacon, duh). Can it be a new rule that wedding receptions serve breakfast food? So, so good. 17_10_west_29 17_10_west_30 17_10_west_31 One of my favorite moments of the day was the choreographed dance Nate & Lacey learned. It was so much fun, and they nailed it. 17_10_west_32 17_10_west_33 17_10_west_34 17_10_west_35 17_10_west_36 17_10_west_37 17_10_west_38 Lacey’s dad was kind of the star of the dance. :)17_10_west_39 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.17_10_west_40 17_10_west_41 17_10_west_42 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!17_10_west_43

chris + zeljka + sam + eli

17_10_hassler_01This 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.17_10_hassler_02When 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. ;)17_10_hassler_03 17_10_hassler_04 Eli. The most lovable little boy, with a special bond with his mama. A mesmerizing combination of his parents. Also, a total crack up. :)17_10_hassler_05 17_10_hassler_06 17_10_hassler_07 This is brotherhood. :) :) :) 17_10_hassler_08 17_10_hassler_09 17_10_hassler_10 17_10_hassler_11 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 17_10_hassler_12Hey, 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.17_10_hassler_13 17_10_hassler_14 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. 17_10_hassler_15

gabe + kara + sienna + ayla

17_10_cordell_14These 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??17_10_cordell_02 Sister love is an amazing gift. I sincerely expect these two to be best friends *literally* forever.17_10_cordell_03 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. :)17_10_cordell_0517_10_cordell_04 SPUNK LEVEL = 100. I love it, I love it, I love it.17_10_cordell_06 17_10_cordell_07 17_10_cordell_0917_10_cordell_08 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.17_10_cordell_10 Sienna, never ever stop loving life the way you do.17_10_cordell_1217_10_cordell_11 17_10_cordell_13 I kind of want to go do this session again, it was so much fun. Cheers to you, Cordell fam! Until next time. :)17_10_cordell_01

kinsley + diane + oliver + veda

17_10_johnson_01A 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. 17_10_johnson_02 Does your jaw not drop at the beauty of this nursery?? I mean, wow. Veda’s mom Diane has such amazing taste. 17_10_johnson_03 Getting loved on by mom and dad…
17_10_johnson_04 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. :)17_10_johnson_05 17_10_johnson_06 17_10_johnson_07 17_10_johnson_08Hey there, family of four!!!17_10_johnson_09 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. 17_10_johnson_10 17_10_johnson_11 17_10_johnson_12 Dreamy little siblings. :)17_10_johnson_13 17_10_johnson_14Diane & 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!17_10_johnson_15

seth + liz + lydia + connor + tyson + ezra

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.
17_10_harlow_01Maybe 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!
17_10_harlow_02Baby Ezra: so sweet, but that smile has mischief in it. :) 17_10_harlow_03 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.17_10_harlow_04 Tyson, little man on the verge! So ready for all the big kid things coming his way. Also, his eyes are incredibly twinkly. :)17_10_harlow_05 17_10_harlow_06 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!17_10_harlow_07 There was something about these ladies of the house and their sameness. I could have photographed just the two of them for an hour. 17_10_harlow_08 But we did have some adorable photo bombers.17_10_harlow_09This is exactly why big families are so great. There’s an abundance of love to go around.17_10_harlow_10 Ok, so all of them have the twinkly eyes. ;)17_10_harlow_11 17_10_harlow_12 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!