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!
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. :)
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!