Perfect baby alert! Owen is likely to cause baby fever. Browse photos at your own risk. There. You’ve been warned. :)
Well, well, well. It’s one of the sweetest families around and they’re back on the blog! I’m overflowing with happiness for these friends of mine as they have welcomed their second kiddo, Owen Lee. He is too darn perfect, and his sweeeeeet big sister Cora is doing a pretty bang on job in her new role, too. If you’re a new big sibling, you earn major bonus points for doing this picture. It’s asking a lot – you’re adjusting to a new person in the family, you’re generally a toddler, you are learning just how gentle you have to be. Plus one thousand extra points if you nail it, like Cora did! Atta girl! We snuck outside for a few of just this sweet pea by herself. Isn’t she dreamy? I love Cherise’s smile – how it captures her entire face, and you can see how much joy spills out of her on the daily. Want to know a fun fact? When Mike and Cherise needed a little nosy-friends-making-stuff-happen help before they started dating, I may have had a little something to do with arranging a common place for them to hang out and get the ball rolling. Pretty dang proud of that, considering what a beautiful family God’s creating through them! :) :) Hi, little man. Did you know you’re loved to the moon? Father & Son images are something special. I’m excited to see how their relationship evolves. We wrapped up in their beautiful backyard. This family…*sigh*…they’re fantastic. THANK YOU, Mike & Cherise, for letting me into your shaken up world! Enjoy every little bit of this new stage of being a family of four. :)
It’s another fabulous day for having a sweet family on the blog, and here they are! This crew just stole my heart. Hannah (on the right here) jumped out of the car when they arrived and came right up to hug me! We’d never met, and it was the best way to start a session. :)
Hannah’s enthusiasm about her little sister is an 11. Actually, most of her emotions are an 11! She loooooves life. Hi, baby Olivia! This one drew the lucky “didn’t nap on photo day” straw, but you never could have guessed it. She was such a charmer. And Josh – you’re an A+ dad. So patient, so involved, and making everything fun for your family.
I just love these two next to each other. Mama’s wrangling kids like a boss, and they are both showing their colors. Don’t you just want to snuggle her? She’s dreamy.
Dear Families who let me take your pictures every so often: I truly love you and see so much unique beauty in each and every one of you. You are doing wonderful things, raising amazing kids, and acknowledging the beauty in your everyday lives. I applaud you. That goes for you too, Joneses. ;)
Be still, my heart! This fiery family is my kind of fam. They know how to have fun, laugh, shake things off, smile from the heart, I mean…I have a big ol’ family crush on them. Look at these two!!!
And here’s the whole crew! First, let’s talk about mama Andrea for a second. It takes a strong woman to not be the least bit anxious over family photos, and she was completely calm, collected, and chill the whole time. So maybe hire her for advice when it’s your family’s turn. :) Also, she has the prettiest smile in Nebraska. Just sayin’.
Say hi to Miss Cadence! There’s so much packed into this girl’s amazing personality. She’s going to be a go-getter for sure. Her freckles are my favorite. I love baby Calvin’s little furrowed eyebrows here, because he was the happiest, smiliest guy the entire time. Hehe. How lucky is he to have these two to grow up with? :P
I’m realizing I picked lots of photos of Cadence for the blog with this sweet, soft smile like on the right. It’s funny, because she’s such a firecracker! But there’s something so fascinating to me about catching wild kids in their calm moments. Probably because you know it will only be for an instant. This is Carter. He’s the gentle leader of the pack, and so full of fun! Don’t remember what I said here, but I love his embarrassed laugh. :) I’m pretty sure it was bathroom humor. 8 years old is an awesome age. And this one of just mom and dad = favorite. I love how they laugh with each other. Seriously, Matt & Andrea, your family is solid gold. So much love to you all! Thanks for spending a little photo time with me!
I have been so fortunate to work with the best of the best people in the years I’ve been photographing families. I’m not trying to sugarcoat it - I truly cannot think of enough happy superlatives to write about the awesome people I get to take pictures of. Each year gets better and better, and I’m full of gratitude as I finish up my 2016 sessions. This family, extra special to me because HEY! THAT’S MY BROTHER, is my last one of the year, and there’s no better way to wrap up. Warning: all I’m about to say is biased, but also completely true. :D These guys are rockstars. Made for one another. And very adorable. Wait ’til you see their kids!
Major swoon. Meet my nieces Harper and Nora. The last time we did photos, Nora was a tiny baby, and it was pure sweetness to document their sisterhood this time. (You’ll also want to see their first session. ) Why am I blogging this photo, you ask? Time for another PSA about kids bein’ kids. (Interestingly, I have used sweet Harper as an example before…) Let’s be real – kids are awesome in that they will not pretend to be something they’re not. They have moods. They have ‘tudes. They’ll show up to your photo session and be shy instead of flashing their usual sunny smile. They sometimes take time to warm up, and truth be told, I love that. Let them be that way! Because then I can get photos like this one, of Harper Bean trying her darndest not to smile. Don’t worry, I cracked her. Keep scrollin’. :) This one took a little less convincing! Sweet, beautiful Nora girl, we love you!
See? The personality couldn’t resist coming out. Pretty sure these girls’ eyes have magical powers. My favorite. :)
Hey Mark, thanks for marrying Jenna and bringing such an awesome new sister into my life, and thanks for having two of the best little girls so I could be their aunt. :D Love you all to pieces.