Welcome to the blog, Holt family!!!!!! These guys have something special going on. They enjoy one another so dang much (and for good reason – they’re all wonderful) and it made me all kinds of happy. I could have hung out with them all afternoon, but couldn’t because they had to go to Costco. ;)
Let’s kick things off with a fave, because typography and little Maeble’s side kick. :D
Speaking of sweet Miss Maeble, here she is in all her sunshine-y glory!
She showed up ready to report for photo-taking duty! I’m a sucker for kids who love the camera (duh) so we became fast friends. Her smile alone would have done the trick, though. I’m gonna go ahead and say that Maeble’s favorite person is Jordyn. Not only is she incredibly pretty, she’s an all-star big sister, and wins bonus points because she was brave enough to stand between the cacti for this photo. Trooper. She told me she’s “the strong one” – I think that’s true in more ways than one. Her smile, too! I’m going to stop right here with how great all their smiles are, because they’re all just perfect. Say hey to Jackson on the right! There’s a good chance he’s cooler than you. Hockey stud, bookworm, go-with-the-flow middle child, wielder of comic book knowledge… Mom & Dad, laughing at Maeble. :)
I love little sister being out of height order, facing the wrong way, and holding her brother’s hand in this one. Imperfection > perfection.Jordyn, the cactus might be your spirit animal.
Of course all parents need & want photos of their kids as they grow up and change – but IMHO, moms and dads, you need to see how your marriage changes, too. And even better, the parts that haven’t changed, like how you still laugh together like you’ve always laughed. These last two: that sweet, spunky Maeble wasted no time learning how a photographer gets to boss the fam around. She’s giving directions about where to stand, faces to make, who should move together. And then… She just plain took over. :)
Holt fam, I could not have enjoyed this day any more than I did. Thank you for bringing your photo A-game (i.e. being yourselves and having fun). :D YOU’RE AMAZING!
Almost exactly two years ago, I met this endearing family for a maternity session (Megan was then expecting miss Charlotte) and immediately fell in love. Their girls are bright-eyed and ready for anything, and it’s so much fun chasing them around, teasing their beautiful smiles out. :) Their parents say these girls are total opposites, and they complement each other beautifully. I can’t handle how much Mackenzie looks like her mama, and Charlie like her daddy.
Hey, hey, sweet girl! We made do with a slightly chilly (FREEZING) day.
My favorite! Melting me with their sister love.
Of all the things I love about this family, what I love best is their willingness to just go with it. Enjoy their kiddos, embrace the craziness, and be themselves. It’s what the best sessions are made of. Hugs to you, Hundt fam!
Welcome back to the blog, Moore family! This well-loved crew has grown by three whole people since our last shoot together. Three super cute people. :D
If you know the Moore family/families, then you probably know what it’s like to be wholeheartedly welcomed & befriended, and you’ve probably had a crazy adventure or two with them. Brad, Shalita and little Zaara. Their presence in these photos is pretty significant, considering they live in New Zealand. I was immediately charmed by their sweet girl, and I can only imagine how precious their time was together with Brad’s family. On the right is Isaac, in front of his “macho fern”. :) Basically, Isaac graciously puts up with jokes from his older brothers every five minutes, and for the time being gets to proudly herald the title of Favorite Uncle to all these cute, wild kiddos. Emily, Caleb & Julian. This trio is so sweet together. Their smiles are filled with such obvious joy in one another, and it’s easy to see why. Julian drew the “no nap” straw for photo day (somebody’s gotta do it), and handled all the craziness with that darling smile on his face the entire time. I’d say he’s a keeper. Tyler, Joy, Quincy, Zoe, and what may be my new favorite sibling photo ever. Zoe, girl, you’re doing all the little sister things right. :)Quincy has turned into quite the little ham. He has energy for days and put his own amazing spin on everything I asked him to do. He’s so much fun to be around. Kurt & Diane make you feel like part of their own family. They are honestly some of the most endearing people I’ve met. Seeing them with this almost-too-many-to-hold pile of grandkids is just so perfect. Lucky, lucky kids and I think a few of them already know it. ;) Brothers. All in the same city. In the same country! Zoe, such an easy, go-with-it, happy baby girl. She complements her family perfectly. We have some seriously beautiful eyes going on with these grandkids.
Happiness. Moore crew, it is such a deep pleasure to photograph you together. Thanks for blessing me and everyone around you with all your joy. Hugs to you all!
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!!!!
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!