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.
Oh goodness, this is a good one, guys. My friend Zach moved away, he got married, they have a darling little boy, and I got to photograph them recently on a return visit to NEBRASKA! It was magical even before the golden glowing sunflowers lit up the landscape along with beautiful Rachel’s smile. Dreamy baby alert! Number one trick to make Elijah smile = dad’s face. That’s not an insult, it’s a huge compliment! He just has such a connection with his daddy. ;) The love between these three is just so good, and I think you can just see how it cycles in this photo. This one’s a favorite, for sure. Elijah. I noticed something awesome about this kid in his expressions – he flips between this serious, observant, furrowed “thinking” brow and a delighted joy. Juuuuuust a bit reminiscent of each of his parents? I think so. There’s something about their fingers in this one that I love. :) Always one with just mom and dad. Zach & Rachel, it was such an honor to photograph all that makes you guys you. Elijah is the best, and so are you. We miss you already!
I couldn’t be more partial to the precious people in these images. That will not stop me from gushing about them, and you’d better believe it’s 100% genuine. If I didn’t believe it, I wouldn’t say it. And I love these four something fierce.
That blonde curly thing in the middle is my niece Maryn. She currently has a major, cheesy-ready-for-the-camera smile she likes to use, and I remember Molly saying (somewhat defeated) as soon as we finished with this session, “I just wish you could get her real smile sometime.” Boom. Sister, that’s what I do.Of course one of the best parts of photographing families is looking back at older photos to see all the chang that happens in a short amount of time. If you want to see how crazy fast kids grow (and how my editing styles have changed over the years – ha!), click through to see 2014, 2015, and 2016.) Molly, you’re beautiful. Will (my nephew) and his many faces were so on point. He crushed these photos - such a big kid! My heart has so many feelings for this one. This is basically why i do my job – to focus on the beauty of connection, relationship and love. Her spunk is unmatched. UNmatched. I love how he’s looking at his dad. You can just see he’s looking for reassurance and affirmation.
This sweet and wild boy. He has a million traits and emotions all balled up inside him and it’s awesome seeing him grow. This grin – it’s Will’s grin. It’s his mischief and sweetness all layered together in the cutest freckled face around. And to end…a dance party on the water. What else? Love, love, love you, Orton fam.
The relationships in this family blew me away within the first fifteen minutes of meeting them. What an incredible honor to photograph generations!! I sincerely hope these amazing kids remember their grandparents like this (hearts full, enjoying and treasuring time with them) always.
Big families have so much fun. :) I especially love siblings that crack each other up. Evie, the spunky sweetheart in the middle is adored by her brothers, and it’s clear they are her best friends. And these two… :D :D :D There’s plenty of personality to go around in their house I’m sure! Having family photos taken should be fun. Always, always, always fun. Even if the moms and dads don’t choose to hang this photo or use it for a Christmas card, there should always be enough fun for the goofy, crazy personalities to show their lovely faces!
Personally, this is my frame pick for this session. ;) Cousins are simply wonderful. One of my favorites parts of extended family sessions is seeing the “original” family together, and imagining all the history and shared memories they have between them. This right here fills my heart up big time. :) I’m so grateful to you, Humphrey family, for sharing who you are with me!
I looooove days like today: when I get to blog photos of families loving on one another, laughing together, and being their crazy beautiful selves. These are familiar faces indeed, and I am so thrilled to share Dave and Elizabeth’s family. Remember when the twins were born?? And before that. And before that? Watching kids grow up is bananas. Emily. Porter. Almost-walking. ;) This sweetheart is so much fun to be around, and a quite impressive big sister. Ari, I can’t believe you’re nearly four! Elizabeth’s only request was one photo in which they all looked human. :D Well, I aim to please, and then some. These are some joy-filled, human-looking humans. I have such mad respect for this lady. She carries out motherhood with so much grace, and always has a genuine smile on her face. She’s amazing, and I have loved hearing about her life with her three sweet kids. A little family cuddle time. These next two are my favorites of each of the twins. The eyes on these two are the most perfect starry baby eyes! Friends + lovers + partners. :) Much love to this family and as always, my deepest thanks for letting me glimpse some of your magic.