I love this family to pieces, and for good reason. It’s my little brother, his beautiful and kind-hearted wife, and my lovable, heart-melting nephew Elliot! I had the privilege of doing a little family session with them during my last trip back home to Watertown.
Elliot is a (little) man of one thousand faces. He’ll study you with intensity for quite a while, but then his face melts into this adorable grin. I think he’s going to be quite the goof. Also, talk about a baby that (in my opinion) so closely resembles his parents! He is a perfect mix of mom and dad, but since I grew up with his daddy, almost all I see is baby Jeffy. ;) This epitomizes their family. They love fun and they do it well. I got teary taking this photo on the left. Jeff, you are such a good dad – so committed, tender, and heart-invested. I’m very proud of you.
Jeff & Cortney, this photo session with you made my heart sing. I hope it’s not long before I get to do it again. :)
It’s SYLVIE! And of course, her lovely parents Brandon & Meghan.
I made a quick friend with this little one. Her mama told me she can be a little choosey about who she opens up to, which of course made me feel like a million bucks! :D I was honored she decided I was ok to have on her team, and we did have a lot of fun.
As you’ll see, Sylvie is the queen of alllllll the faces. Don’t you just love her?! I love how she mirrors her beautiful mama, especially with those curls. Hi there, beauty. My very fave!! Encircled by mom and dad = a favorite place for any kid. Showing me she’s proud to be TWO! My heart couldn’t even handle this quilt. Cotton + Steel (and Sylvie’s nana, obviously) for the win!
I miss you already, Sylvie, and hope you enjoy these photos as you grow and that you can always see how much you’re loved in them. :) Thanks, Meghan and Brandon for a fantastic session, and for sharing your girl with me! XOXO!
Hi, there! I am very eager, as always, to get talking about the amazing people in the images below, but today I feel the need to make a quick disclaimer. I sometimes worry, when I get busy with portrait sessions and post a lot, that it may seem like I’m always saying “such nice things” about the people I photograph, and it can’t possibly all be genuine. Well, I’d just like to make it clear that I don’t exactly know how I drew the right straw and got lucky enough to have the best clients/friend-families under the sun, but I mean every word I say on this here blog, and social media, and wherever. 100%. No BS. Ok, that’s all, you may continue. :) And please do, because it’s another good one!
I cannot help but smile every DANG time I pull up this family’s session. It is almost like they are a unicorn family and can’t be real, BUT. THEY. ARE!
The sister love is for real, their cuteness is for real, and the smiles don’t get any better than this. Daddy Justin with his girls. I met Justin back when I worked in digital design, and sweet Mirabel on the right was born just a month or so before my oldest daughter. Girl. You are sweetness personified. I’m not going to try to hide that I have a thing for families with two girls, 2-3 years apart. I mean…obviously! There are sisters, and then there are sisters who are friends. :D These two have it figured out.Erica, it’s obvious to me you’re doing good mama work, and it shows in your beautiful girls. My favorite, begging for a frame! Tell me they don’t make your heart stop! Side note: it took Eloise no time at all to figure out that the farther away I got while we were shooting, the smaller they would be in the photos. “We’re going to be tiny in this one!” I was impressed!! It was an honor and a treat to spend some photo time with you four, and I left with a serious soft spot for your family. :) I hope you enjoy these every bit as much as I do!
Gosh, talk about families that have become dear to me. Where to even start? I’ve just had the privilege of photographing these three lovely ladies a bunch of times in the last few years and I always look forward to it. I mean, we have FUN. :)
Kinsley is a ham, and doesn’t mind the camera one bit. This session though, was a **litttttle* extra exciting, because it sorta…kinda…doubled as a TWIN BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT. I mean, that’s a BIG DEAL! I am still processing this news, like a month later, that they’ll be a party of five!!! Golly. They’re adorable. Ok, this is a favorite. Kinsley was obsessing over having rocks in her shoe (not big rocks, itty bitty pieces of sand “rocks”), and kept taking her shoes off to pick them out of her toes. The different reactions here that you can just *barely* see speak parenting volumes. LOVE the realness! (If you know Mollie, you can mentally fill in the rest of her face). :D :D A little photo trickery on this lovely. ;) Look close… Congrats to you, special, sweet family! See you again soon, I hope, to meet the twinsies!
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. :)
My heart is SOOOOOO full for this family. These smiles are on their faces….oh…97% of the time. They’re genuinely wonderful. I should know – I got to spend two pretty spectacular and important days with them when Mikaela & Andrew and Kelsey & Max got married! :D I had giddy butterflies when they asked to do this family session with their incredibly special grandparents. Photographing generations is so rare, and so important. We took a step toward fixing that with these. Darleen is super-grandma. She is calm and knowing, but she’s (secretly?) the life of the party, too. At Mikaela’s wedding she and George shut down the dance floor!! You can tell they’ve lived fully and are reaping the rewards of it. I adore how *both* these women look at their husbands. Same, same! On top of being fun, their whole family is ridiculously good-looking. :) George & Darleen were so wonderful to photograph, and I like all their photos together, but this one is my favorite of the two of them. It’s in their eyes for each other – these two have been married 58 years (I mean, wow), and they are so tender with each other. I could go on about them, but the bottom line is they’re just special. Their family knows it, and anyone who gets to spend a little time with them, like me, can easily see it, too. High fives to all of you in the Richard family. Thank you for trusting me with these photos!