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.
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. :)