Category Archives: families

nate + jen + jaxson + bohdan + kannon

17_09_bray_01I’m back at it today with an especially energetic crew of boys plus one gorgeous lady who is loved dearly by them all. :D These guys showed up ready to have fun, and I’m telling you, it was the best night.

17_09_bray_02 Keep a close eye on Bohdan (in the middle) throughout these photos. He is a ham. What I love most about kids his age is that they don’t fake a thing. There’s no guessing what they’re thinking. And he’s obviously used to being slung around. God bless allll the middle children. ;)17_09_bray_03I have so much respect for mama Jen. From the second she emailed me, I knew she was the kind of person I would instantly love. She knows how to laugh at herself and enjoy the little things. She wore her joy for her family on her face all night and it was SO. DANG. BEAUTIFUL. 17_09_bray_04 All them boys! And a little mom & dad love.17_09_bray_05 17_09_bray_06 Bohdan! You crazy boy, my favorite part about you is how your eyes light up with your smile.17_09_bray_07 Kannon (on the left) wins best chill, chunky baby award. He is just happy to be along for the ride, and his big brother Jaxson is everything a big bro should be. He has a lot of love for his siblings – so sweet!17_09_bray_08 17_09_bray_09 On the left, Bohdan is taking my directions as literally as possible (poor Kannon!). And on the right, is my favorite shot. So much happiness in one photo.17_09_bray_10 You guys are such a party – I just loved getting to see who you are and celebrate that as much as photos can. Cheers!17_09_bray_11

the hejny family

This five star, golden family brought me a significant amount of joy, laughter and dabbing on the beautiful fall evening we spent together. :D It was so good for me. My history with them goes back oh, ten years (what???) or so to my sorority days. Such fun times had with them!

17_09_hejny_01_feat 17_09_hejny_02 Garrison and Kase might look a bit familiar if you follow the blog regularly. These boys are so dang fun. They have an unmatched energy and are loaded with fun ideas for photos and ridiculously silly faces (not pictured here). :)17_09_hejny_03 17_09_hejny_04 17_09_hejny_05 Say hello to Courtney & Evan! They are refreshing to be around – super genuine and super talented (though super humble). Just super.
17_09_hejny_06 Like I said…17_09_hejny_07 Love this. If you know this family, you know they laugh a loud and laugh a lot!17_09_hejny_08 Pam & Terry = the most fun grandparents you could ask for. Lucky boys.17_09_hejny_09 This final image was a deal for the boys that they could do a photo with shades if they obliged all the other photo session nonsense. :) Loved hanging out with you, Hejny family! Hugs and high fives to you all.17_09_hejny_10

zach + rachel + elijah

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. 17_09_roth_01 Dreamy baby alert!17_09_roth_02 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. ;)17_09_roth_0317_09_roth_04 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.17_09_roth_05 17_09_roth_06 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.17_09_roth_07 17_09_roth_08 17_09_roth_09 There’s something about their fingers in this one that I love. :) 17_09_roth_10 17_09_roth_11 17_09_roth_12 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! 17_09_roth_13

steve + molly + maryn + will | lincoln ne family photographer

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.17_09_orton_01

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.17_09_orton_02Of 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.17_09_orton_03 Will (my nephew) and his many faces were so on point. He crushed these photos - such a big kid!17_09_orton_04 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.17_09_orton_05 17_09_orton_06 Her spunk is unmatched. UNmatched.17_09_orton_07 17_09_orton_08 17_09_orton_09 17_09_orton_10 17_09_orton_11 I love how he’s looking at his dad. You can just see he’s looking for reassurance and affirmation.
17_09_orton_12 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.17_09_orton_13 And to end…a dance party on the water. What else? Love, love, love you, Orton fam.17_09_orton_14

the humphrey family | lincoln ne family photographer

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.

17_09_humphrey_01 Big families have so much fun. :)17_09_humphrey_02 17_09_humphrey_03 17_09_humphrey_04 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. 17_09_humphrey_05 And these two… :D :D :D There’s plenty of personality to go around in their house I’m sure!17_09_humphrey_06 17_09_humphrey_07 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!
17_09_humphrey_08 Personally, this is my frame pick for this session. ;) Cousins are simply wonderful.17_09_humphrey_0917_09_humphrey_10 17_09_humphrey_11 17_09_humphrey_12 17_09_humphrey_13 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!
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dave + elizabeth + ariadne + emily + porter

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.17_08_hall_01 Emily. Porter. Almost-walking. ;)17_08_hall_02 This sweetheart is so much fun to be around, and a quite impressive big sister. Ari, I can’t believe you’re nearly four!17_08_hall_03 17_08_hall_04 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.17_08_hall_05 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. 17_08_hall_06 17_08_hall_07 17_08_hall_08 A little family cuddle time. 17_08_hall_0917_08_hall_10 These next two are my favorites of each of the twins. The eyes on these two are the most perfect starry baby eyes!17_08_hall_11 17_08_hall_12 17_08_hall_13Friends + lovers + partners. :) Much love to this family and as always, my deepest thanks for letting me glimpse some of your magic. 17_08_hall_14

jeff + cortney + elliot | watertown sd family photography

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.

17_07_moffatt_01 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. 17_07_moffatt_02 I think he’s going to be quite the goof.17_07_moffatt_03 17_07_moffatt_04 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. ;) 17_07_moffatt_05 This epitomizes their family. They love fun and they do it well. 17_07_moffatt_06 17_07_moffatt_07 17_07_moffatt_08 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.17_07_moffatt_09 17_07_moffatt_10 17_07_moffatt_11

Jeff & Cortney, this photo session with you made my heart sing. I hope it’s not long before I get to do it again. :)