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best of 2016

All week I’ve been thinking about words. What words might describe what the new year will bring? What words will characterize my circumstances or my thoughts? And then I sat down to create this post – my absolute favorite of the year, because who doesn’t like to gather and dwell on their favorites? – and one word sticks out to me about the last year. “Humbled.” In 2016, I was humbled, and completely privileged to connect with so many different families and peek into their worlds. These people are like bonus family members to me, and I am humbled to have been able to draw near to the incredible relationships they have with one another, and turn their sweet connections into beautiful images. I hope they see what I see in these – beauty, trust, joy, and love. All these gorgeous faces are inspiring me BIG TIME for whatever’s coming down the road. :) Enjoy a few of my favorites from 2016.

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dave + dori | lincoln ne family photographer

These are my parents!!!! Something in me feels so deeply humbled and happy when my family asks me to photograph them. I think it’s because they really don’t have to. I feel an immense responsibility in photographing these two, in particular. Exactly as they are. In their 60s. As my kids’ grandparents. How they laugh. How they hug. I just want to preserve it with the same desperation I want to preserve all the adorable and silly things my babies do. I enjoy these people to the max and owe SOOOOOO much to them. They have all my love.

16_11_moffatt_01 Because he’s funny, and he’s always made her laugh like this. 16_11_moffatt_0516_11_moffatt_02 :) :) :) This is my dad’s look. I can see in his eyes how much he loves my mom, and I know that same look anytime he’s really thankful for his loved ones – especially his girls. So glad I was raised by a man who shows how he feels. 16_11_moffatt_03 And I know I’m biased, but isn’t my mom so gorgeous?! I’ll be awfully lucky if I age like her. ;) And even more lucky if I can be as kind, gracious, optimistic and thoughtful as she is throughout my life. Mom and Dad, you guys frame whichever ones you want, but I’m putting this one up in my house. Love you both so very much. Thanks for spending a little time with me and my camera!16_11_moffatt_04

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

These are my people. My sister’s family. It’s quite a different experience photographing kids you know and spend a lot of time with, as opposed to the ones you meet the night of the session. There has to be a shift from “Hey, it’s your Aunt Jenny and usually we just hang out and goof around” to “we’re still goofing around and being crazy, but I’m also trying to get a job done”. HA! But ok, in all seriousness, the evening of this shoot was nothing short of magical. It was pouring rain as we both drove to the park, and it stopped almost immediately as we parked and got out of our cars. That doesn’t always happen, (I wish!) but when it does, the air and light are especially glowing, and it makes for some gorgeous photographs. It sure doesn’t hurt to have these cuties in ‘em, either.

16_11_orton_01 16_11_orton_02 The image on the left is one of my favorites, and the one on the right – it makes me so stinkin’ proud of this kid! This was our best session yet together, and the whole time I was crying inside thinking of how grown up he is now. Big ol’ three-year-old.16_11_orton_03 And then there’s this sweetheart. She’s at that tender age where she’s this angelic thing with a crazy-can’t-keep-up-with-her side. But ohhhh, look at those eyes. I love this squirt.16_11_orton_04 16_11_orton_05 Speaking of multi-faceted personalities…16_11_orton_06 Another fave. I always try to get a good “everybody looking at the camera” shot, but I’d rather have 1,000 of these.16_11_orton_07 16_11_orton_08 16_11_orton_09 Steve, you’re such a great dad and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Glad my kids get to call you Uncle!16_11_orton_10 I’m going to insist on this one being framed in your house, guys. 16_11_orton_11 I didn’t even ask him to do it. ;)16_11_orton_12 16_11_orton_13 I know I’ve had a few favorites from this session already, but this…THIS…people, if you’re not laughing like this 9 years into your marriage, you’re taking yourselves too seriously. Love your family to the moon, sis. Thanks again, a hundred times over, for letting me photograph all your love. XOXO.16_11_orton_14

You can see lots their past sessions here: Maternity (Will), Newborn (Will), Family 2014, Maryn (Newborn), Family 2015.

best of 2015 | lincoln ne photographer

Reflecting on the last year is always mind-blowing (even when it’s done in February – whoops!). Did all this really happen in the same year?! As I looked through nearly every photo I took in 2015, I found myself smiling – a lot – and even laughing out loud at my desk, remembering the amazing moments these wonderful people shared with me. There’s just nothing more humbling than being let into your closest relationships, your intimate moments, your happiness. So, to my clients in 2015, THANK YOU a million times over. I adore you and am so honored to have made these images with and for you.

Choosing was hard, obviously. These are just a handful of my favorites from 2015, and they make me so eager for the next year!!! Cheers to all you beautiful souls.

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mark + jenna + harper + nora | lincoln ne family newborn photographer

Prepare your hearts for so much adorable love. I’m definitely partial. I had the humbling privilege of photographing my nieces, brother and sister-in-law as a new family of four, including some one-month-old photos of the newest little darling to our family, Nora. She has followed her big sister’s footsteps by being breathtakingly beautiful and my favorite thing - she has those same eyes!

15_08_moffatt_01 My favorite shot of Nora. :)15_08_moffatt_02 15_08_moffatt_03 15_08_moffatt_04 Full disclosure: this is what I call working with what I’ve got for light in my house. It’s not exactly a fancy studio, but I don’t mind getting creative to chase that pretty light. :) I had a little shadow during this part of our shoot, too. That’s a budding photographer right there. 15_08_moffatt_05 Oh, Nora. You’re pretty. 15_08_moffatt_06 And so are you, miss Harper Bean! She is turning into such a firecracker, and she definitely kept me running during this session (partly due to the fact that David and Claire were there, too…). But here’s what I think when kiddos push the limits during photo sessions. IT’S FINE! This is who they are and what they do, and I am so up for the challenge of capturing that and getting darn cute images out of those playful, mischievous moments. So if that’s ever you and your kids, try to relax and let ‘em do their thing.15_08_moffatt_07 15_08_moffatt_08 15_08_moffatt_09 15_08_moffatt_10 15_08_moffatt_11 15_08_moffatt_12 15_08_moffatt_13 If Harper’s in front of my camera, my mission is to highlight those sparkly baby blues. Check and check. :)
15_08_moffatt_14 15_08_moffatt_15 15_08_moffatt_16 15_08_moffatt_17 Heart melting!!! Mark, you are suuuuuch a good daddy, and doesn’t she know it! 15_08_moffatt_18 This is my overall favorite. Ha!
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Thanks to my brother and his girls for being 100% wonderful and flexible. It was so worth it, and you guys rocked this. Love you so much and miss you already!

hello maryn june | lincoln ne newborn photographer

She’s here! My sweet niece is here. Ohhhh, how my siblings’ babies hold a deep, sweet place in my heart. If I’m allowed to have favorites, they are my first choice of subjects to photograph, and this one is a natural. She bears a striking resemblance to one outstanding big brother, and she’s just dainty and perfect. Maryn June, welcome to this wonderful world!15_04_orton_01 15_04_orton_0415_04_orton_0315_04_orton_08 15_04_orton_06
I love this one. Molly is just so proud and smitten with her. Being a mama is what she was made for, but mama to a little girl – it just fits her perfectly. Not to mention, the nursery she decorated is ADORABLE. You should find an excuse to go to her house and see it. ;)
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Pinks, peaches & ginger baby hair. Love!
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This one is another favorite. Even though his world has been totally flipped on its head, Will is such a good big brother. He just seems to know her already.
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Love these people so much! Here’s to the beautiful season these images acknowledge – a season of becoming four! Congratulations, loves.

the kerr family | lincoln ne family photographer

I am truly having the hardest time this fall with describing the families that grace this blog. I’m having so much fun with every one of them. People are just amazing, ya know? Like these people! Bethany, one of my closest friends from college has been such a sweet presence in my life. A true friend, and one I just continue being blessed by over and over again. This is her family, and they have become dear to me, too, in the years I have known her. And get a load of the sweet baby Agnes. I mean, it’s not fair to be so cute. Ok, enough of my chit chat; meet the Kerrs! Can you guess which one married in? ;) Love you, Jason.
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