I spend so much time with my camera focused on other families, other children, other crooked smiles and other people’s family bonds. Don’t get me wrong, I have several terabytes filled with shots of my family. They’re just all taken with an iPhone. So, every once in a while we need to be reminded that those closest to us need to have “the good camera” turned on them.
Now any photographer will tell you that taking photos of your own children is not easy. My boys (my husband included) see my camera come out and it’s an instant invite for crazy faces and crossed eyes. This time was no exception. While I did manage to get our Christmas card shots done, I have about 300 shots of goofy faces. While those shots won’t make the Christmas card or even our mantel, they will not be deleted. That is who they are. My three goofy, crazy, loveable boys. Those silly faces are what life is like for the only girl in this house. (They also serve as great blackmail as they get older!) They keep me laughing and always on my toes. They are mine. All three of them. And I wouldn’t change one of their goofy faces for anything in this world.
Then, as if they all know just how far we can push her before she cracks, they smile. The hysterical laughter and the fart noises stop and I get the sweet faces I know that are in there. So I snap away, because like a rainbow after a spring rain, I know they won’t last. The giggles and the crazy faces will return. So I quickly capture the sweet faces of the boys who will always be my babies and the man who still to this day gives me butterflies. These are the photos I catch my self stopping to look at over and over again. These are the photos that hold my heart.
And like a rainbow, sometimes you do actually find that pot of gold at the end.
Oh Molly how I love you! But oh sweet Molly, how you made me work for this one! I have been photographing Molly since she was just days old. Sweet little Molly who always smiled when I took out my camera and oh yeah, sat still. Then she turned two and went on the run. Molly is moving and she is fast. Getting her to stop for the camera was impossible. So, as a photographer, what do you do when your subject doesn’t stop? I mean at all! You get down on the ground, climb a fence, run and work your tail off to capture them being who they are. What better place to see who Miss Molly is than on our farm. We sang endless versus of “Old McDonald” and I snapped away. We got some adorable shots and my sweet girl even made some new friends. Happy 2nd Birthday to the sweetest little girl to grace our lives!
This sweet little guy kept me on my toes. For a little man he sure could eat! Sleep for 5 minutes, eat, pass out and repeat. When he was awake he was as calm as could be. So happy to be held and snuggled. Something that I of course was more than happy to oblige. One thing is for sure, William is a champion yawner. I’m talking full 8 second yawns! I couldn’t resist grabbing a shot of his epic yawn. Hopefully he is sleeping a little more at night to give his sweet mama some rest. Huge thanks to William’s mama for hanging in there on the 3 hour photo shoot! (and making sure little man always had a full belly!)
I love this couple. Love. I love the way Dan was so protective and gentle with Krissy. I love the way Krissy looks at Dan like he is the only man on the planet. I love how they talk about their child with such excitement and happiness. Oh and I adore Dan’s sister Kelly who facilitated this shoot and was an awesome second shooter! Dan and Krissy, thank you for having me photograph such an exciting and personal time in your lives. I cannot wait to meet your baby girl and do her very first photo shoot! You are both such an awesome couple and deserve all the happiness the world has to give.
Little Miss Zoey and her beautiful mama, Allison were a complete joy to photograph! Allison wanted to capture that mother daughter bond she has with her “baby” before baby number 2 comes along later this fall. Well, my job was cake with these two. Allison is one of the most beautiful pregnant women ever and not only is Zoey adorable (those deep blue eyes!) but she had the spunkiest personality. She was so content just checking out the flowers and waving at the people walking by. I had such a fun afternoon working with you two! I can’t wait to meet your newest little one this fall!
Photographing a new born, I mean days old newborn, is wonderful. So new and tiny. So sleepy. Think coma sleepy. It’s amazing to hold a life that new. But as we all know, when they’re that new they pretty much sleep and eat. So, when I got a call from a past client to photograph her 3 month old son, I was thrilled! Three months is just magic. They smile, coo, and laugh. The stranger anxiety hasn’t set in yet so they are open to the world! The smiles and eye contact are amazing. I had the best morning with little Ryan. Getting him to smile was a breeze. One of the happiest babies I have met. He is one of the reasons why my job, just like a three month old, is magic!
I have to tell you, I am loving these Senior portrait shoots more and more. The kids are excited to be there, willing to do almost anything, and always come with a bunch of their own ideas for the shoot. Sarah, was no different. A bit quiet at first, but once we got to know each other we were laughing, talking about high school (I was surprised I could remember that far back!) and just having a good time. Her beautiful green eyes and her perfectly natural smile made this shoot a breeze. She’s off to college next year. So much of the world is ahead of her. It’s such an exciting time in life. Her excitement and energy to get started showed right through her smile.
Sarah, I wish you the best of luck next year! Enjoy every minute of college. It’s some of the best times of your life. You’re going to do great! And to her mom, I watched as you looked on throughout our morning together. She’s going to be a hard one to let go of. You raised a beautiful, smart girl there! You should be very proud.
Oh sweet Camden how you make me love what I do! From your sleepy smiles to you little coo’s, I could have spent all day cuddling you. This sweet little guy may look small and oh so fragile, but don’t let that fool you. Camden is a fighter. From day one he fought his way to make it into this world and more importantly into his mama’s loving arms. It’s easy to see where he gets his spirit from. He has one amazing mother. Someday he will learn all that his mommy did to make sure he got here safely. One thing is for sure, this sweet little boy will always know just how much he is loved.
Big sister Ava turned 6 the day these photos were taken. She is such awesome big sister to her baby brother. He is a lucky little man!
Not too long ago, my son asked me why we call Uncle Derek and Auntie Lish, our Uncle and Aunt if they are not really related to us. My answer was simple. We call them family because they are family. Derek has been my husband’s friend since they were my son’s age. Even though life got in the way and sometimes they didn’t see one another for looooong periods of time, they always remained friends. I knew Derek was a keeper when I met him 14 years ago. No matter what, he was always loyal. Always. That to me speaks volumes. I first met Alisha on my wedding day. She was Derek’s gorgeous new girlfriend in the stunning orange dress. Oh that orange dress! Even though most eyes were on her that afternoon, and most brides would have thought…you know what you would have thought! Anyway, she was impossible not to love. Lish is one of the smartest (I’m talking crazy smart here people), most genuine and loyal woman I know. She has become one of my closest friends and I am so glad that beautiful brunette in the orange dress came to our wedding. The four of us have been through a lot together. A lot. Things that would test even the greatest friendships have not torn us apart but rather strengthened our bond. We have witnessed one another marry, have babies, raise a family and just grow. The day they had their baby girl was one of the happiest days I know. A beautiful baby girl to love and spoil! Oh how I love that little girl. We all do. Derek is the God Father to our son. He is the man both of our boys refer to as “the best Uncle ever!” So when my son asked why we call them family when they aren’t, my answer was simple. Well, my sweet boy, it takes more than just blood to make family. They are the people who stand by us, who are always there when we need them. The people who share in all of our happy times and offer strength and support when we are sad. They are the people who we love like family because they are family. All this and so much more make them family.
As the mom of two boys I was in my element with these two little cuties. Talks of super hero’s, monsters, bad guys and everything boy! Spider Man in particular was the hot topic of the day. Cole can shoot webs like nobody’s business. I was “covered with 99 webs” by the end of our session! His enthusiasm for all things Spider Man was awesome. Watching his eyes light up as he pretended to be the masked hero was the best. Then there is his trusty sidekick Chase. One of the happiest babies in the world. His sweet little crooked smile and a constant peek-a-boo from his tongue. Put that all together and you will melt. Their mama is going to have a phone ringing off the hook by the time these two cuties are in high school! It’s obvious they are just going to get cuter and cuter.