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Engagement, Wedding, and sweet little Lila…I have adored photographing this growing family over the last several years.  Well, it’s another FUN milestone on their journey as they prepare to welcome a little BOY into their hearts!  It will not be long now, and I’m beyond excited to meet him!  Lila wasn’t so sure about the silly-lady-with-the-camera, but once we started counting to three (followed by tickles from daddy) she couldn’t contain that big smile.  It was so much fun capturing her personality!  See you all soon… 🙂

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Photographing a friend, who happens to be a wonderful photographer, brings on a pressure that I cannot describe.  You want to do your absolute best!  But I was excited for it, ready to push myself further into the world of shooting “Lifestyle” images, that really showcase a family as they are, in those small in-between moments.  After posting a handful of sneaks, Stacey posted the words below to his wall…and I cried.  Because as any creative person knows, you put your HEART into your work.  Once it’s released to the world, you can only hope that it’s loved and treasured.  I was so overcome by his words, I have to put them here.  For a day when I need a pick-me-up, and to express how important family photos really are!  Thank you Stacey, Jennifer, Gabe, Malachi, Canaan & baby-Zeke for allowing me into your world, and being a complete joy to document!

“So we needed photos of the family. I’ve been wanting something close to my own style – documentary, at our own house, led (mostly) by the kids. I need to make sure we have photos of the kids with me included, and that’s kind of hard to do if you’re always the one shooting. (And even harder if you’re really not shooting anything right now, but that’s another story…)

So we asked my friend Rebecca to come shoot us. She texted a few of these to me yesterday. I was truly speechless. Her talent shined through so strongly in these images as she caught our true selves.

But perhaps what surprised me the most was how she was able to capture my kids in a way that I can’t. Maybe they allowed themselves to be more vulnerable with her. Every artist’s eye is unique, and I’m so thrilled to have someone else’s take on the most important people in my world.

People. Take the time to have your family photographed. Let down your guard and allow them in to your real world.”

Sweet Mr. Teddy…I love how you just go-with-the-flow during photos.  Your siblings love on you, squeeze you tight, and kiss you more times than I’m sure you prefer, but you tolerate that much and more!  This particular morning was CHILLY, and I have to mention the whole crew for being rockstars out there in the park.  My favorite image is the one with momma and her kiddos…SO   MUCH   LOVE.  See you all again soon!

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I knew the moment I walked into the door, that I was going to LOVE this family.  And it didn’t take long for Miss Olivia to steal my heart!  She welcomed not one, but TWO little brothers into her world, making Luke & Jack to very lucky guys… 🙂  I’m so excited that they have joined the First Year Program, so I can document how quickly they grow and change.  They are certainly surrounded by lots of love!

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The last time I saw Mallory & Carson, was around their wedding day in June 2006.  And now, they are expecting baby number FOUR (a little boy) in August!  It was so much fun to reconnect, and meet these adorable kiddos of theirs.  They are wonderful!  I’m so happy for them, and I just know that Evelyn, Jackson, & Oliver and going to welcome this sweet bundle with open arms… 🙂

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