I wanted to share some favorites from one of my favorite families. Here are Kelsey, Joe and Frances at home in September.
To spend time with these girls and his family. I can’t get enough of one year old Caroline’s expressions, and Charlotte is so sweet, always dancing around in nature with her hands up like she’s feeling the grass and the air. It is pure, innocent happiness! And I love the way Cat and Brett love their girls. a few favorites…
Little Quaid was a surprise gift. I had my own surprise gift child, so I can relate in a very real way to the rollercoaster that an unexpected child creates. I have seen my friend Jessica start on the scary part of the ride, and come around to the elated part of the ride, where you are thinking to yourself, “I’m so glad I didn’t miss out on that ride”. When I had time with their family and little Quaid was less than a week old, Jessica had this gorgeous peace about her. She was completely present with her baby, relaxed, and beautiful. I loved seeing the connection between her and Jarrod, and her and Sloan. It won’t be long until they can’t remember life without this little guy. Welcome Quaid.
We did a mini session on a hot sweltering August day to record this Burns family for the last time as a family of four. They are expecting baby brother number three any day now! Even in our short time together, I was able to see the gentleness and love that is the atmosphere in this family. What a pleasure it was to photograph you Leah, Drew, Braxton, and Grayson!
I loved my time with Brady, Tyler, and baby Walker. In the midst of their beautifully crafted home, my favorite parts were seeing them laugh together in the midst of being in the season of sleepless nights and new routines. Here are a few favorites of this beautiful family of three.
We drive out West each summer to spend a week with these friends, and it has become even more rich since their daughter Eve was born. It’s so heart-melting when your kids fawn over the child of someone you love.
One morning on vacation, before our hiking time, we went out to get a few family pictures for Sarah, Mat, and Eve. Eve…as a typical strong willed 1.5 year old, wasn’t having it. All she wanted to do was explore. As she should! Despite Eve’s uncharacteristic mood, I feel like we still stole some precious records of these three. Love you Hirsts!
One of my favorite families, and some of our most recent session, which celebrated Griffin turning one.
I became friends with Sarah through a class at our gym. At first I knew her as the blonde with the killer work ethic that always outran me. 🙂 Over time I got to know her as a loving mother of three, thriving in her growing business, who doesn’t let this life stage thwart her fun or her goals. And then, even for people that I know pretty well, spending a few hours photographing them in real time, with their kids, when it’s 100 degrees and there are snuggles and also tantrums, this always deepens my love for them. There were so many moments of affection between Sean and Sarah and their girls. I felt like I often feel, that I walked away with a handful of collected treasures. Moments of comforting a child, or a little laugh between parents that goes unregistered, but these little moments are what make up the life of their family.
I’ll start with a photo that I love to get- the entire family in one intentionally composed frame, with everyone doing their own natural thing. A truly frozen snapshot in time.
I’m so glad I finally got to photograph you guys! Much love.
One of my favorite girls turned seven last week! Happy Mermaid-waterslide-baloon-fight birthday sweet Violet! I love your laugh and your dance moves and the way you make friends so easily. These Schollas know how to throw a fun party!
I have had the delight of getting to know Morgan over the past few years as she has been my hair colorist at Lumine Salon. She is a remarkable listener who remembers everything about my kids, makes me feel great about myself, and always makes me laugh. She is a kind, sincere soul with a radiant smile and a beautiful heart.
Morgan and Chris knew that they wanted to get married, but he was going to surprise her with a proposal, so I was so excited on one of my salon visits, when I first saw a ring on her hand! And I was so honored that she would ask me to photograph her intimate ceremony in the park where Chris asked her to marry him.
Chris, I loved getting to know you through being a part of your wedding day. I can see that your goodness matches her goodness. Many Blessings you two, and thanks for asking me! Some of my favorites from the day:
Morgan’s nice was so sweet and snuggly with her while she was getting ready
Morgan and her best friend since high school, Lexie
Morgan’s sister surprised her by attaching photos of her late grandpa and good friend so that they would be with her in spirit
Chris’ older brother gives him a hug before everyone left for the ceremony