It’s a joy to spend time with this family. Carolyn and Ben react to their kids with patience and delight, in a way that always leaves a mark on me. Two year old Teddy especially stole my heart this time, but I loved all of the hidden gems of connection between this family!
Here are some favorites from my recent time with the Stasi Family. I just loved capturing their playfulness and affection. Here are Jenny, Mike, Kennedy, and Peyton.
The Tomlins have no shortage of people that love them. Their 50 year marriage has cultivated a robustly loving family, and a whole party’s worth of friends and colleagues that would do anything for them. I loved seeing the reunion of the cousins that once played together as kids. I loved hearing the stories that several of Mike and Jayme’s dearest friends told, and watching them react in their own distinct ways, and sometimes exactly in sync.
It was also touching to see our good friend TJ and his sister Shari cry as they toasted their mom and dad for what a solid job they had done as a couple. Cheers to you Mike and Jayme!
One of my best friends connected me with this delightful family. She said that they are some of her very favorite people, and after spending a few hours with them, they are some of my new favorite people. Here are Shelby, Bo, Pierce, and Merritt.
The Guthrey family has always embodied such a warm but sophisticated hospitality. They are easily gorgeous and equally kind, and it was such a pleasure to meet each of their parents and some cousins and the whole gang as they all gathered to celebrate Louis turning one!
His young and older cousins all gathered around to watch him open gifts and eat pie. I got to talk with Amy’s grandmother and grandfather about farming. It was delightful. Here is a peek into the afternoon celebrating Louis.
I love this Davig family. Erin originally bought a sitting from me at a school auction when I was in the early years of my business. They immediately won me over with their warmth, and humor, and dedication to their family. We did another shoot or two, and then we were both in the thick of having kids and moving, etc, and we didn’t see each other for several years. But I was so happy to have the opportunity to photograph them again as a sort of closing marker on their season raising their family in Brookside, Kansas City. They recently relocated to DC, and as I sorted through pictures of them sitting in front of the house where their kids did so much growing up, and they had lots of things pass in relationships with neighbors and co-workers, and family, I got teary. In a good way. This is a little homage to life for the Davigs in that Brookside season, and I am sending all of my biggest love for the season to come.
I have to say, one of my favorite dynamics in this family is the laughs that Erin and Troy share. They cracked each other up constantly. Here are some favorites…
I just can’t get enough of this cute baby Gabby and her smiles. Here are some favorites from our time at the park last month…
One of my favorite things to photograph is what I call Family Dinner sessions. It started a few years ago when a family I loved asked me to do an extended family photo, and I agreed, with the condition that they would let me hang out with them and photograph them when they all prepared and ate dinner together afterward. I felt like I was collecting treasures as I saw little moments of this family doing what they do when they get together. Every family is different. Some sit down for a formal meal with china, others graze and use paper plates. I love seeing the unique culture of each gathering, and in every case, though families do things differently, I always get to witness love play out in the small gestures between the generations.
So in June I got to be with one of my very favorite families that I got to know when I photographed their daughter Abbie’s wedding. The occasion for the get together was to celebrate Abbie’s mom and dad’s 37th wedding Anniversary. We took a few posed shots, played at the park, and then went to Don and Kim Chi’s house (known as Chi Chi and Grampy to the kids). The kids ran around Chi Chi’s magical patio garden and explored all of the fancy antiques around the house. Grampy and Chi Chi have all four grandkids a few days a week, so the story of the kids exploring the house, and laying on the floor together, and eating and getting chased and cuddled, is actually a snapshot of what daily life looks like for them in this stage.
Kim Chi made her famous traditional Vietnamese food and the family sat at the dinner table. The kids had their own kids table in the kitchen and peeked in or ran into the formal dining room every once in awhile to get on a lap or make funny faces at the parents. Kim Chi insisted on watching the babies while everyone else ate, and she finally sat down at the end after everyone else had finished. I loved how Abbie and Justin know Casey and Kristin’s kids so well, and all four kids will sit on any parents’ lap because they spend so much time together. I told Abbie and her parents as I was leaving that they have something so special. And Kim Chi sent me home with vegetables from her garden and a plate full of her famous egg rolls.
With love for this Booth family, here is a peek at some favorites
Frances Mae- a baby we all prayed for, just couldn’t be more cute and expressive. This little one year old took her first steps this week. Here are some favorites of my friends the Zenders from earlier this month. Starting with Franny waking from nap and slowly waking up while eating lunch.
One of my very favorite families, the Hartleys. I’ve been photographing them since they got married, and now they have two boys, Henry (3), and Griffin (2 months). Time with them is so easy and fun. Here are a few favorites of this happy family. I loved this moment of them cracking up while Griffin was falling asleep…