Oh, how I LOVE happy smiles, glowing light, tiny toes and sibling shinanigans! This family was one of my first clients back in the day when they were a family of three. Fast forward many years and they are a joyous family of five!

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Mom was kind of bummed she never got newborn pictures of the baby, so she wanted me to focus a lot on the littlest member of their family. When I realized we were quickly running out of light, and I still had a few more shots we wanted to get, I decided to do an extra little 20 minute mini shoot of just her the following week. I adore this little bundle and her contagious merriment!

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“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.” Ronald Dahl (One of my all-time favorite authors!)

Friends make me happy! This adorable photo shoot and the quote above had me thinking about friendships, both new and old. When my client approached me with this photo shoot concept, I was THRILLED! I love when my clients come to me with new ideas because collaborating, brainstorming and dreaming up together is such a treat. It’s especially sweet when an idea comes together as well as this one.

Just being able to pause and appreciate the innocence, joy and happiness of elementary school friendships is a gift. My client and her daughter didn’t just want to remember those friendships before the girls moved on to intermediate school, they wanted to capture them forever! So, we gathered her daughter’s closest elementary school friends (All rockin’ adorable, colorful outfits, of course!) and headed out for pyramids, hugs, giggles and a spur of the moment dip in the fountain. I’m so thrilled with how these pictures turned out!

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I will not play at tug o’ war

I’d rather play at hug o’ war,

Where everyone hugs

Instead of tugs,

Where everyone giggles

And rolls on the rug,

Where everyone kisses,

And everyone grins,

And everyone cuddles,

And everyone wins.

-Shel Silverstein

 

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I know picking out clothes for sessions can be stressful. Trust me, I have to pick out seven outfits every time we get our photos done. Then I have to rework them because some of my kids actually have opinions now.

(Uh mom? I don’t do skirts anymore.

No.

You can’t bribe me.

Seriously. No.)

Sure. There’s a time and a place to catch your beautiful offspring as they are, in all their mis-matched socks, soccer-jersey-to-school, hole-in-both-knees-and-not-in-a-cool-way, tennis-shoes-with-skinny-jeans glory. But it’s usually not when you are paying a professional to take killer photos. And YES, I know it is more about the connection and the spirit that is captured in the photos. But let’s be honest. Great outfits help.

The family below never fails to surprise and delight me with their clothing. I look forward to their sessions every year because I can’t wait to drool over what they are wearing (and they’re just an awesome family that really connects and truly loves each other and all that goodness).

If you are feeling frustrated and fashion challenged and ready to resort to Olan-Mills-White-Shirts-and-Khakis, first, take a deep breath. Put the white shirts away, and call me if you need some help. I am here to help with wardrobe!

Here are my top three tips to get you started:

  • Colors. Most people pick me to photograph their families because they love my use of color. Clothing can bring color into an otherwise neutral space and create a more compelling image.
  • Layers and details. Layers photograph really well. Details, like the little buttons and lace on the girl’s boots, also add interest.
  • Patterns. There are at least four different patterns going on in the photos below. Don’t be afraid. Just do it!

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My little man is 18 months now! We had a little family reunion out in the Texas hill country and he was having so much fun playing in the river I decided to grab my camera and take his 18 month photos there. The hubs always loves when I wade out into water with my very expensive (but not waterproof) camera, but hey- its fully insured :-).

I absolutely adore this private river location and if you are interested in family photos there… have camera, will travel! I’m always looking for an excuse to get out into the hill country!

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My Kaylee is turning 11 soon. Being my most laid back kid, she really is the best model. While the other kids tire of getting their pictures taken pretty easily, Kaylee is totally in to it, from start to finish. She also accompanies me to a lot of my shoots and is my burgeoning apprentice. Makes my heart smile.

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This family is amazing. I wrote about their journey here.  This little girl has fought a battle no one should have to fight when she received a heart transplant before she was even a year old.  Today she is a healthy, thriving five year old that is full of sass.

Have you made the life saving decision to be an organ donor?

  • 110,586 people are currently waiting for an organ.
  • 18 people die each day waiting for an organ- (to me, this is the most astounding statistic!  This just should not be happening!)
  • 1 organ donor can save up to eight lives.

I  registered to be a donor.  It takes less than 20 seconds to register.  If you have never considered it before, I urge you to consider it now.

Help me spread the word about the importance of signing up to be a donor!!

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TJ and I traveled to St. Louis to see one of my besties that recently moved there (BOO HOO!). Missouri really is a beautiful state and although Spring had yet to show in any of the trees, we managed to find a pretty awesome last minute location where the sunset was amazing.

This was probably the only shoot I have ever done with a baby strapped to me, but he was actually a pretty decent assistant and we had a great shoot!

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This is such a great little family, I just love them!

I’ve photographed them before, but this is the first time I have gotten my camera on that chunkers little baby. Who smiled. The entire time.

Yum.

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… and we all just live in it 🙂

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