I can't believe it's November already, but I have to say that October went out with a bang! Not only did we get to meet a cute family with two little girls, but the weather was wonderful and the maple trees along their street were at their peak. The images below only give you a glimpse of the amazing colors. Check out the sneak peek and say hello to the [R] family...
At the end of August, we had the pleasure of hamming it up with a group of teens. This is not just any group of teens as the first two boys you see are my twin nephews (how old do I feel right now?!). I'll give more background to the session in the full post, but for now I know the moms are waiting for a sneak peek!
Ever since I posted the sneak peek of the [M] family I've been anxiously waiting to share more. It's a good thing I have a decent amount of self-control when it comes to blogging images, otherwise I would've ruined the surprises for this family's premiere.
For their session, we visited a small park with a playground and a children's garden. As soon as little K stepped onto the playground he was totally in his element. He served us imaginary drinks from a wooden playhouse, and I think he tried every slide and activity at least once. We learned that he can give great, big laughs on command, but especially if you talk about pickles and cheesecake. The location was excellent for letting him be himself, and for getting a front-row seat into this family's life.
I have so many favorite images from their session. Enjoy the show!
Over the weekend, we got to hang out close to home and have some fun with the [M] family. The weather was great, and little K-man was a big ball of energy ready to play. Here's a little sneak peek for his mom and dad. I wanted to post so many others, but they have to remain a surprise for now. You'll have to check back next week. Until then, say hello the [M] family.
Parents Maggie and Ryan live in an area where the homes burst with character. Dan and I always enjoy checking out the homes there, and seeing a grand piano tucked into this family's back room was an extra treat. Newborn Lila didn't see the piano or our cameras as a treat, though. At just a week old, she was very vocal with her opinions.
Lila had the cutest gray dress and pink hair bow, perfect for weaving color into her birth announcements. I think gray is becoming my new favorite color. And she helped us find the most comfortable spots around the house. Her favorite spot, of course, was in the arms of mom and dad.
Meet Lila Ryan...
Whether I realize it during a session or not, every family that we meet leaves an impression on us. Even after the craziest sessions I find myself sorting through images and realizing the impact. It's in all of those imperfect moments that a family really shines—when they're not looking at the camera or giving their best smile, but enjoying each other—and I feel that they've taught me something. That's the easy part, just taking in the lessons. The hard part? Trying to put those impressions into words every time I write about a family's session. This family is no exception.
The [A] family found us through a referral who, oddly enough, has never had a session with us (but we hope to remedy that soon). We had planned for a sunrise session, but it started storming the night before and we were afraid that we'd have to postpone. By some kind of miracle, we woke up that morning to find the bluest skies and not a drop of rain. The park we wanted to go to for our session doesn't really have a parking lot, so we met at a lot nearby with a little park attached to it. There were some flowers and trees, so we decided to walk around and look for nice backgrounds before going to our original location. We actually spent most of the session at the small park because it turned out to be a great spot!
Following this family around was such a breeze. Mom and dad were all smiles and laughs, and the love they have for each other and their little girl was... well, you can see it radiating from the images. Even if I can't put my lessons into words, the images will show you the fun we had that early Sunday morning.
Here's a little preview for the adorable [A] family that we got to meet last Sunday. Enjoy.
Last weekend we had fun hanging out on a local farm and chasing around a family with two adorable boys. You may remember them from last Fall, especially from the teeter-totter shots. Since this family happens to be one of our neighbors and we see the boys all the time, it wasn't until I went to find last year's session links that I realized how much the boys have grown.
This farm was a new location for us. Mom put a lot of thought into a place that would keep the boys occupied, and this farm did not disappoint. There was a petting zoo, pony ride, hayride, pumpkin patch, corn maze, bonfire for cooking s'mores—you name it.
I really had to restrain myself from posting more of the session. There were a lot of cute moments. Say hello to the C family...
One look at these big eyes and my heart melts to the floor...
This was sweet while it lasted... :)
To the C family—thanks for allowing us to hang out with you at such a fun farm. We're really excited to show you the rest of the session, and see how much the boys grow by next Fall. :)
Now that we're a couple weeks into Fall and the weather has decided to take a dive, this session was like a little goodbye to summer. This session almost didn't happen, but we're so glad it did. When Angie called to check our availability, she mentioned buying white dresses for all of her girls. She really wanted a summer session with the girls in their dresses, and it looked like that weekend—the last weekend in September—would be the last possible chance.
Session day came along and it was a drizzly, chilly, mess of a day. To us, an overcast day is great as long as it's not raining. While we love sun flare and the right kind of sunlight, the images from an overcast day are—believe it or not—absolutely fabulous. But mom really wanted the sunlight and a warm day, so we decided to cancel the session and watch for a better weekend.
Long story short, I was able to convince mom that the images would turn out great with the overcast day and white dresses, as long as it wasn't too cold for the kids, and as soon as we decided to give it another go the chilly weather turned around for us. Dan and I got to meet such a beautiful family. I can't imagine having five kids, but the patience and love we saw during that hour was truly inspiring.
I have more images I want to post, since I know Angie is looking for certain shots, but I'll keep some a secret for now. :)
Meet the R family...
I have a fetish for the footsies. Dan kindly obliges my fetish. This was his view:
This was my view:
A huge thanks to Todd and Angie for jumping in so quickly when we were so unsure of the weather, and trusting us to capture their beautiful family doing what they love to do. It was a great way to say goodbye to the summer.