I’ll be having some outdoor Spring mini-sessions this year! I hope you can make it!
LOVE this family! And I’m so happy that after years of waiting, Addison finally gets to be a big sister to a gorgeous little brother (who’s hair I was obviously obsessed with) and that my friends get to say that they are now “a family of four” :). The simple things in life are the most beautiful. Enjoy this little glimpse into their beautiful lives!
This is my beautiful friend, Pam and her gorgeous daughter, Julia. Pam photographed a day in our little family’s life back in January and then I got to return the favor when she planned the sweetest day with her oldest daughter. They spent the day at Blast Blow Dry Bar in the Mall of America where they got their hair washed, dried and styled and then sat down in the make-up chair… All “just because” Pam wanted to give her daughter a fun day out. How great is she?!! Maybe she’ll adopt me for a day or two and we can have a spa day :). I met Pam the day she arrived at my home and we hopped in the car to drive 8 hours down to Kansas City for one of the best workshops either one of us had ever been to (Thank you Tyler and Kirsten)! We chatted non-stop for the entire drive down, for our three days together in Kansas City and the entire drive back… I knew we were friends for life!
Enjoy these two beauties and take note that portrait sessions don’t always have to be about the whole family in their Sunday best… it can (& in my opinion, should be) about these small moments in life with the ones you love most!
She’s my beautiful little niece and I’m crazy about her! I got a text from Joe (my brother-in-law) at 7am in the morning saying they were heading to the hospital. Tony and I got up, got Briggs ready (yes, we were all going to be there to meet the newest member of the family AND to finally find out will Briggs have a little boy or girl cousin) and just as I was packing up my camera bag, I got another text, “They just checked Kels, she’s at a 7, come soon!” I left Tony and Briggs behind to finish up breakfast and told them to meet me there. I love the photo of Kelsey saying hi to Briggs when he first gets there – it melts my heart to know how much he is loved by his aunties and uncles :). Kelsey and Joe didn’t have to wait too much longer for the greatest gift of their lives… Kynlie was born just before 1pm and she was (& still is) one of the the most beautiful babies I know! This little one is loved so much!
My favorite parts of the day? Glad you asked!
- How incredibly loving and supportive Joe is
- How beautifully emotional Kelsey’s mom, Geralyn, was over meeting her first grandchild
- The moment that Joe walked out to tell everyone waiting that they just had a baby GIRL!
- I remember becoming an auntie for the first time… watching Kelsey’s two sisters experience this was so surreal and special
- The text that Kelsey sends to her dad just before she begins pushing
- And mostly… to see Kelsey become a mommy right before my eyes! We spent many hours talking about this very moment <3
I have two best friends in this life and I couldn’t imagine my life without either one of them. Lisa and Leslie (aka Bitzy), you two have been by my side through many highs and lows… I have no greater cheerleaders than these two friends. My two BFF’s lost the most special people in their lives only two weeks apart. My heart has been so heavy knowing all too well the pain of losing such a special grandparent. Bitzy, the name I’ve called her since the day we met when we were 2 years old, called me up a few weeks back and said, “Grandma isn’t doing well…” I asked how long she had and through tears she said, “not much. only days.” This came as a surprise to everyone. She was a spitfire, and honestly, I don’t think I saw her grow old… she will always be the sweet Grandma who had me over to the house all the time as a child & treated me as one of her very own grandchildren. She was always going to be 65 in my eyes and baking up something good in the kitchen. But time does pass and we all grow older, even if we don’t see it coming. When I got the call from Bitzy, I didn’t know what to do… I didn’t want her to lose her oh-so-special Grandma. All I could ask was, “Do you want me to come and take pictures of you with her?” It’s all I could offer and I wasn’t sure if she would want them. She told me it would mean the world to her, so the next morning, I drove over to her Grandma’s house and met the family there. I just stood back and watched the love pour out over this woman. So many tears and laughs were shared over the amazing memories she created for her family. I only spent a couple of hours with them and as I packed up my things and started to say goodbye, it was then that Bitzy said through her tears to everyone in the room, “She’s gone.” I didn’t anticipate being there when she passed. In fact, I really wanted Colleen’s last hours/moments to be with her husband, children and grandchildren. But she left this world. And even though my cameras were packed away, it was at this time that I saw so much love fill that room. Love for Grandpa, love for Grandma and love for each other. It’s quite a miracle to be on the outside of things and witness such love. I mentioned after posting the image to Instagram, that I see the true & full depth of love at two times in life… birth and death. And both of these, I document through imagery… I think its why I’m so drawn to these moments… its the love. It’s love that cannot be described with any amount of words.