twenty | a short story

She turned twenty and I baked her a cake.  A few days later, on her actual birthday, she went to Denver with her best friend and family.  They took her out to dinner for her birthday.  I was happy for her that she got to go with them.  It was a far better birthday than we could have given her this year because of schedules and such.  And I couldn’t have asked for a better substitute family with whom she could spend her special day.

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eighteen | a short story

It’s the beginning of the birthdays.  Nolan always starts off the parties, cakes, gifts, or at least he used to.  Back when they were all little.  Now, it’s just a cake, and sometimes not even that.  Of course there’s a gift.  Always a gift.  But as they all get older and are leaving home, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to have a “birthday party.”  So we make due with whoever is around and celebrate as best we can.  A bonus to this cake was the candles. I didn’t realize that I had bought trick candles.  It was kind of fun for the small bash.

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nautical nursery | lifestyle newborn photographer

This is one of the reasons why I don’t do studio pictures anymore.  I would miss out on the adorable nurseries that most newborns have.  What little boy wouldn’t want to grow up with sailboats and whales?

By the way, I love this little guy to pieces.  I snuggle him every chance I get.  This is the beauty of friends hiring me or strangers hiring me and then becoming friends.  It’s a fringe benefit far better than money can buy.

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mahoody, holdrege senior | senior lifestyle photographer

It’s rare to find a senior guy who knows what he does and does not want for his pictures. M was very adamant on his vision and he stuck to it.  I love to see that!  I think that he and I were on the same page when it came to the amount of camera to eye contact.  But every now and again I made sure to get one of him looking at me and smiling.  You know, for mom.  Most, of which, I am posting here.  Again, for mom.   🙂

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holen girls | children’s lifestyle photographer

What started out as a dance portrait session, quickly turned into a sisters session.  Big sis wasn’t too happy that little sis got to have a session all to herself.  So, of course, I said she was more than welcome to join in on the fun.  Who wouldn’t want to take pictures of these two cuties?

The two of them together just crack me up and they quickly turned this into a full-on modeling shoot.  No directions from me whatsoever!

We had only two goals for this session.  To have fun and to steer clear of all mosquito infested grass and trees.  Success!!

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