yours, mine & ours

What a beautiful family!  When you blend together two families, there are usually bound to be issues and kinks.  I’m sure there are some in this group as well, but when I took their family photos, you would have thought they had been together always.  And with a new little one on the way, it will give this couple a round number of six.  And it’s a girl!  Good thing, because big sis is a bit out-numbered.

It was quite a humorous session.  With 15 mph winds, a temp high of 45 and no sun, you can imagine the chill that was in the air.  But we made the best of it by keeping the cars running and doing shifts.  Mom and Dad, just kids, whole family, just boys, etc…  You get the picture.  And it didn’t hurt too much either that I had a package of chocolate sandwich cookies in my car.  Hey!  I know this brood and what it takes to keep them on my side!  I, like most, am not above bribery for a good shot!

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classic love

These were taken on one of our last decent days before our first snowfall.  Wait!  Did I just say that?  Ugh.  Also with one of our last remaining fall-ish bushes.  I have done a lot of sessions over the last ten years.  And a lot of those sessions have been fun, heart-warming and memorable, but none so much as this one.

This couple was hilarious!  They were sweet, cute, understanding of my lack of Spanish comprehension and so, so patient when I tried to pose them.   I have literally never laughed so much at a session as I did at this one.  I think a close second would be my own with my husband because he cracks me up.  But then I was on the other side of the camera.  Anywho….  This session will definitely go down in the books as one of my all-time favorites.

But the most beautiful part to it all was the genuine love they have for each other.  I don’t speak a stitch of Spanish, but I didn’t need to in order to understand why they have been married as long as they have.

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She said that she wanted some new family photos.  I recommended that we wait until fall when the temps are a bit cooler.  She said how does next week work for you? Um…… okay.  So fall is out then.  We planned it for the following Saturday.

After a while of shooting, her husband asked if she wanted him to get the thing they made out of the car.  I had no idea what was happening.  He brought back a board and asked me where he should put it.  I told him I didn’t know because I wasn’t quite sure what it was.  Then he turned it around.

It took a minute for it to sink in for me.  But when it did I gave her a big hug and started to cry.  You see, she is a friend of mine and I see her daily because we work together at our church daycare.   I had no idea!  The last I knew, they were done having children.  Yep!  She lied to me.  She said that she always wanted more but didn’t want people bugging her on when the next one would come.   I guess her strategy worked.

Needless to say, fall would have been a little late to share the news, which is why it happened sooner.  Thankfully, the morning we chose was not blistering hot or muggy so it all worked out perfectly!

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ella’s story

“Before you were ever born He set your life apart.  Before we held you in our arms you were held in God’s own heart.  Before all time began His hand was on your life.  He knew you and formed you in His image, in His light.” ~Jeremiah’s song

This sweet one was due the end of August.  But she decided that she was ready to come the end of July, five weeks early.  Not your run-of-the-mill preemie, she rocked the weight and all of the typical problems you would find in a premature baby spending time in the NICU with virtually no issues and left after ten days.  But was she really early?  By earthly standards, yes.  By God’s, for sure not.  Because we know that His plan and His timing are ALWAYS perfect!

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freburg family

I think I can honestly say that this is my first family session that hasn’t involved small children.  I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to handle it, but it only took a few minutes to get into the swing of things.  The dogs helped out a lot!  It was like corralling toddlers so there wasn’t too big of a difference.  😉

I’ve known the Freburgs for quite a while now, but have never really interacted with their sons much.  I learned very quickly that they are a fun family.  And the daughters-in-law (one to be) fit in perfectly!

Thank you, Freburgs, for allowing me into your evening for a few hours even though it pushed into your dinner and you had to eat late.

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mcquillan | family lifestyle photographer

Fall sessions with return clients who have become friends are one of  the reasons that I have chosen to be a photographer.  Anyone can take pictures of a lot of people.  But if those people don’t come back to you, you must be doing something wrong.  I want images that not only showcase my talent, but that tell a family’s story.

I know that most parents want every picture of their child smiling and behaving, but my favorite shots every time are the ones where the child lets down their guard and is comfortable enough with me to NOT smile.  That’s when I know I’ve won them over.  And those images, to me, are the most priceless.

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