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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!
“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!
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.
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.
We could not have asked for a more beautiful or perfect evening when these pictures were taken. We had had so much rain leading up to this session and more threatening to come later that evening. We even talked about rescheduling again. Yes, again. The first time the kiddos got sick. But I am so thankful we didn’t reschedule.
I have had two evenings like this in the nine years I have been a photographer. Two! This night was one of them and the other was a few years back at the same place when rain was on its way but we beat it.
Imagine, if you will, Nebraska with no wind, no annoying black biting bugs (or, as we Michiganders like to call them, “noseeums”) and perfect temperature. I know, it’s hard to imagine but it happened people. I’m telling you! Throw into that mix my favorite set of triplets in the entire universe and their awesome parents. Yeah, it was a perfect evening for sure.
I have one blood sister and six sisters-in-law. None of whom did I get to choose but would have if given the opportunity because I love them all dearly. But Claire is a sister I have been able to choose.
We both moved to our community around the same time and were alley neighbors. Our friendship grew as time passed and now I consider her a sister. In fact, my husband and kids even consider her and her kids extended family.
It is always a privilege for me to capture her and her kiddos with my camera. It’s not always easy to work out our schedules, but once we do we have a good time and I get to shoot some of my favorite little people. Tell me that these four are not the cutest family you have ever seen. I dare you.