anderson | family lifestyle photographer

As a rule, I don’t generally take on multi-family sessions.  However, if it is someone I know, their family is smaller and they have adorable kiddos, I will most definitely make an exception.   😉

Also, what about these ladies’ beautiful strawberry blonde hair?  Are they not gorgeous?!

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galster | family lifestyle photographer

I had the privilege of photographing this young family just a few short days before they headed off to the mission field in Africa.  Baby girl got to experience one of her last cold days for a while.  Please be in prayer for this young couple as they spend time serving in this area of political unrest.

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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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larson family | lifestyle family photographer

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.

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at home | family documentary photographer

Return clients are the heartbeat of my business.  They trust me and my work and they quickly become friends.  This family came to me a couple of years ago after just moving to the area.  You could not meet a sweeter couple or children.  Hanging with them at their home was a treat and definitely helped the kiddos to relax being in their own space. Plus, it’s not every day I’m invited into a little one’s space and shown their toys and stuffed animals.  I feel blessed.

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schulz | family lifestyle photographer

The Schulz family was planning to have their pictures taken outdoors at one of the parks. And then May decided to be November.  The weather was less than desirable so we moved indoors.  There aren’t a whole lot of places to choose from in our area, but the Nebraska Prairie Museum seemed to fit the bill just fine.

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college grad! | documentary photographer

I always knew she had the ability to communicate.  She has been doing it since she was a baby.  She went from babble to big words by the age of three.  Using words that most adults didn’t know and using them in the correct context.  So a Communication Studies Degree seemed like the perfect fit in my mind.  Until I found out it really had nothing at all to do with talking.  What do I know?  Obviously not a whole lot.  Maybe I should have gone to college after all.  🙂

When Bekah walked out our door four years ago with a car loaded down with everything that belonged in our home and her bedroom, I thought my heart had left my chest, never to return. Thankfully, I was wrong.  Yes, my heart broke, but it was also very full of pride and joy with anticipation of what the next four years would bring for my baby girl.  With three others still at home I knew that as quickly as the years had flown by for her, they would do the same for the others.

So many thoughts swirling around in my head and aching heart.  And now, here we are, four years later.  I survived, she survived and the rest of the family survived.   Now she is off to big adventures and a life filled with whatever God has planned for her.

We are so very proud of the beautiful, young woman she has become and so grateful to her Father for bringing her this far and that she is willing to follow Him no matter the cost.

“God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.” -Jim Elliot

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