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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claire and her babies | family lifestyle photographer

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.

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mcquillan | family lifestyle photographer

I seem to be just a wee bit behind on my posts.  Looks like I’ll be playing catch up over the next week before Thanksgiving hits me.

I love it when I have a client who sees my vision.  Of course, it always helps when the client is a friend and really knows my work.  It makes the session so much more enjoyable and I don’t feel the need to constantly remind my family to have fun.  I mean, shouldn’t that come naturally anyway?  How much better could it get than playing outside on a beautiful fall evening with the love of your life and your kids?  Let me answer that for you.  It doesn’t get better.

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young love | family lifestyle photographer

Just because your nest is empty and has been for quite some time, doesn’t mean it is devoid of love and laughter.  These two are proof of that and I love them dearly!  What a great example to younger couples around them.

I love how they look at each other as if each was seeing the other for the very first time.

I have no idea what they were saying to each other throughout the shoot, but I did have to tell them at one point that secrets don’t make friends.  That didn’t stop them though.     😉

My absolute favorites from this session are the ones on the front porch.  There is nothing more meaningful and real as someone in their own home.  Plus, they are such sweet shots and I have a special spot in my heart for front porches and days gone by.

I just love these two so, so much!

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hadley family | family lifestyle photographer

Going into this night I was recalling the last attempt at a session with this family. We laugh about it now (and actually then) because it was just one of those things. The littlest one was younger and had to be awakened from a late nap.  Then, the sun was setting quickly.  There was just no winning.  If I recall correctly, it was a last minute thing because the temperature was perfect and the Mr. was not out in the fields with harvest.

But this attempt was a complete success!  No tears, no waking from naps, plenty of time before the sun set, smiles, silliness and an all around beautiful evening.

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golden hour with the triplets | family lifestyle photographer

I have been photographing these three since they were just babies.  I had the privilege of capturing their one-year cake smash and their second birthday along with a couple of family sessions.  Now, they are three.  Three at three is a little crazy.  But they have the perfect parents for the job.

These parents take everything in stride and are just enjoying every moment with their little ones, knowing that they grow far too quickly.  And I have to say, I also enjoy every moment when I am with them.  There is no shortage of silliness and smiles.  Also, I didn’t come out of this session without getting a little dirty.  I guess I’m just one of the kids.  🙂

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woollen | family documentary photographer

My dream photography business involves only children and lifestyle/documentary.  There is nothing that fuels my passion more than new babies, littles and following around a family while they “do their thing.”

When you think about your family, do you think about them sitting in perfect clothing all in a line?  No.  You picture your family doing what they do.  When I think of my life, it’s always of my family interacting.  In the kitchen baking.  Driving up to DQ for an impromptu ice cream.  Sitting on the front porch watching the cars go by.  Watching the kids jumping on the trampoline.  Eating a meal together at the dining room table. Eating popcorn while watching a movie all spread out in the living room.  The kids wrestling on the floor with the dog or being silly and sappy with each other.

I cannot think of one time where I have gone through my memories and thought about my perfect family sitting perfectly still with perfectly fake smiles.  To be honest, the very thought of it nauseates me.  But going through life, doing what we do are the memories I want to keep. And I would LOVE to have them documented in this way.

This is why I am narrowing my niche with my business.  As much as I would love to be all things to all people and to photograph anything and everything that comes my way, it’s just not where my passion lies and it’s not fair to my clients to not be able to give them my very best.

So, from this point forward I will only be accepting babies, children, seniors and lifestyle/documentary.  I feel it is best for my family, my clients, and for me.  The more I narrow my craft, the better the end results will be.

Let me help you remember your every-day routines.  Your lazy weekends and Saturday morning traditions.  Your home with all of its quirks and imperfections.  Your walks to the park and library.  Your littles playing on the floor while you prepare a meal.  Your bigs sitting around laughing with each other, wrestling, playing their gaming system.

Whatever it is that YOU do.  Whoever it is that YOU are.  That’s the family I want to capture. That’s the family I want to spend a couple of hours getting to know.  And these are the memories that you truly want to remember for a lifetime.

 

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