ericson | children’s documentary photographer

Whenever one of these cuties turns two, we do a photo shoot playing at the farm.  It’s supposed to be mainly about the two-year-old, but we always end up getting the siblings as well.  I mean, how can I not when they are this cute?

Little miss was not too sure if she should trust me or not.  The session started out a little questionable.  And then she quickly decided that I was her friend and not quite as scary as she thought I may be.

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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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silly ballerina | children’s lifestyle photographer

When this one’s mama asked me if I would do a shoot with her in her ballet costume I was totally all over it.  You see, she missed her dance pictures and her dance recital this year so her mama wanted to make it extra special for her.  Of course, I will never turn down a chance to take pictures of a cutie in ballet.

She took it all as a chance to show off her modeling skills.  And show them off she did!

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chosen | children’s lifestyle photographer

I recently took pictures of these two little cuties.  It was so much fun to see not only how much they look alike but that their personalities are very similar as well.  And to see Miss Brecky being a great big sister was very heart-warming.  You see, these two siblings don’t live together and see each other rarely.  Their’s is a great story.  And that’s why I’m going to let Breckynn’s mom tell you in her own words.

“It’s rare when the child that completes your family still gets the chance to be a big sister.  We are thrilled that some of these shots capture this unique relationship.

Almost six years ago God worked a miracle in our lives when He brought us Breckynn through adoption.  The birth mom and dad were people we care about.  In fact, I had known Liana since she was about three.  Their circumstances at the time of Breckynn’s birth were not ideal for the couple and they selflessly chose adoption for their daughter. The love they had for their infant was abundantly obvious and yet they chose to break their own hearts as a sacrifice for hers.

Three years later Liana and Tyler, the birth father, were married and God blessed them with the most charming, beautiful baby boy.  Although Tyler has been in the air force and stationed far away, we have had an open adoption.  We share pictures and stay in touch.

This year these two birth siblings had the opportunity to play together, get to know one another and make some memories.  Open adoption can have its awkward moments in the beginning, but the beauty of it far outweighs the challenges.  Here are two children loved by so many in families that stretch across multiple states.  God is so incredibly good!

Liana and Tyler didn’t give their child to us, they gave us (my husband, our other children and me) to their child.”

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the farm | children’s documentary photographer

I remember when I was little spending a lot of time over at my grandmother’s house.  I can see it all in my mind’s eye as clear as if I were there now.  Playing in the garden somewhat overgrown with weeds.  Swinging on the swing set.  Jumping in leafs from the “V” tree.  Sitting on the front porch before it was closed in, admiring the bleeding heart bush.  Oh my.  So many great memories.  I just wish now that I had photos to go along with the memories.

These sweet babies will have photos for years to come.  Because every time one of them turns two (or is in that approximate range), and they come from miles away to stay with Grandma and Grandpa, I get a text saying that I’m needed to document some more sweet kiddos.  I love being needed and I love photographing the every day moments.  Moments that will make up a lifetime of memories.  Plus, I love going to this farm just as much as the kids do.  They have the sweetest grandparents (who I am very happy to call friends) and there is so much there to keep them (and me) occupied.

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duckweed | children’s lifestyle photographer

About six years ago, I took my little guy out for his nine year pictures.  He wanted to do some things that the “big boys” were doing.  So we drove over to our little wildlife reserve area where there was a pretty, little pond.

The only thing I asked of him was that he give me, literally, a handful of pictures where he was looking in my direction.  If he could manage that then everything else was free game. He kept his end of the bargain so I kept mine.

Seeing his little eyes light up when he got in this pond filled with duckweed was priceless.  I mean, how often are you allowed to get into stagnant water while fully clothed?

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