eighteen | a short story

It’s the beginning of the birthdays.  Nolan always starts off the parties, cakes, gifts, or at least he used to.  Back when they were all little.  Now, it’s just a cake, and sometimes not even that.  Of course there’s a gift.  Always a gift.  But as they all get older and are leaving home, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to have a “birthday party.”  So we make due with whoever is around and celebrate as best we can.  A bonus to this cake was the candles. I didn’t realize that I had bought trick candles.  It was kind of fun for the small bash.

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nautical nursery | lifestyle newborn photographer

This is one of the reasons why I don’t do studio pictures anymore.  I would miss out on the adorable nurseries that most newborns have.  What little boy wouldn’t want to grow up with sailboats and whales?

By the way, I love this little guy to pieces.  I snuggle him every chance I get.  This is the beauty of friends hiring me or strangers hiring me and then becoming friends.  It’s a fringe benefit far better than money can buy.

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mahoody, holdrege senior | senior lifestyle photographer

It’s rare to find a senior guy who knows what he does and does not want for his pictures. M was very adamant on his vision and he stuck to it.  I love to see that!  I think that he and I were on the same page when it came to the amount of camera to eye contact.  But every now and again I made sure to get one of him looking at me and smiling.  You know, for mom.  Most, of which, I am posting here.  Again, for mom.   🙂

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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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jeffery | family lifestyle photographer

These kiddos had a rough go at this session.  It’s hard to play and have fun when the temps feel like you are standing in the middle of the sun.  No reprieve from even a slight breeze.  We ALWAYS have not only a breeze around here, but wind.  Lots and lots of wind.  Not on this morning.  It was hot and sticky and stale.  But they played along with me anyway.  I love these three to pieces!

Dad had promised them that they would go to the library after we were done with pictures.  So I decided to follow along and get a few shots indoors, out of the heat.

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paper posey photography

Four weeks ago we had the privilege of renewing our wedding vows for our 25th anniversary.  We chose to do them in a place in Colorado that has special meaning to us and to have our ceremony performed by a very dear friend.  This was something that we had talked about doing for several years and could not wait for the day to come.

We had only our children present and incorporated them into our ceremony.  It was such a beautiful, memorable day that I will not soon forget.

Several months prior to this day I searched for a photographer in the area.  I had one booked but she had to cancel on me because of a family situation.  She was kind enough to find a photographer friend of hers to take our pictures in her place.  I think it was one of the best things that could have happened.  Not that the other gal wouldn’t have been awesome, but it was even more special having someone shoot our ceremony that shared the same faith as us.  One of the sweetest gals you will ever meet.  She is the owner and photographer at Paper Posey Photography in Salida, Colorado, and did such an excellent job!  It was so nice to not have to take my own family’s pictures for the first time in nine years.  So much easier and much more enjoyable.

Thanks again Avery!  You captured our day perfectly!

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