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Leaming Family

These fab four. Can i call them that? yes. yes i can.

anyway… they drive in from out of state once a year to be photographed. They are the sweetest kind of people you could ever hope to meet. I love our time together and love the joy they bring to each session.

Dear leamings: you are everything i could ever hope for in a family session. i cherish the time we spend together with cameras and without. you are truly a highlight in my life and career and i am so glad that you found me and share your memories and happiness with me. thank you tremendously for allowing me to witness the dynamics of your family and to see how well you love each other. it genuinely makes my day.

be infinitely blessed

 

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Oliver | Four Years Old

In my next life, i want to come back as Oliver. He is cool. Hip. Stylish. has the coolest parents ever… and now he’s about to be a big brother.

Jimmy and Mackenzie. He certainly makes it easy. Thank you for sharing him with me through the years. I adore the snot out of him and cannot wait to meet this new little guy!

be infinitely blessed

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Kirstin | Maternity

I know i have said this before, but it is worth repeating… the most connected that i have ever felt to my mother was seeing a photo of her when she was pregnant with me. It’s an old worn out photo; tattered edges, faded color, not even in focus. She’s standing in the doorway of the house in what seems to be her nightgown and she’s holding her belly. She’s holding me.

You know that scene from “The Family Stone” when SJP gifts them all framed images of their mother pregnant? And Mom looks over to her (grown) daughter and says “that’s me and you kiddo.” I’ve always considered that such an underwhelming but powerful moment.

I cannot tell you how many times i will ask a pregnant woman if she is considering maternity photos and she will crinkle her nose. Let’s face it, pregnancy makes us feel bloated and hormonal and miserable and swollen… the list goes on. Who wants to be photographed that way?

But here’s the deal, braving the camera when you’re pregnant for an actual photo shoot will have more of a lasting impact on your child than you know. Imagine your child 20 years from now flipping through photo albums and seeing images of the two of you together. Seeing the care you took to highlight the time in their life when you loved them before even meeting them. It’s poignant. And so intimate.

When Kirstin asked me about a milk bath maternity session, i was so excited. This is complete vulnerability. But it is one of my most favorite ways to photograph a maternity session. Kirstin is beautiful and her connection to this little baby is so evident.

I am beyond thrilled that you chose me to highlight your journey through motherhood again. It is my absolute favorite thing to photograph and i love how much you care for your family and others. I could never truly capture the way you shine but am so thankful that you give me the opportunity to attempt it. thank you again for sharing your memories with me. your family. and for being in my corner. you are definitely a bonus in my life and i am so glad that our paths have crossed!

be infinitely blessed

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Barrett Family

ok. who looks this good??? 

I had a great time photograph these three and chasing around their sweet toddler. Each family session brings me new memories and happiness. I love meeting people. I love photographing them. and i absolutely love getting to celebrate people.

Chelsey! it was a ton of fun to meet you and find creative ways to keep your child interested in me. I am so happy to know you and hope the coming years will give us time and space to better know each other! I had a wonderful time with all of you!

be infinitely blessed

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Christeen

In my entire career, i have only approached three people at random and asked to photograph them. The very first time i saw Christeen, she was at a wedding i was photographing. I wanted to run over and beg her to let me photograph her. But i didn’t. And i left that day regretting it.

But the stars aligned! Our paths crossed again and again and again and again over the years. We’ve become friends. And have the best time together.  And here we are. Taking pics

i just LOVE her!

Christeen asked me to take some photos of her just because… and nothing could make me more excited.
Christeen is a hottie for sure. But i love this candid moment of her feeling shy!!! Christeen, dollface! You give me life. Or whatever it is the cool kids are saying these days. Thank you for bringing me so much joy over the years and being an instant source of happiness when i see you! Shine on, you beautiful diamond!

be infinitely blessed

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