fall sessions in full swing

I love this time of year.  It's the absolute best time of year to get outside and take photos.  Not too hot, not too cold....and a lot of wonderful color and texture all around.  No wonder it is the busiest time of year for photography sessions!  If you are still trying to squeeze in your fall photo session there are only a couple of weekend spots left so don't hesitate and book your session today!

well, hello there!

Hello to one of the newest and cutest babies on the planet!  Little Nina arrived a few weeks ago and these were taken just a few days after she arrived.  Most of our session she was sleepy, sleepy but every so often she popped open those bright beautiful eyes just to say hello!

one year

What a difference a year makes!  I love my "job" for a list of reasons a million miles long.  And way up at the tippy top of that list is that I get to witness first hand the purest form of joy - a parent watching their child grow.

The amount of gratitude I feel to have been able to document the first year of little Benjamin's life makes my heart swell.  Thank you for letting me be a small part of your journey T & S!

the adventurer

This little one is as adventurous as she is cute!  And I know it goes with out saying but that certainly says a lot about how adventurous she was today!  We must have walked a mile scouting out fun places to explore and not once did she slow down or pass up a challenge or request.  And even after our session, camera all packed up and sweet little Avery tucked away in her stroller she rallied for a few more snaps as the sun was setting because I couldn't resist!  Thanks for a great session today Mom + Dad F (and Avery!!!)!  More from your session very soon.

falling for fall

I'm SO in love with fall.  It's my absolute favorite time of the year (no offense summer, spring and winter, I just have a thing for fall).  I love the way it smells, I love the way it tastes, I love the cool, crisp autumn air.  There is something so invigorating about this time of year.    With this past weekends temperatures - soaring in the high 80's you wouldn't really feel the full effects of fall but there is no hiding it with colors like these!  I'm beyond excited about all of my upcoming fall sessions and this past weekend session was no exception.  Sasha and her little brother Logan were superstars in front of the camera.  Not one ounce of shy here....and I LOVED every second of it.

More from this session coming soon...

the boys are back

The boys of summer return!  After some contemplation on where our session should take place we decided to head back to the beach again this summer.  It only seemed right, since these really are the boys of summer and they LOVE the beach.  And what better place to celebrate the end of summer?  After playing on the beach for a bit we hiked up the hill to find another adventure awaiting us and here is where I felt one season ending and another beginning. After a pretty vigorous romp on the beach and woods we headed back to their home where we could catch our breathe (ok, it was really my breathe that needed some catching!!! These boys can RUN!).Then one by one I had the chance to hang out a bit and be goofy with each of them.  Finn and I grappled over who should be taking the photos so we made a deal, he takes one, I take one....who knew I would end up with so many photos of, well, me!  (thanks Finn!)....I might have found myself an assistant :) Lucas + James rocked out (just a bit) and I was seriously blown away by their talent and flattered that they would play for me at all.  I can only imagine what is in store for them as they continue to learn and practice their instruments.  I can't deny I got a little glimmer of hope that our little guys will one day love to play as much as these two brothers do.    And, one of my favorite impromptu moments of our session.....COOKIE TIME!  Mom 'B' broke out the cookie dough to put in the oven for later but these guys know exactly what the best part of cookies are - the dough of course!Thanks for a great session boys (and mom and dad B!).  I can't wait to see what next summer has in store!

A Delightful Summer Celebration

Remember this gorgeous couple? Rachel and Caleb's "Delightful Summer Celebration" was just that.... absolutely delightful in every way.  Despite the extreme heat R & C somehow made it look like it was a cool summer day. You might think that with 7 (yes, seven) sisters all getting ready at the same time there might be some chaos....not here!  Everyone, including the bride was a cool as a cucumber.  Everyone just seemed to know what to do.  Even the little ones had a role (even if was just to look cute!). And then just like that...it was time.Grandpa and Grandma watching over. Rachel's sister and Caleb's brother - maid of honor and best man.

part II, up next....

perfectly ordinary

I'm burning the midnight oil trying to catch up on long overdue editing - and in the midst of it (I call it my commercial break - thank you internet) I came across this inspiring little You Tube video. After watching it (more then once) tears welled up in my eyes and I wanted desperately to sneak into my almost THREE year olds room (who is fast asleep -it's 4am!) and breathe him in.  Our 6 month old woke up about an hour ago for a middle of the night feeding and I felt so grateful for the time I was able to spend in the quiet of the night kissing his soft cheeks and brushing mine against his warm, fuzzy head.   What a beautiful and inspiring message and such a reminder to celebrate those perfectly ordinary moments. Or not so ordinary.....moments!

To read more you can find "The Gift of an Ordinary Day" by Katrina Kenison at various booksellers and you can follow her blog here

I'm gonna catch you, you'd better run. I'm gonna catch you, here I come!

Every time I think about this session the song "I'm Gonna Catch You" by Laurie Berkner plays in my head.  This little one kept me running from start to finish....and it was SO worth it.  If it wasn't for the wide open field and non-stop running we might not have captured the moments in between (like these). Adia's big sister, Harley was such a delight.  She danced and played and chased after her little sister right along with me.

the boys of summer

I love photographing this family!  These photos are from their session last year at this time.  I am fortunate enough once again to spend the morning with these three energetic boys and capture some more summer memories.  They remind me exactly what summer is all about!  I can't wait to see you Luke, James and Finn!  I know a lot of fun is in store. 

Samantha & Andrew

This session took place this past February. Even though sweet Samantha wasn't too sure she wanted to be photographed and we weren't too sure what we would end up with I have to admit I was thrilled to see the end results and I think Mom 'Z' was too! What a beautiful and FUN family! Thank you for being so patient and dedicated to capturing so many wonderful memories mom & dad Z!!!

Dominic & Frankie

We had such a fun time cozy inside with little 6 month old Frankie and then out in the snow with older brother Dominic!  I can't wait to see these little guys (and how much growing they will do) this summer when I photograph their aunt's and future uncle's wedding in Ohio!