September 24, 2012

{family} Jen and Kylie

This shoot was near and dear to me, only because I went to high school with Jen and later (a lot later) I babysat her baby girl, Kylie, for the summer. Kylie has always been a hoot so I knew what was in store for me. We laughed, we joked, we vented, we clowned around and, of course, we hugged (and maybe even kissed a tree or two). It clearly wouldn't be a day with Kylie (or Jen) without a ton of laughter. We have missed this pair of gorgeous ladies! I can only hope to spend more time with them.   I had a blast!

{family} Ray, Kathy, Raymond, Katie and Gracie

As I waited for the crew to arrive, I walked around the grounds to scope out locations for our photo shoot, which is pretty standard if I arrive a little early.  Kathy greeted me with, not a hand shake or just a simple "hi" and a smile, but a big bear hug.  She is so great and loved how she exuded warmth and love.  You're definitely not a stranger in her company.  Her clan was just as great.  The twin girls were awesome and her son was, as she called him, "an old soul".  He is so incredibly mature for his age and so good with his little sisters.  The little ladies were eager to talk to me about school.  I asked Katie, "What is your favorite thing about school?", she quickly replied, "Making best friends".  I thought that was the cutest thing.  I was highly impressed by everyone and really enjoyed myself.

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September 18, 2012

{family} Dave, Holly and Collin

I was flipping through some old photos I had taken of baby Collin (he's not so baby-ish anymore) and it brought tears to my eyes.  When Holly and Dave first came to me, Collin was just an infant trying to find his place in the world.  He was complete with lots of chubby rolls and big, gummy smiles.  I then had the pleasure of capturing his one year milestone birthday - still trying to find his way, but definitely coming into his own.  Now?  He is a strapping two-year-old with so much personality and opinions about everything.  He is independent and spunky and loves so much.  That big, gummy smile has turned into an even bigger smile with a mouth full of teeth that will absolutely melt your heart.  *sniff* The precious giggle that comes with it never hurt either.  Thank you, Holly and Dave, for giving me have another opportunity to spend time with you and your gorgeous little big boy.

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{babies} Alayna: Six Months

I am so in love with little Alayna.  She is one of the sweetest babies I've had the pleasure of working with.  I photographed Alayna when she was three months old and couldn't get over how much she had grown in just a few short months.  I held her for a short time while mom went back to get the stroller.  I had a wonderful time bonding - singing to her, bouncing her, as well as playing with leaves.  I really miss this age where they are so easy to please.  She is such an awesome little girl.  I can't wait to see what the next six months bring!

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