Love this location this time of year. It’s a 1/2 mile walk but worth it! I contacted this fabulous family one Sunday afternoon to see if I could photograph them that evening. The answer was yes but no??? It’s 1:30pm and you want to meet for family portraits at 6:00pm? Ok!! Let’s do it! I went to their home at 3:30pm and helped them pick out their clothes. All outfits were from their closet except dads shirt and we did a quick run to the store to get him a shirt. We met at 6:00pm, drove to our location, walked in with camera and cooler in hand and had a really good time. I finally got to shoot in this location and it fit this family perfectly as they our outdoors people and obviously up for a spontaneous adventure. I have this portrait on my office wall and LOVE to tell this story. The thing is, family portraits do not need to be stressful. With me guiding you and helping you every step of the way, it truly can be fun! If you are feeling spontaneous and love this look, let me know, I’m happy to get your family to this location and capture memories and relationships of your family.
some come to clear your path…
This mama and her babies are on a new path in life. Change is scary but one thing that isn’t going to change is their amazing relationships together. It was very important to this mama to capture this time together and so we planned a session that worked for her! Less is more sometimes. Enjoy your new images, Jennifer & kiddos. Keep your head up, one foot in front of the other and keep smiling! You got this!!
This beautiful couple and their kids are blending families. So fun! I’m so happy for them. When you have this many people and so many boys, the session feels like nothing went right. But we busted out some beautiful family portraits and I can’t wait to see them on their walls.
Conra realized it has been too long since her last “family portrait”. Her kids were coming home from college to visit for spring break so we planned a perfect session to represent her family. We started in the studio and got a studio family portrait and updated everyone’s professional headshots. They changed clothes and we headed to the outdoor locations. It was a beautiful evening and everyone enjoyed the experience. It can be hard to find time to get family portraits but where there is a will, there is a way. Thank you for trusting me with your beautiful family, Conra.
You would have never thought that we would get so many amazing images in such a little amount of time! Sometimes the plan doesn’t go as planned. Sometimes a young child will throw a tantrum, have an accident, refuse to wear something…and cause “the plan” to go right out the door! The Van Kempen’s went with the flow, I went with the flow and the session went amazing! We had a lot less time than originally planned so I had to have my ducks in a row, put my nice but bossy pants on and they trusted me and listened to every suggestion. We laughed a lot and seriously had fun! You can see it in their images! We were racing against the sunset and we won!! I can’t say enough about this family. If you know them, you are blessed! They have some of the kindest hearts I have every come across. I have loved watching their kids grow up since little man was 3 or 4 months old I believe. I look forward to more sessions with them. I thank them for keep coming back to me, trusting me and always up for a new adventure! Thank you Heather, Dallas and your amazing little people! Can’t wait to hang this moment in time on our wall!
Cousins…These girls have my heart! They all have a bit of “Galeazzi” in them! They have big hearts and competitive spirits. They can be feisty but always beautiful, inside and out! With everyone’s busy schedule’s we for sure get their pictures updated, spend holiday’s together, support each other in sports, and a big bonus if we can do something fun in between all the craziness. 6th grade, 8th grade & 10th grade…slow. down. time…
I have had the pleasure of photographing this family for about 12 years now. It is so crazy how time flies. This family is pretty amazing! They have the kindest hearts, and they are some of the hardest working people I know. They have had portraits done with me enough that Ryan (dad) asked his wife two questions before their session: 1. Should I bring something to sit on? & 2. Am I going to have to take off my shoes? I laughed so hard at this but I also felt proud that he knows how I work and trusts me. He just wants to be prepared…even in the snow! I had you covered, Ryan! 😉 Monica always does an amazing job on the clothes. That is not easy but such a big part of loving your portraits. I guide you when choosing clothes, pose you to look your best and look for the best light! It really is fun, even in 20 degree weather! Nothing a little hot chocolate and hand warmers can’t fix. Thank you Okelberry family choosing me. I love working with you guys and I love watching your kids grow up. Which leads me to the baby of the family reaching the age of 8 to be baptized in your church. I can’t believe the baby is 8!! Glad we were able to capture his baptism portraits at the same time.
My sister! Growing up she was a pain in my ass and my best friend! I have always admired her and her qualities. She is fun!! She is a dork! She is talented at everything she does. She is beautiful inside and out and can be feisty as hell! She is simply amazing! She turns 40 this year and I can’t wait to celebrate her! This is her family and we had a blast playing in the snow. We laughed so hard and we froze a little. Like most people that haven’t made that call to book a session, my sister wasn’t super excited about being in the pictures. But she rallied and now has these amazing memories to enjoy for years to come! Of course she ended up having fun and LOVING the images and super thankful she was in them. I am so lucky because she cuts and colors my hair all year and I get to do her family portraits! Love you, sis!!
My girls with their dad…
It is a choice by both parties to be kind, parent together, and communicate.
I am thankful that even though Clarence and I didn’t make it together, we are pretty awesome at the co-parent thing.
I am thankful for my husband, Roger for being a great role model and parent. He is understanding and respectful of our situation.
Our girls have three parents that love them and guide them every day. We are all present in their lives.
It was an honor to photograph my girls with their dad and their dog, Winston (I could steal him!!). I helped them with their clothes and we had a great time in the magical winter wonderland. The session ended in hugs and smiles!!
Life isn’t always easy, and I am thankful for all of it. I am thankful for all of the hard times because I think I am way more appreciative of the good times. It takes a village and I love my village!!
The wonderful Fewkes family! We met when our kids were in daycare/preschool together, they attend the Santa Event every year and this was my second time photographing this beautiful family to create family art for their walls! We met for a planning session and ironed out all the details, we met at the mall and everyone got a new outfit, and then the photo session went smooth as butter! This couple is the true meaning of love and respect! When they speak to one another or the kids, it is always with love and respect. They get each other! The kids are just as wonderful! They take care of one another and love one another, and show it unconditionally.
We had a great time designing art for their walls. I wanted to share one of their decisions, this metal cluster of nine images. What a beautiful story of their family…