Monthly Archives: June 2013

Throwback Thursday {Baby Dylan}

I just photographed this family last week, and they are my favorite photos so far!  “Baby Dylan” is now two and his big brother, Cohen, will be turning five soon.  I’ve known their parents for 11 years now.  Brandy and I worked together for a very long time.  The past couple of years, I unfortunately don’t see them that often since we no longer work together.

Almost a year ago, Brandy was involved in a very serious car accident.  Both boys were in the car too.  Fortunately, the boys only had very minor injuries.  Brandy, on the other hand, had several fractures.  We all know the saying, you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Well, the only thing they lost that day was their car, but the fact that they could have lost much much more is a scary thought.  I’ll never forget the look on Nathan’s face when I visited them at the hospital.  He was crouched onto the ground in the hallway with his head in his hands.  When he finally looked at me I knew he was thinking about how close he came to loosing his entire family.

Brandy had a long recovery.  Being a mother of two while wearing a back brace and loosing the use of your left hand was definitely not easy.  She made it though!  When we were together last week she showed me that she has lost some motion in her left wrist, but other than that is doing great considering.

We may not see each other everyday like we use to, or even once a month, but I will always love this family dearly.  With the anniversary of the accident approaching, I’m so honored to be capturing priceless memories for them and reminding everyone how priceless our time here together really is.

Let’s end on a happy note with the first photos of baby Dylan.  This was my first outdoor newborn session.  Dylan did awesome the entire time.  I honestly don’t remember him crying at all!  They have the two cutest little guys!

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The Beautiful Nadja

Meet our friend, Nadja.  She was a foreign exchange student during our senior year of high school.  After graduation, she moved back to Germany and we lost touch until Facebook brought us back together.  I was really excited when Nadja contacted me to say she was returning to the USA for a vacation and would like to meet up for a photo session.

We had a great time during the photo shoot catching up on the past 13 years of our lives.  I also met Nadja’s mom for the first time, which was a real treat!  We continued the reunion at dinner that evening.  I choose Oscar’s in Dublin.  It’s my favorite restaurant, because I love the salmon dish.  I highly recommend them if you live in the area.  My hubby and a couple other high school friends were able to join us for dinner too.  It was a lovely evening!

We get to reconnect with Nadja again at the end of July for our mutual friend’s wedding.  Two times in one year after not seeing each for over a decade!  Very excited!!

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Throwback Thursday {Thad & Kathy are gettin’ hitched}

I thought it was only appropriate to share this engagement session since the big wedding is Saturday!

Meet Kathy, my hubby’s aunt.  She gets full credit for the awesome retro theme of this session.  We chose an area in downtown Mansfield to shoot the photos, and her fiance’ has a friend who let us borrow that awesome car.  Kathy really understood the importance of looking the part too.  She did a great job styling herself and Thad, which really tied in the whole theme.

This was a lot of fun for me, because it was something entirely different from what I normally do.  We made sure to take full advantage of that awesome car as a prop!  The owner of the car was so kind to let them not only lean on it, but also sit on top of the hood.  We, of course, were terrified of scratching the car, but he assured us it would be fine.  These are some of my all time favorite photos!

Thad and Kathy also wanted to have some casual photos taken.  We were a little pressed for time, because we had so much fun with the car I think we lost track of time.  We shot the casual photos at my mother-in-law’s house.  Not only are her and Kathy sisters, but this is also where the actual wedding ceremony is taking place on Saturday.  My mother-in-law, Robin, has a beautifully landscaped backyard.  She also has a very unique red caboose in the backyard, which makes an amazing photo prop.  I also love the photos we took here, because Thad and Kathy could just be themselves.  The sun was staring to set, so we had limited time to capture these.  Every photo of them is so great though we didn’t need to take a ton.  Their love and connection shines through in all of them!

I will be photographing their big day on Saturday.  Typically, I don’t do weddings, but this is a special circumstance.  We are all very excited for Kathy and agree that she absolutely couldn’t have found a better man.  I also think that they picked a lucky day to get hitched! Hubby and I will be celebrating our 16 year dating anniversary on Saturday as well (yes, we still recognize our dating anniversary).

Family has arrived from out of town, the weather is forecasted to be great, and decorating has begun!  Let’s get this show on the road and welcome Thad into the family!

 

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Miss Amelia {4 days}

I’m pleased to introduce Miss Amelia to the world!  She is the precious baby girl of our friends, Dan and Kelly.  You should recognize this family from previous blog posts, because I photograph their oldest, Preston.

When we visited them at the hospital Amelia was one day old, and I almost wished I had brought some stuff to photograph her there, because she was so sleepy and squishy.  At only four days old though, she did pretty awesome!  We used my make-shift studio,which is the sun room of our home for the photos.  She fought me every time I placed her on her belly, but once I got her comfy there, we could have left her there all day.  Most of my props were too big for tiny Amelia.  No worries though, they live right down the road from us, so I can photograph her anytime I want!

We were so proud of big brother who posed so preciously with his little sister.  Mom and dad were right beside me during those shots just in case Preston decided he was done modeling with his sister!  Safety is always priority!

I often think how crazy it is that so many of our friends that we’ve known for 10+ years are now families of four.  Just another reality of how old I actually am!

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Miss Whitney {6 months}

I can’t believe Miss Whitney is growing up so fast!  I’ve been photographing this little lady since she was in mama’s belly.  This was our first outdoor session together, and aside from the wind, it was a perfect day.

We’ve had a theme of photographing the whole family on a couch since the maternity session, so I packed up our orange retro couch and placed it in the middle of the trees at the park.  Mom always says Whitney is the smiliest little girl until I meet with them!  I tend to like serious baby faces, but I always reassure mom that Whitney does give me some great smiles, as you’ll see from the photos below.

Whitney has the sweetest little face and such gorgeous eyes.  It doesn’t hurt either that mom keeps her looking like a fashionista!  I always look forward to seeing what outfits she’ll be modeling for her photo sessions.  Some people never grasp the idea of layering clothing, but at only 6 months old, Whit is mastering it!

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