Owen (3) and Zoey (16 months)

I knew this shoot would be awesome when these two little ones greeted me with smiles and “hi”‘s immediately. Owen, however, completely stole my heart. I’m not joking, just about a minute after meeting me, as we were walking to our first location, he says to me “I’ve really missed you”. His mom and I looked at each other and laughed a bit and his mom said “But Owen, this is your first time meeting her”, and he said “Yeah, but i’ve really missed her”. HAHAHAHAHA. Throughout the shoot he was just full of personality and laughs. Not long into the shoot he asked if he could hold my hand (which a lot of kids ask to do. Maybe it’s because I look big and cuddly? haha)…and again, my heart melted. Adorable little Zoey was quite into exploring, as most little ones her age are. Once they learn how to walk/run….there isn’t much they want to stay still for. The trickiest part about the shoot was the mix of sun and clouds every 2 seconds it seemed. Every time I got my settings perfect…BAM…a cloud (or the sun) would come back and I would have to rush back to change them again. This family was awesome though! As usual with this time of year, I won’t be posting as many sneak peeks, and I won’t be posting any shots (for instance any everyone looking/smiling – which I did get a ton of with this beautiful family!) that might possibly be used for any holiday cards.

Happy camper (Elijah Phoenix turns 1)

It seems like just yesterday I was taking this little guy’s newborn photos. Yep, our nephew is officially 1 now (as of September 17th) and is one of the most quiet, cute and mellow babies ever! Since they were late to the shoot, and we were losing light quickly (and they had a dinner party to go to), I only had about 30 minutes to work with….but luckily Elijah is a super easy going baby (especially considering he was asleep when they got there – most babies would freak out), so all went awesome for what turned out to be a mini session. Oh and the teepee was made for his birthday party (which was on Saturday) so it was perfect for the shoot as well. Check this cutie out. Soon he’ll be walking and talking…..and before they blink he’ll be 2!

Take me out to the ballgame

Do these cuties look familiar? Of course they do….because they are in the blog post right below! Yep, this family loves me so much that they booked 2 shoots with me within a 3 week span ;) haha. One for Matthias’ 1 year photos, and this one for their annual family holiday photos (which is why I won’t post many)! This location was supposed to be the location for the previous shoot (and the location for this shoot was supposed to be somewhere awesome as well (which I won’t say, in case we do that next year)), but things with this location got a bit crazy, so we had to skip the other location and use it for this shoot instead (which worked out great anyway (especially due to the heat). We had the place to ourselves for a bit, and it was pretty cool being walked through the tunnels, being in the dugout and out on the field. The session ended up cut a bit short (long story, but a little one who wanted nothing to do with staying still (baby Godzilla was on the loose for sure! haha), unexpected white and black tarp and hoses on the field, a security guard, and 90+ degree heat ;) haha).

Matthias turns 1!

This shoot didn’t go exactly as planned ;) It was supposed to be at a different location, but there were a few huge wrenches thrown into the plans the day of, so we had to nix that location and almost rescheduled altogether, but mom decided that she still wanted to shoot that day and we would save the other location for their other (family) shoot in a couple of weeks. I normally don’t shoot at this location anymore, but we needed somewhere quick, and somewhere that provided shade (since it was another very hot day) and grass/cushion (since Matthias is a new walker), and since we were just hours away from the shoot, we went for it. Luckily it worked out well and Matthias and big brother Philip did GREAT! Here are just a few sneak peeks from that day.

Lukas (2 weeks, 2 days old)

I knew this little guy would be adorable before he was born, just from meeting his parents at their maternity shoot. What I didn’t know is that he would decide to be late ;) haha. Yes, like my previous newborn client, this little one decided to take his time as well. He was a hungry little guy most of the shoot, but did great and even gave me a big old smile. Oh and the chair he’s on in one of the photos was MADE by his daddy!!