Sometimes when I sit down to blog sessions, I feel a little bit like a broken record. I think I’ve started every blog about this family by saying how much I love them, and how much I look forward to their session each year. The littlest sister was only about 4 months old at our first session. I’ve literally gotten to watch these girls grow up in front of my camera, and that just brings me so much joy!
Now that my fall shooting season has officially wrapped up, I’m hoping to finally have a chance to sit down and catch up on some posts! Next up, my final beach session of this fall season. I absolutely loved shooting at the beach this fall, and it’s definitely something I’m planning to bring back for the fall of 2015! Even months later, looking back at these photos brings a smile to my face. This family is so sweet, and in so many ways they remind me of my little family years ago, back when we just had our two crazy preschool-age boys. It’s such a fun season! (And exhausting and trying…but still, I look back on those years very fondly, rose colored glasses securely in pace.) We actually went to the same college (Go ACU!) but we didn’t know each other, well, mainly because they are younger than us! I think Sara was referred to my by another ACU grad, plus her boys go to one of the preschools I shoot. But this was our first family session, and it couldn’t have been better! Such a gorgeous night in Galveston, and the boys were full of energy and shenanigans, which is just how I like it! I’ll just let the pictures do the rest of the talking.
When I first met these two last year, I was blown away by how sweet they were to each other. Not much has changed in that respect over the past year! These two (just one year apart in age…bless their mama!) are still two of the sweetest siblings ever. All the cuddling and hugs and kisses are 100% genuine and almost all were unprompted. Made my job so easy! I hope these two stay the best of friends as they grow. What a gift!
Even looking back at these photos weeks later brings such a big smile to my face! They are some of my favorites for sure.
I’ve had the joy of photographing this family several times over the past four years, and each time is better than the last. One of the joys of this job is getting to see these kids grow up! The little guy (although he is definitely not so little anymore!) is hands down one of the most photogenic kids I have ever met. He simply does not take a bad photo! And the little (and I’ll still call her little for a few more years) girl is so full of spice and life and joy. She is so much fun. Case a point…these photos of her are still some of my favorites.
We met at the beach (and let me just say again how much I am loving shooting in Galveston this time of year!) and we had so much fun. Love this family!
Oh this session. I’m not even sure where to begin! This family arrived ready for anything, and most of all ready to have fun. It’s truly the kind of session that I love the most. My goal is always to capture authentic photos of a family and of each child, and when a family shows up in the frame of mind to kick back, have fun, play, and interact with each other while I look on and click away…well, let’s just say that’s where the magic happens. There was no saying cheese. No threats. Just love and joy and this family captured. It’s the kind of session that speaks to my soul, that feeds the creative part of me. It’s why I love my job, and why I am honored to be able to do what I do.
That’s enough rambling from me. I am just giddy about this session (in case you couldn’t tell!) I’ll just let the pictures say the rest.
I have some exciting news! For the first time ever, I am offering fall beach mini sessions in Galveston! I’m so excited to be able to have an evening of fun beach sessions this year. It’s no secret that I love my beach sessions! Everyone is laid back and ready for FUN! I mean, seriously…how can you not love this?!
Even with a crazy windy night, and the worst seaweed I have ever seen in my life, these three sibling were all smiles, and we had so much fun!
And I melted over and over again at this sweet little ones curly hair, big blue eyes, and bright little romper.
Beach sessions are the best. And now you can have one, without the time or investment of a full session! Are you wanting something different for your holiday cards this year? These mini sessions are just for you!
These sessions will be held on October 12, 2014, in the evening. I only have two time slots still available, so don’t delay in contacting me! We’ll make some memories, have some fun, and come away with wonderful images of the whole thing. I can’t wait!
A few weeks ago, I found the perfect t-shirt for you, bright red and emblazoned with a huge exclamation point. I brought it home, and every time I put it on you, it brings a smile to my face.
You are, simply put, the exclamation point in our little family.
Today you turn two years old, which feels impossible. You are closer to sleeping in a big boy bed and potty training than you are to the days of nursing and sleeping swaddled tightly like a little burrito. You still sleep with those soft swaddling blankets, and if I have my way, you will still snuggle into those for years to come. I’m just not quite ready for you to grow up yet.
Sullivan, you are so full of joy. Everywhere we go, people stop to talk to you and fawn over you. You soak up all that attention, thrive on it. Everyone is your best friend. You are quick to give high fives, knucks, hugs, and kisses. You are, by far, our most outgoing little one. Years ago, before I had kids, I thought a lot about being a mother. I kept a notebook with a running list of names I loved. I created character-children in my imagination. I wondered if they would have daddy’s blue eyes or my brown eyes, and I imagined what their personalities would be like. Would they be more serious and stoic like daddy? Would they be introverted or extroverted? Would they have a flair for drama? Would they be leaders or followers, athletic or smart, or all of the above? Over the past 12 years of parenting, I’ve learned that people can’t possibly fit in a little box of categories I established in my mind long before God ever made me a mother. You, your brothers, and your sister are so much more complicated than that. You are all so special, and so very different. It amazes me that four kids could come from the same two parents but be so different. But at the same time, it doesn’t surprise me at all because the God that spoke you into being is creative. You are all unique, just like the sunset He paints each night in the sky.
I see now that I painted a very narrow-minded picture of my future children. But I also realized recently that you embody so many of the things I imagined. I imagined a little one so full of life that people couldn’t help but smile every time he was around. I pictured someone who was affectionate and sweet, but equally as spunky and feisty. I pictured a child who would dance with abandon, no matter the place or the audience. I could almost see his blue eyes (just like daddy) and his blonde hair (just like mine…well, how mine used to be at least.)
Sully, I couldn’t possibly put into words how special you are, or how much we all love you. You have five of the biggest fans a person could ever have. You are so lucky.
And we are even luckier to be yours. I thank God daily that He saw our family and knew we needed an exclamation point at the end.
I love you,
It’s a blogging tradition that I just can’t let go. I might be 4 weeks late this time, but I’ve got to get these first day of school pictures posted!
Logan, 4th grade. Decided to fix his hair up in a big mohawk, which I’ve never seen him do before (and he hasn’t done since.) He loves minecraft, and has fallen in love with soccer. He’s funny, and most definitely not a morning person.
The best way to get Logan out of bed in the morning involves two critical steps: a few snuggles from mama and then allowing him to get Sullivan out of bed. Sullivan loves Logan. He loves all his siblings, but these two have a particularly special bond.
Camryn, 1st grade. She’s got two very wiggly top teeth, so this will for sure be the last first day of school picture with two baby teeth in the front. She loves playing with her babies, especially her American Girl dolls. She’s fallen in love with dance, and is giving soccer a try. So far, so good on the soccer field!
I couldn’t stand by and let her only first day picture be her forced smile. This little giggly picture is much more like her. She’s sweet and sensitive, this one. She’s helpful and thoughtful and bright, too. She needs lots and lots of sleep, which always makes the transition of starting school a tough one.
Oh, Sullivan. Everyone is just so crazy about him. He refused to sit up on the step with the kids, and honestly, this is a much better representation of the kids than if he had cooperated and sat nicely on the step.
Connor, 6th grade. First day of junior high. His school starts an hour after the little ones, so we get a little extra time together in the morning. He loves that. He’s a morning person, but he likes to move slowly and take his time, so a later start is perfect for him. He loves soccer, loves swimming, and loves to read and play games on his kindle. He’s an all-around great kid. It’s still hard for me to believe that I have a kid in junior high. I remember starting junior high so vividly! He was a little nervous about it, but handled it great. He’s funny with his nerves. It manifests itself in an inability to sit still. He flips and flops and fidgets. That lasted the first week or so, but now it’s smooth junior high sailing.
A week after the big kids started, Sullivan got his chance to start. Please just focus on cute Sully and not my shiny gold door. After refusing to sit on the steps with the big kids, he insisted when he was on his own. Sully loves school. In fact, there are times that we start to walk out of his school and he turns around and high tails it back to class! He loves getting to play and be just like the big kids. He is so, so sad every time we have to drop the big kids off anywhere. It’s not unusual for him to cry all the way home from dropping Connor at school. But dropping him at his own school? Not a tear. Easiest drop off ever.
As for me? I am loving my 8 hours of kid-freedom a week. I have made a huge list of house projects and things I want to get done. I’ve grocery shopped in utter peace. I’ve made two trips to goodwill, meal planned actual dinners, and organized my desk.
All in all, it’s been a great transition for us. After a long, tenuous August, we all welcomed the change the school year brings.
Now if only the fall weather would follow suit. 🙂
Now that school has started, I’m feeling so productive with my work! Three cheers for productivity! I have exactly 14 minutes until I need to walk down and pick up Logan and Camryn from the bus stop, so this is definitely the final crunch.
I met with this family several weeks ago, and honestly, until yesterday I hadn’t really even looked at their photos. The last 3 weeks of summer put me into full on survival mode. Our days were crammed full of fun (or fighting–usually both), and by the time I got everyone tucked in at night, I found myself completely spent and unwinding with episodes of Gilmore Girls. Work 100% went on the backburner, and thankfully, I have the most understanding clients in the world!
So once I looked at their photos, and tried my hardest to narrow them down, I quickly became borderline obsessed with them. They are so full of fun and personality!
One of the main reasons this family scheduled a session in the blazing heat of August is because their oldest is headed off to college. She’ll be about 9 hours away, which I’m sure is going to be a huge adjustment for all of them! Her brother and sister wouldn’t admit it, but I’m sure they are going to miss her like crazy.
Seems fitting that I should blog about Camryn’s kindergarten graduation since school starts in just over a week (glory, hallelujah!) She was so excited about her graduation ceremony. Since we started at a new school last year, it was all new and different for us. At our old school, they did a cute little program and ceremony during the afternoon, but the new school did a big evening shindig. Camryn wanted to get all fancy for the occasion. She is such a girl! As luck would have it, her graduation ceremony was exactly 6 weeks after she got her ears pierced, so she got to change her earrings for the very first time. She looked so grown up (and so beautiful, if I do say so myself.)
The program was so cute! They sang several songs, and she to walk across the stage to get her diploma. This photo is SO grainy (hello, iso 25,600…that’s a new one for me!) because the gym was so dark, plus we were standing at the very back (little did we know this was a standing room only event.) I’ll have to compare this photo with her 2026 graduation photo!
After the program, we went back to her classroom to collect some papers. I had to get a picture of Camryn and her bff, you know, not only for now, but also for when we take their picture together after their high school graduation. They are so stinkin’ sweet together, and I won’t lie, I hope that this is a friendship that lasts and lasts. My biggest worry (and the thing I prayed about most) when she started school was that she would make a good friend. Our prayers were answered with Julia, and I am so thankful.
And speaking of thankful, Mrs. K is just the bees knees. Camryn had such an amazing kindergarten year, all thanks to her. She was amazing. Kind, loving, patient, fun, sweet…everything you would want you baby girl to have for her first time at big kid school.
And with that, we have a first grader. My baby girl is growing up.