Category Archives: Family
It’s been a while…
Yes, I need to update this with all I have been up to this past year. It’s been crazy! Last year was my busiest year ever and I have the most amazing clients to thank for that. As my work started to slow down, as it always does in January and the beginning of the new years, we learned we would be moving. I spent the next couple of months cleaning and painting and mending and packing and getting ready for that big event. Now I am cleaning and mending and painting our townhouse to get it ready to rent out. On top of that, school portraits are starting back up, as are football portraits, and it’s back to school. Just to add to my busy fall, I’ve started homeschooling two of my boys! My youngest will get to go to a private kindergarten and my oldest child, my daughter, was too excited about Jr. High to let me convince her to homeschool. She went back to school today and the boys and I got to work.
My daughter had very specific requests for back to school. The number one item was her outfit which HAD to include bell bottoms! I love this kid! Here is my styling 7th grader!
And even though we are doing home school, it’s still school, so back to school cocktail dress portraits for my boys. I’m still doing work with my Kindergartener until his school starts in two weeks so he gets to be included.
My 5th grader. He will not cut his hair.
My second grader! He refuses to have hair!
And my baby boy. Yes, it’s time for a haircut. No, I’m not cutting it too short. 🙂
I just LOVE this image of my nephew! This little dude was born last November and this was the first time I got to meet him. He’s such a Cabbage Patch Doll!
And here is one with his big brother and big sister.
These kids were so much fun to photograph. Even the littlest one who, literally, kept running in circles around me. They were such good sports and it was really a delight to work with each one of them.
One of the few moments he stood still for me.
She was so shy, but sweet, and I can’t get over those adorable red curls.
And big brother was just a charmer. I don’t think it was possible to get one of him not smiling.
“Oh, the Places You’ll Go”
Okay, so not really Bonnie and Clyde. This is my niece and my nephew. They live in Idaho. They rarely visit. They won’t move down from Idaho (no one knows why, I mean…. it’s Idaho!). My sister is always jealous of the images I post of my kids, so since they were staying with Grandma, and I could do what I want without my sisters permission, I did. Yes, we are missing one, (Little Baby “E” will get his turn one of these days…) but I had to do something.
And seriously, doesn’t this look like a picture you would pull out of an old shoebox in your great grandmothers attic?
I got to photograph these two brothers about a year ago, when little “D” was only a couple months old.
They may have gotten older, but one thing hasn’t changed, how much these boys just adore each other.
This week I was determined to take updated portraits of my kids. All four of them. I’ve been so busy that I was glad to finally have a free day, so I had it on the schedule for Thursday. Wednesday night I put my daughters hair in curlers, Thursday morning I took them out. They did not take. She refuses to let me use anything hot on her hair, so a curling iron or straightener is out of the question.
All right, we’d try to do them Friday. Well, very late Thursday night, I had a church basketball game, which we won. (Now I in no way take any credit for that win. Frankly, I am not very good at basketball. Sometimes I can make a shot, but mostly, I’m just another body on the court, and I pass a lot.) Well, that win meant that we had another ball game, earlier, and in prime afternoon shooting time, on Friday. No pictures Friday.
Okay, Saturday. Well, Saturday was also filled with activities, mostly at home, but the afternoon was clear. I put the curlers in my daughters hair first thing in the morning and pulled them out with perfect curls just in time for portraits. I brushed my all boys hair, and got them all dressed. They had been promised milk shakes if they cooperated so I had four children ready and willing to work with me.
I should have bribed the weather…
We went into the field in front of our house. I love this field and don’t tire shooting in it. There was a breeze, but nothing much. The second I got my light on my light stand and went to put up my reflector the wind really picked up. Blowing my reflector like a kite and then, that gut wrenching feeling as my light (despite all the sand bags) crashed to the ground with a bang. It took all my weight to keep it up while I took it all down and packed up to go home. I seriously can not describe my frustration.
Well, I was going to show the weather it couldn’t beat me, so, for the first time in a long time, I set up my studio in my house and did studio shots of my kids. Not what I had initially hoped for, but I am really happy with what I got.
My oldest and my only girl. I can’t believe she will be ten this year.
My second child and oldest son.
Here is number three. The middle boy.
And my youngest. We just can’t bring ourselves to cut that hair.
They did all get their milkshakes, but only after the last dramatic event of the day. One of them broke the neighbors window! I won’t give away which one. But after the window was broken, this child went straight to the neighbor and told them what had happened taking full responsibility, then they came and told me. I am still a little shocked that it happened. Come on, broken windows are things in stories you tell your kids about telling the truth, they don’t happen in real life. Right?
Baby A is six months old.
She thinks she’s old enough to read the Twilight series now.
Yeah, they are pretty funny books.
Later, a moment with Daddy reading something more age appropriate.
Sometimes, taking pictures of my own children feels like a soap opera. The bugs were horrible, even with bug spray, and chasing my two year old through the steep hills of the mountain gave me quite the work out. But for this one image, it was all worth it.
So, this little guy was really not interested in what I had planned for this shoot.
Thankfully he warmed up to me.
And so did his adoring big brother.
I have to say how much I adore this little family. This amazing mother works so hard to keep it all together and take care of her adorable children. She also makes the best tasting macarons you have ever tried.