It was definitely chilly, but we were able to get outside for a few portraits of this beautiful family. I really enjoyed meeting you all - thank you for opening up your home to a super fun family portrait session!
I've loved watching this family as they have grown over the years. It's such an honor when families ask me back to photograph them as their children grow older. We all had a wonderful time in their backyard and a nearby park on the lake. Thanks for the lovely evening, and I hope these photos make you smile.
I met sweet baby Nadine at her beautiful home, on a perfect fall morning. The air was chilly, but the sun warm. The scent of autumn filled the skies, and reminded me how very much I love this time of year. Nadine was a sweet as could be, shining smiles and flirting with her big bright eyes. 6 months is such a wonderful age, when babies are starting to really open up and show their personalities, and discover new things everyday about the world around them. Nadine, you are pure joy...
I spent last Saturday afternoon with my brother and his family, and their beautiful "new" Shasta vintage camper trailer. I had a whole concept session in my mind, where we would take out the camper to a state park, make a bonfire, roast s'mores, hang out together, and I would document the experience. But as the day approached, we decided none of us had either the time or energy to drive to a state park. So in the all too brief time between naps and dinner, we set up the camper in a local park and had fun together playing dominoes, climbing trees, and snacking. These three kids mean the world to me. Now that I live just a stone's throw from them, the cousins are able to play together all the time. Spontaneous playdates and family dinners... sleepovers... trips to the playground...my kids absolutely adore their cousins.
I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful, wonderful family.
I still would really LOVE to do a camping photo session, so if your family is planning a late summer camping trip, consider having me tag along for a couple hours to document your time together. This is the kind of session I love the most - capturing your family together, doing the things you love most.
We scheduled their session early in the morning, mostly because it was the time of day that worked for the kids, before they got too hungry and tired for a photo session. But we also got out before it got too unbearably hot. This summer has been unseasonably warm in Minneapolis, with temps in the 90s and heat indexes up over a hundred. So we were all happy to get out into the park before it heated up too much. These two little ones were so sweet together, always wanting to see what the other was getting into, tickling each other and telling secrets. And never wanted to be more than a few feet apart. I loved that they both brought their blankies to the session. I think this is such a precious thing to capture, those special things that make each child feel secure and loved and safe.
It was so wonderful to spend time with this family together - both parents work very long hours and family time is scarce. I feel so honored to be able to help families remember those mornings they spend at a park together... the love they share, and the happiness they create together. Being tossed high in the air by dad, watching goldfish crackers float down the creek, feeling the water tickle your toes, and exploring craggy holes in tree trunks. This is the stuff that summer memories are made of.