I should never use words like “never” I know I said I would never shoot another wedding. And I fully intended not to. But this time was an exception; I was asked to help the sister of the groom photograph the wedding, and since I’ve been the sister of the groom/photographer, trying to wear two hats at once, I had pity for this poor girl How blessed I was getting to know these two families! With all that they had to do that day and all that they had going on, it seemed everyone there was just making sure I was comfortable and well-hydrated. And what a perfect wedding. I have nothing but pleasant memories from that day, especially now that all of the pictures are edited haha! It was truly breathtaking, from the tears the groom shed in seeing his GORGEOUS bride and the tears the younger brother of the bride shed in losing his oldest sister to another man , to the happiness in the mother of the bride’s face seeing the father/daughter dance. My hope is to have captured some of that here for the bride and groom to enjoy. Between the awesome pictures Esther was able to get and what you have here, I hope Ian and Haley have enough to remember their special day!
I haven’t blogged any sessions in so long I almost feel guilty about it. But I need to share this one. This sweet momma took some really great pictures of my family last summer, and with everything that she had going on and then bad weather, I just got the chance to repay the favor. Actually this probably isn’t repaying the favor, b/c she had to trek through weeds in the sweltering heat and I did not. Her kids were in rare form (or so I’m told ). They were wild and crazy, which I think made for a perfect night! Such a sweet family!
This session commenced a year of photographs of this little man, and it has been so fun watching him grow. He is just the happiest little guy. We gave him a cupcake, and we thought he wasn’t making a big enough mess, so we tried a different cupcake that looked a little more fun. All he wanted to do was pick off the sprinkles and eat those though, so we didn’t have much to clean up I’m sure he will make plenty of messes later on to make up for his cleanliness during this birthday session!
I know this family really really well. And I’m not sure if that’s why or not, but these kiddos made me work so hard for these pictures haha! I don’t know that I’ve made quite a fool of myself since…well since the last time I made a fool of myself. I love these guys. Nobody makes me laugh quite like the mom, and we are always on the same wavelength. I can’t be myself with anyone quite the way I can when I’m with her. And in the words of my daughter, “(the dad) has an amazing sense of humor.” Which is a big improvement from running away crying every time he was around when she was 2 or 3. Hehe..
Look at his faces. Is he not hilarious?
I know a lot of photographers like to do mini sessions, where they will book about 6-10 families in one day, and give them each about a half hour session. I like that idea and maybe I will do it in the future, but I’d only have about one session with really amazing light, and that would be the last one. That’s why I like to stick with one family per day of shooting. It doesn’t always turn out to be a gorgeous evening, but when it does, it’s the best. I love this family, and I loved this light.
This momma is the twin sister of one of my most photographed dads. I’ve heard all about her, and it was so great to finally meet her family! Her kiddos were such hams, and the oldest daughter was oozing with happiness. I loved that about her. Wish we were all a little more like her!
They all wanted their pictures taken in this tree…too funny.
Our first scheduled session was about 10 minutes long, and then we got POURED on. I mean soaked! It was such a dreary dismal day that day (and really hot), but we were stressed about when we could fit this in before the trees lost all of their leaves (we both had a lot of things going on). So we tried making it work. Needless to say it did not! Who knew that being forced to wait would make it 100% better. Who knew it would still be this beautiful in November? We were all a little more comfortable in the chilly weather than we were in that humidity anyway. And the kids were so much happier (I’m posting a few of that first session that we got in those ten minutes just to illustrate hehe–see last shots below)
So this is our second attempt. Notice the smiles, the sunshine, and the good spirits!
And as promised, here are those images from our first attempted session. I’m so glad it worked out the way it did! I don’t think any of us were having a very good day that day!
I’ve been friends with this mom for a long time. She is a seamstress extraordinaire! When she told me she ultimately wanted four children I couldn’t believe it. At the time I had two kids, she had two kids, and I thought she was crazy. And now that I’ve seen them in action, I know that I was right. Haha, but they are so beautiful and worth every bit of sleeplessness they may cause!
Just before he broke her necklace…:)
This family has lots of blessings in small people form. They are all so close in age, and if you just stand back and watch them you can’t help but laugh. They are all so busy, and trying to corral the three of them must be exhausting! But MAN they are cute! I mean really really cute. Just little adorable people wreaking havoc on the world. Love them.
I know this one is terribly blurry, but if you had been at our session you would wonder how they aren’t all blurry! hehe This kid is a special kind of crazy! His mommy and daddy are entertained all the time, I’m sure!
This baby is the tiniest baby I’ve held. Mother and baby’s lives were both in danger, so an emergency c-section had to be done early in the third trimester. They are both fortunate to be alive and well! When baby sister finally came home, I was able to photograph her on a very cold, dark and rainy day! She’s perfect though, and despite the dreariness outside I think we did pretty well. These girls have some of the longest eyelashes I’ve seen on a pair of little girls