Fall Colour with Sally and Her Girls

I think this was the fifth session we’ve done and every year I look forward to seeing these precious girls and chatting and catching up.  Right from the get go, their mom has been all about letting the girls play and capturing their personalities as we go along.  Lucy and Olivia each are their own little selves, but they gravitate towards each other repeatedly every time we are together.  Twins are so amazing and the bond that they share is very sweet.  I also love capturing their mom, Sally, with the two of them and each of them.  She’s a ball and I have to say, had more faith for our weekend session than I did.  I was working on some Plan B ideas as I watched the foreboding weather reports but she was pretty confident that we’d have clear skies and fall colour and I am happy to say, she was right!  The light was changing every few minutes and the colours were bright in the park. We laughed, talked, climbed, threw leaves, got wet and yours truly even crawled through a field of geese to get the last jumping and silhouette shots.  Happy.

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Mielle is One!

What a difference a year makes!  This was session four in Mielle’s Baby’s First Year Package and this sweet girl is on the move. She’s grinning, laughing, clapping, pointing and would love to be running and is allllllmost there.  As always, my favorite way to photograph a baby or child is in the context of their family.  Cathie and Timon run at my speed with family photos and are  awesome at just playing with the kids, using a little bribery, and having fun.  It’s always fun to chat along the way and catch up.  There are a lot of photos in the gallery of Mielle but also lots of the family.  What a treat it is to document this time.  I tried to catch some of the dynamics that will look very different in a few years.  Thanks, Cath and Timon and hugs to Mielle and Teis!

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Cuddling Brody {Auburn Newborn Photography}

There is nothing like fleeting newborn days.  There’s the obvious sleeplessness and tons of extra laundry (how do little people create SO much laundry anyways?).  Most of all, there is the loving up of this little person who is so new and yet feels so familiar.  My approach with newborns is to get lots of sleepy close-ups of them all curled up and to photograph them being loved and cuddled  by their families, as that is what happens the most in those first weeks anyways.

Little Brody was actually quite a hefty boy with lovely rolls and chub, and I may have snuck in a tiny cuddle between shots too!  He was a content fellow, pretty happy to be kissed and hugged and held.  He looks just like his older sister and brother, another pea in the pod, and the shots we got of them together are evidence that this boy is in for a fun ride!

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Our Theo Maddox is Four {Birthday Pictures}

I’m having to trust the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, for I come to a loss to express just how much joy and love this boy brings to our family.  His laugh rings regularly, he has a big chipmunky grin that we all vie for, and his special spot is cuddled right in the middle of our family being adored by all.  He kisses liberally and loves his whoopie cushion.  He never meets a stranger and loves to lavish the ones he loves with artwork.  He prizes being like the big kids but still pretty much runs the show as the baby of the family.

Four years old. It’s really hard to grasp.  Four feels a lot older than three and though it’s so much fun to see him grow, I feel the tension of wanting to forever capture these days.  We love this boy.  His name means Gift From God, and that is what he truly is to us, every day.  We love you, Theo Maddox!

Two birthday sessions this year, which is what you get for having a photographer for a mama and being her constant muse and sidekick.  One was at a local bridge. The other at the river near our home.  I included some at the end with his bookend and big sister, Ruby.

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Seahawks Gear and Pigtails {Auburn Family Photography}

Often with kids that are more hesitant, I start with group and family pictures, but with ones that are ready to roll, I start with them.  When I arrived, Sierra and Kaden were ready to rock and were chatting my ear off.  It’s always a good sign.  I had a great time doing this family’s mini session, they are so easy to be with and ready to laugh and play around.  In fact, I do all I can to egg it on a little so we get some real smiles when taking family pictures.

My friend, Stella, told me that something I shared at a MOPS meeting a few years ago about the importance of moms and dads getting in the pictures was a big motivator for her.  I love that!  I know that there are many parents who tell me that being photographed isn’t the most comfortable thing in the world for them, but I love that they do jump in.  Your kids and families will never regret having pictures of you laughing together.

Thanks for a fun time, and for rocking the Seahawks gear.  Sierra easily knows more about football than I do (and she even had green and blue hairbands in her pigtails…so cute!)

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