Maybe it’s just me, but after all the excitement of the holiday season, I can feel rather down in the dumps. We spend November working on being thankful, we go right into December counting down each moment and jam-packing a ton of activities in as we celebrate baby Jesus’ birth at Christmas, and then within a week we are sent into a new year. Wow, just thinking about it leaves my head spinning. And yet, we do this every year… and I’m starting to notice a pattern for myself of where I feel a bit overwhelmed with the daunting tasks and unknown future of the new year as I step into early January.
Mark, Mark, Mark… you’re turning thirty today – where has the time gone? I remember that high school boy that I first caught watching me in the tent at Beulah Beach like it was yesterday. He was cute and funny, able to talk but didn’t talk too much, and a complete mystery to me. You’re still mostly a mystery to me even though we’ve liked each other for 13 years, have officially dated for 11 years, and have been married for 8 years. I don’t get how you’re so content to be a servant leader. I don’t get how you love interruptions in your day. I don’t get how you can be so present with a person when you have so much to do. I don’t get how you stay so calm and so loving when I start to spin out of control and allow anxiety to gain ground.
In the Bible the Israelites often built piles of rocks to symbolize different achievements, milestones, and ways that God had met them, but that’s not really done much today, so when Shauna and Jordan reached out saying they wanted to do a couple portrait session to commemorate the milestone of being married for five years, I was super excited! Anniversary sessions are so precious because they capture the specialness of the stage that you are in and each year looks different. Mark and I try to take on an anniversary session for ourselves each year – although this year it also included the kids…and is still needing to be edited (#busyseason)!
These two are one of those couples. Those couples? Those couples. The couple that is extremely giving, so relaxed, and you can’t help but leave smiling after being with them. So naturally, when they shared they wanted their portraits taken, I jumped at the opportunity! We finished our beautiful night of mini sessions with George and Phyllis, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. We laughed and chatted for most of the photography session, teasing one another and having a fabulous time.
Kristina & Adam with Joan & Leon // Summer Mini Portrait Session in Hastings, Minnesota // Cottage Grove Photographers
WARNING: Cuteness overload below! Seriously, not only did I have the chance to hang out with Kristina and Adam again this year for our mini sessions (Want to see their session from last year? We got you!) but also, Kristina’s grandparents came along to have their photos taken by us as well! We met up at Lake Rebecca Park in Hastings, Minnesota for their mini portraits and spent most of the time chatting while taking their photos.
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