What is it about kids that keep growing each year?! Ha! I know, but all jokes aside. Wow, time flies by. We first had the privilege of photographing the Ogren family back when no-longer-so-little Jeremiah here was a newborn. Yup, picture a newborn baby in not the greatest lighting and with a person who was just entering into the photography world. Oh my have we learned so much since that day, but the trust and privilege that Bethany and Jeff gave me all those years ago and continue to give me in documenting their family portraits means more than I can say.
Okay you know the old saying, “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage”? Yes, classic elementary school stuff, but the thing is it sticks to the brain. Well, at least mine anyways. Any-who! The point is, when it comes to photography world, it can often be first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage… or in the case of Jenna and Kyle, first comes maternity portraits, then comes family portraits, and, hopefully down the line, more fun family portraits, because, I (Lindsay) can’t get enough of these two!
I think one of the most commonly heard things on a family photo session is that the family has been wanting their family portraits for a long time and they just finally got around to do it. You’d think that I’d find this frustrating, but, to be honest, been there and totally doing that myself. What is it about life that has some days seem like they are moving so slow (especially in the mundane stages of parenting) all the while seemingly moving by so fast? So to all my fellow mamas out there, wishing that they’d gotten their family photos done last year… stop. Yes, stop. You can’t go back and do them, but you can do them now. Thankfully we live in the day and age where you probably have taken hundreds (if not thousands) of photos of your little ones and hopefully have a selfie or two with yourself in them, but let’s not waste another year without documenting the entire family. Let’s take a moment and allow ourselves to be in the moment.
Happy first day of Fall! You got to love that crispness in the air, the crunch of the leaves under your feet, the hot apple cider in your hand, and the fun moments of family portraits amidst the ever-changing weather of the season. It’s been so fun to capture the Leppke’s family portraits the past three falls. It is such an honor to watch the family grow and change from year-to-year and yet the love and compassion for one another stay the same.
What’s one of the best parts of being a photographer? It’s the privilege to photograph a family from one year to the next, to see how the kids grow as the time goes on, and to experience how their relationships still show the specialness between the family members. It’s an immense privilege. We love what we do and who we get to do it with. The Yang Family is one such family as we have been able to capture them the past few years! Thank you, Yang Family, for trusting us with these precious memories!
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