Don’t you just love it when kids have spunk? You know, that adorable, somewhat sassy, fast-retort, and yet oh-so-innocent giggles and outlook on life? Yeah, me too! This is why playing — err, I mean photographing — the Beckers family was so much fun! Their sweet girl kept me moving busy and us trying out new things, but boy did we have some fun and photos to prove it!
Meet the Follansbee family and their precious little lady — who we learned they affectionately call “Bear” (aaaaaaawwwwww!!). We met up at Oakwood Park in Cottage Grove with these three to capture their family photos for a mini session, and you can’t help but fall in love with this little cutie!
How cute is this little guy?! It’s so fun to think back to what feels like just yesterday -but was most definitely last winter-when I was taking their maternity photos on a very wintry night (think sliding through stop signs on the way home because so much snow was on the ground). Here he is, already so much so the center of attention and soaking it all up while seamlessly loving each and every one of those around him. A lot of these smiles came quite naturally once he fully woke up from nap — but Baby Shark definitely doo doo doo doo-ed him into the super smiler you see here!
As I write this, it’s currently an 80-something degree fall day — and the first day of fall! It’s amazing how quickly the weather changes as life changes in this stage; one season catapulting itself into the next. It’s a lot like how quickly life is moving by. We took the Metzger’s family photos two years ago as their little girl was about six months old — and now she’s three, and they have another little guy! Time flies when you’re having fun?! And when you’re busy with three kids ;) What I love about these sessions is catching the specialness of each age of the child but also capturing the relationships between the family members.
Ahh the preciousness of a newborn baby girl – you can’t help but want to snuggle with them (which is challenging considering all the social distancing going on these days!). We were so honored when Stephen & Lori asked us again to come into their home and document their newest bundle of joy. We spent a few moments indoors capturing the tiny features of their adorable little one – the tiny hands, cute button nose, and little toes – can’t help but love it! And then we spent of the rest of the evening out in their backyard amidst a beautiful late summer evening with cousins, grandparents, & family all around.
There is no way to describe the honor of getting to photograph a family from year-to-year. It’s beyond a privilege to watch the littles grow, to see how the couple continues to love and cherish one another, and to laugh as we run around and take family photos together. It's one of my main reasons of why we started doing mini sessions in the summer and fall! We knew that a full session can sometimes be too long for family with littles so we wanted to create a mini portrait experience, so we could still see so many fun families change from year-to-year! So much can happen in a year and it’s so easy for it to fly by, so these moments are the chance we get to stop, capture life at this stage, and take a deep breath, because it’s so quickly flying by.
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