Every time I look at JD & Johnelle’s maternity photos taken at an adorable tree farm in Woodbury, MN, I can’t help but hum to myself a new Christmas jingle. The adorable little trees were covered in snow, and we walked along, only hearing the sound of snow crunching under our feet and the laughter as we chatted about life, while fresh snowflakes floated down from the sky above. It might sound cheesy, but magical is the only thing I can say when I think back to walking up to the Christmas tree farm for their maternity portraits.
Whenever you stay twenty minutes just chatting about life and its many choices after a photo shoot, I can’t help be grateful for the job that we do. To be able to walk with others through life’s craziest ups and downs is something we do not take for granted and regularly remind each other of how precious it is. This happened when we took the Leppke family’s photos a few weeks back. Jenna & I stood and chatted while her hubby chased their smiling and giggly kiddos through the leaves.
Have you ever met someone over email and thought immediately, “Wow, we could be good friends”? Maybe it’s just me, but that’s exactly how we felt when Maggie first reached out sharing that her family was looking for someone to take their family photos. They had just moved over to Cottage Grove from Eden Prairie and had discovered us on google – little did we know how much we had in common at the beginning! I shared I knew EP pretty well as I had gone to a college in St. Bonifacius, to which we then found out her hubby had also gone to that college, and we even overlapped attending a few years.
We all know the drill. You get together with the extended family and someone says, “Hey, we should get a family photo!” You’re then trying to set your phone on a chair and you, thankfully, figured out that it has a timer, so you can run back to the group and be in the photo as well… or maybe you’re doing the everyone cram in the photo behind me shot and when you look at the photo, your head is the largest because you’re the closest to the camera… or maybe you take turn taking photos of different groups but never the whole group together… or… well, we think you get the picture. Family photos can be hard, especially when you are trying to take them and be in them at the same time. (If only you could temporarily clone yourself…)
Mini sessions are the best because they are like family get-togethers! We get to see all of our amazing photography families once again and quickly catch up on life. I’m not even joking one bit that it feels this way, and we work hard not to take this feeling for granted. We feel so privileged to get to document the absolutely precious stages of life that go flying by way to quick, allowing our amazing families to not only remember the moments but be in them instead of behind the camera.
We’ve had the privilege of taking the Teal family’s photos three times now, and we love this family! Our boys love hanging out with their boys; Mark and Jim enjoy talking car things, and Michele and I can sit amidst crazy kiddos and talk about all things life. It’s so refreshing when you find a fellow friend family! There is not much more to be said about the amazing Teal family of four – except that they ‘re about to become a family of FIVE!! One more adorable little munchkin to love on? Yes, please! Jim & Michele are such an awesome couple who loves on the people around them. And did I mention Michele is an amazing baker? She created the cake for one of our bride & groom’s wedding this past year. You can find the link here.
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