What’s better than being a couple’s wedding photographers? Getting to be the couple’s wedding day photographers and then also capturing their maternity portraits! It was beyond fun to capture Rachael and Andy’s wedding at Settlement Hill Farms in Hudson, Wisconsin, and getting to catch up with them again at Afton State Park last week was icing on the cake. I loved walking amongst the empty trees and capturing not only their love for each other, but also their love for their soon-to-be-here baby boy! Rachael is 33 weeks pregnant and beyond glowing!
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.
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.
The only thing better than hanging out with a couple on their wedding day is hanging out again after the wedding day to celebrate the coming of a little baby! This was definitely the case of Matt & Laura’s maternity photos at Woodland Trailhead Park in Elk River. We captured their wedding day photos last May at the Grands at Mulligans in Sartell, MN, so to come full circle and be capturing their maternity photos now was absolutely so much fun! Some other things that came full circle? Matt had given his groomsmen each individualized suphero cufflinks as a gift, and now we took a few photos of them with a superhero onesie to celebrate their little bambino!
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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