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!
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.
I know I’ve shared this before but one of the most fun parts about being a family photographer is watching other families grow from year-to-year and one of these such families is the Yangs! We first connected last year at our summer mini photo sessions and so when they booked again this year, I was so excited to connect with them again! For one, it’s so fun to see how the kids change from one year to the next and yet stay so true to who they are; and for two, because they have two boys and then a little girl – so it’s like getting a sneak peek into my family in a few more years!
I’ve got to confess something: I -even as a photographer-haven’t gotten our own family photos taken in almost a year. Yup, we all struggle with keeping those photos updated! I literally have multiple cameras within reach or a quick minute walk away, and I can still struggle with keeping updated on photos with my kids and our everyday life. And you know what? It’s okay. Yes, I’m telling you that it’s okay if you haven’t gotten family portraits done in the past year, the thing is, don’t keep waiting just because you haven’t had a chance to yet. In the meantime, keep that iPhone close and keep snapping away, because we all need a chance to be able to look back at how we did this COVID-19 lifestyle. Set it up and do the silly running back and forth with the timer thing and get a photo of you and your family in the masks, but don’t forget to be in the photo. Seriously, you’re a part of the family, too! And that’s why we offer family mini session photos – so that everyone can be in the photo, even if they don’t necessarily want to, you can all make it for 20 minutes and get this stage of life documented.
Call me crazy, but I am a sucker for the families who set up a time each year to get their family photos taken. There is such an honor to get to see the kids grow up from behind the lens of a camera, to document the precious stages of each year and family transition, and to hang out with the family again and again! Whether extended family mini session in the fall or a full in-home portrait session like this family’s addition of little Eliza, we LOVE it.
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