Ahh, this family. They have a special place in my photography heart. I love how much they love to have fun, how natural the giggles come, and how the two littlest ladies and their daddy know how to strike a pose. Yes, you read that right, the dad (Sean) is the one that I see striking a pose with the girls. How cool of a girl dad is that? All the laughter is for real. Krista here is an unbelievable champ because the day before these photos, she ran a marathon. Yup, ran a marathon one day, family photos the next. I was so impressed how she normal she could walk, let alone in her boots with heels.
I’ve had clients ask when golden hour is – that elusive term that photographers use and often don’t explain and if you’re curious what that means, look no further than the Griffith family’s fall mini photos here. Golden hour is the time of day where the sun makes everything pop. Where yes, light still comes through the trees, but instead of overexposing each spot, it highlights its features and almost seems to give that angel effect of light streaming in on a person. What time of day does it come you ask? Shortly after sunrise and before sunset. And speaking of angels, how cute are the Griffith’s two kiddos? We sure love Elijah and little Eliana!
Have you heard that it’s important in life to have relationships like a compass? If you haven’t, I promise I’m not crazy and let me explain what I mean. To explain it very briefly, we need to have relationships of people ahead of us in life that we can look up to, behind us in life that we can pour into, and those in the same stage of life that we can walk alongside with. Ultimately, each of these relationships we pour into and are challenged to grow as well. One such “same stage of life” compass relationship that we have is with the Wong family. Now you see the title above that says Tharp is the last name of this group, and you’re not wrong, Lori is originally from the Tharp family. Her awesome parents, Colleen & Kim, live on a farm in Hastings and her brother, Jason, also lives nearby. Lori met an amazing man named Stephen while in college, got married, and moved back into the Twin Cities area 6 years ago. They now have four beautiful kids. Getting to photograph their family the past few years has been an honor and now getting to also photograph her brother and her parents? Even more so!
I’m not sure about you, but when I look back on my childhood, time with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins were some of the best moments. There’s something about the family gathering together that allows life to slow down, the sun to seem all the more golden, and love to flow more easily. The best way to relive these moments? Talking with family about them all again – especially while looking at photos of those days, and for me growing up with my Bondy side of the family, there was always one iconic photo that we looked back on. Was it a perfect photo where everyone was looking? Honestly, can’t tell you, but it’s one taken behind my grandparent’s house with all the kids on this cement block hanging out together, cheesin’ at the camera. So to think that after taking the Newby extended family photos and getting to take a few photos to capture the cousin only moments, I might have captured one such moment? That’s a blessing!
We first talked about these two last summer when we did their engagement session in Hastings with what we’d affectionately call the little blue truck – a cute light blue Ford one! When they had originally reached out, they were only looking for engagement photos, but when we found out their wedding day was going to be at the beautiful Breezy Point Resort & Golf Course, we excitedly said we’d love to travel for their day. Flash forward more than a year later, and we made it! These two overcame so many obstacles along the way, so many ups and downs, and yet they pushed forward, excited to step into the stage of man and wife.
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