Sweet Washington Maternity/Anniversary Session

No family reunion is complete without a photographer capturing special moments, and our family reunion in Washington last week was no exception! Before we all arrived, I sent out a message to everyone asking if they wanted family photos while we were all there, and both my Uncle Erik and Aunt Lisa took us up on the offer! Since we photographed them first, we decided to start with Erik and Katie (sorry Lisa and Jeremy, you’ll be next, I promise!!).

We were doing the math on our trip, and I was horrified to realize that we hadn’t seen each other since their wedding, and they had never even met Charlotte and Teddy!! Living in opposite ends of the state means we don’t see each other much, but TEN YEARS?!?!

Speaking of ten years, they celebrated their ten year wedding anniversary a couple days before the trip, which is just so cool!! On top of THAT, they’re having a BABY!! For me, this was SUCH a special time to capture for them, with so many beautiful, wonderful things going on in their lives. I’m so glad I got to be a part of it, and to reconnect with them after not seeing them for such a long time.

Erik and Katie, watching you guys interact with our children on our trip was just magical to watch! Your little baby is so lucky to have you guys there to love, care, and play with it. If you are even one tenth as engaged as you were with my kids this weekend, you’re going to be amazing parents! Charlotte and Teddy have been talking about you guys all week, asking when they can play with Uncle Erik again! We can’t wait to welcome your new little one earthside, and help you celebrate this amazing time in your lives as it unfolds. Congratulations on your ten year anniversary! We love you guys so much, and we can NOT let ten more years go by without seeing each other!

        

Sweet Woodland Newborn Family Session

When Elizabeth first contacted me, I knew right away I was going to just love her! I mean, come on! We share the same first name (yup, Elle is short for Elizabeth!), and she’s an assistant principle for an elementary school! My college degree is in Early Childhood Education, because originally I was planning on being an elementary or preschool teacher!

Saturday we were finally met for the first time for their sweet woodland newborn family session, featuring little O. who was just 9 days old! Ugh! My heart just swells when I see squishy little newborns, and I couldn’t stop squealing (… literally …) every time I was photographing him. Add in her two older children, who were absolutely AMAZING to work with, and guys, this was seriously just a dream session for me!

L. and A. were so spunky and adorable, and I loved that they were eager to go with the flow and follow any posing suggestions, which isn’t always a given when they’re 6 and 4. But these guys seriously rocked it, and I am so freaking excited to share these photos with you all!

Elizabeth and Jason, I can’t even tell you how much of a pleasure it was to meet and photograph your family! Your kids are so incredibly sweet, and I can’t get over how kind and loving they were towards each other the entire session! You guys are clearly raising them in a kind, loving, and encouraging household, and it shows through in how they act and treat others and each other. Thank you SO MUCH for inviting me to come and share a little piece of your family for a couple of hours! Being around families like yours fill my cup and make my heart swell with love. Little O. is so lucky to have such amazing, loving parents and sweet and caring older siblings!

   

    

          

Romantic Woodsy Maternity Session

It’s hard to believe we’ve only known Sara and J.R. for 2 years! It feels like we’ve known them forever!

When Elle was 8 months pregnant with Charlotte, she was very unexpectedly put on early maternity leave. At the time, we didn’t really have any other friends with kids, so she basically spent the next 4 weeks as a hermit, barely leaving the house (except when we went for really long walks anywhere and everywhere in an attempt to “walk the baby off!” Yea… That didn’t work!). By the week of Charlotte’s due date, she was going stir-crazy, and knew that after Charlotte was born, something had to change. She went on Meetup.com and started looking for local mommy meetup groups. What she didn’t know at the time was that she would meet some of the best friends of her life in that group, including Sara!

We met Sara and her sweet little girl through that same mommy meet up group about 2 years ago, and we’ve continued to see each other at least once a week ever since. Going through this parenting journey beside her has been so great (when we met, M. was only a few months old, and Elle was pregnant with Teddy!)! Whenever Elle starts feeling/acting like a hermit again, Sara organizes a Girl’s Night Out with the mommy group and makes her come. Sara even went line dancing (pregnant!) when Elle got the crazy idea that she wanted to go line dancing for her birthday! (This woman is seriously a SAINT, you guys!)

Sara has now taken over running the mommy group, planning Halloween Trunk or Treats and Easter bashes (complete with a visit from “Mr. Bunny” himself! AKA J.R. Because he’s a SAINT TOO!), and we can tell you that her and this group have absolutely changed our lives in so many ways. We have met so many amazing new friends, our kids have met their best friends there, and we have spent so many amazing hours with such wonderful people, in large part thanks to Sara!

Sara and J.R., we are so thankful that you asked us to be a part of welcoming your sweet new baby girl into this world, and we simply could not be happier or more excited for you as you enter a new phase of your life as parents of two beautiful, wonderful little girls! Your kindness and generosity towards us, and the love you have for each other and little M. show us just how lucky she and baby L. are to have you as parents! Congratulations, you guys, and we just can’t wait to meet her!