Family/Kids Session: Lisa, Jason, and Jenna

September 2, 2010 at 9:37 AM (couples, family, kids, Uncategorized)

Happy 3rd birthday Jenna!

Jenna and my Liana first met when Jenna was three days old (Liana was all of two months old herself).  Jenna had met her parents only hours earlier and was ridiculously sweet, staring into her mommy’s face.  Poor Lisa probably couldn’t hear her baby’s gurgling, as I had screamed so loudly into the phone the day before when Lisa called to tell me they got “the call,” and Jenna was theirs.

Fast forward three years – and as all moms (and fake aunts like me) know it really does feel like life has been on fast forward – and Jenna has grown into a curious and beautiful preschooler.

We were also able to get some neat pictures of all three of them.  What a beautiful family!

Jason and Lisa will celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary soon, but sometimes they still look like they’re in that cute, exciting, everything’s new stage of dating.

These three are hoping to increase the size of their family soon.  They would love it if you keep the adoption of Jenna’s future little brother in our prayers.

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Engagement Session: Adam and Shelby

August 6, 2010 at 9:22 PM (couples) (, , )

Adam and Shelby are getting married!  This handsome couple, clearly made for each other, can’t wait for their big day!  They are starting their new life together with an act of support for another family, since they scheduled their engagement photo session during our Day In the Park family adoption benefit.

I love the “all about her” shot…

…and the “All about him” shot.

This was my favorite shot of the day.

(a little) seriously

I love meeting and working with you both!  Good luck with the wedding, and best wishes on starting your new life together.  I hope to get some family pictures for you one day!

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Couple Session: Lindsay and Josh

August 4, 2010 at 3:13 PM (couples, family, pets) (, )

Josh and Lindsay are an awesome young married couple with 3 four-legged family members.  We had a great time making these pictures during our Day In The Park session.

After awhile we gave the dogs a break, and focused on Josh and Lindsay.

It was so nice to meet you both!  Thanks for coming out and supporting a great adopting family.

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Tracey, Michael, Xander and Drew

July 26, 2010 at 11:16 PM (couples, family, kids, Uncategorized)

These parents should be proud.  They look this happy and they’re facing the opposite direction of the playground!  Tracey and Michael have great boys.

They make pretty great models themselves!  Like so many other parents, these two haven’t taken a non-snapshot  “couple” picture since they were married.

Big brother Xander is full of personality, and had a great time on the playground.

My favorite part of this picture is that he was smiling up at his little brother!

Speaking of his little brother, Drew is adorable and I loved capturing his sweet smile.

Drew won’t be the baby of the family for long, though.  Their family is expecting number three in 2011.  Congratulations Tracey and Michael, and thanks for coming out for pictures!

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Family Session: Pam, Steve, and boys in a special session

July 23, 2010 at 8:15 AM (baby, couples, family, kids, Uncategorized)

This particular session was a special treat during this adoption fundraiser.  Pam and Steve are in the process of adopting one-year-old Joseph into their family.  What a sweet addition he makes!

I got some great smiles out of this little guy, but I find his “serious” face incredibly endearing, too.

Now we’ll get the whole family in there.

Just the boys.

Handsome and helpful big(gest) brother Justin is 11.

Christian has just celebrated his 9th birthday, and we took this opportunity to get some unique birthday pictures of him.

An important friend joined him for this picture.  Interest in this owl is something Christian shares in with his new little brother.

These were so much fun to take!  I loved his Dad and big brother standing by me, providing tips on what makes for a solid fighting stance, light saber maneuvers, and what makes for a quality game face when wielding a fictional weapon.  I was desperately trying to contain my laughter and not shake the camera too badly.

Thanks for bringing the family out, Pam and Steve.  Congratulations and good luck with the completion of your adoption.

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Family Session: Mitzy, Paul, and their boys

July 22, 2010 at 7:08 PM (couples, family)

Back to my series on boys.. Mitzy and Paul’s guys rock (and their parents aren’t bad, either).

Danté is 9, and a wonderful model.  I told him I should take him on shoots with me, so he could show other guys his age how it’s done!

Dominic is a sweetheart, and at 7, is also a budding heartbreaker.

Then, there’s Luca.  Oh my!  My friend Lisa was helping me out this day, and wanted to just take him home with her.  His ridiculous cuteness was almost too much for us.


I didn’t just have a great photo shoot, I made a new friend.  Thanks so much for coming out and supporting a wonderful cause.

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Family Session: Sandy, Steve, and kids

July 21, 2010 at 2:09 PM (couples, family, fun location, kids)

This was a fun picture to take of Sandy and Steve’s 5 great kids.  What you don’t see is the little boy (at Price Park) for a church picnic) who really wanted to be in this shot.  He really really really wanted to be in this shot.  The only way I was going to take a family picture that actually consisted of this family was to take one with him in it and figure out the rest later.

How do you add a touch of class to the “make a silly face” picture?  Convert it to black and white!

Here’s the respectable version:

Instead of my usual running commentary, I’m going to introduce these kiddos by name, and let their photos speak for themselves.  I will say that I enjoyed spending time with each one of them!

Here’s Katie

Maddie:

Stevie:

Abby:

Libby:

Thanks for coming out to support the completion of another family!  I hope to see you all again!

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Couple Session: Kyle and Kendall

July 12, 2010 at 6:00 PM (couples, senior portrait)

You’ve heard the phrase, “they make a very cute couple.”  Kyle and Kendall epitomize it.  These two were so much fun to photograph.  Kyle is about to start his senior year in high school, and Kendall will be a  junior.   They met me at Price Park for a Day In The Park session.

Thanks so much for coming out.    I hope you smile as much seeing your pictures as you did posing for them!

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Family Session: Mark, Brandy, and their 5 wonderful kids

July 8, 2010 at 12:26 AM (baby, couples, family, fun location, kids, Uncategorized)

Mark and Brandy’s family session was the first of my “Day In the Park” series for Brooke Taylor’s family adoption fund.  My husband was my assistant for the evening, and my only regret is that I didn’t get a shot of his legs as he stood on a step stool next to me, holding up a light bouncer over this great family.  With kids ranging from 1 month to 7 years this is one  busy family.

Laid back and just plain fun,  we loved meeting Mark and Brandy!

One month old Luke is an angel just right for my new little bench.  (Which by the way, might look great in your own backyard with you 0-6 year old posing on it.)

The newly minted big brother, John Paul, is a hair raising experience himself (in that adorable, precocious way that two year olds have about them).

Older-middle brother Joey was a great model, and a very good sport considering how many times I called him Ryan!

Speaking of Ryan…he was a ham for the camera and a helper for his family.  I loved watching him hold John Paul’s hand and helping him get all the way up to the top of the big spiral playground slide.

Last but not least, the sweet and lovely Emma.  Check out her smile in the 2nd picture in this post.  She was just glowing, holding her newest brother.

Thanks for coming out and supporting the adoption fund!

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Family Session: Dustin, Leslie, and 3 adorable girls

July 7, 2010 at 1:16 AM (baby, couples, family, kids, Uncategorized)

How fun is this family!?!  Hanging out with Dustin, Leslie, and their sweet and silly girls made me smile so much my face hurt.  That’s a photography hazard I usually get to avoid on my side of the camera.  I asked these friends of ours to come out and help me prepare for my Day In The Park sessions by setting up different poses and using various backgrounds, so that I could be ready to roll right through well organized and times mini sessions over the next weeks.

Lydia was ready to bolt.  It’s a good thing it only took my camera 1/160th of a second to take this shot!

Sophia is the  big sister of the bunch, and as the oldest of 3 myself I can relate to the important job she  has (and does so well, by the way).

I started sifting through pictures of each girl, and decided that I would rather make collages than narrow down favorite images.  These ladies kept moving,  and I was right in front, behind, or above them.  Collages sometimes capture a the day in a broader way than a single image would.

Lucy is my buddy.  She has these bashful moments, and then you see this beaming smile.  If I had to describe her in one word, I’d go with huggable.

Lydia doesn’t let being little stop her from keeping up with her big sisters.  She may look like a smaller version of her sisters, but this just-barely two year old has her own endearing personality.

Thanks for bringing your family out to the park.   I appreciate the help, and I’m glad you like the pictures!

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