letters to my sons | april | infinite love

Powell Wy Lifestyle Family Photographer

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Powell, WY Lifestyle Family Photographer | Miss Slater

I went back down to Rawlins a few weeks ago for an adorable young man’s 1st birthday party.  While there, Miss Slater’s mom asked if I could do her 3 year portraits.  Umm, yeah!  I have wanted to take her photos for so long, but things just never seemed to work out.  Slater has the most beautiful eyes…mesmerizing is the only word that I can think to describe them.

I asked Mom if she wouldn’t mind doing an in home, lifestyle session.  She was up for whatever I suggested, as long as we could get some posed shots for the grandparents. And boy, did we!  I delivered one of my largest galleries to date. Miss Slater rocked in front of my camera.

That’s what I love about in home sessions.  Slater was so relaxed and eager to show me around her home, her favorite games, and how she loved walking up the mountain in their backyard.  Kids are much more laid back when in their own environment and their true personalities just shine.

I had a blast hanging out with Slater and her family and am in love with this session.  It was so hard to narrow down the images to share! Thanks for letting me invade your home, Slater and family 😉
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Powell, WY Family Photographer |Out and About | The Animal Store

One of the boys’ favorite activities is to visit the hardware store downtown.  They, of course, don’t know it’s a hardware store. To them, it’s the animal store.   Every time we go it’s the same routine.  During warm weather months, we hit the lawn mowers first.  The fish, lizards, and spiders next.  From there, the next stop varies, but our last stop is always to stare at the miniature animals and vehicles.  For some reason, Sean has been drawn to the lizard terrariums.  He doesn’t understand why we can’t bring one home.  He wasn’t, however, in love with Connor’s idea of setting out lawn chairs for a little break time. I often take the kids there on a lazy summer day when we have nothing else to do.   To them, it’s a special trip, an event, even if it’s just a reason to get out of the house for me!

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Powell Wy Family Photographer | A Sunday Breakfast at Home

Sometimes it’s the ordinary moment, one you live every day, that turns into a cherished memory.  A family photo session doesn’t necessarily involve a pretty field, blanket, and coordinated outfits.  I  asked a friend if she would volunteer her family for a little project of mine, and she bravely invited me into her home to photograph their Sunday breakfast.

We kept it simple, pancakes and bacon.  Pajamas, bed head, a cuddle on the couch.  These things are every day occurrences that I was able to make into lasting memories.  Big brother often helps the little guy out of the crib right after he and Mom spend a few minutes watching cartoons and chatting while everyone else sleeps.  Dad got to sleep in a little bit, so I hung out in the kitchen while Mom and the boys whipped up some pancakes.  After the session, Mom mentioned that I was there to witness the first pancake flip for both boys!  Big bro handled that spatula like a pro.

With breakfast cooked, it was time to wake Dad up (as usual) by a shout from the stairs, and then it was family time.  Little boys always love their Mommy, but it feels so special to see the bonds with their Dad.  They don’t stay little for long, so I’m glad I was there to save that moment for them.  After lots of laughs, a few strawberry stems ingested, and many funny faces made, it was time for Jenga and some books.  I love how every family turns an event that occurs in most homes into a comedy routine.  And yes, the 2-year-old knows what the fox says 😉  A pillow fight rounded out the morning.  Everyone had a blast tossing pillows at each other.  I think…the little guy wasn’t quite sure what was going on!

It was a relaxed photo session where I was able to just sit back and let the family be themselves.  We are already making plans to capture the everyday beauty of their backyard when Spring decides to visit Wyoming.  I’m excited to see what fun activities they do in their own backyard and to document the everyday beauty!

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Kids Were Here | March

I have joined another group of fabulous ladies to document how our children leave their traces in our lives.  If you were to walk into my home, you would see evidence of them everywhere.  I do not have a spotless, everything in its place world that I live in.  There is evidence of my little ones in every room.  And I love that.  I feel that our house feels more like a home because of my kids. It is our hope that this project will become a keepsake so that we can remember this moment in our lives.  If you’d like, head to the bottom of my post where you’ll find a link to  discover some more KWH blog posts and to share the love!

They.  Are. Everywhere.

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Please take a moment to head over to Christa Paustenbaugh Photography, to see just how her kiddos leave their footprints.

 

letters to my sons | march | connor

Welcome to the 3rd installment of Letters to our Children!  Don’t forget to follow our little circle by clicking on the link at the bottom of my page that will take you to another story.  Thanks so much!

To my booger face,

Ok, so that may not be the sweetest term of endearment, but seriously kid, there is rarely a day you don’t have a runny nose!  The nose that you hate to get wiped.  Along with your face.  And your hands.  Even though you want them wiped off whenever they get dirty, you complain as soon as a cloth touches your skin.  Bath time has gotten better…but you still scream when I wash your hair.  For some reason, when Daddy does, it’s ok.  I’m not quite sure what to make of that!

This has been quite the month.  You had a terrible cold that you passed to me (of course).  I was ok with the extra snuggles, though.  You’ve gotten pretty good at knowing when I need a hug.  You are running up to me more often asking for a miss (kiss) or tug (hug).  “I wuv you monny” comes out of your mouth at completely random times and completely melts my heart.  Every once in a while you even ask for a tuddle and lay your head on my shoulder.  I just wish time would stop.

You have also learned quite a few new words.  Some I love.  Some not so much.  You can quit telling me to wait a minute and no when I ask you to do something 😉  I’ve only had you hold up your hand twice and tell me to stop talking.  That I would be ok with never hearing again!  But, you’re telling me about your day at school, who you play with, what you eat and who you see.  I love hearing about your adventures.

You’ve also found a lovey.  That darn blue blanket must be with you every time you sleep.  And it has to lay just. right. next. to. your. chin.  If it’s not, you wake us in the middle of the night to put it just so.  With your tie blanket on top and the Elmo blanket covering your head.  I have to remind myself that I’ll look back on these days and miss them.  That thought gets me through the sleepless nights.

Another thing you’ve latched on to…you monkey sweatshirt.  I love that darn Paul Frank zip up, it was your brother’s.  BUT, when it’s 30 degrees and you insist on only wearing that…it is awfully hard to get your tear filled faced into the car.  Your socks must be put on one foot each morning before I can remove it and put it on correctly.

Every day you fight with Sean over toys.  From Legos to those darn Resuce Bots to the camera.  He gets so frustrated that you don’t understand the concept of sharing.  I just keep reminding him that he’s there to help you figure it out.  And eventually he comes around and I find you two working together, solving a problem, or just hanging out.

This month has been a struggle of patience, a time of growth, a memory to be preserved.  While I have been frustrated beyond tears, I wouldn’t change a moment of it.

love always,

~mommy

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And now, please continue the circle and read Tracy’s wonderful letter and take a peek at her gorgeous images!  See her work at Tracy Lynn Photography.

 

 

Snapshot to Art | Northern WY Lifestyle Family Photographer

For my Storytelling workshop, Colie gave us the assignment to turn a snapshot into a piece of art.  We  were asked to snap a picture in our home, without really thinking about light, composition, or the background.  Then, we evaluated the frame, cleaned up the clutter, and told a story.

This small series has turned into one of my favorites that I’ve shot with Sean.  I didn’t have to direct him to sit a certain way, put his hand here, smile, or anything.  I just let him play.  He had fun moving some blocks around and I was able to capture the essence of him.

These images are exactly what I want to be able to give to clients.  I feel like this exercise helped me move a step closer to being able to do so.

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Ferguson Photography | Northern WY Lifestyle Family Photographer | A Day at Home

Ferguson Photography | Northern WY Lifestyle Family Photographer | A Day at Home

 

Ferguson Photography | Northern WY Lifestyle Family Photographer | A Day at Home

Ferguson Photography | Northern WY Lifestyle Family Photographer | A Day at Home

A Day in the Life | March | Northern Wy Family Photographer

For the last few months, I’ve been thinking about taking a different direction with my family sessions.  I have always admired the work of photographers such as Colie James and Kayla Maltese, but lately I’ve found myself drawn to them even more for inspiration.  When I realized that I could take a workshop called Telling Stories with Lifestyle Photography with Colie, well, it took me about 2 seconds to find the page.  We are in week 2 of instruction and let me tell ya what…this workshop is worth every penny.  Colie is open and honest with her feedback while encouraging us constantly.  I am definitely pushing myself and discovering that I have a LONG way to go and so much to learn!

This week’s assignment was to capture a day in our life.  I had hopes of going to do something new, something out of the ordinary, but a kid recovering from the flu and the other with a nasty cold limited what we did.  So.  This is a collection of images on our normal lazy, don’t get out of your pajamas until noon kind of Saturday.  You’ll see that both kids were so tired that they wanted to nap before lunch (well, Sean did at first, ended up eating fruit in his room, and not napping!)  We had lots of tears, a little boy that some how ended up in my bed the night before, and some torn stickers. They still played a lot, convinced me to build a tent, and logged some couch time.  We ventured outside to walk to get the mail, but it was too chilly to stay out for very long.  I started with 433 images, culled them down to 44 last night, and chose what you’ll see below to show you a day in our life.  My hope is that you can follow our story!  Enjoy 🙂ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Kids Were Here | February | couch time

I have joined another group of fabulous ladies to document how our children leave their traces in our lives.  If you were to walk into my home, you would see evidence of them everywhere.  I do not have a spotless, everything in its place world that I live in.  There is evidence of my little ones in every room.  And I love that.  I feel that our house feels more like a home because of my kids. It is our hope that this project will become a keepsake so that we can remember this moment in our lives.  If you’d like, head to the bottom of my post where you’ll find a link to  discover some more KWH blog posts and to share the love!

You know…

when you have a 2 year old, you just never know who (or what) you’re going to find on your couch after everyone has gone to bed!

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Please take a moment to head over to Erica’s page, www.ericafaithphotography.com, to see just how her kiddos leave their footprints.

letters to my sons | february | sean

Welcome to the 2nd installment of Letters to our Children!  Don’t forget to follow our little circle by clicking on the link at the bottom of my page that will take you to another story.  Thanks so much!

To my dear boy,

Sean, oh Sean.  The first 6 months of your life every email, picture and text I sent I referred to you as Sean Christopher.  People asked me if we were going to call you that forever.  Nope.  But, you HAVE answered to many names in your short 5 years…Sean, Prince, Baby Sean, Sean-Sean and Bubba-Ganoosh, Brother and Bubs…just to name a few.

I remember, when you were a tiny thing, how it seemed that every day you learned something new.  I naively assumed that growth like that only happened at that young age.  How wrong I was.  I listen to you now, telling me stories about ‘school’ (daycare, really) that include letters, letter sounds, counting to a hundred, and stories about Abraham Lincoln.  Everyday you blow me over with what you learned just that day.

In the past, all that you cared to spend more than 5 minutes on was driving your race cars up and down the couch cushions.  Now I watch you drawing, writing your name (and your classmates’ names), cutting paper and creating alligators for hours at a time.  And, just the other night, you floored me again.  You decided that your Batman Lego plane needed to be rebuilt.  The fact that Daddy wasn’t home didn’t hold you back.  You spent the evening carefully piecing it back together.

Everyday, I look forward to the moment that I pick you up from school and you share your discoveries of the day.  Never stop learning, my little one, never.

love always,

~mommy

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And now, please continue the circle and read Tracy’s wonderful letter and take a peek at her gorgeous images!  See her work at Tracy Lynn Photography.