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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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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Kids Were Here | January | the tent

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!

 When it’s cold outside, and you have 2 boys, you inevitably have a tent erected in your living room.  That tent is made from Daddy’s custom blanket, long enough to fit his 6’4″ frame and wide enough to double over to keep him nice and toasty.   And, because we don’t have encyclopedias and dictionaries hanging around as I did as a child, you will find boxes of diapers and wipes anchoring the corners of the tent.  Whatever works, I say!

0O1A7306_0350When that tent is abandoned, as it always is for louder and faster games, the poor bear gets left behind.  If only that bear could talk to share the secrets told underneath the makeshift tent.   Bear will wait, patiently and quietly, until he is needed as a pillow, or a friend, or a stake to hold a blanket from slipping off a chair.

0O1A7317_0361Please 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 | January | to my loves

To my Sean-Sean and Con Man~

There are so many things that each of you do that fill my heart with joy and pride.  Too many things to brag about and I know that people get tired of hearing all the amazing things that you do.  Every time that you pick up a crayon, Sean, I remember the boy who refused to draw a line.  Connor, when you grab my hand and tell me to tum on, tum wif me, Monny; I follow.  Every single time.  Because you don’t often request play time with me.

But, what makes me smile most often, sometimes with a tear following, is when I see you play together.  Not play side by side, or in the same room, or on the same couch, but together.  Sean, you ask Connor to play transformers or puppy with you.  And, 9 times out of 10 Connor, you do it.  Connor, I see you look up to Sean with a question in your eyes, and it’s almost like the question “ok, brother, now what?” doesn’t even have to be asked.  Sean guides you to the next step.  Sometimes you resist, but often you follow.

Connor, if I tell you to ask brother to find a toy for you, he does.  But only after he makes you say please at least twice.  All he has to do is say “Connor, what do you need to say?” and it pops right out of your mouth.  And, if you really want it, you throw in a little sign language, too

There were many times that your 3 year age difference worried me.   I worried that you wouldn’t be able to understand each other and that this would lead to fights.  It does, a lot, but they are short-lived.  The biggest fight right now is over Chase and the fact that he isn’t allowed out of your sight, Connor.  I was worried that you wouldn’t have anything in common.  That you would always be seeking out different toys, books, cartoons….not so much.  Connor, at times I often wonder if you only like Superman, and Batman, and the Rescuebots, because Sean does.  I now wonder what would consume your life if you could “choose” your own likes.

I wish with all my heart that I could freeze time.  I love where you are right now, who you are.  You enjoy spending time with each other and seek each other out as playmates.  I see this both and home and at your school.  Sean’s friends are Connor’s friends.  I can only hope and pray that this bond is never severed.  I love our home days together, even when they’re just spent cuddling on the couch watching DinoSquad for the umpteenth time.  However, I know that there will be many more moments to come.  And I feel blessed that I have discovered the passion for photography so that we will never forget this life that we get to call ours.

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Every day I feel so very blessed that God saw fit to give you to me.  You have taught me so much about myself.  Through you I have learned love, patience, forgiveness, and how to play with swords.  I understand now what it truly means to love someone and have that love returned.  When you see us across the room and towards me, or your dad, the love and joy that you feel is shared with everyone in the room.  It often takes my breath away.  I hope that the love you feel for us never diminishes.  You open my eyes to a new world every day.  I truly love you to the moon and back.  About 10 times, in fact!

love always,

~mommy

Please follow our circle and go give Nicole Caywood Photography some love!

Kalli |RHS Senior 2014 |Wyoming Senior Photographer

Every once in a while every thing that can go right with a session, does.  Even the unfortunate wildfires worked in our favor the day that Kalli and her mom made the trek from Rawlins to have her Senior Pictures taken.  Everything, from the temperature of the day, to Kalli’s natural beauty, to the fun and relaxed atmosphere on her Grandparents’ land worked just perfectly together.  Perfectly.  I couldn’t have asked for a better session and am absolutely in love with how all the images turned out.  Kalli, her mom, and I were able to mesh our visions into one in order to showcase Kalli’s senior year. powell wy senior portrait photographer_0001 powell wy senior portrait photographer_0002 powell wy senior portrait photographer_0003 powell wy senior portrait photographer_0004 powell wy senior portrait photographer_0005 powell wy senior portrait photographer_0006 powell wy senior portrait photographer_0007 powell wy senior portrait photographer_0008 powell wy senior portrait photographer_0009And, to make the session even sweeter, we were able to recreate a  portrait taken when these cousins were small enough to see through the windshield.

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Siblings in the Park | Northern, WY Family Photographer

I moved away from my hometown practically right after my high school graduation, and my parents soon followed suit.  Because of this, I lost touch with so many friends that I had gone to school with my entire life.  I read a message on my Facebook page one day from one of my classmates and I was SO excited that not only was I going to meet my friend’s kiddos but I could catch up! Since I have moved back to the area I grew up in, I realized just how hard it is to reconnect.  Perhaps photography will be the right “excuse” to set aside some specific times to do so.  These two siblings are just adorable.  I had so much fun this summer running after them.  I’ll tell ya what, big brother has some mad basketball skills!ImageImageImageImageImageImage