This little guy has a pair of the most stunning blue eyes I’ve ever seen. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph he and his family quite a few times. Mom has been super patient with me, booking session whenever I make the trek south to visit. Sometimes we have to work extra hard to squeeze the time into a packed travel schedule. We shot this session in about 35 minutes, right before a sweet little girl’s birthday party. But, honestly, with the wind and the snow that’s about all any of us could handle! I love that I’ve been able to watch him grow up through my lens and am hoping that soon I’ll have the chance to photograph his little brother (or sister). Mom and Dad are doing what I never could and not finding out the gender of baby #2!
Since I’m so anxious for summer to get here, I though we’d bring back a summertime favorite and have some berries and Cool-Whip after dinner the other night. I started letting the boys eat it straight from the can (well, Sean, because Connor was to scared). So, of course David asks if he can have a little “fun”. After being around the guy for the last 14 years, I know what he’s up to and I also know that Sean doesn’t usually like that kind of surprise. Sean was a bit leery at first… But, alas, I was wrong and he did love the stuff!
David was kind enough to clean up the mess. Although, I did find some whipped cream in an ear a day later…
This was one of my last sessions this fall and it was soooo stinkin windy! We crossed our fingers all day that the weather would turn in our favor. But, since we live in Wyoming, we didn’t luck out. I think it was the only windy day that week. The rest of it had been gorgeous! We decided to go for it anyway and I’m so glad we did! The mini session setting was perfect for this family. The little guys were about done with me putting my camera in their face after the 20 minutes, but I had so many great shots by then that I had a hard time narrowing it down to the promised 5 images. This is pretty typical of my sessions, so they had the option to choosing more to add to their disc of images. Here are just a few of my favorite ones. They are such a fun family and I think that their energy really shows in these pictures.
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!
When 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.
Please take a moment to head over to Erica’s page, www.ericafaithphotography.com, to see just how her kiddos leave their footprints.
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.
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!
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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. And, 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.
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!
This year, I decided to start a Senior Rep program, focusing on Powell High School Seniors. Brandi was one of the first to contact me. I was excited to work with this natural beauty. She’s one of those lucky girls that looked beautiful in whatever location I put her in. Brandi brought her boyfriend along and he did a great job of helping me get some natural smiles out of his girl!
As an on location, natural light photographer one issue that must constantly be dealt with is the weather. It seems that if it’s not snowing, it’s too hot. Or the wind is blowing. Or a storm is blowing in. Or, … Continue reading
Every once in a while you meet a person that becomes a friend for life. Not only did I gain a best friend in this family, but so did Sean. He speaks of his bestie often and I’m pretty sure that Connor is going to have a friend in little sister as well. This may be the hardest mini session to blog because I miss my friend so much. I feel very lucky, though, to have met this family and to carry the connection across hundreds of miles.