This family was among the first friends we made in New Hampshire, and I can’t even begin to tell you how crazy lucky for us that was. For starters, they are life-long New Englanders, so that whole OMG-I’m-scared-I-don’t-know-what-snow-is-or-even-what-a-furnace-is frantic feeling that we maaaay have been feeling that first fall and winter was easily and quickly assuaged, with a hearty dose of amusement on all sides. Not only did they teach us how to dress children appropriately for school in single-digit temps, but they have been our skiing buddies, our hiking buddies, our game night buddies, and our hang-out-grilling-and-letting-the-kids-run-amok buddies.

They roll with the crazy of life with littles with levity and are firm believers in the benefits of self-care. They even have a standing once-a-week date night so that they can stay connected on a personal level. (What?! So brilliant!)

So basically they have life pretty much figured out. They’re good people to befriend and learn from. 😉

And their super photogenic, hilarious, fun-loving kids make me look awesome as a photographer. So that’s also a plus.

You can tell just from looking at them that they laugh a lot and they love a lot, and if those aren’t the best things in life, I don’t know what is.

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vW family, we are wicked lucky to call y’all friends. (<– look at that fusion!) Hope you love your sneak peek!

I don’t usually shoot events, but when this sweet momma asked if I would photograph her daughter’s first birthday party, I couldn’t say no! She’s one of my photography students, and I loved the idea of spending some time with her and her sweet family, capturing memories of one of life’s biggest milestones. That’s what lifestyle and documentary photography is all about, right??

Just as I was hoping, it was a huge family affair. This sweet baby girl is SO lucky to be growing up in a family where she is SO loved by SO many! The decor, the fun, and the overflowing sense of love and community made this one party I won’t forget soon.

Also, a cake-smash cake that is bigger than her face is my favorite thing evah!

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C family, it was my honor and delight getting to help you document this amazing celebration! I hope you love your sneak peek! <3

There were so many things about this session that took my breath away.

For starters, that this tiny, squishy peanut is now a smiling, rolling, charm-the-socks-off-everyone SIX MONTH OLD (of course now he’s probably seven months old already and OMG! TIME! SO FAST!).

And in that six months he’s not only gotten sooooo big and mastered the whole smiling-rolling-charming-of-socks thing, but he’s also had heart surgery. Had and recovered from heart surgery. Thrived after heart surgery. Dominated the whole heart surgery thing.

I tell you what, this kid has shown more strength and joy in his six months than some people do in their whole lives.

His mom and I were laughing about the ups and downs of motherhood, and she laughed about how his first cold made her panic. “I figured, if I’ve seen him through heart sugery, I can handle anything,” she said, “but that first cold made me totally lose my mind!” Isn’t parenthood something? Because every single day you have to go in with the strength and the will to handle what life throws at you, and you do what you have to do to take care of your baby. Whether that thing is heart surgery or a first cold. It’s all new and it’s all terrifying and just because you handled the former like a boss doesn’t mean the latter won’t totally scare you also.

But you know what? Somewhere along the way you find your parenthood legs. You realize you do have the strength and the will to get through every day and do what needs doing.

And that’s kind of what kids do, too. They just don’t know it. They face what life throws at them, and they keep their smiles throughout it all.

Will and strength. This kiddo’s got it, and so do Mom and Dad. Congrats on your first six months!!

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E family, it was so wonderful getting to see y’all again and to see how Will has grown! I hope you love your sneak peek!

Photographs, as a means of preserving memories, are important. I think if you’ve found your way to my blog, you and I can probably readily agree on that. 😉 But if you want to take that line of thought further, consider . . . what memories are we preserving? And for whom are we preserving them?

I spend a lot of time pondering these questions, and I hope my answers guide the final product that I provide for my clients. I contend that the most important memories aren’t necessarily the giant milestones, but the quiet moments. The daily routines. The familiar habits that you think may last forever and then, one day, realize are distant memories. The loved ones in our lives. That one, that’s the most important.

As a mother, I crave these frozen moments in time. I have a physical need to capture these moments in the lives of my children and keep them, in a fashion, forever young. So yes, photographs are a preservation for me. For my clients. For parents. For adults.

But also. Kids aren’t the only ones who grow up. Capturing children with their loved ones is important for the adults, but oh so very important for the children as well. Photographs with grandparents. Moments preserved with parents. Seeing, forever, how very loved they are by everyone who surrounds them is perhaps the most important gift we can give our kids as they grow. Getting family in the frame with the kids is the very best gift photography can provide.

I was so, so happy when this family scheduled their session around a visit from Grandma. At home. In their space. With their people. Capturing not only the broken arm, the end of the era of bottles, the trampoline, the tether ball they fill their childhood days with, but also the laughter with Grandma, the snuggles from Mom, the love that shines out of Dad’s eyes

Family photographs. Best. things. ever. So very glad I get to create such wonderful memories for my job.

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C family, as always, it is my pleasure and honor to capture these family memories for you! I hope you love your sneak peek!

I love first birthdays.

I also love cake smashes.

How lucky that those two wonderful things seem to go hand in hand!

Also? I love pigtails.

You’re about to find out why this session was a FAV for me!

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BOOM. Right there. PIGGIES!!

Seriously the cutest hair ever. And those sweet little teef and the utterly wonderful little pose. She is perfect. I will never ever ever ever believe this sweet thing could do any wrong. <3

And her siblings are pretty adorable and hilarious themselves. So basically this is one of those families that’s the awesomest…est….

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See what I mean? THEY’RE PERFECT.

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Well…most of the time. 😉

(Aside: I LOVE that the birthday girl’s expression is basically what you look like when it dawns on you that this IS your circus and these ARE your monkeys.)

vW family, love your tribe…in all their perfection. Hope you love your sneak peek!