When they walked out of their car, I was thinking to myself "yup, nailed it on the outfits, and totally beautiful family." We had the golden light too, so I was pumped for this session. But sometimes as much as you try and have everything in place, you have a child who just isn't feeling it. In this case, their little Rozelynn woke from her nap but wanted to keep sleeping. [I mean who can blame her?!] I pride myself in being able to work with kids, I mean I have three myself and I was a past teacher. But even after pulling out the gum [I am not afraid of bribery with parents permission] there was nothing we could do. So I kept shooting and these are the ones I got with a crying three year old. I think they are beautiful and reveal life. I share this because it's easy to think either a) sessions aren't that hard b) I have a strong-willed child, family pictures are just not an option. Most sessions come with some sort of challenge, whether weather, lighting, family dynamics, etc and most family sessions come with a child who doesn't love it. And that's okay! I believe family sessions are always important, no matter the season of life you are in and I'm willing to push through in our session for it. I always say, the pictures I take aren't just for today, but for the years to come, to look back on and let the images trigger memories from that season. The Ramos loved their gallery despite the challenges we had and they are excited for another session in the future!
One thing I love doing with my new families I meet is Facebook stalk them. Kidding.
But for real, I love becoming "friends" on Facebook with my clients because I get to know them, and I truly believe to bring out the best in people, you need to know who they are, their story.
The Randall family is one that I have had the opportunity to get to know over the last year since photographing them in the fall. And I have come to adore Lynsey, her passion for her family, community, and life.
On top of being an amazing full time working mom, recently Lynsey took a step of faith and started something needed in our town-- a mom blog. I know, I know what you are thinking. There are so many mom blogs. But this blog is specifically for Bloomington and to celebrate all the different moms doing life here. It isn't about her, it's about all of us. And I love that. You can find Bloomington Mom Blog on Facebook and soon the website will be launched!
P.S. How darling is her family? Loved the light, setting, and what they wore, but mostly their smiles for each other.
This was a last minute change of date session. I texted mama Erin that morning and said the weather is suppose to be gorgeous this afternoon, can you make it essentially 30 minutes after school gets out? And friends, they totally pulled it off and it was glorious golden light.
This family holds a special place in my heart. I can proudly call them dear, dear friends. I never expect my friends to hire me for photography. I am totally okay with them using someone else to capture their family. [They say don't go into business trying to make the money off friends and family, and I hold that true.] But when they do ask me to do it, it's such a privilege. They live intentionally and seek to love the Lord greatly by loving others well.
Ok, here are the things you need to know about this truly amazing family. [And you can trust me on all of it, because these guys are some of my dearest friends.] They love really well. Their family. Their community. Life. God. All of it. They are easy going! Imagine being a mom with a 14 month old girl and newborn twin girls...super blessings, right? Also, really hard. But for mama Kim, all I remember her is going with it with a smile and ease like no other. Now look at her babies all growing up and with a little boy in there too! They aren't afraid to adventure, even when they were all very little. Adventuring hearts are my favorite. And so is this family.
If you can't tell, I'm super grateful for my friendship with the Arnolds. I believe God calls us into community to walk the ups and downs of life. And I'm over the moon thankful for the community that walks with me and my family.
Did you do it too? Fall in love with the adorable DeVallance family and little Will's glowing blue eyes. It's easy to do, don't feel bad. This session was so special to me. They aren't Bloomington residents anymore, but they were in town visiting family and booked a session for them and their extended loved ones (not pictured). They have a story of endurance and hope as they navigate waters of life and I just love so much how they cherish family pictures together.
We just so happen to have had the best weather mid-November during the session as well. The glowing light. The sunset setting over Lake Monroe. The love. It all just fit so nicely together like a puzzle piece that brought a sense of joy when completed.
When asked about style advice for family pictures. One of the most things I share: do not be afraid to mix and match patterns and don't be over the top matchy. [You guys, I cannot do the khaki pants and white shirts. I'm sorry. I just can't. Also, my own personal extended family did that years ago, so no judgement.] Well, the Bunger family without my style advice NAILED IT. When mama Leah texted me about her hesitation in wearing this absolutely fabulous dress, I was like you must. All their pattern mixing and her in the beautiful dress just highlights their family's personality, I love it so much. Also, if mama wears such a dress, I'm probably going to ask her to get twirled by dad. I'm secretly hoping they blew up one of the dance pictures and hung it right above their bed.
Three small children and family pictures can be overwhelming and questioning if it's worth it. It is totally worth it. And the Bunger family happened to have one of the most smooth sessions ever.
[There is a season for everything. That very much applies to weather, but also our lives, and what our country, our world, is experiencing right now. I'm hoping these images bring a reminder that warmth will come. Flowers and green will blanket our land again. But also kindness and love and light will trump the dark.]
When you book a session, you obviously hope for the best weather, right? And you think end of September, summer will be gone. Well, I think it hit nearly 90 this day, but the Laughlin family dressed [adorably] for fall. Can I just say, they still rocked their session out. Those kids did amazing! Truly! I know the next generation is being raised with awareness of others and the importance of kindness and empathy, and for that I am grateful.
When you take pictures of a family so full of energy and life very little posing takes place. The Chenault family were made for the camera, that's for sure. Even though this session was a few months ago, I can still very distinctly remember the laughter that came from them. Straight up joy. I couldn't ask for more. Knowing parts of their story, knowing they have endured heart ache, yet in the midst of the pain, they have chosen joy, and that, that is just what makes life worth it. And makes my job worth it.
Let me just tell you, when a family invests in my birth to one year package or a comparable custom package, I get overly attached. I can't help it. I photograph their babies every few months and I just fall in love. The Bauer family is one that I have fallen in love with. I now text mama Brittany and request all her hair and face tips because hello, she looks glorious. Yes? This was their last scheduled session with me in their package, but never fear, I have a feeling we will reunite again next year. I mean, we just have to.
Leo. Lena. And baby boy coming. So basically they win for the cutest family ever. [I say that a lot, but it's just because I really do have the cutest families I work with!]
What I love about this family is our history together. First off, Brianna and I go back to high school. But what's even more is this family is one of the very, very first to support me in my photography endeavors. They hired me way back when I was just doing it on the side as a little something, when their oldest was a newborn. And now here they are still supporting in my full blown, paying taxes business. I forgot to fist bump them at our session based solely on that awesomeness.
And in case anyone is wondering, because I totally asked, Brianna is wearing the ever popular LulaRoe. It works with her adorable pregnant belly and it will work post baby. I'm thinking LulaRoe is definitely a place to look for photography outfits. And no, I do not sell it nor do I own a piece (yet), but I am happy to share of ideas to shop for what to wear for photos.
You know the saying "it's such a small world." It really is. When we moved to South Florida two years ago, I ran into the Gil family. We both happened to move to the same city in Florida from Bloomington. Then we both moved back to Bloomington just a few months apart. Isn't that crazy? I have now taken their family pictures both in Florida and Indiana. I totally adore them. I mean, they have the cutest kids in all the land. Hashtag model family.
You know moments when it seems that stars align and fireworks are going off in your head? That's what happened when the Teat family showed up and I was secretly obsessed with their style choices AND mama Melissa and I love the same posing style--which is, very little posing. She wanted fun, natural, just being. And those are my very favorite types. Almost always the pictures I love best don't include everyone looking at the camera, instead it involved them looking at each other or exploring because that is so much more life than straight at the camera. Now, don't get me wrong, I will ask you to look at the camera for a few (we know grandparents love that type), but mainly I just ask that you play and love each other. Melissa also really wanted an open field and I'm so glad because it got me to a new location to explore and now I can't wait to go back.
P.S. I feel like I need to find out where Melissa got her dress, yes?
You know you are working with a super fun family when they bring light sabers as props. I always encourage families to bring anything to add their pictures that would make it more personal--a favorite family book, a quilt, or something that reveals their season of life right now. And for the Wasson family, light sabers is where it was at. It was such a fun capture for me and what a great picture it will be for them to look back on and remember all their light saber fights together.
I can hardly handle the session I had a few months back with this Peterman family. It was almost like a dream. When you know you are about to photograph FOUR children, you get on your A-game and hope for the best. Then the best actually happens and you just can't believe it. The Petermans rocked their hour session on IU Campus with me. I really can't take much of the credit though, those kiddos listened so well. The youngest, Maeve, just needed my trusty kangaroo stuffed animal to carry around and she was good to go. It was seriously so dreamy and fun. I love being back in Indiana to photograph my dear friends,. I love being in this town, Bloomington, that offers culture, fun, and beautiful backdrops.
About a week ago, I ran into Holly, the beautiful mama in these pictures. She told me her girls still talk about the photographer that took their pictures. From two months ago. You guys, I just adore that. I love it when I can make a connection with the kiddos I photograph. As a mama and a former teacher, I like to think I have a little way with kids. They can be unpredictable, shy, crazy, fussy, attached to their parents, fun, and as precious as can be as I capture them and I wouldn't want it any other way. I love seeing kids personalities come to life, getting them kissed by their mama or twirled by their dad. Children don't keep, but I can capture them in their walk of life right now and for that I am grateful.
A few things I must point out with the adorable Black Family. Their eyes. Hello, ocean blue eyes on all three. Secondly, I love that they weren't afraid to mix patterns. Lastly, Emma is that age where basically she doesn't want to sit still so why would pictures be a good idea? Because pictures don't have to be a sit still thing, I had so much fun following Emma around, capturing her exploring, and having her parents just play with her.
I don't have a lot of words for this family session, because basically they look like angels and it was just straight up dreamy. I remember Sarah warning me that she wasn't sure how her kids would do for pictures. But clearly, they nailed it.
Gosh, I love what I do.
Let me just point out the third picture above. See that little cutie with her face in sheer shock and excitement? That is because a big bell would ring every 10-15 minutes during our session and she just couldn't believe her sweet ears every time.
Aren't kids the best? The little things are the biggest in their eyes. We can learn a lot from them.
The Hulbert Family were such troopers for our session---as we were heading to IU Campus for pictures it was lightly raining. It would have been easy to turn around and say reschedule. But they said "let's go for it." And so we did and the rain stopped and it ended up being such a sweet session. Tiegan and Koeyn were so so good. I loved how much Tiegan loved his little sister and was a top notch listener!
P.S. Love their color combo and choice of patterns to use! But as I always say, it's the smiles and the love that are the best to show forth, not the clothing.
I clearly remember the sunny, warm September day I took the Causseaux family pictures in downtown Bloomington. Two major things stuck out to me: their gorgeous eyes and the little girl dresses. I'm a sucker for a variety of pattern and the fun colors worked so well with the urban backdrop.
Oldest sister, Olivia, and twin sisters Faye and Norah were full of energy and life and gave the best faces. I had so much adventuring with them with an occasionally stop to pose and snap a picture. And I think it goes without saying that their parents are pretty stellar.