Welcome to November!
I’m officially calling it the “holiday” season. With Halloween just behind us, we are now checking off the few days until Thanksgiving. (And then Christmas…Phew time flies!)
Well, before we get too carried away here, let’s spend some time with Thanksgiving. What a nice, relaxing holiday to spend with the family.
It’s a great day to reflect on what you are thankful for in your life. And what would that be for you?
Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.
I have many things to be thankful for, and this little guy below, who recently celebrated his first birthday, tops the list!
I thank God for this child and am so grateful for him.
“For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my request which I asked of Him.”
1 Samuel 1:27 AMP
Since having my first child last year, I’ve come to realize what a gift children are.
Yes, I realize that I say that now…years before I’ve just about blown a gasket because of my son drawing with crayons (or worse…markers!) on the living room wall or before I’ve seen a “code red” melt down at the store because he can’t have the toy he “needs” to have.
But still, even then, in those tough, hard to handle moments, our children are precious gifts. No matter their behavior, no matter their ability level, no matter their (current & ever changing) attitude about life, they have been given to us as special gifts.
Meet sweet Baby S, a precious gift to her parents and her siblings.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17
My most recent shoot was a fun change of scenery.
I usually do all my shoots on location either outdoors or in client’s homes. When Little C’s mom and I starting brainstorming ideas for this shoot (like buffalo plaid, fuzzy bear rugs, teepees and Luke Bryan’s song “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”), I knew we were going to need space, and I had a certain look in mind that I wanted to go for.
So we spent a snowy February day in studio capturing Little C’s photos to celebrate his first birthday.
It’s like I just blinked and he went from this to a smiley, adorable little man.
Oh my heart, look at that smirk…what a cutie!
I REALLY enjoy music, like, so much so that I always have the radio or iTunes playing something. I like to have a soundtrack to life.
Sometimes songs make such a strong connection with people you meet, events that happen in your life and emotions you feel.
I just met Nicole recently, but from our time together during her Senior session, the song that comes to my mind when I think of her is “American Honey” from Lady Antebellum.
I LOVE this song!
It seems like an appropriate anthem for a beautiful young lady who will soon be charting new territories as she seeks out what God has next for her life after high school.
Nicole, you are a sweet, lovely woman. I am so excited for you as you pursue your dreams!
If you have the song “American Honey”, press play now and enjoy!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Ahh! Do you hear that? That’s the sound of song birds chirping out the door.
Do you smell that? That’s the smell of dewy earth coming alive in the warmth of the sun.
Spring is officially here!
What a beautiful season full of life, hope and renewal! Little buds blooming on trees, flowers popping up from the ground, lil’ chicks and bunnies everywhere, and what spring would be complete without a new baby!
Meet baby Casen! For our photo date, he was just 5 days new and precious as could be. I pretty much fell in love with this little guy, and his beautiful hair! Congratulations Mom & Dad, you have a gorgeous new addition to your sweet family.
My cousin Madison got engaged over the summer…ENGAGED!!
It sure makes you feel old when your younger cousins are growing up and going through life’s milestones right before your eyes. It seems like just yesterday that I got her that tutu for Christmas when she was a little girl, and wasn’t it just a few weeks ago when I took her senior photos?…but now she is an adult and is engaged to her high school sweetheart, Jason.
Madison & Jason, I’m so excited for your future together! I pray that God blesses your marriage, that it may be a testament to God’s goodness and your love for each other. Thanks for letting me capture your engagement photos!
“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24 NIV
I love seeing my friend’s families grow from two to 3, and from one little one to another. Maybe even more than this, I love getting to take the pictures of their newborn babies. New life is so precious and delicate; each little face has a beauty of its own.
Baby C’s mom and I worked together, but we soon found out that we both attended University of Northwestern-St. Paul (know as Northwestern College back then) at about the same time! We became fast friends having this shared history and finding that we both loved the outdoors strengthened that bond (you might remember her from her cameo appearance in my blog post Camping Weekend Up North).
So when she had little C, I was thrilled to get to take her newborn photos!
These photos were captured when Baby C was about 12 days old; still sleepy, little and adorable. Congratulations Mom & Dad on your beautiful baby girl!
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3 NIV
Earlier this spring I got to meet this handsome little fella for his newborn photos. He was calm and cute as a button! Big sis got in on the action and was really excited to help with the photos too. Although after you see the photo of her below, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that she should be the model and not behind the camera!
Congratulations Mom & Dad on the new addition to your beautiful family!
In February, I had the opportunity to meet with Amanda & her husband Jesse to capture some photos of their first pregnancy. We had just received some snow that week (Finally! You’d think were were living in some other state because of the lack of snow in Minnesota this winter), and I was thrilled that they were up for shooting some photos outdoors!
As I look at these images, I feel they exemplify the joy of being pregnant and the excitement and expectation of what is to come. Congratulations on your growing family Jesse & Amanda!
This fall Ben & Cam’s super sweet mom contacted me to see if I would take their senior photos. I have never photographed twins before so I was excited for this opportunity! When I think of twins, I can’t help but think of the Wrigley’s Doublemint gum commercial from the 90’s…”double the pleasure, double the fun!”…you can thank me later for having that stuck in your head! Anyway, these two brothers are brilliant, sweet, handsome and have the brightest future! Ben & Cam, I wish you nothing but the best as you pursue your dreams. You two are going to move mountains!