{ j + n families }

Check out this sneak peek of a fun extended family session – you’d never guess there were fireworks, Nerf rockets, dogs, kites, and just about any other distraction you could imagine going on in the background!! Ha! Turns out the whole neighborhood wanted to join us for this photo shoot, but we didn’t let it bother us … much ūüėČ You may recognize those handsome boys on the right from previous blog posts – they’re so grown up now! And such a treat to meet their Aunt, Uncle, and cousins!

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{ lily & isla }

It’s such a treat to document this happy crew every year! Last year it rained on us, so I think Mother Nature decided to make amends by dialing up the perfect evening with a gorgeous glowing sunset for our backdrop. We even brought back the inflatable Love Ball which was sadly covered in wet grass and mud last year for another round of fun – such a cool prop!¬†And I’m not kidding when I tell you that I ordered that book below for myself as soon as I got home based on the girls’ description. I’ll have to follow up with my review:)

What a pleasure it has been to watch Lily and Isla grow from tiny toddlers into such thoughtful young ladies. No doubt a result of A+ parenting from Greg and Mary Beth. They are kind, creative, and a joy to photograph!

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{ 5 things }

In which I shamelessly attempt to emulate super hip flat-lay bloggers…

I’ve done “favorite things” posts in the past that were¬†well received, so I thought I’d try to do¬†something a little more creative and¬†on a¬†more regular schedule in keeping with this theme. I hope to¬†use my trusty yellow chair in every post, but I may have to get creative when my favorites are of the virtual variety, or just too darn big to fit in a tiny chair. Stay tuned. But for now…

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  1. Trader Joe’s greeting cards. Adorable. Colorful. Well made. 99 cents. ‘Nuf said. I buy at least 5 or 6 every time I go.
  2. Clos du Val 2012 Pinot Noir. I’m not going to attempt to describe a wine as if I have a clue,¬†I just like it. And you can get splits (half bottles) at Eatzis which you may or may not just drink straight from the bottle because why not. I’m not here to judge you.
  3. Bead + Chain Multi-Wrap bracelet by Chloe + Isabel. My friend Valerie sells this gorgeous line and I’m totally obsessed! I love this bracelet because a) it seems to go with everything I wear in Spring/Summer, b) I can wear it alone or with other bracelets (as long as they aren’t too busy), and c) it’s also a necklace when you unwrap it! I get lots and lots of compliments on this one, and I actually have another one in darker colors that also gets lots of¬†wear. Side note, they have the CUTEST packaging that I always save and reuse to wrap small gifts. #PutABirdOnIt
  4. Aerin Amber Musk.¬†I discovered this offshoot of the¬†Est√©e Lauder brand last Christmas and it smells divine. There are a few other scents in this line, but this is by far my favorite. I’m not big on sweet floral perfumes, but prefer spicy, strong scents. If there are top notes of anything oriental or musky (horrible word, but you know what I mean?), I’m in. This is it. I sincerely hope I haven’t jinxed this perfume, since one of my #UselessSuperpowers is the power to fall in love with a fragrance that immediately gets discontinued. See Fred Hayman’s “Touch” and Boucheron’s “Initial”. Apologies in advance.
  5. Click Magazine.¬†In my humble opinion, the holy grail of good (but accessible) photography tips, products, instruction, and inspiration. There is a great mix of pro and amateur work featured and they always include the basic EXIF data (lens, aperture, ISO, shutter speed) on every shot which is super¬†helpful for study purposes. I get so excited when I see it in my mailbox, and will often hold off on reading it until I have a good hour or two to soak in every.single.page. It’s a great gift for the photographer friend in your life, especially if they love portrait work.

{ cami }

Little Cami decided she didn’t want to miss a minute of her newborn session and was wide awake – that is, until I packed up my gear! THEN she conked out. But that’s ok, because she was a perfectly content model and we had a chance to see those baby blues that she shares with her older sisters! And speaking of sisters, big sis Helena Grace is an absolute natural at this. She held baby Cami like an old pro and knew how to settle her down if she started to cry. She also made sure to check in on us throughout the session, so I see lots of babysitting jobs in her future! Middle sister Jaclynne also took a turn holding Cami, although she was a bit more interested in twirling to the Shakira song at the end of Zootopia (can’t blame her for that, it’s a catchy tune)! Congratulations, Theresa and Jon, and I hope you enjoy this sneak peek of your sweet baby girl!

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{ kelton’s 16th birthday photoshoot }

What a fun afternoon with these 6 gorgeous girls! When Kelton’s Mom approached me with this idea, I was totally game. Is there a better way to ring in your 16th year than by having your own photoshoot with your best girls? I have a much (much) bigger number of candles on my cake next year, and I’m thinking that this is exactly what I want to do with my friends!

This was a bit of a change from my usual shoots, though. It’s not uncommon for me to have to coax smiles out of my little subjects with M&Ms or prizes from my toy stash (or really embarrassing dance moves, no shame here), so it was pretty awesome¬†to work with 6 willing models for a few hours:)Not only were they excited to have their pictures taken, but they came up with some really cool ideas for shots and were happy to indulge me in my own goofy ones! So without further ado, say hello to birthday girl Kelton and her friends Zyanne, Cassia, Destiny, Katy, and Morgan! Happy Birthday, Kelton! It was an absolute pleasure spending the afternoon with you all, and I hope you enjoy this sneak peek!

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