Well folks, Happy Valentine’s Day! :) Today, on this day that the world celebrates love, I want to share a personal post featuring my family – some of the most important people in my life! This past summer, my entire immediate family carved out a weekend to spend together. Now, this is no easy feat. At the time, we had 10 adults, 11 kiddos, several different jobs and travel + sports schedules to manage, yet we were able to pencil off a few days to share some space together. We packed up and headed to “the Thumb” to spend a few days at my grandparents cottage on Lake Huron. This place is a nostalgic + cozy – it’s been in the family for over 25 years. The cottage is nothing fancy, but it’s absolutely perfect and I loved watching my nieces + nephews explore the landscape as I did many, many years ago. It was one of my favorite weekends of the summer and I’m so thankful we were able to create some memories and celebrate our love as a family.
So today, here’s to love – the love of family, the love of friends, the love of a spouse, partner, children, co-workers… whatever love you can celebrate today, celebrate it. And, in case that’s not enough, here’s to summer and sunshine… and the promise that it will return… soon. :)
Hi, folks! My, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve graced you with a blog post. I’ll blame it on the holidays + traveling + the new year + birthdays + family + friends. All good excuses, right?
I’m thankful for this season. This time on the calendar when life slows down. The days are cold + snowy, allowing for many fires in the fireplace, many cups of cocoa or tea and the occasional bundled walk through the neighborhood. Winter has never been my favorite season, but you know what? It’s not that bad. I actually am kind of enjoying it this year – shhh! :)
Today, I would love to share with you a few of my favorite images from a session I had just before Christmas. This family is no stranger to my camera, and this time, they’ve added a handsome little boy to their clan. These images were taken when Levi was only one week old. He is a handsome, precious little guy and his big sisters and parents love him SO much. I loved spending time with the five of them in their home to celebrate this new life. Congratulations, Carter family!
I met Austin + his parents on a chilly October morning in Rochester, Michigan. The forecast was threatening our session time, but we forged ahead and beat the rain clouds. Austin turns ONE this month and it was so fun to wander around the park with him, feed the ducks and play in the leaves together. He’s such a sweet boy – I love this age! Thanks for hanging out with me, you three! And happy birthday, Austin!
There’s so much I could say about this sweet family. This is the fifth time (whew! :)) I’ve photographed them and every time, I fall in love with them a little bit more. These kiddos are vibrant and joyful, filled to the brim with personality and individuality. Their parents adore each other and adore their children and it’s so evident in all their interactions. For this session, we found a wide open field and just ran around – capturing the kids in their element – being kids. :) I couldn’t stop smiling as I edited through these images and had a tough time narrowing down favorites for this blog post!
Blog readers, I would love you to meet Matt, Crystal, Ty, Reese, Lacey + Crosby. Careful, you might fall in love with them, too. :)
When you hang out with toddlers, there isn’t much sitting. There’s laughter and running and jumping and shouting and tickling and playing with toys. There may be smiles, there may be tears, but it’s always an adventure.
Evan + Ethan recently turned three and we adventured all around downtown Royal Oak playing Simon Says, pointing out the trucks + buses, chasing each other – oh yea, I took some pictures, too. These twin boys wore me out that morning, but you better believe I loved every minute of it!