Lifestyle Family Shoot

Kang Family

Last time I saw the Kang Family it was just mom and dad anxiously awaiting the arrival of their little guy.  We captured their maternity session at the park, and I had such a great time getting to know these two.  I actually think Esther and Dustin may have been the first people I told I was pregnant (besides Ted!) They were asking me if I had any little ones, and I couldn't contain my excitement to share with them I was expecting.  They were so sweet about it and shared in my joy, since we were still keeping it a secret from family and close friends for a few more weeks.  

Now their little one is here! Esther had the sweetest idea of doing a photo session on Carter's 100th day.  I love that she made the sign that says, 'today we have loved you for 100 days.'  Carter was so great for his session, and can we just talk about those big brown eyes?! What a cutie!  Carter is just learning how to smile, so we had to click fast when we saw those little giggles.  We were pushing him right up to his nap time, so that last image really was his way of announcing he was done! No tears, just some big yawns! 

Thank you so much for welcoming me into your home, Kang Family, and trusting me with capturing these exciting life changes with you.  I hope you enjoy the next 100 days of loving your little guy even more than the first 100! 

Barlage Family

I have been lucky enough to be photographing the Barlage family for a few years now. Last year I was able to meet baby Shea just a weeks after she was born, and now she is a whole year old! I am always amazed by how quickly little ones develop a personality.  In a year Shea has become an independent, strong little lady.  She giggled at her big brother, stole his snacks, and had some pretty incredible dance moves when her momma asked Siri to drop a beat. 

Big brother, Cam, has a personality just as big and kept me laughing the entire shoot.  I remembered from our time together last year, that Cam really loves to be in front of the camera.  I think he has watched Project Runway or something, because he has faces and poses that are totally his own.  And it is so awesome!  We would be trying to get some photographs of just Shea by herself, and we would look over to see Cam slowly sneaking into the background.  He didn't want to be left out of the fun! 

Catching up with this family is always my favorite part of our shoots.  I love the way this mom and dad just laugh together the whole shoot, even when little Shea just wants to be cuddled by mom and all we want her to do it play with dad.  They have a whole lot of love between the four of them and it is so sweet to see.  Thank you for letting me capture these memories with you, Barlage Family! 

June Faith

We are so lucky we get to call this sweet little lady our niece! I love getting to photograph newborns, but when they are family it is just a little sweeter.  This little lady made a late arrival into the world, and we all anxiously anticipated her arrival. The wait was absolutely worth it once she finally joined the family.  She is the cuddliest little bundle of joy and we have loved getting to know her. She is the first grandbaby on Ted's side of the family, so it has been so fun to see their family adjust to having a little one around again. 

June wasn't ready to stay asleep for her whole shoot, but I love the images we were able to capture when she was awake, too.  How adorable are those big eyes?! She and I got some extra time to rock and hum songs together while she fought sleep, so I will be honest I wasn't too mad that she wanted to stay awake and hang out.  

Eve and Nathan are adjusting right into parenthood and are making it all look easy.  Watching them become parents has been so sweet and seeing how much they love this little lady is so encouraging.  June already has a schedule, sleeps through the night, and I will be honest I have never heard her cry- so they must be doing something right!  June, your Uncle Ted and I cannot wait to make so many memories with you as you grow up!

Combs Family

I am loving fun, cuddly in home lifestyle sessions. There is something so beautiful about capturing a family in their home.  In the place where they do life together and make the majority of their memories.  It feels really intimate and real, and I think that is why I think they are such a unique way to capture the essence of who you are as a family. I highly recommend them- especially as we move into the colder months here in Michigan.

But anyways back to the story of the Combs family.  At the beginning of a session I will typically chat with mom and dad about expectations for the session.  I will let them know how I plan to organize the shoot and then ask them if there are any specific must have shots. I have photographed the Combs family a bunch of times in the past and I should have known that Lauren's response would be easy and carefree. When I asked if there were any specific shots she hoped to get out of the shoot she said, 'Just the kids playing! I don't even mind if they look at the camera or not, let's just photograph us hanging out at home.' A photographer's dream response! 

Well funny thing, her kids are so use to seeing me around them with a camera that they were slightly confused when we got out the toy cars and just started playing.  Their oldest kind of looked at me like, so are you going to ask me to smile now? Should I look at you? It was the sweetest thing, because he knows the routine! After awhile they warmed up to the idea of just hanging out, reading books, and swinging in the backyard.  And I am loving how these images capture how their family does life every day.  Thank you for letting me capture your everyday story, Combs Family!