Halberg Family

It is such an honor to photograph extended families.  Over the holidays I was contacted by a whole bunch of families to see if I could photograph their whole gang while everyone was in town celebrating together.  I think it is so important that these families make it a priority to take time out of their visit to snap some pictures together.  I come from a big family, and although we are together all the time, we hardly ever take pictures with everyone in them.  And when we do get one of those pictures, it always becomes my favorite photograph of the year.  So, I am always eager to work around everyone's schedules and fit these shoots in, even if everyone is only in town for a weekend.

The Halberg family was incredible to work with.  They kept each other laughing the whole time.  I love seeing aunts and uncles love on their nieces and nephews and this was certainly the case with this bunch.  I was exceptionally grateful for their fun interactions when it came to getting smiles out of middle school boys!  All those kiddos absolutely adored Grandma and Grandpa and were eager to cuddle up with them any chance they got. It really was an honor to be a part of their family's Thanksgiving celebration, and I hope you cherish these photographs for years to come, Halberg family!

Samantha- Class of 2017

Samantha and I met for her senior pictures at Milford Central Park.  Which if you have been following along on here, you know is one of my favorite places to shoot.  I love the mix of gorgeous wooded areas, the river and bridges, and the urban backdrops that are a quick walk away in downtown Milford.  I feel like I have spent more weeknights over at the park than at my house these past few weeks and I am loving it.

Anyways, not only was the location perfect, but Sam totally rocked her session and we had so much fun the whole time. She made conversation easy, she was up for anything (even when I asked her to happily splash around in the river,) and was passionate about her athletics and high school teams.  My heart melted a little as I slowly started to realize that Sam really reminded me of myself when I was her age.  She also shared with me that she was interested in becoming a photographer after college.  I would have said the same thing at her age, and was happy to share some tips with her as to how she can start working towards that goal right now.  If Sam in front of the camera is any insight into how she will be behind the camera she will be on the fast road to success.  Happy senior year to you, Sam!

Baby Clay

Clay was an absolute champion during his newborn shoot.  He decided that he didn't need any sleep, and he wanted to be awake to celebrate the special occasion.  Sometimes an awake newborn can make me a little nervous since they typically want to be held or fed, but not Clay!  He was wide awake to show off his little personality, but he never made a peep.  He just happily listened to the shutter on my camera click and watched the sun stream in through the window where we were shooting.  

Clay has two older siblings that I have been photographing for the past couple of years.  They patiently waited next to me as I photographed Clay and waited for their turn to get into the pictures. I love the pictures of their whole family together cuddling up on the bed, it is clear that there is a lot of love and laughter in their home and I am so glad I was able to capture a few moments of that.  Through all the chaos of gummy snacks and cookies and tickling these two cuties just wanted to hold and love on their little brother.  You are one lucky guy, Clay!

Williams Family

One of the benefits of my job that I never could have anticipated is how it keeps me connected to people.  I get phone calls from friends and classmates that I haven’t had the chance to connect with in years.  They mention they saw my photographs somewhere on social media and we schedule a shoot.  And just like that we are wondering through the park together getting caught up. 

The Williams are one of those families.  They wanted to get together with their whole family to commemorate the birth of their first grandchild with pictures of their whole family together.  We had such a great time.  I loved watching their adult children subtly pick on each other and laugh together- it felt just like my family! Thanks for letting me capture this exciting time for your family with you, Williams!

Miller Family

Photographing my family- I am going to be honest with you on this topic.  The times when I get to photograph my family are some of my very favorite shoots.  My nieces and nephews are my favorite people in the world and they are constantly making me smile.  There is just one problem when it comes to photographing family.  Sometimes we all forget we have a task! There is an expected outcome after our time together.  Which is different than most of our time together, and can be difficult to articulate to and manage with little ones. 

Sometimes during a shoot with my family I think, oh gosh we are just playing around. We are having too much fun.  Focus, re-center, get back to posing.  But the more I think about it the more these shoots make sense.  We should be playing and having fun.  Your time in front of the camera should be a perfect expression of your family and the love and laughter you share. 

So here is to learning from these shoots.  To learning that just laughing and playing is what it is all about. That your family knows how to make each other smile and my job is to simply capture these moments for your family to cherish forever.  

Bilski Family

Happy birthday, Addison!  We had way too much fun photographing Addison for her first birthday.  While she was a little unsure about me at the start of her shoot, I would like to think we ended it as best buddies.  It may not have actually been me, but rather the bubble maker that was constantly residing right behind where I was shooting.  But hey, either way, I will take these smiles! I need to get one of these bubble makers to keep with me all the time!

I was lucky enough to photograph Addison's mom and dad for their engagement and their wedding, so it was a special treat to capture this next stage of life with them.  Emilee and Andy have very clearly, happily settled into this new stage as parents.  I could not get over how much they adore their little lady, and how much she adores them back.  Their house must be on an endless circuit of big smiles, belly laughs and cuddles!  Thanks so much for letting me join in on the fun, Bilski Family!