My kiddos – Lifestyle 2018

I recently had a conversation with a friend regarding what things in life fuel our creativity and/or help that inevitable creative drive find a way out of us. I confessed I haven’t been taking as many pictures of my own kids lately, and that it inspires me less than it used to when I first began photography. But after the conversation, I was motivated to pick up my camera again for my own family, for my own enjoyment, at my own pace. And it was really good for me.

I love their silly faces. I love how their ridiculous, rambunctious crazy that makes them so happy. I love when a picture helps me really LOOK at them and realize how grown up they already are.

Daddy was practicing disc golf in the yard, the boys were being wild and crazy on the riding toys, and little sister was along for the ride. And one pair of orange sunglasses made the rounds.

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Tesch Family – Families 2018

One of my favorite things in photography is getting to see people more than once! I had the pleasure of meeting the Tesch family over Christmas, and then again this summer. They are a fantastic family, hospitable and welcoming, and oh-so-relaxed. I was welcomed into their family reunion/barbecue/birthday gathering as they continued to prep food and greet the relatives with hugs and catching up. Being a fly on the wall and capturing those beautiful, simple, everyday moments that make up each family is such a privilege.

The relaxed time frame of a lifestyle session lets everyone loosen up, as well as being able to snag all the family pairings: aunt and niece and nephew? Sure! Grandparents and grand kids? Yes! Girl cousins? Definitely! Individuals of the kids? Perfect! You never know when you’re all going to be together next, and those pictures are treasures.

A friendly game of cards was in process the entire time I was there, the tent was pitched, puppies and dog pals were all over the place, and hugs were given to each and every person. Scroll on for summer family goodness.

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Trisha & Riley – Engagement 2018

These two are so much fun! They were full of teasing and laughing the entire session. Trisha and Riley have been in each others’ lives for a while now, and you can tell they’re perfect for each other. I asked Riley at one point if Trisha ever stops laughing and he calmly said, “Nope.” I love it! Couples that laugh together stay together. I can’t wait for their wedding next summer!

We spent an hour together in Glenwood, enjoying Barsness Park and ending our time on the beach. The sunset was absolutely perfect, and they were both such great sports about me making them wade into the water. (And spin around and stand in trees and… well, you get the idea. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Blossoms – Mini session 2018

Sisters that get your butt out the door and taking pictures while the blossoms are in bloom are awesome. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Shannon initiated this mini afternoon photo shoot, and I’m so glad she did! She and her little man brought lots of adorable smiles to this shoot, hilarious reactions to grass (mostly baby ;), and a willingness to try new poses and endless tosses in the air.

The day started out ridiculously windy, and I was skeptical the babies would enjoy it. Then it started raining as I was driving there. Hmmm. When Iย  got there, we ducked inside the greenhouse nearby to see if it would blow over. Sure enough! Our patience was rewarded with no rain, only a calm breeze, and super lush colors. I’m in love with all of these.

Also, we made Hailey get in front of the camera for a few, even if she didn’t “dress up” for the occasion. Pretty sure she makes workout shorts and a messy bun look glamorous anyway, and her mini-me just kills me with those grins.

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Kiddos – Lifestyle 2018

There was a yellow chair. There were four children. There was a mother who took too many pictures.

And they lived happily ever after. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Nieland family – Lifestyle 2018

Jordan and Shannon knocked it out of the park with their laid-back Saturday morning shoot. Casual pajamas and robes? Check. Crazy pets showing off antics? Check. Waffles and bacon? Check. Cute baby boi giving gurgles and grins? Check check.

They even delayed making coffee until I got there. I don’t require that kind of dedication… but I will certainly admire it!

Shannon whipped up a fantastic batch of waffles and whipped cream while we joked about all the pictures making her feel like she was on a cooking show, and Jordan sipped coffee and fried bacon while we chortled about memes; both took turns with the little guy, because one-armed parenting in the kitchen is 100% real life.

After breakfast there was time for some coffee and cuddles on the couch (fur babies included ๐Ÿ˜‰ while little man took a morning snooze, and they’re definitely some of my favorites from this session. Saturday mornings with your best friend, coffee in hand and probably watching your favorite TV show together… that sounds like perfection to me.

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Nielands – Snow mini 2018

When you have beautiful snow and beautiful family members, it goes without saying that you should take pictures with both. Jordan and Shannon and their little guy bundled up and braved the winter temps to snag these family photos, and I’m so glad they did! The little man was a trooper, although he wasn’t so sure about me sweet talking him and pointing a camera in his face… photo evidence of his reaction down below (hahahahaha).

Being able to capture these three as a family unit was awesome. Shannon is already such a great mom (and clearly little dude’s favorite, which he let me know), and Jordan takes care of them both well. Couples turning into families = all the yes.

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