Photographing people and families through the years is one of the things I value the most about being photographer. Getting to see the stages in their lives and provide them with images that take them back to those days, those feelings, is an incredible responsibility and is such an honor for me.
Knowing that a young woman will be able to look back to see that she’s been surrounded by love from day one is a powerful thing. Knowing that a little boy will be able to look back to see that his big sister really does love him (and has all along) even if they fight like cats and dogs is a powerful thing. Knowing that a mother will be able to look back and feel the light, sweet weight of her baby in her arms as her kids move off to college is a powerful thing.
And this family? It’s such a powerful thing for me to get to photograph them each time. Whitney & Chris prayed and fought so hard for these babies, and the miracle of modern medicine & the miracle of God’s provision astound me every time I see them. These sweet beautiful babies that made them parents, and seeing the way they love their children just warms my heart! From hunching over to walk a mini tractor through a dewey field to snuggles and calming whispers, it is so clear that they would do anything for Lila & Caleb.
And speaking of that mini tractor… is this not just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?!?!
Is Lila not just the sweetest?!?!!? I wish y’all could hear her little voice. So so cute (almost as cute as those little pigtails)!!
That shot on the right… a daddy & his son. Melt. My. Heart.
I just love this one!
Seriously, the sweetest!!!
Whitney, you are such a gorgeous mama! I am so impressed with your grace, humor & selfless love.
That little wreath was the perfect touch!!
Dying over this one!!
Chris, Whitney, Lila & Caleb, I just love y’all!!! Thank you for continuing to choose to allow me to be a tiny part of your family’s history. It’s a blessing to watch your family grow!!!
To see more photos of this sweet family, check out the posts below!
–Family portraits 2015
–Lila turns 1
–Maternity portraits #2
Getting to photograph this little family made me so happy, y’all! You can tell they genuinely love each other, and sweet little Kenleigh is just a doll. On top of that, this is another season in the life of this family that I’ve been lucky enough to celebrate. From engagement and bridal photos to now family portraits, it’s this kind of connection & longevity with my clients that brings me so much joy!!! There’s nothing quite like getting to see a family grow together, and to give them images that Kenleigh can look back to one day to see how she’s always been surrounded by love & joy.
This first photos is definitely one of my favorites!! Look at those pretty smiles… Jacob, you’re a lucky man!!
Kenleigh oh-so-sweetly gave us a moment to get some photos of Brittany & Jacob while she kicked back and enjoyed a bottle.
Perfect timing, because I absolutely love making a point during family portrait shoots to get photos of the mom & dad on their own. So important to have that reminder (no matter how brief the moment is during the shoot) that this is where it all started, and their love for each other has expanded and grown as they’ve opened their hearts to love their child.
So much joy & laughter with these three!
Gah! Is she not just the cutest?!?!
As a mom to two girls, clearly I love mama-daughter photos. But there’s just something about a daddy holding his baby girl that gets me every. single. time. Love it!!
Love these next two!!
Brittany brought a bear that she’d had made with a t-shirt that belonged to her Uncle who passed away (and the shirt has his name on it). She said she got one made for Kenleigh & one for her aunt. Is that not the sweetest gift? The power of family & remembrance are one of the reasons I love photography so much, so I was so honored to get to photograph this memento.
Brittany, Jacob & Kenleigh, thank you so much for starting off your busy Saturday with me, and for letting me once again celebrate the life of your family – both in the big moments and the everyday moments!!!
Pretty soon I won’t be able to title blog posts with these two “children portraits” anymore – they’re growing up so fast!!! I absolutely LOVE when I get to photograph these two, as I’ve been able to take their portraits for years now and it’s so much fun to get to document them as they grow up. Plus they just crack me up and have the best (and biggest) personalities!!
They are some good lookin’ kids, aren’t they?!?!
I love snapping the in-between moments when kids are just being themselves, and I love that their mom, Tiffany, always appreciates those more candid photos too! There’s so much to be said for documenting the reality as well as the “money shots” where everyone is looking straight at the camera and smiling.
I told you they’ve got big personalities!! Hahaha these shots of Cade just crack me up. He’s such an expressive kid.
I just love these next few photos!
Again – sometimes the in-between moments are my FAVORITES! Love this shot of Hadyn.
This shot of Cade and that missing tooth? Be still my heart!
This shoot was even more special because it was Max’s first time coming along as my second shooter. A few months ago he told me he wants to learn photography so that he can help me out at weddings and bring more value to my clients, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I am proud of what he was able to get on his first shoot! And I think he was pretty excited about it too…
These next few shots are ones that Max took!
Like I said, the in-between and the reality of kids’ personalities are so important to capture, and photo shoots should be fun – not something you have to just get through… and these two sure know how to have fun! Love that Max was able to see and catch those moments too – his shots are on top and one of mine is on the bottom.
Hadyn & Cade thanks for always being so fun to photograph!!! Tiffany & Chris, thanks for being like family and letting me photograph you year after year – it means so much to me! And thanks for letting Max come along with us too! We love y’all!