A growing family is such a miraculous thing. Love stretches and grows. New relationships are suddenly formed (baby sister becomes big sister, big brother now has a little brother). Mom and Dad find that their hands are needed in countless new ways and yet somehow every need is met. We wonder how we’ll do it all and yet somehow God graciously gives parents the ability to be enough for their little ones.
I’ve been photographing these darling boys since they were babies, which seems like just months ago, but clearly was a bit longer than that! Always well-mannered and sweet, these little guys are slightly shy, so we work with what they feel comfortable with. Big brother set the tone by taking his pictures first.
Taking a sabbatical refers to a break or a time of rest from work. I’ve got these three munchkins, growing so, so, so fast and my husband and I have decided that a year to focus on this special time in life is important. I’m taking a break from my photography business for the next year to embrace this quickly fleeting stage of life our family is in.
In the past, I dreaded winter photo sessions. I live in a place where we hover around zero degrees (often dipping pretty far below) for several months. Snow can last for 5 months. The daylight is short and the wind can be harsh.
The only thing tougher than a Minnesota winter are the Minnesotans who tough it out! This family was able to all get together and make this photo session happen this weekend. But it was 2 degrees. Read that again–TWO degrees. We were cold and we were hurting, but they smiled through it and we got these beautiful images as a result!
Didn’t get a family photo yet for this year’s Christmas cards? Wishing you had an updated photo to use for Christmas gifts? Next weekend is Christmas mini-sessions at the tree farm! (Still need your Christmas tree? Get it all done in one place!) Sessions are nice and short so no one gets too cold, and cozy winter attire makes the perfect Christmas card photo. You will get 5 edited digital images within a week of your session that you are authorized to use for Christmas cards, gifts, and prints. (Professional prints are also available at an additional charge and guarantee perfect photo color and sharpness.) There is only so much daylight in a December day, so book soon to guarantee a time slot!
As it’s snowing today in Grand Rapids, I’m finishing up editing this family’s recent session. We’ve had a gloriously warm and beautiful fall and it’s amazing to look at these images and truly believe it was just a short while ago that we could be outdoors and comfortable without winter coats and boots! In the midst of today’s snowstorm, this little girl is sure warming my heart!
After this session, I decided that three months old is my new favorite baby age to photograph. (Of course, the next baby session I do, I’ll have a new age set as my favorite….) The fact is just that this little guy was so pleasant, had such great expressions and chubby cheeks, and his family was so much fun to work with. They obviously love this little guy and each other!
As a photographer, my hope for my clients goes beyond this year’s frame-worthy pictures or creating the perfect image for a Christmas card. Those goals are fun and definitely worthy to pursue. My hope beyond all that, though, is that the images we capture last in order to bless, amuse, and tell a story for future generations.
Knowing this sweet family, if I had to describe these adorable children, I could go on and on about how darling and kind they are, but I would also have to say that my favorite characteristic of these kids is their curiosity. Photographing them exploring everything around them is a perfect representation of who they are!