This is one of my favorite families because they are just so darn cute!! It’s crazy to think I took Declan’s 3 month old pictures and now the third of the Gainey boys just turned one! How is that even possible?!

I absolutely love every time I get to see this beautiful family. I mean, come on, they should be on a gap ad or something. Every time we have a session, Ashley does such a great job coordinating all of their outfits and colors. I need to hire her to do my family. Seriously! Thank you SO much Devon and Ashley for always asking me to capture your adorable family. Your boys are some of the most precious ones around and I know I’m in for at least one great story or laugh when I see you guys.

Here are some of the pictures from our session last week. I tried to pick a couple, but the list just kept getting longer. Thanks for braving the rain on this day – you can’t even tell! Hugs to you all. Love you guys!!

So I’m sitting at my desk, cup of coffee at my side, headphones in and Train’s “Marry Me” comes on. I’m editing Ashley and Leonard’s maternity pictures and can’t help but stop and smile. I thought back to their wedding day last July, almost a whole year ago. I remember how beautiful Ashley looked, seeing Lenny’s face as Ashley walked down the aisle and he saw his bride for the first time, their first dance and so many other wonderful memories from that day.

And now, looking through these pictures… Ashley is just as beautiful, more so, as she looks down and thinks about the incredible baby boy that will soon join their family. She already has so much love for this little baby. Lenny was so helpful during our maternity session – always offering to hold the bag, making sure Ashley was comfortable. Lenny, you’re going to be such a great father. I am so so excited for you two to experience the joys of parenthood! Thank you so much for letting me walk along side your lives with you. I have loved getting to know you better and know you both are going to be the best parents. I can’t wait to hear of his arrival and hope I’ll be able to get some snuggles in too. Prayers for a safe and healthy delivery. Love and hugs you guys!

To kick off my wedding season for 2017, I was privileged to begin with Lauren and Will’s beautiful northern Michigan wedding. I met Lauren and Will last fall when I took their engagement pictures at Michigan State University’s campus. They both were student athletes at MSU and wanted to incorporate that significant place in their pictures. And one thing I have learned, MSU is a large part of their families history and tradition.

But their wedding day was absolutely gorgeous. The weather was warm and sunny with a bit of a breeze. Their wedding ceremony was at one of the most stunning catholic cathedrals in the heart of downtown Petoskey, Michigan. They rode a boat across Walloon Lake, a cherished family landmark to their wedding reception. And they let the sun go down with cherished family members and friends while celebrating the first day of their lives as husband and wife. It was pretty awesome.

I loved watching your families and guests interact, tell stories, laugh and dance the night away. I was honored to be able to hear some of those stories and meet some pretty amazing people throughout the day too. And of course, I ended the night to dozens of Michigan State alumni and current students chanting the fight song and gathering on the dance floor for a group picture. It was a pretty incredible day with a pretty incredible couple. Thank you so much Lauren and Will for letting me share that with you! Congratulations you two!

I am so excited to share these next photos with you!! My best friend from high school is a mom… and a great one at that! I got to spend the afternoon with the Walton family and got lots of snuggles and quality time with the latest addition to their family, Theo.
 
Oh sweet boy, you are so so loved and there are so many people who are going to support, encourage and teach you great things in your lifetime – your father and mother being two of the most important people on that list. But don’t hesitate to ask Auntie Carrie for anything along the way 🙂
 
I have loved watching Erin in these last couple weeks in her new role as Mom. And let me just tell you, she is perfect for it in every way! And Kyle, sorry your son peed on you during our photo session. Ha! That’s about how it goes, right? Regardless, you two are amazing, wonderful parents and Theo is so lucky and blessed to be your son. Thanks so much for letting me come into your home and take these pictures for you. I love you all so much!

One of the greatest gifts in life is being able to watch your best friends become mothers. My best friend from high school became a mother about a week ago and I got to see her hold her one day old son while they were still in the hospital!

I’ve known Erin for 16 years now… wow, that is just crazy as that’s half my life. It’s amazing though, to be able to share childhood, college and married life memories with the same person. And now I get to share the incredible life of parenthood with her. She is going to be the BEST mother ever! She’s one of those people who you just know was meant to be a mother because she loves kids so much. Now she has one to call her very own.

Well, I heard the wonderful news that her son, Theo, was born last week and was thrilled to be able to go up to the hospital and visit them. He is perfect in ever single way. I fell completely in love when I got to hold him for the first time and took special note of his little fingers, little nose (I think it looks like his mamas!) and little sweet smile. It totally makes me want to have another one. Congratulations Erin and Kyle. I am so beyond excited for you to now have a family of three with your adorable son. What a blessing and beautiful family you are!

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