There’s something really amazing and magical that happens to a couple when they become parents for the first time. And watching this process is one of my favorite things. I have known Tom and Carol since college – I got to take their engagement pictures, wedding pictures, family pictures and last week, I got to hold their adorable little girl while taking her newborn pictures. Guys, this is what being a photographer is all about! I literally get to walk through the most incredible and memorable moments in life with people. I can’t imagine a more beautiful thing as a career.

Tom and Carol didn’t find out what the gender of their baby was when they were pregnant and I was convinced this baby was a boy. But I am a tiny bit partial to baby girls 🙂 I absolutely love that she is a girl and now their house will be covered with pink and frilly things and glitter and sparkles. Okay, maybe not right away, but we got to play with lots of these things during our photoshoot.

I am so thrilled that you have finally arrived, little Hannah. You are so so loved already and have two of the most honest, caring and wonderful people to call mom and dad. Thank you for being such a champ during our session – I can already tell you are going to be laid back and 100% awesome. Take a look at my time spent with this family of three. Love you guys!

These Two.
 
So much love between these two and I had the honor of capturing their amazing wedding day. Kelsey and Caleb, your wedding was such a great reminder of what love is made of, how love is sustained and what love can be after years of marriage. I absolutely loved watching you two all day – from the anxious, excited nerves to the full hearted, “We are married!”, overwhelming joy. You two are perfect for each other and I can’t wait to see your love continue to grow. I had so much fun being your photographer.
 
Remember to enthusiastically encourage one another, quietly listen to one another, laugh ridiculously together and always, always let God lead and humble you. I know you two are destined for great things. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful day and letting me celebrate with your wonderful family and friends. Love you guys so much!

I have loved to get to know this family better over the last couple of years. I took Amy’s sister’s wedding pictures last summer and then did some fall family pictures too. When Amy continued to ask me to take pictures of her adorable boys, I was thrilled and then got a special treat to see the whole family back in October. Man I wish we still had these temps and beautiful fall colors around.

Well, this photo session was one of my favorites this fall because of Jack and Kevin. In Jack’s words, “Easy Peasy!” Needless to say, it was hilarious and highly entertaining. I loved every minute. Thanks so much Dahl family for letting me take these for you!

 

This family. They are amazing and strong and brave (to do these pictures when it was like 35 degrees out) and absolutely wonderful. I can hardly believe it’s been six years since I took Tom and Carol’s wedding pictures. And over the years, I have gotten to know this family better and just can’t say enough about them.

So when Elise asked me to take some pictures earlier this year, I was thrilled! Elise is a very talented photographer herself so what a compliment, and it was a chance to see them all again. Though it was freezing, there were smiles and laughs (and some tears), but we did it!! And I love how these turned out. Thanks so much extended Mattingly family. Hugs to you all!

Every once in a while, I am asked to take extended family pictures and I really enjoy getting to meet the whole family! I’ve known this family for years now, 12 to be exact (wow that’s crazy) and was even able to capture Jeff and Erin’s wedding back in 2013.

I had so much fun with the Cole family on a perfect fall day in Michigan. It was awesome being able to capture each of the kids personalities and wonder. There’s a whole lot of love in this family. Take a look at my adventures with them!

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