surprise session // solid GOLD

When Paige contacted me regarding her need for a session, I cannot even explain to you how excited I was. The elements involved a surprise, pre-gaming at the bar, a cooler of booze being delivered before the guests arrived…all great things…all great things. To prepare, I diligently researched “Awkward Family Photos” to get the proper inspiration. The result was the most amazing models I have ever had the pleasure with which to work, lots of laughter, maybe a spilled beer along the way, and just tons of fun.

The lead up included most everyone in the crew being blindfolded and led up the stairs and elevator into the studio. For any of my clients who have been to the studio, you know what an arduous feat this was. Someone did guess where we were by the smell in the elevator, which I have to say was pretty impressive! (It’s not gross…don’t worry…) The squeals of delight when it was determined that it was a surprise photo session absolutely made my life. The natural-born models with their ready-for-action poses…just brilliant. BRILLIANT!!!

Next time you guys are all together in town, I am going to tag along for the party. You are all awesome!

We did manage to grab a couple of “normal” pictures in between the silliness, but I think the really exaggerated ones are still my favorite!!!

Christian - Class of 2019

Senior pictures, hands down, are my favorite. To me, they are so important…it is such a huge milestone in a young person’s life to be graduating from high school, and I am always so honored to be chosen to capture that moment in a teenager’s life. For Christian, it was really awesome for me because I had done his sister’s photos a couple of years ago, so seeing his family again and drawing comparisons with siblings is something I really just love…I had forgotten about how with his sister, Tori, that when we placed her in a certain spot for the photos that apparently we had awoken an ant hill that went bonkers on her, and it was fun to reminisce. Both Christian and his sister were so easy to work with and just easy to be around. Christian put up with my terrible humor at trying to get him to laugh, and he was just amazing to work with as you can see by his photos! It was really difficult for me to narrow down his session because, seriously, all of his pictures were just amazing! I loooooooooooooooooooooooove his photos, so I hope that he an his family love them just as much as I do! I am pretty confident in saying that this young man will do great things in life!

Tannehill Family - Fall 2018

It is just crazy to me that I met the Tannehill family for Aiden’s 3 year session, and our last session was memorializing his 5 year milestone! Time really flies! Since then, I have had the honor of watching the Tannehill family grow to a family of 4 with little Landen! They are such a beautiful family! My own son will be turning 5 soon, and it is so bittersweet to see them change from really needing us to becoming more independent…just the height is what gets me! I notice the same thing when I see Aiden each time! The boys both change so much in what seems like such a short period of time…before we know it, it’ll be time for his senior pictures! AHHH!! SLOW DOWN, BOYS!! :)

Bob & Deanna's Kiddos! :)

I just love this family dynamic because it reminds me so much of mine growing up (three girls to one boy)! Miles may be outnumbered by the girls, but let me tell you, he will grow up knowing exactly how to handle himself! Bob & Deanna have created a beautiful family!

I loved spending time with these kiddos…I may or may not have been tackled during our session…hey, that’s what happens when you commit to what you’re doing! You gotta make it fun! :)

Fetcko Family - Fall 2018

If these kids don’t stop growing up so fast, I am going to FREAK OUT!!! They are some of the best kids that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, and I just love seeing the Fetckos grow each year... Now to be real, Kim and Mike don’t age I think…I mean seriously…but the kiddos…omg every time I see them, it just is a kick to my heart with how much they change! They are all so sweet…I love them!!!!!!! :)

The cliche is true about when you have true friends, even when you go a long time without seeing each other, when you do get to be together, you pick up where you left off and nothing changes. I am so lucky to have that with Kimmy and Mike! Even though we live in two different states now, whenever I see them, it always feels just like it did back when we were teenagers! (Well, I guess Mike was nev er a teenager when we met…me and Kimmy and our “old men” we married…ahahahaha.) I love all 5 of these amazing people so much! It is very clear how much love is in this family, and I feel lucky to know them all! <3 <3 <3

Videos

I am so excited to begin dabbling in family videos! I had the honor and pleasure of filming the moment my 3 year old nephew met his newborn baby brother…let me give you a bit of a back story….

My nephew is the sweetest, cutest, most thoughtful little boy. He has been so excited about being a big brother! He would sing to his “baby brodder” in his mommy’s tummy, tell him everything he was going to show him…I mean omg…it was the most adorable thing I had ever seen! I didn’t get to experience that with my own children because my son was so young when his sister was born…he couldn’t even talk yet…so as you can imagine, this was a whole other thing!!

I have always admired the work of other photographers who do family videos. In our area, Audrey Schultz of Where the Heart Is: Family Films, is AMAZING! Tara Fletcher of Tara Fletcher Photography is also INCREDIBLY talented and amazing, and both of these women have given me the priceless gift of a family video with our photo sessions, so it is something I have always wanted to provide to my own clients because I know how much love and emotion I have felt from watching my own videos. (They both have made me cry numerous times reviewing their amazing work…they are amazing!)

Back to my nephews! My little sister is my best friend. I love and adore this girl so much, and I knew that this was such a special moment for their family. I had one goal in mind - make her cry. I wanted to be able to give her this gift that no one else could give her that day. I was there for a large part of the day…I got to film my nephew walking up to the hospital with my mother, a balloon bouquet in hand, super excited to meet his brother. I got to see him meet up with his Daddy and tell him how excited he was. I got to see him get off the elevator, walk up to the room, and hand the balloons proudly to his Mommy while excitedly explaining to her what he got for his brother and what he had in is “pack pack” (backpack!)…it was beyond everything…just soooooooo precious! I got to witness him see his brother for the first time in his life, hold his hand, hold him in his arms, sing to him, tell him he was so cute and that he loved him…it was amazing.

And guess what? I made her cry when she watched her video. Mission accomplished!

I am going to be incorporating this experience in with my regular photo sessions in 2019. I think it is important to have goals in your business and change and evolve, and I thank the brilliant inspiration of the talented women around me in my local area as well as the inspiration that I get from my clients. I am just getting started with this facet of my business, and I look forward to growing and getting better with each session!

p.s. I would love nothing more than to share the video with you, but we do keep my nephews’ photos and videos private. Thank you for your understanding!