I adore all the gorgeous subjects I get to photograph, from newborns to grandparents and everyone in between!  One of my favorite aspects of my job is getting to see and document families as they expand, grow and change from year to year.  I love to make a connection with every family and capture the spirit and love that make each one unique and beautiful.  Last year, I had the pleasure of doing family portraits for the lovely family pictured below.  It is amazing how much their adorable little girl has grown…and so exciting that now she’s going to be a big sister!  She is so sweet, I just know she’s going to be amazing and dote on her new little sibling!

As this family goes from three to four, the love just grows as well.  It’s such an incredible concept, the infinite nature of love.  Hearts and souls expand and the more love we let flow from us, the more we are filled.  It is my goal for the love in each family to shine through my photographs of them.  When you view them, I hope you can feel that love, be filled and be inspired to love those around you even more.  Perhaps it’s too much to expect that from family portraits, but the amount of love I put into them and feel from them makes me believe that they can be more than just pictures.

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I love action shots!  Not like “action movie style man walking toward the camera away from a grand explosion” kind of action shots (although they have their place, I’m sure), but real action shots of real people interacting naturally with each other.  Not posed, not forced…just being themselves with the ones they love.  I love the natural laughter and smiles – the ones that don’t come from saying, “Cheese!”  I love little kids running and jumping and swinging and LIVING and just having fun!  I love the looks of adoration and amusement that parents have only for their children.  I love capturing expressions that come only when one doesn’t feel as if they’re being watched.  Perfectly candid shots are my absolute favorite.  Most of all, I love photographing life as it happens and as it is rather than trying to turn it into something it isn’t.  Life isn’t in the poses, it’s in the action that happens in between.  That’s what I want my pictures to reflect.  (Of course I’m not above posed pictures, but I do love the action shots!)

(If you want to see more of this fabulous family in action, check out a previous post of this session here.)

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“There ain’t nothin’ not affected
When two hearts get connected
All that is, will be, or ever was.
Every single choice we make
Every breath we get to take
Is all because two people fell in love.”

~Brad Paisley, “Two People Fell in Love”

I love that song by Brad Paisley.  It’s amazing to think how each life is a result of generations of love stories.  (I realize that in many instances “love” may not have been involved, of course, but I’m choosing to focus on the positive here 🙂 . )  There are so many minuscule things throughout the history of mankind that, had they gone differently, would have kept you or me from ever existing.  It is incredibly humbling to think that our entire existence could have been compromised by the slightest deviation from the way events took place.  So when I look at and photograph a newborn, I’m not just seeing that child; I’m seeing an entire history of love stories that have taken place…and many more yet to come.

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“Out on the ocean sailing away
I can hardly wait
To see you come of age
But I guess we’ll both just have to be patient
‘Cause it’s a long way to go
A hard row to hoe
Yes it’s a long way to go
But in the meantime

Before you cross the street
Take my hand
Life is what happens to you
While you’re busy making other plans.

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy.”

~John Lennon “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)”

I know this will come as no surprise to any of you, but sometimes things in life don’t go as planned.  For example, I was supposed to photograph the birth of this awesome little boy pictured below.  He (and God, of course) apparently had other plans, though, as he arrived seven weeks early.  Because I was not yet on-call for his arrival, I wasn’t able to be there.  🙁  That didn’t derail our plans for his newborn pictures, however, so we did get some wonderful shots of this beautiful boy shortly after his birth.  I have also had the privilege of photographing him and his lovely parents every single year since.  🙂

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The many facial expressions of newborn babies are so fascinating to watch!  Their eyes are constantly adjusting to light and trying desperately to focus on the new world around them.  Their mouths and tongues are almost always moving, whether asleep or awake, alternating between practicing nursing, smiling, grimacing, yawning and a whole range of other movements which I couldn’t possibly describe.  I love ALL of the amazing faces that newborns make!

These interesting, adorable and sometimes comical expressions are part of how babies are adjusting to and taking in this giant, unfamiliar world in which they now live.  Long before any self-consciousness sets in (and certainly WAY before they will take a zillion selfies to get the most flattering angle and facial expression), these little ones have neither concern nor concept about whether or not they have the slightest photogenic quality.  They simply exist and, in doing so, are absolutely perfect.  Case in point:  this sweet little guy (in gorgeous dark teal blue…LOVE!) whose facial expressions are just priceless!

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