I had a wonderful family session with the adorable Solly family just a few weeks ago. Now, I’m listening to the rain out my window, wondering how it went from 90 degrees sweat-dripping, mouth parching weather, to this glorious, earth replenishing goodness so quickly. It really does feel like fall. Yay! So now, posting “fall” pictures feels more appropriate right? Enjoy!
This was an epic summer for me! I did all the fun family stuff (beach, camping, lake days, boardwalk, shopping, etc…), but I also got to do a few things I have never done. I was asked to record a song on a live worship album that my church will be putting out next year. It was a completely unexpected invitation and something I have been wanting to do for a long time. THEN, on top of THAT glory, I was asked to shoot a very special wedding…. In Switzerland, just a few days later. Did I mention it was a DOUBLE wedding? Yeah… It was. All of this, of course, while being pregnant with my surprise fourth child Totally not tootin’ my own horn at all, haha. There were many challenges in all this for me. But it was worth every moment of working out the details. Just feeling very blessed and overwhelmed with goodness Now you know why I haven’t really spent a lot of time blogging. There wasn’t much to spare!!!
So, I had the honor and absolute privilege of being invited to shoot this double wedding in Bern, Switzerland this summer. And I got to bring along my amazingly talented second shooter, aka my husband, Nathan. So we went for a few days extra and did all that we possibly could to experience the chocolate and the alps in a short period of time. Rode a luge and a Gondola. Hubby had some beer atop a mountain. Where else do you do that? Did some fine dining and lots of walking and exploring. But we all know there’s nothing more important than the chocolate though, am I right?
This was my very first destination wedding. And it was held in one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen. It was an experience like no other and the wedding was unlike any I had previously attended. For starters, Switzerland has multiple languages. Both brides were from the German speaking region, while both grooms were from the Italian speaking region. And to make it even more exciting, their common language between each other is English. However, both families do not speak English, so there was really only one way to perform this wedding The wedding was done in English and translated into both German and Italian. So, it was much like going to two weddings, one right after the other, and both in several languages. Quite an experience, if you ask me. Now, prior to this experience, I had only been to weddings in the USA. Most weddings here have a similar thing going on. This wedding did not. Not only did this wedding have double the brides and double the grooms, it also had double the receptions. There was a more casual hors d’oeuvres reception (which I did not blog for sake of length) and an elegant dinner reception. The best way to describe the event was an all-day shindig with folks from near and far. And lucky for me, the gracious couples left plenty of time for portraits So please enjoy this doubly amazing wedding. I hope this post does it justice!
The flowers. Salome’s bouquet.
After a fun, busy, crazy summer, I got an exciting email from my friends, Derek and Becky, requesting a maternity session ASAP as their due date was coming quick. The only day to squeeze it in between a trip to Switzerland and kids starting school (since it was an out of town shoot), turned out to be pretty lucky as she went into labor the next day!!! So, we piled the kids in the car and took the nearly 3 hour trek to their neck of the woods. We had JUST been gone for a week without the kiddos, so we decided to make a day of it with the family and do some school shopping and ice cream getting and stuff like that Nathan took the kids out to eat and play at the park while we did a fabulous maternity session at their house. It was a blast. I got to hear some Derek Johnson original tunes in progress in the next room. In fact, at one point, we had music playing on the radio and I thought, wow, Derek sounds an awful lot like Mumford… Hahahaha. I know, I know… Silly me. Anyway, I’m so very pleased with the way these shots turned out and I loved getting to hang out with my friends that moved away a few months back.
Gosh I’ve been sitting on this shoot for a couple of months and the time has FINALLY come that I have the chance to share it with you! These were shot just a few days before Sarah gave birth to identical twin baby girls. We did a quick 30 minute shoot because it was soooooo hot and I didn’t want to torture her TOO much ;)!!! But she wears pregnancy with such grace and beauty, don’t you think? Simply gorgeous.
I apologize for my lack of blogging over the summer and, well, the year… haha. But I don’t apologize for all the amazing things I’ve been doing instead. Traveling, playing, changing diapers (well, I apologize for that one… blogging is a MUCH better idea), swimming, cooking, visiting family, hanging out with friends, getting pregnant (this definitely happened), recording a song on an album (dream come true), and soooooo much more!!! However, because of all this, I have oodles and oodles of shoots I’ve been wanting to share, but, again, sharing takes too long. I’d rather keep it all to myself, muahahahahaha. No, I really do want to share. So summer is officially over (the school break, not the season… It is still definitely summer the season… And still in the 90′s most of the time, if I’m being honest here) and 2 of my awesome kiddos are now in school. So, with fewer people under my constant radar, surely more photo shoots will make it past the post processing stage and into the showing off phase!!!! Surely!!!
Anyway, these are the Hows. They make cute babies. So they’re on a mission to populate the Earth with adorable children (at least that’s my interpretation). So far, they are doing a wonderful job. This is baby number 3. Enjoy the wonderful sunset pictures! Be inspired!!!
This is my nephew Vonn. Vonn Declan Isaac James Miller, to be exact. He came into the world at a whopping 10 pounds with a whopping five names. I have a feeling he will have a whopping personality to go with it all!!! He is the essence of sweet and cute and he’s got a good thing going here: four mommas (some call them sisters… they will count as moms for at least 3 years, I think…)!!!! Not many are lucky enough to have four moms upon arriving into the world. But this one does. So, note, don’t try to double cross him. Momma lions are not to be messed with We are so excited for the Millers to have their first boy!!!! So please, enjoy our little photo shoot. We had a good time
Sophie, my sweetness, was born last March. She was the joy and highlight of an otherwise difficult, emotion-filled year. She was my breath of fresh air on a constant basis. I say this daily, and I will probably continue: Sophie is amazing. She has the wonderful ability at 13 months old (now…) to have a sense of humor and make everyone laugh. She loves our backyard chickens and does the best “bock bock” you’ve heard. She’s very relaxed, but also busy and extremely happy. She loves life and family and food (just like her momma). There’s so much joy in this girl. I can’t wait to see how her friends look up to her and admire the way she carries herself, and yet, I can wait. I want her to stay my baby forever!!!! She has made our little family so much better than we could’ve imagined. I have been so anxious to post a Sophie blog with a bunch of my favorite shots of her first year, but man oh man, I didn’t know I’d have so many!!!! So, I can’t truthfully say that these are all my favorites because there are many more. I just ran out of time to pick more. I meant to post this MUUUUUUCH closer to her actual birthday. Instead, it’s a little over a month late, but oh so worth the wait Here is a sampling of my favorite Sophie pictures from her first year of life. I’ll start with her one year old photo shoot (taken about 2.5 weeks in to the 12 month mark). I adore her curls… And her smile… And her silliness… And everything about her My Soph.
It was brought to my attention yesterday that one of my photos had gone kind of viral. It could be found in over 14,000 places online, but none of it was credited to me OR my model. Who knows where it originated (other than my blog!), but someone found inspiration in it and pasted on a quote. Then it was all over the fitness blog world. ANYWAY, all of this is flattering and fabulous until you realize, uh, no one has a clue who’s work this is… And it’s MINE! There is obviously no way to change what’s been done. And I guess I was too naive to put a watermark on my images. I tried to message one of the facebook pages I found the picture on and was blocked! The nerve! So, I’m doing the next best thing I can think of. I contacted my friend, Kathrine Kunde, the trainer in the photos, and asked her to give me some “Kathrine Quotes” that we could paste on the pictures ourselves. So, here is what we came up with. I want to encourage anyone and everyone to share them, pin them, facebook them, blog them…. Just don’t take off the copyright please Hopefully 14,000 more people will be inspired by these images.
I know I’ve said this many a time before, and I’ll probably say it again, but bear with me anyway… I LOVE MATERNITY PHOTOS!!!!!! There, I feel better. Why? Why do I love it so much? I have no idea? I don’t like being pregnant. But I do like babies. And I do like making pregnant women see how gorgeous they look while GROWING A PERSON! And making sure they remember just how much they stretched out to grow their little person. How they “made room” in their life for more love. That must be it… I have a serious thing here. Please, please, please, I beg of you, send all your pregnant friends to me for portraits. I seriously can’t get enough
This beauty is my twin sister-in-law (my husband’s twin). She’s especially special. And this pregnancy was especially special for many reasons. One reason is that she is having her very first boy after 3 girls!!! Well, actually, he’s been born. So stay tuned for some serious cuteness coming up soon. The number one feeling they’ve had about this boy from the get-go is that he was a sign of hope and that his name was to bear hope. So they searched and searched for the perfect name that would evoke nothing but hope. And they most certainly did! His epic (that’s right, EPIC) nameS (yep, plural) have such perfect meaning. And even though this isn’t his post, I’ll still tell you his name so that when you finally see him, you can enjoy it all the more… ya know… the anticipation bit Vonn (hope) Declan (man of prayer) Isaac (laughter) James (his grandpa’s name). Enjoy this bump. Baby coming soon.
When dear friends move far away (ok, not that far, but far enough to not see them often), meeting their new babies sometimes doesn’t happen soon enough!!! Next time I see this little guy he will probably be twice this size. These little ones grow so darn fast, I was lucky to get to see him at just 2.5 weeks old and squeeze in a newborn photo shoot. Also lucky was the perfect weather this fine March day. We got to do little nakey pictures outside and I gotta say, he was loving it. Thanks guys for the fun little shoot. And I didn’t really even notice until editing that I got sooooo many shots of him and his proud daddy. Pretty cute, I must say He is fabulous. Enjoy!