River: 3 years old

My sweet River – he is already THREE!  There’s really no other way to explain him except for pure JOY.  He has brought so much happiness into our lives, and he shines radiant beams from inside – you can just feel it pouring from him.  He is goofy, happy, fun, smart, adventurous, sweet, kind, cuddly and full of energy.  He keeps us on our toes and then he melts us in the same moment with his love.  He has formed a unique bond with his brother – something I never could have dreamed of.  They are best friends and spend almost every moment with each other.

I’m not quite ready to let go of calling him my baby (and who ever does, really – but luckily he still lets me).  He wants me to carry him everywhere, up the stairs, cuddle and fall asleep right next to him.  Yet he can keep right up with his big brother and will do anything we do.  He is the best companion and we feel so, so, so lucky to have him.  He’s captured our hearts.  We love you with everything we are, River!!!!

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grand haven // beach lifestyle session

When Carrie asked me if I would be interested in capturing their family photos in a documentary style on the beach – during their vacation with their good friends – I really didn’t even have to hesitate.  Vacation, beach, friends and a whole lot of SUN – yes, yes, yes!  I ventured out last week on a warm evening and got to hang out with both the Olsen’s and Coccia’s and immediately felt like part of the family.  My new best friend and tour guide, Bellamy, took my hand and immediately showed me all her favorite things – her dolls, her cottage room, her friends, the WATER, jumping rope and most importantly, where the fruit snacks were stored.  This is one vacation I was incredibly joyful to be a part of.

From the sun filled photos to the wonderful company, this evening was beautiful.  If you were to hang out with either of these families, you would also agree – big hearts, full of happiness and lots of fun.  I hope you enjoy a little peek into their gorgeous vacation!

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Carrie is so incredibly gorgeous.  This truly is a photo of a mother’s love right here – no mama is prettier than when they are hugging their babies.BeachFamily-45 Blog2 BeachFamily-47 BeachFamily-49 BeachFamily-50 BeachFamily-51 BeachFamily-52 BeachFamily-53 Time for some friends to join in for the party on the beach!BeachFamily-55 BeachFamily-56 BeachFamily-57 BeachFamily-58 Blog3 BeachFamily-60 BeachFamily-61 BeachFamily-62 BeachFamily-63 BeachFamily-64 BeachFamily-65 BeachFamily-66 BeachFamily-67 BeachFamily-68 BeachFamily-69 BeachFamily-70 BeachFamily-71 BeachFamily-72 BeachFamily-73 BeachFamily-74 BeachFamily-75 BeachFamily-76 BeachFamily-77 BeachFamily-78 BeachFamily-79 BeachFamily-80 BeachFamily-81 BeachFamily-82 BeachFamily-83 BeachFamily-84 BeachFamily-85 BeachFamily-86 BeachFamily-87If only I could share all of them – this has been much too long of a blog post, but what an incredible evening we had – and that sunset!!!!  xoxoxo

Finn // 7 years old

As I was putting Finn to bed the other night, I said “I can’t believe you will be SEVEN in a few days, Finn!  I just don’t think I can handle it!” and he said “Mom.  I will ALWAYS hug you!  Every day!  I will ALWAYS love you!  And I’m not going to change.  I mean, when I’m 7 tomorrow, I’ll be the same that I was at “six” today, mom.”  Good point.  I still can’t help but reminisce on his younger years and how fast they have gone.  I can’t begin to explain how thankful I am for Finn – and the joy we’ve had this past 7 years with him.

What has six brought us?  A LOT of questions about science, the earth, the world, God, life and everything in between.  It has brought us maturity, innocence, excitement, a few (or more) temper tantrums out of stubbornness, a level of independence that is both wonderful and scary all at once, lots of laughter, hugs & bedtime cuddles.  It’s the sweet spot we’re in – between the toddler years and the pre-teen years where I can see the man he will be but still get to enjoy the sweetness of his younger years.  He is the best big brother to River (they’ve grown such a bond that sometimes I just sit and watch them play with a smile on my face).  He’s my best little buddy and travel partner and makes my days brighter than they ever were before.

We did a small shoot this year because it was a bit cold outside and along with the sweetness of children comes the hard – we’ve been sick for the past three weeks and I think we’re still in the midst of it (please, Spring, come!) – but I also put together a little video that you’ll see at the end of this post!

Happy Birthday Finn!  You are the light of our lives and we love you so!

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His 7 year birthday video (which made me cry about 200 million thousand times, so I can’t even watch it anymore – but oh, the sweetness!):

brennen 5 years // mini session

Last weekend, before the crazy snow hit – I met up with Brennen (and his mom & little sister) for his 5 year session.  I photographed Brennen as a newborn – and seeing him at 5 years is just crazy.  He has grown so much, but what hasn’t changed is how adorable he is.  I seriously can’t get enough of him – and as you’ll see, he’s also got quite the silly sense of humor.  I was probably laughing at least half of his session ;)

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Andrea & Matt // Mini Maternity Session

Last weekend I had a few mini shoots that I can’t resist sharing; the first being Andrea and Matt’s maternity session.  I met Andrea (cough15cough) years ago (no, we ARE NOT old) or so when we both worked at Gap together.  We spent many nights working hard in that store and formed quite a bond!  Since then, we parted ways, but always were friends via social media where we could catch up on each other’s lives.  Meeting up with her this weekend showed me she is in one of the most beautiful stages of her life – with Matt (who clearly adores her so much – I could tell from the instant I saw them both together), a sweet baby girl growing, and surrounded by love.  Our little session was so much fun and I simply cannot wait to watch these two become parents to little Hannah!  You both are so wonderful – THANK YOU for letting me meet up with you on this chilly weekend :)

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