a day in the life // my kids

A while back I came across an online class that talked about photographing more real moments in a family's life. Less posed- more raw and candid moments. I absolutely fell in love with this whole concept of family photography. Some of my favorite photos of my kids are when they have no clue I am even taking a picture of them.

I decided I want this to be available as one of my photo packages to choose from. How fun would it be to spend a few hours with a family while they are home baking cookies or doing some of their favorite arts and crafts. Or join them at their favorite park that they visit every week. Or lunch at their favorite spot or a stroll through Farmer's Market. I think you get it. So at some point soon I will have all the details available for those who might be interested in doing one.

Yesterday I decided to just focus on photographing my 2 little ones through out the day. Nothing set up, just capture moments through out the day as they happen. I didn't put them in a special outfit, didn't clean up their rooms, I even left the peanut butter and jelly their sweet cheeks (well I tried but that was a battle I wasn't going to force)- I just photographed them how they were and acted. To some a picture of breakfast might not be anything special, but kids LOVE bagels and they love PB & Js so to have some of these moments saved for the future I think are kind of special. These are the moments I am going to want to remember years down the road. I am hoping to putting these all in a book and make a point to do one of these shoots for my own family every so often.


portraits // marks family

Playing catch up!
I had so much fun photographing the Marks family the end of last year. We went to high school together and it has been so much fun to watch each others little ones grow up over the years. I was so excited to photograph them, I mean they are such a beautiful family- obviously!


portraits // dugan family

Back in early December (yes, I have been slacking) I had the pleasure of photographing this adorable family! Sonia and I met through social media (Instagram to be exact) and we have tons of mutual friends, but had never met in person. I was so thrilled when she contacted me about getting some photos done of her family, we would finally meet in person! We had so much fun and have plans for future kiddo play dates as well!


portraits // sweet 16

This past weekend I got to surprise a lovely birthday girl celebrating her 'Sweet 16' with a fun photoshoot. My friend Shelby set up a birthday scavenger hunt for Alexa around town, hitting each planned spot then revealing a clue to the next. What a fun way to celebrate with friends!
Of course it decided to rain through out the morning, not what we had anticipated. But we made it work and those girls were troopers! Alexa's mom was so sweet to hold an umbrella over me to- THANK YOU!!
Hope you had a wonderful birthday Alexa!


portraits // flynn family

The Flynn Family- Bob, Jenn, Johnny & Lena. This family has been with me since the beginning of my photography journey. And every time we have so much fun and laugh so hard.
These kids are the cutest too. I find conversations with little ones are the best, and Johnny did just that. They whole family are DIE.HARD Packers fans and Johnny proceeds to tell me that it's his favorite team. He then proceeds to exclaim that his mom likes the Vikings! HA!



portraits // hughes, ames & waddell families

To say this shoot was fun, is an understatement- I had such a blast with this whole group! We went to a local Tree Farm and just went to town!
So many great photos, so much laughter, so many memories made.


portraits // anderson family

Meet Matt, Lyndse, and Olivia- this trio make up the awesome Anderson Family. I had the privilege to photograph this adorable family this past weekend. They were full of laughs, which made for such a great session. 
And how cute is Olivia! Her baby blues kind of take my breath away. 

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