Category Archives: Families

A Christmas Reunion

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What a surprise it was to have friends and caregivers from 500 miles away visit on Christmas day! 

The smiles say it all! 

Thank you, Lord, for such special peeps!

Twice the Love!

Two little blessings sent from above … twice the smiles, twice the LOVE!

Can you tell this family loves all things STL Blues and Disney?

Welcome to Our World!

Big sister and brother meet their newborn sister and are all smiles and cuddles!

These two are going to be both entertainers and protectors of her. 

They loved on her and counted all her toes and fingers too!

It’s Times TWO!

“Pregnancy is getting company inside one’s skin …” and for these parents, it’s times TWO!

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Two great joys are coming soon, and their grand family adventure is about to begin!

I’m so excited, happy and thankful for these sweet parents and so grateful that they included me in documenting their expectant-parent journey!

I can’t wait to hear about their Double Delivery!

Soon to be a Family of Five

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“Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.”

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“You are pregnant and you are powerful. You are bold and you are beautiful. Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your contentedness. Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you.”

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DSCF3105 (2JLP) “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new…and so in you the child, your mother lives on, and through your family continues to live… so at this time look after yourself and your family as you would your mother for through you all she will truly never die.”

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“To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.”

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“Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of Mother’s Love.” – Maureen Hawkins

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“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.”  –Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

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“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for.”

I’m grateful to have captured these fun and precious moments in the park for this family who will soon meet their child #3!

 

 

Writing a Note to Daddy

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“I love you, Daddy,” in his own words and writing. Look at that pencil-holding form! And his serious focus on his task! What a memory to preserve! He’s the little guy who drops what he’s doing to run to the door and hug Daddy’s legs when he gets home from work. Who could ask for anything more?

This is a sample of my lifestyle (aka “follow the child while he/she plays for precious captures”) photography.

The Extended B Family

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It was a gorgeous afternoon in the park when I was privileged to capture the extended B family’s photos! We had fun talking about their holiday traditions and between posings, they laughed and tickled each other and made this session so much fun! Great Grandma, grandparents, siblings, and cousins got to be included in photos — something they had not had for quite a few years. God’s blessings to the B Family for wonderful holidays ahead!

The B Kids in Autumn Colors

Autumn is a favorite time of year to capture children’s photos amid the gorgeous Fall glowing leaf and sky colors!

Being able to document these children and their sweet personalities is pure joy. Each one is so different, so caring and kind, so special! They have great parents and are so blessed in many ways! I feel blessed to know them and see them often!

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Golden sunshine blessed us with great light on the afternoon of this dear couple’s anniversary photo session! These are just a handful of the captures for their anniversary book. I can’t wait to see which one they chose for their canvas wall art! I couldn’t have asked for more natural subjects! They are a great example of love and commitment for all who know them and witness their kindness and service to others.

Fall Fun

Who doesn’t like weaving spider webs for plastic spiders?

Or scraping the guts out of a pumpkin and saving the slimy seeds to roast?

Just a couple “lifestyle photos” in my Fall Family season collection! Super Fall Fun!

A Heritage

“Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3

Creamy and Dreamy and a Tea Party Too

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Her great aunt wore this organza slip and dress as a flower girl about 70 years ago. She asked that I photograph her grand-niece wearing it, and this is just one of many captures as she played on her bed.

My style is simply to follow a child as he/she plays and capture the memories!

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Sweet P phoned her cousins to ask them to come to her tea party. She was so excited!

Among her guests were Chloe Bunny, Barney Cabbage Patch, Benedict Bunny, and Piglet.

No one minded that this Two served tea and cookies in her pink and white slips.

A good time was had by all!

Sunset at Taneycomo

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The worst day of fishing is better than the best day at work.

Sunset fishing at Lake Taneycomo in southern Missouri. He got his line wet, the fish weren’t biting, but he went to sleep relaxed.

It’s all about the bait. And being patient.

Fishing vs Catching

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“A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work!”

These two with their O’Pa at a favorite pond are simply happy to be casting and reeling and catching little biters.

Rest in Peace – Auf Weidersehen

Today is All Saints’ Day on the Christian church calendar. It’s a day to celebrate those sinner-saints who have gone before us to their heavenly rest.

During this beautiful Autumn season I’ve spent some time walking and photographing in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St Louis, MO, not far from where we live.

When my parents moved from Ohio to the St Louis area in early 2015, they changed their plans so that this national cemetery would be their final resting place.

Our dad is now at perfect peace and has been committed to JBNC since his recent passing from this earth. It’s a sad/happy time for us. Sad because we miss him so much–almost daily visiting, laughing, eating ice cream together, singing and listening to polka music, hearing his great stories about family and World War II and travel experiences and more.

We’re happy and comforted to know that we’ll see him in heaven someday, because we believe Jesus’ promise that’s written in John 11:25-26: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

God blessed Dad with almost 95 years of life on this earth, with a beautiful and loving bride of 70 years plus, and with a caring family and many friends. For all this, we’re so thankful.

See you later, Dad.

“In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song.”

“For every sin on Him was laid; here in the death of Christ I live!”

 

A Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Little sister brought her baby brother her favorite bookThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle–and he was completely mesmerized by it, as you can see!

The cocoon and hat were crocheted by Lake Effect Creations. You can find her Etsy shop online at etsy.com

Isn’t he adorable in it? A beautiful creation in God’s world!

Zzzz.

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Siblings in Summer

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She Flew

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The sun began to set.

And then she flew.

Tiny dancer!

Tiny Details

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These are a few of my favorite things!

Eyelashes. Ears. Fingers. Toes. Baby skin.

Tiny noses, lips, and chins.

What a precious miracle he is!

These Eyes…These Eyelashes

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“The eyes are the windows to the soul.” ~ English Proverb

Dear little one, I wonder what I look like to your eyes! I love looking into yours!

 

Daddy, Hold My Hand

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Parenting isn’t “a walk in the park”! But this daddy makes it look easy as he and little one reach for each other’s hand and walk on a mild winter afternoon.

So little. So big. Looking up. Looking down. Reaching up. Reaching down. So trusting. So giving.

It’s great to see a father’s love and a daughter’s trust. May it grow and grow, bloom and blossom!

 

This Dancer Shines

This young miss SHINES at whatever she does! She dances, she sings, and she excels in middle school too! She has love in her heart that radiates to everyone around her, and that love beams through her beautiful blue eyes. She shares Jesus’ love with those around her, both near and far, in family, church and school family, and mission opportunities.

I captured her sweet personality along with a bit of her impish nature at various locations for her headshots — these samples are from inside a horse barn to outdoors on a snow-covered path. I do have a favorite! Each is very different with the natural light settings — from cool to very warm — that we found along the way.

With a smile and sparkling eyes like these, I know whatever photos her parents submit for her 2016 Muny Opera application headshots will shine for the decision-makers. Better yet, I know she’ll nail her auditions! I look forward to seeing her in the summer productions!

Lord, I pray that Your light will shine through this young girl, that she will grow in her faith and stand unashamed of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior and Friend. Help her words and actions to always reveal Your light that lives in her and draw others to You!  Give her the confidence and boldness to always take a stand for You in her life experiences. Guide her as she grows to be the young woman You want her to be!

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

 

 

 

 

Loving Her Swing!

Oh, how I love to go up in the swing, up in the swing so high!

We had a beautiful Autumn day to capture some outdoor photos with this little P and her O’Pa. I love seeing her toothy smile and his big, caring hands in the photos. What fun it is to swing!
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A Walk in the Park

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Autumn … Ahh!

Leaf colors are beginning to change.

It couldn’t have been a more beautiful morning for this long walk in the park!

Big Girl High Chair

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How big are you?

Big enough now to sit in the old wooden high chair for a few minutes to capture this photo for posterity!

She’s 10 months already and loves the outdoors, but she must have wondered, “Why am I sitting outside without any lunch?”

It would be awesome to see a photo of her great-great-great grandfather sitting in his high chair as a baby–but as far as the family knows, those photos were never taken.  We can only imagine little Oliver!

She got kinda flirty and gave me some eyelash love. Butterfly kisses. Gotta love that and her always-wiggly little toes too!

Paloma at Seven Months

We made a wish, and you came true.
Muuwah!

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Once you’re parents, your marriage matters more, not less, because someone special is counting on you.

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“Babies are such a nice way to start people.”
― Don Herold

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I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May. Well, I guess you’ll say what can make me feel this way? My girl!

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First we had each other. Then we had you. Now we have everything!

 

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Pretty in Pink

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10 days fresh and new!

Waiting for Baby — Week 40

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The H Family

A fun family + a beautiful day + a country setting = a GREAT time “shooting” this family!

These parents and their teens were a joy to capture and though we had just met, they were naturals and we had fun together.  I loved how they coordinated their colors to brighten the country landscape and the rustic settings.

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The H Family chose to have their photos taken near a very special, old tree in their neighborhood complete with the wooden wagon and the biggest rope and wooden swing I’ve ever seen. Can you imagine how high that swing might go?

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When they asked if I’d shoot them as they held their guns, I knew I’d be safe with them! 

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This fun-loving couple celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in September …  this would make a great celebration spot with wine, cheese and crackers,  and moonlight!

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Aren’t they the cutest? I love their bright blue eyes and happy smiles!

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The country setting and great light made me grateful for this beautiful afternoon shoot … I’m glad they left this old stump in the yard! 

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We ended their family “shoot” by including their beautiful Labs — these guys are all brothers and couldn’t have been sweeter to pose for this shot. I hope they got some good treats! This would make one great canvas wall art for their home. What a pleasure it was to meet this family and capture some special moments for their memory albums and wall frames. One may even become their Christmas photo for 2014!

Thank you to the H Family for purchasing my photography gift certificate at the Silent Auction, and for supporting our Heart for Honduras mission trip! I was blessed in many ways, especially by going as part of the mission team and by meeting and photographing your dear family.

The N Family — Baby Countdown!

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The last trimester — the nesting time — has begun, and both pink and blue and neutral colors were included in some special photos in a favorite park, documenting this couple’s waiting for baby who is due in early November. 

He’s so happy! She’s very radiant! We were all very wet in the rain, but glad we met and captured these special photos.

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And one more, SOOC — they don’t need anything to enhance their cuteness.

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