Category Archives: Families

The B Family – Life on Their Ohio Farm

When J and K asked me to capture their family’s lifestyle photos on their farm, I was excited to meet them. A day of thunderstorms almost thwarted our efforts. But late in the evening, a rainbow appeared over the soy bean fields, and the sky cleared for us to meet on their farm. I said a thank-You prayer. What a beautiful location!

I was in photographer’s heaven on earth to see all the colorful sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias, gladiolas, marigolds, and sweet peas K had planted in addition to his corn and bean crops. I gasped when I saw the beautiful old barn wood, pallets, stone piles, and tractors to include in backgrounds. What fun we had moving from one spot to the next!

But most important, what a loving, caring family I was blessed to meet and get to know for a couple hours. How many parents have teens and pre-teens who beg to have their photos taken with their parents and never tire of the directions and suggestions? In fact, they had their own awesome suggestions for me to include in their photos.

This evening was above awesome! Take a look and see!

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A natural “frame” for dad and mom! And how about that girl power?

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Kudos to these parents! Their kiddos showed so much love and respect.

They definitely mimic what they see and hear.

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Awww! One of my many favorites. Dear Daughter’s expression makes me giggle.

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A hardworking TEAM B!

I didn’t bring tool props. They are REAL and we didn’t look far for them.

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The wildflower garden by their country home.

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The brick walkway and arbor that K built, leading to their home’s front door.

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These kids don’t just love each other. They LIKE each other too.

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The B Family and kitty Eenie. They told me an eagle nests in the woods behind them.

We didn’t see it on this evening though.

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This father’s love for his daughter is amazing to see. So protective.

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The guys enjoy their hobbies!

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Eenie gets a lot of love from her sweet and spunky friend! Oh does she have beautiful eyes too. Eenie’s friend, I mean!

Aren’t those denims drying on the clothesline the best?!

And the textures on this farm just made me over the top happy.

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Dear Daughter — I love how her initials had been painted on the barn by the previous farm owners.

Had to gobble up that opportunity for a perfect background for her!

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Now you see how much FUN I had with the B Family!

It was a blessing to be with you all. Let’s do it again sometime!

Waiting for Baby

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This sweet family welcomed their second daughter into the world just a few days after I captured these photos for them in a nearby park. 

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Lilly looks forward to sharing her beanie animals with her baby sister Abby.

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 Big sister Lilly was excited because she got to choose Little Sister’s shoes for some of the photos.

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Five Decades of Love

Five Decades of Love

There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. ~~Martin Luther

Happy 50th wedding anniversary to this fun and loving couple!

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Live. Love. Dance.

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The original wedding party peeps came to celebrate!

And so did their 18 grandchildren (though missing one on this day) … showing some love …

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and some more LOVE in their family circles of children and grandchildren … here’s one of those “Ewww, they’re KISSing!” moments captured! Yes, grandparents still kiss!

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Backyard tables were tented and beautiful decorated with floral arrangements and “word” stones to capture the sentiments of the celebration …

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H and MS, thank you for the opportunity to capture moments during your family’s celebration! God’s blessings for many more happy, healthy, and fun years together!

Morning in the Park

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The G Family met me at the neighborhood park for some play time. Their youngest son just turned six months old and he used his core strength to sit well for the very first time without toppling over! Big brother (14) adores his little brother and was so helpful in keeping him happy by blowing bubbles and  supplying him with colorful props!

Look at little B’s beautiful eyes and eyelashes! His bright personality shined through the whole morning!

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I love to capture photos of a family having fun — they got some tickle time!

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We took a break and got out the St. Louis’ famous Fitz’s Root Beer, complete with old fashioned striped paper straws decorated with bow ties for the guys and a girly pink bow for mom! How cute is little B with his bow-tied sippy cup!

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What a handsome dad and son combo!

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Happy Father’s Day to this very special dad!

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Baby Lia

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Nine days new!

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The H Family

The H Family

Have a holly, jolly Christmas!
I had a jolly time with the H Family Saturday afternoon and evening, capturing them in their adorable PJs and playing with a variety of props!

The lighting was quite challenging, but worth the effort — even the untangling of the wires many times as we moved them from front yard to inside to deck to front yard again!

This is one happy, hearty, “(w)holesome” family who knows how to celebrate!

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A favorite outtake while we were waiting for the sun to disappear … Grandma kept W warm in the red blanket while Miss M played with the banner behind them!

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Willow in Autumn

Willow in Autumn

Willow, get ready to blow out one more candle on your birthday cake!

We had a super sunny, windy, chilly day to capture your family, and it was fun x three!

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When it got too cold, we joined your Grandma and Pop inside in a sunny spot!

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Can They Get Any Cuter?

Can They Get Any Cuter?

G & C celebrated 13 years of marriage recently. Their zest for life and love for each other bubbles over to everyone who is around them! They are  cuteness and faithfulness and loveliness personified! So glad they asked me to capture some fun moments in the park!

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Love in the Sun

Love in the Sun

Gary & Cari’s love for each other and their “boys” shines as brightly as the sun. What a fun play time we all had at the park as I got some great captures for their walls and memory albums! Rufus, Roscoe, and Brian, you deserve some delicious treats!

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Little Details

Little Details

A mother’s brooch on a bride’s bouquet

Love Is in the Air

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How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!

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There are SO many quotes about love.

My favorite is “Love is a VERB.”

I pray that this dear couple experiences much love as they prepare to make a life together through marriage and family.

I pray that their third “cord” in their relationship as husband and wife is Jesus Christ, the One who demonstrates perfect love and forgiveness to us all.

I wish you much happiness, D and B!

A Celebration of 50 Years of Marriage

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D and E look at her original wedding band, now too thin to wear, but a perfect addition to her charm bracelet of life’s special memories.

For you see, each day I love you more today…

more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.  ~Rosemonde Gerard

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her wedding veil,

and her wedding pearls,

chosen by her mother, and given to her as a gift from her groom.

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

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D and E in their beautiful yard …a special place

that holds wonderful memories of family and friends gathering together.

Every love story is beautiful, but OURS is my favorite.

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Live. Love. Laugh. Dance!

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How happy! How blessed! How thankful!

The roses they hold are from a special rose bush in their yard.

What a wonderful memory it is that D’s mother went along with him and E to select this rose color.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream!

~C.S. Lewis

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Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. 

~Corrie Ten Boom

God’s blessings, dear D and E!

I pray that you always know God’s love and care for you.

I pray that He gives you many more happy years together!

I pray that wherever you make your home, God is the center of it.

You are an inspiration to all who know you and love you dearly.

Madagascar Orchid Show

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“The Orchid Show–Madagascar 2013” is in full bloom through March 31 at the St Louis Botanical Garden. It’s a colorful and fragrant place to visit during the dullness of the winter!

The Garden has about 7,000 individual orchid plants representing approximately 280 genera and more than 2,500 unique orchid taxa.

Volunteers spend weeks designing and arranging the orchid show each year. This year’s theme highlights the Garden’s long-standing research and conservation work in Madagascar.

See more about the Missouri Botanical Garden by visiting http://www.mobot.org or by liking their facebook page: Missouri Botanical Garden.

Angelic Willow

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This tiny tot just turned TWO and is mesmerized by all the magic of the Christmas season! She has the clearest, bluest eyes and gorgeous eyelashes … as well as perfect “angelic” hair!

Willow held the soft, plush baby Jesus and rocked him in front of the Christmas tree while I enjoyed every minute of this session for her family.

Merry Christmas to Willow and her entire family, and may your new year be bright and wonderful!

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Seriously cute, fun, and sweet — what a joy it was to capture casual photos for Tessa and her family!

The brisk wind was challenging. So we just pretended we were in a Hollywood shoot and used it to our advantage.

We sneaked sister Kayla into some photos too. Here’s one fun out-take!

In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips.

Sisters go together like peanut butter and pickles. They’re just RIGHT together.

Thank you for asking me to capture your casual senior year photos! God’s blessings for an exciting school year and in all your life adventures!

Lovely in Lavender

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Fresh as a daisy … only 11 days “new” …

Her mommy chose her dress, her big sister chose her headband and flower, and her grammy crocheted the lavender afghan for her. She is dearly loved.

I’m so glad I got to meet her so soon after her birth and take photos for her family. Except for a few minutes of sleep time photos, she was wide awake and watching everything, and by the time we finished, it appeared that Baby Elena wanted to talk too! I wonder what she was thinking!

Love Serene

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A baby girl is a precious gift wrapped in love serene.

Welcome to the world, baby Elena!

I thank the Lord for you and for your loving family.

Doesn’t her daddy’s gaze toward her just melt your heart?

And isn’t she lovely on lavender?

A First Father’s Day

Happy First Father’s Day to this young, new daddy!

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“I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing, when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.”
~~Charles Dickens

i heart faces – beautiful b&w

Year-old Ava

hugs her fuzzy cat

then jumps from her white rocker

and gives me her best flirty eyes!

I could eat her up!

Be sure to check out all the beautiful b&w captures for this month’s challenge at i heart faces!

A Wee Bit of Heaven

Almost a year ago …

A wee bit of heaven drifted down from above, 
   a handful of happiness, a heartful of love. 
   ~Helen Steiner Rice

Singing, dancing, clapping her hands, laughing and smiling, and trying her best to make a fast getaway — Willow is so good at all of these!

On a cold, windy Autumn day, I got together with her and her grandparents for an indoors playtime/photo shoot. Willow got to meet and greet Leo the Lion, my vintage puppet, who never fails to set the friendly tone for our time together.

This almost-year-old babe/toddler is pure joy–she fills many hearts with love!

Her grandpa already has her helping him in the garden, and grandma has shown her around the kitchen too. But for now, Willow prefers the bookshelf, where she sits surrounded by all her colorful storybooks.  In the Spring I look forward to capturing her with her trowel and watering can.

The P Family

God gave us a gorgeous afternoon for the P Family photo session at a park  …

Gianna recently celebrated her FIRST birthday. She’s a real-life doll with a  twinkle in her eyes.

Big sister, Mary Rene, is caring and sweet. She loved every minute on the climbing wall and the playground slides.

I hope the P Family enjoys their captures, and I thank the Lord for just the “right light.”

Refreshing Water

Presenting Little Miss A!

Babies are bits of stardust, blown from the hand of God. ~Baretto

This morning I met Baby Addison and her mommy, and we had some playtime in their beautiful yard.  She had just gotten her pretty mani in prep for her photo sesh! Just 3 1/2 months old, she had some serious moments, but wasn’t camera shy at all, and she gave us a few small smiles and a lot of baby babble. The morning light made her beautiful eyes sparkle.

Addison, you’re AdOrAbLe from head to toe! And your mommy has the cutest outfits and girly accessories for you too! I had so much fun with you and I look forward to even more in the future.  Muuaaaah!

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Waiting patiently is a huge part of motherhood!

Since this photo, Erin is now the proud mama of a baby boy! And Caiden’s grandma is mighty proud too!

Head over to iheartfaces to see the beautiful photo tributes to motherhood–this week’s theme challenge.

J & B – Formal and Playful

To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness. ~Robert Brault

B & J wanted a variety of photos this spring, so we found a pretty outdoor location in between the rain and wind storms. They’re a dear couple with great love for each other that shows through their natural photos. Except for a formal shot, no posing was allowed here!

I’m so glad we got together and made this session happen, despite Mother Nature’s constant barrage of bad elements. I’m so glad you endured the long drive to spend a recent weekend together.  My heart was warmed. 🙂

Thanks to both of you for letting me use my janeography time and talents with you and for you!

Sisters, Flowers, & Chocolate Chips

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.  ~Author Unknown

And my favorite “sisters quote”:

In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips. ~Author Unknown

These sisters are definitely flowers AND chocolate chips!

Little Miss Ava Is ONE!

A bundle of energy! A petite princess! An angelic one-year-old! This is Miss Ava Gabriella!

Ava, it seems like yesterday I was shooting your newborn photos! Now you’re quite the little model, showing off your climbing and balancing skills, sharing your gray puppy with me, looking so cute in your dressy dress, girly tutu, and even just a diaper.

Happy first birthday, dear Ava!

I’m enjoying watching you grow & learn new things — catching you sticking out your tongue at me and teasing me with your toys — and getting your photos for your family. Now don’t grow up too fast, please!

This Girl Loves to Play!

It didn’t matter that she was dressed to a “T” — after some more formal portraits, Miss Reese wanted to play on the park’s playground, and that’s just what we did!

She’s a five-year-old packed with energy and determination, she has a delightful and caring nature, and she shows off her mischievous and teasing personality in her twinkling eyes and cute smile.  I could just keep on taking her photos forever.

Singin’ in the Rain

and Baby, It’s Cold Outside were just two of the themes during this photo session with sisters R & R — they are such fun girls!

Their eyes sparkled and they played “Mary Poppins” when the wind gusted under their brightly colored umbrellas. Whoosh! Let’s have a tea party in the treetops! I actually thought we might! We laughed and laughed!

Instead, the girls and their mom and I agreed we’d all have hot chocolate with marshmallows once we got into our warm homes!

I count those pretty reflections in the puddles as bonuses in my photo-fun-day!  Thanks, sweet girls, for playing along with me on a chilly winter day!

Mike & Laura Waiting for Baby

Baby! It’s COLD outside!

Mike & Laura met me on Sunday afternoon for a few maternity shots just one week before their baby girl’s due date.  The blustery wind made us move from site to site quickly, and the new daddy- and mommy-to-be were so fun & natural to capture.

As we got fast photos and talked, they decided to get their little bag packed for this week’s antiticipated excitement, with a harsh winter ice and snow storm on its way. I reminded Mike to pack some soothing lotion to give Laura a much needed massage.

Talk about EXCITING! … The day after this photo session, Laura texted me from the hospital with the happy message that their baby girl had been born.

Thank You, Lord, for Baby C’s safe arrival, and for a healthy and happy new little family. I look forward to capturing Baby C’s newborn photos for you, Mike and Laura!