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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!

Catching the Sun

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“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, Writings to Young Women from Laura Ingalls Wilder: On Wisdom and Virtues

Walk in a favorite place. Soak in the sunshine. Bask in God’s goodness and love. Pray in adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication. Delight in all His blessings to you and yours. Breathe deeply and feel grateful. Go and serve others. Catch the sun. Share the Son.

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!

Lined Up

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Where did Summer go?

The watering cans, well-used, gave drinks to so many flowers and veggies

planted on our deck.

Now we’ve picked our last cherry tomatoes,

watered the impatiens and petunias for the last times,

and prepare to winterize soon.

But not too soon.

Please.

Give us more beautiful Autumn days to sprinkle thirsty flowers,

though spindly and fading,

just to enjoy the task.

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!

Fresh Produce–Healthy Eating

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We’re thankful to be able to grow tomatoes, peppers, and other veggies and herbs on our deck where the deer and squirrels aren’t likely to share in the feast!

This summer we planted two variety of reds–Roma and Cherry Girl, and two of yellow pear tomatoes. They are all still producing, though ripening slowly now that Fall temperatures have arrived. 

Sometimes a tomato or two doesn’t even make it into the kitchen. 

Pretty in Pink

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10 days fresh and new!

Waiting for Baby — Week 40

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Little Details from the Garden

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God’s beautiful creation details!

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.

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Willow in Autumn

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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

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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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Bougainvillea Blooms

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This potted bougainvillea has bloomed its heart out this summer, and is still giving us a great show of color off our patio area. I love the tiny white blossoms inside the coral leaf-petals. They’re so intricate and lace-like!

HS Senior Tessa

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!

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.

Bruno

 Yay! Bruno has been adopted into a new home with a family! He has been waiting for this for a lonnnnnng time!

I took his photo at a recent adoption event at Purina Farms, Gray Summit, MO.

Bruno has been just one of the hundreds of dogs fostered and adopted through Best Friends Furever (nonprofit) led by our friend Dee. She does AWEsome work to save so many four-pawed friends–dogs and cats–and has worked with agencies all over to get these pets placed into fur-ever homes. Kudos to Dee and her foster families!

Happy life, Bruno and your new family!

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.”

The S Family: Our Three Sons

Three bright-eyed, fun brothers — bright plaid shirts — a sunny November afternoon — what more could a photographer want?

I enjoyed trying a new lens and capturing these sweet faces as we walked from one location to another on a pretty day. Boys are SO MUCH fun! Rocks, sticks, leaves … silly stuff … gotta love it.

I just hope and pray Little Brother gets his five new teeth soon–they were really bothering him today, but he was a trooper and got through the session with flying colors. Thanks, guys, and thanks to your very fun parents too!

Stan

In September I was blessed to meet Stan, his wife, Pat, their children and grandchildren. They asked me to photograph their family in their yard and home and capture relationships and playful settings. I was so touched to see their loving interactions and how much everyone loved Stan, aka “Grumpy.” What an endearing nickname. He was anything but grumpy. He was full of loving words and hugs, and his eyes twinkled as he gathered the little grandkids to him, read them books, shared treats, and talked with them.

Stan entered heaven’s glory this past week after a challenging illness. I wish I had had the time to get to know Stan better. However,  I’m grateful for the two occasions we had to talk. I’m so thankful that Stan and Pat and their family know and believe that Jesus is their Savior and Friend! It’s always a comfort to know that a loved one is safe and in perfect joy in Jesus’ everlasting arms. And that all Christians will someday rejoice together in the heavenly home Jesus prepares for us!

Jesus said to Martha, “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.” John 11:25-26

The A Family

The A Family braved the hard frost and cold temps this morning and gave lots of smiles! In between locations at the park, we had our coats and gloves on, and they just kept the smiles a’comin’.  At times I couldn’t see the boys’ hands ’cause they tucked them into their sleeves. So we kept moving–jumping, skipping, and everything boys like to do.

Such a cute group of kids and grownups! Baby A and Toddler L were a happy pair with their cold, red noses. I was happy to get some of the sun’s flare today too. God shined on us and He warmed our backs and our hearts.

Thank you, A Family, for the opportunity to capture your dear family and your love for one another!

Sweet Baby Julian

Six months old already! How can that be???

Look at this little guy’s bright blue eyes!

What a bright-eyed, cheerful, happy baby boy Julian is! He’s 100% sweet!

He has a curiosity about all his surroundings and was so quick to grab the falling leaves all around him.

He’s a marathon rolling baby, and he kept his mommy busy rolling him back onto the blanket and grabbing grass and leaves from his mouth.

Thank you, dear Bene and Julian, for letting me spend some time with you at the park on this beautiful morning!

Magical Mia

Mia is a magical three-year-old who loves to go barefoot, eat strawberry ice cream, and spend vacation time with her grandparents.

As we roamed around the back yard, we kicked the dry, rustling leaves, and I captured Mia’s spirit–a little bit magical and a little touch of mischievous in her cute grin and sparkly eyes.

Mia wore a very special dress her grandma chose, with tiny yellow flowers embroidered down the front pleated sections.  It seemed appropriate to create a vintage black/white photo to showcase such a special little girl in her dress. And isn’t her haircut adorable?!

I hope you come back another day to play, Mia! And bring your grandma again too!

Easy Going Evan

This sweet little guy just celebrated his first birthday!

He was so content to sit in the grass, wiggle his feet, look at his Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar book from all angles, and watch the leaves fall.

A big thank you to Evan’s daddy and mommy for asking me to capture his sweet nature!

The H Family

Seven grandchildren, three family units, and three generations comprised an Autumn family photo session at a pretty park. This is a sampler of the shots straight out of camera from our evening time together as the sun began to set and the shadows grew long. 

What a beautiful loving family they are! And what polite and helpful children — their parents and grandparents can be proud and so thankful! I’m blessed to have been your family’s “shooter”!