Tag Archives: Families

Chloe, Betty, & Her HS Friend

This clever saying was stitched onto a needlepoint pillow in Betty’s home:

“A dog has a master. A cat has a staff.”

So true!

I captured these snapshots last week when I visited Betty, who is healing well from a broken hip and surgery, and her H.S. friend.  Thank You, Lord.

Betty and her cat, Chloe, are true besties! They adore one another.

I truly think each is a “staff person/staff furson” for the other.

Six Month Old Sweetheart

Willow Sophia is six months old already and her sweet personality shines through every minute spent with her!

Her mommy and both grandmas thought it was about time for some new photos to go into their special frames.

Fresh as a daisy … three generations together …

and playtime in her Grandma’s beautiful backyard …

Willow wins the Miss Congeniality Award! And an Awesome Wardrobe Award too!



Thanks for the fun morning!

God blessed us with beautiful weather and a great time together!

 

 

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!

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!

December Debutante

Dreamy…Creamy… A few captures of baby Willow, just two weeks old, so fresh, soft, and sweet.

Willow with her two very happy, proud, and thankful grandmas — Grandma Linda and Grandma Sandy ADORE her! Willow, you are indeed a heaven-sent gift!

Here’s Willow in a little Christmas red… While Mommy was at a meeting, I captured this special Daddy & Willow love!

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!

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”!

These Boots …

can dance! can slide! can swing!

Wouldn’t you think a little girl wearing such heavy duty cowgirl boots would welcome an afternoon nap after such a hard play day at the children’s playground? My guess is that she slept with her boots on.  Ready. for. action.

How I LOVE shadow shots!

Precious Moments Together

It was a great privilege and honor to follow three generations of the R & C Family yesterday and capture some everyday-living snapshots of them in their beautiful yard and home. What a blessing to have five beautiful grandchildren age 5 and younger! They alone made the day quite exciting!

They laughed and played. They read books and had snacks. Rain fell while we made our own sunshine.

Just being together was a gift–their real presence in the present. 

Thank you for having me shoot you all during your precious moments!

Ava Gabrielle

Eight month old Ava Gabrielle is a mover and a shaker baby! She’s a fast crawler and has begun to pull herself up to stand along the furniture. We had a play date today both indoors and outdoors, and she’s 100% pure joy to follow and capture! Her two little bottom teeth just sparkle, and oh, those big brown peepers she has just twinkle in the light! Thank You, God, for Ava and her family!

Ava giving her Nana some love

Logan

While Logan played in the children’s garden, I followed him and captured him doing things he likes to do —

play with boats in the wandering stream and fountain …

watch helicopters and airplanes in the sky … 

climb, jump, and hang from the colorful pipes …

look at the fascinating, realistic sculptures of animals and reptiles in the park …

build and “tumble” the giant blocks.

This toddler is ALL boy, full of action, and his big brown eyes say it all: I’m interested in my world!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gianna Rose

Just nine days old … a real sleeping beauty …

a perfect, tiny babe … and just 6 pounds now.

Meet Gianna Rose!

Thank you, Trena & Frank, and big sister Mary Rene,

for letting me capture your newborn Gianna’s photos today.

What a beautiful family you are!

 

Bene!

I was privileged to shoot Bene, her sons Logan and Julian, and her niece Constance in a beautiful garden recently.

Constance visited her Aunt Bene and Uncle Jean Michel this past month and will soon return to Belgium. 

She adores her little cousins Logan and Julian, and gave them her precious attention and care as we played in the children’s garden. Constance enjoys modeling so I also took some individual photos for her to save from her visit in the USA.

Bon voyage, Constance! Au revoir!

Thank you, Bene, for giving me this fun photo opportunity with your kiddos!

I Heart Faces Over My Head Photo Challenge

This is my entry for the I Heart Faces: Week 29 Photo Challenge with the theme “Over My Head” …

… with lots of helium!

I had taken a few shots of these cute sisters holding their balloons high over their heads, but this one turned out to show their playfulness the most.

Thanks for leaving some love!

Now … Pop over to the I Heart Faces site (just click on the camera) to see lots more entries from fantabulous photographers!

Paige & Hanna

You’re so FUN!

Hope you like {LOVE} your shots!

Rock Star Evening with the Girls

Delightful. That’s just one word I use to describe these seven- and thirteen-year-old sisters!

I had fun capturing Hanna and Paige and their dear mom and dad’s photos in the quaint French river town of Kimmswick last evening. Though it was a typical Missouri hot and humid day, they didn’t seem to mind the weather conditions. Maybe it was ’cause they had been bribed with ice cream treats?

I love the girls’ choices of shirts–Rock Star fit the bill! This is a SOOC shot … I’m anxious to play with PS CS4 to enhance their gorgeous blue eyes and do some cool textures for a variety of their pix.

Hanna, Larry, Gretchen, and Paige–thanks for the great time along the railroad tracks and for trusting me to capture your dear family! I already have more ideas for the NEXT shoot!

IHeartFaces — Smiles — She Did It!

She did it! We have a Logan College of Chiropractic graduate in our family now. We’re more than proud and so thankful to God for all her accomplishments. Bethany=RN and DC. Plus WBA. (World’s Best Aunt)

And now we’re standing in line to get adjusted.

This is my entry for the iheartfaces weekly challenge: Smiles

Smile some big ones as you see all these great photographers’ entries–just click the camera!

Hands of Four Generations

A few months after this photo shoot, the great-grandparents were able to wear their wedding rings after having them off in the heat of the summer.

So I pray that we’ll be able to get everyone together again to re-do this photo in 2010.

The O Family

What a gorgeous day we enjoyed at the park together! Thank you for the privilege of capturing your sweet family’s photos! God gave us beautiful weather and a relaxing afternoon, and it was fun to follow you and shoot you as you walked, climbed trees, jumped the little creeks, and played soccer. It’s such a blessing to hear so many giggles and see such genuine smiles!