Family, Maternity Session

New addition to a beautiful family!

family-5family-6family-7family-8I met this beautiful family back in December. I was referred to them from a friend of mine. Their session was very relaxed and it was overcast that day so the lighting added to the mood.

Shortly after their family session, Jenn emailed me to tell me they were expecting their second baby and they were looking forward to maternity and newborn photos! I was so excited!

maternity-5maternity-6maternity-7maternity-8maternity-11maternity-10Her maternity session was in June and so we decided to get out to our location early to try to beat the heat! Jenn looked stunning in her maternity gowns with her perfect little belly! This was the second time I had seen future big brother, Kian, and he still wasn’t all too excited about having his picture taken!

Baby Kaden came 6 days early on June 29th and was 7lbs. 1oz and healthy and happy!! So we moved the newborn session up a few days! We were hoping to have him nice and sleepy but for some reason, newborns just love to be awake for me! It worked out, though! We captured some really adorable shots of his beautiful eyes!

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By the way, Kian was all smiles and loving his baby brother! I can’t wait to watch these boys grow up!! Congratulations Jenn and Rooz! Your family is beautiful!

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Becoming a blended family is not an easy task. I have a blended family of my own and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.ย  It requires a lot of patience, love, and guidance from God. When a couple starts out their relationship with children, they do not get the full “courtship” that they would without. They may get a date here and a date there. The anxiety of introducing the kids is hard enough, then hoping they all get along. Dates become family gatherings with the hopes of a kiss or two in between. The love is usually pretty immense with a second marriage because it’s not only love for one another, it’s love for each others children as well. A blended relationship works backwards too. The family starts first. Watching them grow up and go off to college, then the alone time begins. There are challenges along the way and many bumps in the road, but the end result is totally worth it.

Joanna met Tom at work. He had come into the office she worked at for computer reasons and asked her on a date. They had a wonderful time and Tom knew after the first date he wanted to marry her.

Tom had a beautiful proposal set up. A romantic evening for two. The babysitter was set, the dinner reservations were made, they were all dressed up. Tom was sweating, though. They were on their way to dinner and there was one thing missing, the ring. When he received the call, finally, that the ring was finished it was better late than never. Since Tom had Joanna in the car, he took her in the jewelry store and proposed to her right there! Proposals like these always make the best stories!

They ended up getting married 2 and a half years later with a small intimate gathering of family and friends to celebrate their life journey. A year has gone by and they are still in the “honeymoon” phase. They are handling a blended family beautifully and are looking forward to many years of lasting memories!

If you add in their “blended dogs” to the family, they are a modern day Brady bunch! Together they have 5 kids and 3 dogs! The kids are 15, 13, 12, 10 and 8. The awesome part is that they all get along! Maybe too well because they bicker and argue like real siblings too! Which is truly what a blended couple pray for every day. During our photo session, I could see the happiness from mom and dad and the kids! They are truly a happily blended family!

I wish this family all the joy life will bring them and all that God will bless them with!

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Sailing into the Holidays!

Tripi-3Tripi-4Tripi-5Tripi-7Tripi-9Tripi-10Tripi-11YES! I am a family photographer too!! I love the change up to photograph families for the holidays! This family has been with me for several years! I met Joe and Kaley 20 years ago and when they had their first boy, I wanted to do his newborn shoot! Ya, that was 15 years ago!

If you are a follower of my blog, you will know that I have had a camera in my hand since I was a little girl. I progressed in my photography skills throughout the years, but let me tell you, his newborn photos…Bahahahahaha!! Kaley and I laugh at them today! Her and I literally were on the floor in her living room stacking towels on top of each other to try for the “Anne Geddes” look. I am dying laughing as I am writing this! We were trying to balance him on top of them while Kaley was right off camera shot to make sure he wouldn’t fall off! The towels were every shade of blue and I think I left it in color when I developed it! Also, I think you could see the hallway in the background! Of course, she loved those photos because they were of her baby boy. That was all that mattered.

There was a few years gap in family photos after that but we picked back up and every year I get to photograph this family at a fun unique location! When Kaley saw my sailboat shoot, she knew that’s where this years session would be. The day of the shoot was beautiful! The weather was perfect and there were just enough clouds for a subdued sun and gorgeous sky.

I loved the outfits Kaley picked out for the boys. I did help pick the dress (wink, wink) which was absolutely stunning on her!

To the guys at Go Sail Arizona, thank you! Not only did we have a beautiful shoot, we got to sail as well! Check out their website to learn more about sailing instruction or rentals.

http://gosailaz.com/

Will your next photo session be on a sailboat??