Williams :: family photos

Another session that I couldn’t not share was one of OURS! By far this is the most stressful session for me, out of any others. We usually just ask my dad to snap the big group shot, but that in turn means that I am literally running back and forth between setting the camera and being in the picture. Add heels + snake holes and it’s the worst! But I am typically not disappointed in our end results.

These kids.. the best thing to happen to our family. Can’t wait to add baby Owen to this crazy bunch next year.

I know that I don’t need to say it, but I love with words of affirmation so here it is. I don’t know another person who is blessed by their husbands family the way I am. I’ve known them now more years than I haven’t, and while not every day has been perfect (because let’s be honest, no family ever is) they have been perfect for me. They love and support me as much as my own family does. Kristy and Kathy are my sisters, their husbands are like brothers to me, their family is mine. What we have is so rare, and I do not dare forget that. I love you with my whole heart Williams/Zagone/Lazars and I’m blessed to be a part of your families.

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Carter :: 2 years

If you’ve been to my house recently then you’ve probably already seen all of these (sorry) I displayed them for his birthday party in January, and have yet to take them down. This boy has had an obsession for balloons since the beginning. So when my friend Sam suggested we do that for his second birthday party, even though I told her I would think about it. After I did, I realized there didn’t need to be much thought because duh he loves them so much.

I am sure you’ve heard parents relating their kids to a sour patch candy. That is him to a t. He can be the biggest stinker (little tantrums or sassy faces) but then he smiles at me and I’m like, what tantrum? To think of life before him seems impossible. He talks so much and repeats any and every single word you ask him to, he knows all of the colors and can occasionally count to ten (only when he feels like it of course.) He is always trying to keep up with Grayson, but is still independent which I love. He tells me he loves me and when he answers me he says, “yes mommy” or “no mommy”. I always want to ask him questions just to hear that.

We just went up the street to a little grass park and I brought along my assistant (big brother.) It only took a dollar and a lollipop but this is what we got and I couldn’t be happier.

Thank you for lighting up our lives Carter Joseph, don’t ever change. (Well except getting mad when we say no, I don’t mind if that changes) But stay sweet, and shine bright son.

Owen newborn

Last week I shared Kathy’s maternity session with you and today I’m excited to show you her baby boy’s newborn session.  What a lucky boy he is to join such a wonderful family, and such a good looking bunch if you ask me. Owen was as quiet as newborns come, which made for such a peaceful session. Take a look at all of my favorites (especially big sis kissing his little head.)

This is a shot I do every time and it just doesn’t get old to me. So little in their daddy’s hands.

One last little collage of baby Owen all by himself. So glad you’re here sweet boy, we’ve been praying and anxious to meet you.

Kathy Lazar :: maternity photos

So something feels off sharing Kathy’s maternity photos considering she had the baby like THREE weeks ago! But when I thought back about the sessions that I didn’t want to miss out on sharing, this was for sure one of those. What I enjoyed about this session was spending a little time with my niece, and what I mean by that is getting her to myself. When we get together the cousins stick together (which I adore) and so I don’t get to see much of her because she’s running around with them! So it was nice to walk and chat with her, a little girl talk is something I don’t get in my house.

We couldn’t have picked a better afternoon for these, I am so happy with them and how they turned out. I can’t even tell you my favorite, because there are just too many to choose.

Oh big sis you are so cute.

Next week’s agenda, get those newborn pictures up.

Everett Hanson :: newborn

hanson-1789You might remember Caitlin’s maternity session from a couple of months ago, well this little guy belongs to them. Everett was so sweet and so good for our session, it was a lot of fun for me. Plus I was able to spend some time with his parents, which is always a pleasure. hanson-1852

Oh those lips! I love them so.hanson-1902These last two are my favorite favorite! I might need a big one on display to show off to my other clients. hanson-1927

Carter :: one year

carter-9590Carter boy,

This year with you in our family has brought an indescribable joy to all of us. I mean it, you light up everyone’s life with your infectious smile. We cannot go to even one store without someone stopping me because they have to tell me how cute you are, and that is probably because you smile (and even wave) to everyone who looks your way. It’s one of my favorite things about you. You absolutely adore your big brother, although you definitely know how to work us when it comes to him. We usually assume he’s done something naughty and gets in trouble but more and more we secretly watch you boys, he will get a little too close or gently touch your fingers and you scream! We’re starting to catch on though and that won’t work forever my boy. You are a determine little guy that’s for sure, and I love watching you navigate all of your moves. The way you have to smell your blanket every time you grab it makes me giggle. Life with you is better, and I cannot wait to see who you become.

I had been wanting to do his pictures for a while but apparently California is the new Washington because it rained every.single.day for like three weeks! We were/are so over it. But we had a clear two days and so I took full advantage. We took these in Andrea’s gorgeous backyard. I had planned to use another spot in her yard but unfortunately the sun was too far down on that side. Luckily she has eight million other sides to her yard that look amazing! I brought reinforcements to our session because well, the only time this guy doesn’t smile is during an actual photoshoot. And I even left feeling a little bummed because I didn’t think I got too much of what I was looking for. Buuut, once I got home I saw soooo many that I loved. (All thanks to his Nana!)

carter-9591I added this one directly above because if you ask him where his head is, this is his answer. Next we are working on the nose. And speaking of his nose, that little side profile below is just adorable to me!  carter-9615I don’t typically let me boys eat sugar for a long time with the exception of their birthdays. So while this cake looks gigantic for my one year old, I made it because a. I wanted to practice it for his party and b. I knew he wouldn’t eat too much. And he really did lose interest in about five minutes. But I sure think he was adorable for those five minutes.carter-9676 carter-9721Happy first birthday my baby bear, we love you with our whole hearts.

Isaiah :: six months

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It feels like we just took these six month pictures of Isaiah but it was back at the beginning of December that we did them! I still cannot believe how fast that month flew by. I feel like it was summer, I blinked and now it’s January. I know that this sweet boy can give the best gummy smiles but it was mostly just serious business for our session. I did not mind one bit though, because well, those big eyes.isaiah-8292
He absolutely loved this fluffy blanket.isaiah-8328

And his toes. isaiah-8386

It’s fun watching you grow baby Allen, and even more fun seeing the hearts in your momma’s eyes for you. You are so loved little boy. isaiah-8418

The Richardson family

richardson-6562The Richardson family are another favorite of mine, and another note of appreciation to Andrea is the Richardson’s. They came to me as a referral of Andrea’s and I couldn’t be more thankful for them. They haven’t been clients as long as the Siepker’s but it sure feels like they’ve always been here. I can still remember when Andrea first told me Stef was pregnant, I had my fingers crossed that she would call me for her maternity or newborn session and then she DID! That is where it all began. I loved Stef from the minute I met her and haven’t stopped talking her ear off since. (Funny side story, I’ve actually known Chris for way longer. We met in high school because of a mutual friend, and he and Scott were also neighbors growing up. Small world!) I appreciate Chris too, because he appreciates me. Not many guys (ahem-Ivan) understand why pictures are so important to us girls, but Chris gets it. I love that.

Our session was on pretty much the one and only day it rained in November. Oh and the wind, so windy. But we just went with it and I am glad we did, I love so many of them.

richardson-6592 richardson-6650 richardson-6670ps. I am kidding Ivan, I know you’re coming around and before you know it – collages everywhere of that baby girl.

Calum :: newborn

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The holidays didn’t just bring the families this year, but also an abundance of newborns. This sleepy little guy is Calum, and I’ve known his mommy for a verrrry long time. So when she asked me to take these I was honored she would think of me. Calum was born six weeks early and we took these when he was six weeks old, he was adorable and sleepy and perfect. calum-7690 calum-7703

Oh and the eyelashes, the longest I’ve ever seen on a six week old. And so blonde. Heather booked my Let them be Little sessions, so lucky me I will get to see this boy a ton in his first year. calum-7705

Emerson :: newborn

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Look at that little baby smile! Newborn smiles are the sweetest. Meet Emerson, he was only days old in these although now he is two months old!

He surprised his mommy and daddy by joining the world four weeks early! You might remember Amy’s maternity session, it’s one of my all time favorites. Well, this little guy belongs to them and I am just so so happy for them.

baker-7165 baker-7194 baker-7290baker-7390It’s already almost time for his three month photos! Promise I won’t take this long sharing those, love you Baker family of three.