childhood

Baby Dyllan + big sister Henley // STL, MO

I get a little soft when I see a family with at least two girls. I was lucky enough to grow up with a big sister AND a big brother. Best of both worlds. I think in a perfect world, all kids would have a sibling of the same gender. I cannot imagine life without my sister, and I am so so grateful that my boys have each other. Seeing the start of a bond between Henley and her new baby sister, Dyllan made my heart swell. I thought of all of the good times I had and still have with my sister… a bond that is unlike no other. Yes, there was fighting over clothes and boys… and who was prettier. But when it came down to it, we were there for each other through thick and thin. So here’s to you little girls that are blessed to have a sister! An immediate best friend for life if you’ll take it! And can we just also acknowledge how incredible beautiful Dyllan is?? She was such a sweet sweet baby (I know I say that a lot).

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Harris family // Kuhs Estate // STL, MO

I had the pleasure of spending a dreamy morning with an incredibly sweet family, at Kuhs Estate and farm. We explored this fantastically dreamy site, and even had the chance to meet the horse and donkeys that live in the barn! There was so much to explore, but four little legs were pretty tired by the end of our session. Emmett and Monty were such troopers throughout the morning, and definitely had a blast exploring the tiered garden…. along with hanging out with the donkeys. I noticed at one point, how incredibly sweet and gentle Mom and Dad were with their boys. They spoke so gently to them, with so much love. The feeling you leave with your children will be with them forever. My Mother had this same temperament, and I strive for it every day. I admire you both for this amazing energy that you carry within your family!

It reminded me of a quote by Maya Angelou:

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  

Take a look, the photos speak for themselves, as always ;)

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Little Carson man // 3 months // Oak Knoll Park // St. Louis, MO

It isn't very often that I get the opportunity to photograph a 3 month old. People tend to stick to the newborn/6mo/1yr sessions—thinking there are rules to the stages which you should  capture your child. Really, there is no standard! It was a blast capturing this little man at this age. What a riot. He reminded me of a little man (like most babies), and was such a trooper through it all. He is so laid back and easy going. A total Doppleganger of his Daddy. This guy was so wiped out that he took a nap after our park session—and you wouldn't have realized it during the session. He was wide eyed again and ready to give me a tour of his new digs when I arrived at his beautiful home. I just loved doing this session for yet another of my old neighbors. Only in St. Louis do you make deep, lasting friendships with your neighbors! Ok, that isn't true. But it sure is nice when you do, regardless of where you live! What a blast guys, thanks!

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Boys + dreamy indoor light // Cleveland, OH

I haven't posted in way too long.. with the big move to St. Louis, MO and getting settled… three months just swept by. On our drive to the Midwest, we stopped in Ohio to visit Finn's boy cousin's, whom he is obsessed with. If you check out my instagram page, you'll see how long Finn's hair has gotten since this shoot (poor thing had terrible bangs thanks to Mommy here!). I have so many photos to post, but here's a start before we head off to vacation with these awesome cousins!

For Photographers:
Stuck shooting indoors? Find a beautiful background, like a wooden front door (seen below). Keep the subject facing the window/source of light, but try not to always blow out the face. Details/shadows/variation add debt and make the features stand out.

My little cousins

Once removed cousins, that is. Or whatever. That stuff confuses me. It's too late, so don't ask! Tomorrow is Friday, that's all that matters! 

These adorable kiddos are my cousin's kids, which I am lucky enough to live closer to  since moving back east. It has been so wonderful being close to family. I have a ton of super-amazing relatives, and it just so happens that my cousin married a super-amazing woman. I seriously feel like I'm related to her too. She loves when I take photos of her mini trio, and I am more than delighted to use them as my little models. Especially when they have the cutest outfits (for a wedding they were in)! The oldest, Hailey, is blossoming before my eyes. Such a beauty. James is the MOST energetic child on earth. I adore him so much. One time when I visited, he was wearing a daisy costume and pouting by the big window as I left. He is so fearless and full of life. You'll see his eyes twinkle if he stays still long enough. Ava, the youngest.. is just the sweetest sweetest girl. She is a tiny little peanut, but as fearless as her big brother. And never stops smiling!

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