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welcome, sweet claire

I had the absolute pleasure of photographing one of the most ADORABLE little girls recently. Claire is not only an absolute beauty, but she is also incredibly calm. She might have let out a tiny "meep" during the entire 4 hour photoshoot! Mommy and Daddy–Stacie and Hardy are clearly smitten with this little pink bundle of joy. How couldn't they be? It is hard to take your eyes off of this little girl. 

I had an amazing helper with me too–Stacie's younger sister, Sarah. She also was at their other sister's daughter's shoot over a year ago (also an absolute adorable, sweetheart!). She played the part of the loving Auntie, set stylist and photo assistant. Between her, Stacie, Grandma (or was it Mimi?) and I, we had so much fun playing baby dress up! There is so much love for this little girl. What a fun, sweet, happy, loving, good-looking family. I am so, so happy for them all! 

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A shoot on Lake Erie- behind the scenes

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! It snuck up on me fast, and flew right on by.

I was lucky enough to see all of my immediate family, near and afar. Over Thanksgiving we all headed to the Midwest to see my sister and her clan of boys. She has an awesome little family; three boys and a Rottie named Petunia. My sister is my other half. I would be lost without her. I wish we lived closer, but I'll take what I can get.

Here are some behind the scene photos, in addition to the actual photos of me shooting my sister's family photos on Lake Erie, (my husband took iPhone pics of me shooting them). You'll also see a photo of my hubby photographing my sister, brother and I in one. My Dad is the one that took the holiday photo of my little fam (see previous post). Any photo of me in it was taken by either my hubby or Dad. So yea, I ask the family to step up if I need to be in the photo. I just adjust the settings and hand the camera over... and pray they get me in focus!

I have some more awesome shots from the visit, which I'll post soon. Here is the bunch from the Lake. And to any of you who think you can't have a photoshoot in the winter, you are wrong (have you seen my shoot of Finn in the highchair while it is snowing- which the Grandparents thought was cruel, but he loved it, I swear). My sister's boys LOVED being outside, regardless of the chill in the air. Natural light is best, and my absolute standard for shooting. 

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a day in the life of finn

I know, I know, I'm obsessed with my child. I'm sure you are too, or will be with your future child. So here is the third post of the birthday boy. I tried to capture a normal day with the Bubba, which I am blessed enough to enjoy 4 times a week. It could be better, but hey it could be worse. I treasure every single moment with him. I don't take my time for granted. I try so so hard not to do too many dishes or scrub the floor while he is awake. I've learned to be present SO very often when I am with him. Nothing else matters. I get down on my hands and knees and crawl around with him. We both have bruised knees.

It is amazing how full of love and light children are. I wish we as adults could maintain that open-hearted nature. Do you see how bright and happy he is when he first wakes up? Do you also notice he went through 4 outfits that day? LOL. You could wake up at 7am every day if he was your alarm clock too... "Baaaaaa Maaaaaaa Gaaaaa Dadadada"!

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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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