FAMILY SESSION: clearly loved

I wonder if every mom goes through the thoughts of wondering what other people think of her kids.
I mean, on one hand, we don't care because, "hello, our kids are THE BEST above all the rest!!! Because, well...I'm their mother!!"
On the other hand, we truly want others to see the "awesome-ness" of our children...

They are our hearts and we've poured everything into them...we want others recognize that potential, to appreciate all that they have become and are becoming...because WE know the effort that has been put forth...we know the discipline and the many successes and failures...all the "things" that have brought them to this juncture in life...

I met Kara awhile back and for some reason, never put the connection together...
And so, I spent a couple hours with her & her eldest son for senior pictures...and already, he's off to college and in a military program...
She wanted to grab some family pictures before that ginger hair was buzzed...

This time, I got to spend some time with ALL her kids, and her hubby too...

I can't believe it took us until her 2nd son's senior pictures a couple weeks later to put two and two together...that we both went to Cedarville and that I knew her brother! (but that's a whole other story)

I love the dynamics between her children...they are all so different (as so many are..) I think it just continues to amaze me, even in my own family that all these humans came from the same parents and yet they all turned out so completely unique!

I knew of her eldest's more reserved nature...I appreciate his steadfastness...
I got to experience first hand, her 2nd born's humor and ability to lighten the atmosphere...I truly value that personable disposition that makes him likable by all!
And her daughter...the one adored and probably tortured by her older brothers...but, knowing full well, all the while, that those two guys will always have her back...her smile is contagious and her heart wanting to love!

I love this family, I loved my time with them...











As a side note...I posted this for her once I delivered her gallery because THIS is what I love about family sessions...being able to create a whole "story" of the memory! 

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SENIOR SESSION: Jack

Everytime I was pregnant with one of my girls, the BOY name we had picked out was always JACK...

Having the maternal instinct that I do (Ummm, I don't have it) I called to my tummy..."Oh sweet Jack...Momma is so excited to meet you!"

My poor, poor daughters...

and then I dressed them in denim for their first year of life...

but, this is what happens when your mother borders on the "tomboy" side rather than the "girlie-girl"...

I have a nephew named Jack, so that helped in the long run for this mother of all girls...#girlmom

However, THIS Jack did not have to worry about such things...and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with him and his mom...

He was a trooper throughout our time together...because let's be honest...what guy REALLY is into the whole "senior picture" thing...

It's not like they are dreaming about outfits and poses for months in advance...I know some moms are lucky that they pull AN outfit out of the hamper in time to launder and be ready for their session...
AND THAT'S OKAY!!!

It still takes a little while for everyone to warm up in front of the camera, but that's what I'm there for...

Jack fell in line quickly and we were able to get some shots that depicted his personality and that he liked of himself!

When time was up, he was gracious and kind...and I was impressed by the way he honored him mom by giving in to getting his pics done in the first place...









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SENIOR SESSION: Jacob

I don't know a lot about the ROTC...

I just know that I was taught and it is ingrained in my being, that a person in uniform is to be honored...

they are learning discipline, self-sacrifice, and, if called upon, will be taking MY place in the line of duty...

For me, that flag stands not only for freedom, for the rights I have as an individual...but, it stands for the men and women that took my place...so that I did not have to leave the comfort of my own home to obey the orders of another...

I know that Jacob takes his classes seriously and chose this for himself...

I admire his determination and his confidence.

I love the honor he showed his parents by agreeing to a senior session and then just knocking it out of the ball bark with his ideas and input and his classic style!

I hope that I did his uniform justice...
It's just the beginning for him, but he's already gained a top rank in my book! 










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