SENIOR SESSION: Claire CO2018

My #ctphotoseniors have been most patient as they await their galleries...

My favorite times are of course, when we are taking pictures and making memories during their session...and yet, I get incredibly excited to then share on the social media platforms all their sneak peeks and previews...

Within a day or two they get to see some of their favorites, or ones that bring back a specific funny memory of our time...a day or so later, they are given yet another glimpse of a preview from their session...

and then...

then, I get to brag on them in a blog post...where image after image can be scrolled through...outfits and sunlight...smiles and accomplishments...and others begin to see their "story" unfold...

Claire is an original...how can you not be with those gorgeous, ginger curls?

There is a quiet, yet passionate deepness to her that is enchanting...she rather disarms you with her smile, and you know that her character runs deep.   

She is strong and determined...and at the same time, if I reflect, there was a bit of shyness that went with her personality...even though she can turn on that charm and lights up everyone around her. 

We had a lovely time and I'm curious to see what the future holds for her! 

Congrats Claire!

















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FAMILY SESSION: Best buds and a princess

When you have more than 3 kids in a family...or probably more accurately, when you have children that are more spread out in ages in a family, there tend to be bonds that are formed...

That doesn't mean that there aren't fantastic relationships with all the kids, but as each child is added to a family, the dynamics changes...the roles change for each sibling...sometimes it's not even a verbal acknowledgement, but rather something that just subtly transitions...

Therefore, whether it be gender or age, or whatever it is, I think we are all attracted to belonging, to being understood, to sharing experiences...

There were 4 kids in my family growing up.  I'm the oldest, with my brother next (2.5 years my junior)...then my sisters 7 and 12 years age difference.  I have/had different relationships with each of my siblings...I probably mothered my sweet baby sister the most...I was leaving for college, as she was entering first grade and beginning her schooling career...my sister Sarah passed away at age 13, and so I wasn't afforded the opportunity to have a lifetime with her...my brother, though we fought like cats & dogs through childhood, was the one that closely related to the experiences as I was journeying through them...therefore, we share a different understanding that is unique...just like all relationships are unique. 

I was touched by the older brothers in this clan...their closeness, their subtle understanding of one another...it was charming to watch. 

And yet, it was lovely to be with ALL of them at the same time...they are genuine and joyful...accepting and funny...compliant and adventurous, all at the same time...

I have been given such gifts in clients this season...what a blessing!















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FAMILY SESSION: Together is Best

I'm a worrier by nature...

I get uptight about many things...mostly it's the "what ifs"...it can quite literally keep me up at night...There are times that I have to simply "talk myself off the edge" of the crazy feelings that well up inside...I know they are ridiculous, I know that I don't really have control, but for some reason, my ridiculous brain thinks that by hashing them over and over and over again, something will change.

I don't know if it's the fear of disappointing people or maybe it's the fear of having regrets...that IF ONLY (there I go with the IFs again)...

Whatever the cause, whatever the reason, I do tend to fret...I've had to learn (and I do not excel at this by any means) to let things go...to allow others to think what they will...to accept that I made a mistake and take responsibility for it and GO ON...

It can totally wind you tight sometimes...

but, then you meet people like Heidi...

and she accepts you just how you are...and she loves her children to the moon and back and yet, let's them be JUST WHO THEY ARE...

She seemingly finds the happy in the mundane...she finds purpose in the struggle...she discovers the happy in the challenge...

I love meeting up with her family because I always feel accepted...I come away feeling like part of the family...and I leave inspired by how she & her hubby parent and love on their kids...

It's been a busy fall...I have many more galleries to process and deliver..this is their last sneak peek before their session is uploaded and ready to go! 














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FAMILY SESSION: part of the family

I had a rather full weekend...

Not only did I have a bunch of photo shoots Friday-Sunday, but we also had family in town from Tennessee.  During this busy season, it's a tad more challenging to find opportunities to visit because my time is limited.  

However, I was able to enjoy an hour or so at the pumpkin patch with all the cousins/grandkids on my husband's side of the family...and when the sun went down, I zoomed over to my inlaws for the always yummy, Italian spaghetti & meatball dinner.

Afterwards, as we sat around the table chatting, there was discussion about "work" and future...

When I was asked about photography and how I felt about this "job", I had a moment to reflect...

Some good advice that I can give my girls as it pertains to their searching and determining a future career, isn't so much centered around a specific job, but rather, I tell them to concentrate on their skill sets and on the things in which they excel...I will be honest, if I were "independently wealthy", I probably wouldn't take as many sessions as I do currently...I'm not sure anyone would...work is still work...HOWEVER, there is definitely a beautiful satisfaction and love for interacting with people, families, seniors, children...

Because I am highly relational by nature, my "skill set" and my longing almost always centers around working with people...so for this profession, it not only allows me to use my creative right brain tendencies but it also satisfies a need in my heart to be with people.

This is the 3rd time I've met with this lovely family and as I walked up, Dad gave me a hug and said, "we're all basically family now"...and they all treated me as such...hugs from everyone, smiles and laughing, teasing and honest communication...They are raising two energetic and INCREDIBLY CUTE little boys...I love watching the boys grow and I love the patience and insight I see in their parents as they speak, guide and play with them. 

It's always a pleasure to meet up with families like them...it's privilege to welcome them back each year!  
















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