Meet adorable Ryane! Who – yes – I photographed LAST FALL 🙂 – but who’s keeping track? THIS is what a shoot looks like when a family meets up and just has fun….relaxes, plays, laughs…I just love it! My best advice to my clients – who want so badly to have great NATURAL photos that really capture the essence of who they are is to RELAX – be themselves – not worry about clothing, the setting, how perfect your hair is (or isn’t) – and just enjoy the time together – and let me shot and play along! Nicole I’m so so sorry it’s taken me a year to finally post these!
Not sure where to start talking about this sweet family….except to say that they are the best thing I’ve come across at Walmart (and that’s huge! LOTS of good stuff at Wallyworld you know!) But really, I met this sweet Mama while shopping there almost 4 years ago. Since then I’ve had two more babies, they’ve had another baby, they started attending Elevation Church – and started a small group – that we joined and have now been a part of for two years. And in amongst all that, LIFE has happened – and we’ve had them to do LIFE with us – and support and pray us through it all the while. You see, they are some of the best people I’ve met. And when I say that, I don’t mean they put on some show of having life all together (because WHO does? I sure don’t!) – I mean they are real, transparent, and genuine – about life – and about following our Jesus.
When Candice and I first met I was grappling with the sudden and recent loss of my little sister to the H1N1 – and trying to figure out how that fit with the joy of soon welcoming a second baby into our family. There’s no coincidence that her little boy started talking to my little boy in the Walmart shopping cart – because Candice and Brandon had lost their very first little babe – Alexander – at barely a month old. (It’s pretty special that the room we did these family pictures in is covered with Alex’s pictures and mementos) Candice’s insight into loss – and her transparency – spoke volumes to me at that time – and it still does.
Though we are both busy mamas – and sometimes don’t know where our heads are 🙂 – I value her friendship – and support – and look forward to our small group friday evenings with them! And I was of course THRILLED when she asked me to do their newborn pictures…as a matter of fact, that is how she told me they were expecting….something that was a big surprise blessing to them! But it goes without saying (as you’ll see in these pictures) that little Lukas is filling a hole that they didn’t even know was there.
The session was so fun – as the five of them are naturals in front of the camera….and so very gorgeous:). And at one point (as you’ll see) Irelyn decided it was my turn for a photoshoot and got out her camera and started directing me where to sit….lol….love her!!!!!
I love you guys and am just so tickled over your little miracle!!!! Can’t wait to get my (sanitized!!!!) hands on him again!!! 🙂