S. Family | Blooming Orchard Mini Session | Northern Michigan Photographer

I just LOVE spring blooming orchard pictures! I can’t wait for this year’s warm weather to pop open those beautiful, heavenly white blossoms!

Kari, the incredibly talented artist at August Afternoon Photography is such an amazing person who inspires me so much! I love her to death and look forward to the times we get to work together! Especially when that means I get to capture her and her sweet family!

Our spring pictures last year had two very special assignments:

  1. Mommy and Me pictures – turns out, photographers tend to have a ton of pictures of their kids, but, like zero pictures of Mom with those precious kiddos!
  2.  Scroll down to see the other ADORABLE announcement they got to make!

*spoiler alert! Baby brother was born in December 2017! (I’m constantly behind on this blogging thing!)

 

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H. Family | Blooming Orchard Family Session | Michigan Photographer

Nothing makes me happier than an orchard in bloom! Such wonderful glowing beauty surrounding everyone in the gathering golden hour sunset. I love it! I’m looking forward so much to this year’s spring warmth and orchard blooms!

 

Thank you so much, Kelly, for bringing your beautiful family to me again – I’m already planning this year’s portraits with you! It’s such a joy to me to watch your family grow and to be a part of creating these images for you.

 

F. Family | Fall Session on the Farm | Northern Michigan Photographer

Last fall I met up with the F. Family at their family farm to update their pictures before the holidays! They have the most magnificently beautiful children who are sweet as can be but still have those impish smiles you see below! It was a cool evening but with some snuggles, warm hats, and cozy blankets, we kept warm.

Thank you again for bringing me into your home and letting me capture your family and the wonderful connections between you!

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Cousins | Fall Family Session | Northern Michigan Photographer

You know those days when you realize you have completely forgotten to squeeze in your own family for a session in the middle of busy season? When Grandma is wondering when she’ll see the traditional yearly capture of her grandkids, it’s November already, and the color in the foliage is so faded it’s actually non-existent? How about those days when you think it’ll work out just fine to get the kids ready for a photo shoot after school, drive half an hour, and still catch the light…..but then you realize Daylight Savings Time just ended and that means the sun goes down IN LIKE TEN MINUTES?!

Yes, it was exactly one of those days when we hurried off to find a tiny pocket of light, hoping to capture this moment in their lives before time raced on again. And you know what? I’m glad we did!

I’m always glad when I can look back and see these days, the hectic stress falls away and I remember these smiles and see how quickly they’re changing, growing, creeping closer to the day when they won’t make my laundry pile higher or leave socks out in the dirt, when there won’t be so many meals to fix or dinner plates to wash. Capture these moments while you can! You won’t regret it.

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A. Family | Orchard Blossom Golden Hour | Northern Michigan

I love orchard blossom time! There is no better spring moment than when you can walk through an orchard in full bloom, each aisle becoming its very own “White Way of Delight”! Every tree “bestarred with its tufts of blossom”.

I think orchard blossom sessions became my very favorite the moment this family stepped in front of my camera last May! This session was crazy and fun as we wrangled the little ones for a few good shots, but I love how they all turned out. Even the ones where little sis is trying to bite big bro for blowing all of her dandelion fuzz before she got the chance! Ha! I love this family and we are blessed to be part of their lives!

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Glamour | Mother & Daughter | Carrie & Kaylee

A mother/daughter glamour session – what a wonderful gift for any mom and daughter!

These days are so fleeting, so precious!

Working with Carrie and Kaylee was amazing. I loved watching their interaction with each other. It was sweet and saucy, a genuine friendship with honesty that is refreshing!

They came in to my in-home studio, had their hair and makeup done, for a full 3 hours of feeling pampered and beautiful! Here are a few of the favorites from their session.

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First Birthday | Baby D. | Northern Michigan Photographer

Sweet Baby D! Such a beautiful baby girl, growing so very fast! It seems like she was just coming in with her parents for her newborn pictures, and then just moments later for her first birthday.

Now we’re coming up on her second birthday and she is a proud big sis to a new baby brother!

Thank you for letting me capture these precious moments!

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Her crocodile tear just KILLS me.

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There is nothing sweeter than the simplicity of a baby in a white onesie!!

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WHAT is this nasty stuff?! The cake smash was definitely NOT her favorite thing! 😉

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Sisters | Studio & Outdoor | Northern Michigan Photographer

2016 is swiftly winding to a close, and yet here I am still catching up on 2015 sessions and images!

Today I’m sharing a few of my girls last fall, when we had these gorgeous sister sets from Rainey’s Closet rented for fall family pictures. I love how sweet they all looked in these coordinating sets that were pulled together by the owner, Erica. It was such an easy process to rent the gorgeous clothes and accessories and I hope to do more styled sessions for children in the future! What little girl doesn’t want to be a princess for a day?! My girls absolutely love dressing up with layers of lace and tulle for birthday pictures.

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Are you setting goals for 2017 yet? I know I’ve been writing down my lists of goals for about a week now, looking forward to seeing progress as we begin a new year!

I have goal lists for my personal life and for my business.

Personal goals include reading lists and activity plans with the kids, daily habits for better health and relationships, achieving things that I’ve been saying I want to do “someday”, that sort of thing.

 

Business goals include finishing specific educational courses and learning new skills, creating inspiration boards, take a marketing class, achieve certain benchmarks in both sessions booked and sales so that growth can continue in an upward pattern.

 

I’ll be honest, though! I’m not good at setting goals and I tend to set the bar low enough that I’m assured of clearing it with ease.

What AM I good at? Procrastinating on those low goals until the very last minute. Yikes!

So here’s to a higher aim, more focus, and less procrastinating in 2017! We can DO this!!

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So what are your goals for this New Year, and how do you make sure you stay on track? Any tips and tricks that really help you maintain that focus?

 

Whatever the plans you have – I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Celebration and enter 2017 with hope and cheer and a sense of good purpose!

Cousins | Christmas Tree Farm Mini | Northern Michigan Photographer

Because when it’s almost 60 degrees in the middle of December, you just have to get out there and have fun in your Christmas jammies!img_1091-edit-small

 

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Have I ever mentioned how much we love Hanna Andersson pajamas? We love the fit, the softness, and the quality that makes it possible to hand down well-loved pjs through these three sisters. 😉img_1125-edit-small

And if I’m being honest, Emma is already wearing the jammies that Joshua was wearing in these images. Because red and green stripes are for EVERYONE in the month of December!img_1132-edit-small

It’s not just my blog that I’m behind on! I finally had some of these adorable pictures printed and framed for my own mantle. Usually I stick to a fall-themed assortment of pictures because I LOVE me some October goodness! But this year when I was decorating for Christmas I decided it was time to switch it up and print my favorite holiday memories, and I’m so glad I did. What’s better than being reminded of the wonder and joy of your children during the holiday season?!img_1153-edit-small

Print your memories. Look back on the good times. Embrace the fleeting moments.

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Those are the things you won’t regret.

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Merry Christmas, Everyone!

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H. Family | Christmas Tree Farm Mini | Northern Michigan Photographer

 

Snow!! We completely lucked out on this wintry scene on the day of this mini session! The snow didn’t last long and we spent the rest of the month of December hoping (in vain) for a White Christmas. img_0670-edit-small

Well, at least we had these images for the H. Family’s Christmas Cards, right?!

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I’m so glad they brought their sweet little fur-baby for these images, it’s always a lot of fun to get to know the furriest members of the family. And it’s important to capture them in family portraits, too! img_0673-edit-small

Thank you for braving the cold for a few minutes on this wintry day last December!

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