Happy Birthday Avery!

So I know this session is Christmas themed...and this is March, but I chose to share this today because little Avery just celebrated his third birthday! 

I am the worst blog-procrastinator. I always rush to get the pictures edited for my clients because I'm always so excited to share them, send them off, and then neglect my poor blog. Thank you so much for those of you who stick around and check out my recent work! It's definitely my goal this year to blog more consistently and share lots more tips and photography knowledge as well as some behind the scenes fun! Let me know in the comments if there are any subjects you'd like me to cover or questions you'd love an answer to, blog style!

But before you do, take a peak at Avery and Amy's Christmas session! 

I Married a Ghostbuster...

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Something you may not know about me... I'm married to a Ghostbuster! My husband Andrew is co-founder of the local Iowa group of avid Ghostbusters fans who go around in costume, to comic conventions, parades, screenings, special events, charities, and even kids' birthday parties, to have a blast and make people happy. There are certainly worse ways to spend your time! 

One of their favorite adventures started with a little boy named Braden. His mom Michelle contacted the Iowa Ghostbusters after seeing them at an event to let them know she was raising a super fan and wanted to surprise him for his birthday. Little did we know what would come of this. I went along to be paparazzi and capture the surprise. It was an amazing feeling for everyone involved to see the shock and awe on his face. This is what it's all about. Andrew and fellow buster, Matthew, agreed that it was one of their favorite moments in costume. Their love for the film goes back to their childhood and it was surreal to be playing the heroes they looked up to as kids, now, for another kid who felt just as they had. We hadn't known beforehand, but were soon filled in that Braden has a respiratory disease and has spent too much of his childhood sick and in a hospital bed. With mom's permission, we told his story along with the photos I shared from the party.

And it didn't stop there, the story soon went viral. We started seeing it retold by bloggers, news media, and magazines all over the internet! The family was contacted by the local paper where they also reported on Braden the junior Ghostbuster. And then the craziest thing happened... Braden was asked to fly out to California, star in his own little Ghostbuster trailer and get a movie poster made. A GoFundMe was created, funds were raised, and this little guy experienced what dreams are made of! 

There was a special screening of him film at Clinton's own Clinton 8 Theater, where he was also presented with his movie poster. It was a wonderful event and I was honored to be a part of it! 

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The For the Win Project is an incredible non profit organization that gives children in special circumstances the chance to be their favorite heroes. Visit their website to see more about what they do and some of the awesome posters they've made for other children - http://www.forthewinproject.org/

But first...check out Braden's video! 

Adventurous, Affectionate, Amusing, Adorable...

...and those are just the A words I'd use to describe my baby boy! He is such an amazing (there's another one) human being already and he's only almost 2. Lincoln Kristopher is the piece of our puzzle we didn't know we were missing. He loves animals, especially his Gussy pup. He gets into everything, all day every day. He's daring, climbs things he shouldn't, explores anything he can get his hands on, but can also cuddle up with a book and be as sweet as pie.

I know we all talk about how fast it goes, wonder where the time has gone and wish to halt our kids' whirlwind childhoods. Obviously I am no different. It makes me sad to recognize how little I can remember of the last 2 years already. So many hours, so many days, get forgotten, discarded by our brains as unimportant. This is why I am so incredibly grateful for pictures. Who would I even be without them?! 

My youngest son, my sweet little boy, here are some pictures that I get to hold dear of him at two years old.