A Bond Like No Other is Mother and Son {Kristin & Leium}

I met Kristin last year when we both discovered Senegence (best. makeup. ever). She was one of the gorgeous women I got to do headshots for. And now I had the pleasure of photographing her and her handsome son Leium over Easter weekend!

We were a little worried about the weather because Thursday night it was so cold I had to put gloves on my kiddos. But this is Spring in Iowa…so of course three days later we hit 80 degrees! We really had a perfectly beautiful afternoon at the Bickelhaupt Arboretum in Clinton, Iowa. While there are still a lot of “naked” branches, we found a beautiful field of blooming daffodils and of course the gorgeous cherry blossoms.

As soon as I met Leium I knew the shoot would be fun one. He is not shy in the least and quite literally danced through the arboretum. He is such a happy kid and always has a huge smile on his face. I can tell he really enjoys being goofy and having fun. I gave him the opportunity to make up a silly story to make mom laugh and I’m pretty sure he didn’t disappoint. This talented little dude is already a writer and animator, which is super cool. Leium is one of a kind and I know his mama is very proud of him. It definitely shows in their photos!

I can definitely say, this session got me very excited for the busy photography season ahead!

Back from blog hiatus with the most fun family!

Full disclosure. My blog went on a 4 month hiatus. I was thinking about deleting it altogether because, to be totally transparent, it's hard to keep up with! But, I also really want to share my recent work with everyone and dote on my amazing clients, and a blog is the best way to do that. So I apologize for the lack of updates and I vow to do better! 

It's been overwhelmingly busy this year (fantastic problem to have!) so a little break from blogging was actually a good thing because my turnaround time for client photos has been on point. But now I have A LOT of catching up to do! Starting with the Wheeler family (from earlier this year...like April) They were so amazing though! A very close family with hilarious chemistry, madly in love grandparents, a little break for a quick yoga session and a couple of the cutest kiddos! Perfect excuse to start blogging again. Enjoy a few of my favorites from their shoot! 

Why do you need family pictures every year?

One of the very last nice days before Winter, I met up with the Fowler family to do some outdoor photos. Now it's warming up again and I'm ready to get back out there! Woo hoo! 

I have really come to love taking family portraits. I love the bonds between family members and discovering those special relationships. The families who have come to me year after year are so close to my heart. Just because the kids are older and don't appear to change as much...they really do! Think of how much a kid changes in just 10 years... picture a 5 year old. Now picture a 15 year old. Yeah, it happens fast! Before you know it, those little baby faces will be all thinned out and their baby teeth will be replaced with holes and then big kid teeth and maybe braces and their big beautiful curious eyes will start wearing makeup or needing glasses... and their smooth skin will start to have pimples and their hair could change color and they may even become taller than you. I promise you will want to capture every. single. part of their childhood. Because in no time at all, your baby will be a grown up.

...and then getting everyone together for family pictures is a massive headache! Just ask any of my extended family clients!   

Seriously though, send me a message, get a family session on the books. You won't regret it!