Meeting in the Middle | {Hoover Family Sneak Peek}

First of all, the Hoover family is pretty awesome! Jessica got in touch with me a few weeks ago to set up a session for her family since they would all be together. A rarity now that the kids are all grown up! In fact, the baby of the family graduates high school today, he’s the reason for the special occasion. They literally came from both sides of the country - California to Florida and a couple places in-between to meet in the midwest and see their brother graduate. Isn’t that awesome?! I just love that!

I’ve always been kind of envious of big families with lots of siblings and they are exactly why! All the different personalities and relationships make for some entertaining times, always a shoulder to lean on and lots of love to go around. I’d be willing to bet mom and dad would say there’s never been a dull moment raising 5 kids! And now they’ve happily welcomed 4 more people into their family with open arms.

We fought the bugs and dodged the impending thunderstorms at the BIckelhaupt Arboretum in Clinton, IA and I’d say we won! However, this was a huge reminder to stock my mom van with an array of bug spray! Thankfully, the Hoover family is full of troopers who took it on like champs and didn’t let it get in the way of capturing some wonderful memories together. I really loved pulling each couple and the graduate aside for their own little mini session. It’s fun to get to know everyone and it helps me immensely to remember names when I have a few minutes to talk to everyone! They also had some fantastic ideas of their own and I’m glad we got to incorporate them into the session! All in all, it was a great family session, but even more importantly, I hope they truly enjoy every moment all being together again this weekend!

The Coverdell Family Highlights, Throwback Thursday Edition

This family was so happy to welcome a new baby boy to the fun! I’m sure he’ll be spoiled by those two big sisters, and mom and dad are pretty fond of him as well. We did a quick mini session to capture some moments of them together at the Bickelhaupt Arboretum in Clinton, Iowa. I always recommend this location to anyone who wants a pretty, natural setting for their images. It never disappoints!

And Then There Were Four Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Thankfully no one fell off and bumped their head! The older siblings had so much fun getting the “okay” from mom to jump on the bed, so they were all smiles. Of course baby Nora was enjoying a milk break during the shenanigans, but it won’t be long and I’m sure she’ll be right up there with them!

Did you know you could have a whole session entirely on your bed? Sounds pretty comfy, I’d be down! It really was the perfect choice for the Sweeney family on a cold Winter day with four little ones. Check out some of the fun shots we got from Nora’s first photo shoot!