Well you can just go ahead and add this session to the top of the list of photos that are very near and dear to my heart. If you haven’t heard me talk about my extended family enough (besides the fact that they’re amazing), Joe is one of my close cousins from my mom’s side…she was the oldest of 8, so you can imagine numbers are through the roof. Reaching an all-time high this year, there are 21 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and Joe and Molly are about to bring another little babe into the fam!! I love these two, and their love for each other and the joy they’ve experienced in preparing for their first baby! They are full of life, and I am confident the little sweetie they’re about to bring into the world will be just the same. I couldn’t be more happy than to have been able to capture this time for them before they are officially a family of three, and can’t wait to meet Baby Jensen!!
My first winter session kicked off last weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited for a new season to shoot in! My cousin Jim and his wife Britt live up in Blaine, and they were looking for a few pics of their family….their beauuuuutiful pup Percy is a German Short-Haired Pointer and she is a just a sweetie! The weather was perfect, and it was so sweet to snap some sweet photos of them in and around their home. Love this family, and love these photos!!
Ohhhh my my. As if Jess isn’t the most beautiful mama-to-be…this session has got me through the roof with how gorgeous our time was!! Jess got in touch with me a few months ago with a vision of having a little maternity session at a tree lot. Well…she’s a genius because it was the best…and her and Rob were so chill (literally and figuratively) and we just walked around, had a great time and snapped a few pics. Pretty excited for these two, and can’t wait to meet their sweet little baby girl this January!!
Now this is an extra special session on here today!! Annie is my bible study leader and friend, and she put this whole session together. It was her sister and brother-in-laws 25th wedding anniversary, and Annie wanted to do something special for them. She set up a “session” with just her sister and niece, but little did Maggie know, that her husband and son would be showing up a few minutes in to surprise her with flowers and a fun family session! It was SUCH a beautiful morning, and as you will see in the photos…full of laughter and so much love, it was such a joy to be part of it with them!! So glad to have met this family, and so thankful for Annie’s love for those closest to her to give them such a sweet gift! Enjoy the photos!!
Soooo before wedding and engagement season kicks into serious gear the next few weeks, I thought it would be fun to post a recent lifestyle session with the Berube family! Miss Brynn turned One and her mom thought it would be fun to capture her doing her thang. I of course, couldn’t have agreed more, and we spent the afternoon following her around the living room and kitchen as she explored everything from her headbands to trying her first cupcake! It was so fun to celebrate her at her first year, and capture the family at such a fun time in Brynn’s life!! Thank you Suzanne and Jade for letting me be part of your Friday afternoon, and to take photos of your little sweetie!
So before you view the photos, let me open with a quote from Jim Gaffigan saying…”My sister had her baby at home…just to make you feel uncomfortable…” (insert sarcasm, then go watch Jim Gaffigan’s Mr. Universe…really great) I’ll be the first to say that when my sister first told me that she wanted to do a home birth, I was kinda like, “Whaaaat?!” Then when she asked me to be there with her and to bring my camera with, I was like, “WHAAAAT?!” However, we’re pretty close, and over the next couple of months, Linds and I spoke so often that I really felt like I knew what to anticipate, really respected her decision to deliver at home, and was more than anything looking forward to walking through it with her and her husband…especially as our mom is no longer with us to be in that role, I felt incredibly honored that she would want me to be there with them.
So. Let’s fast forward to December 17th 4:30am, waking up to a text that Linds is starting to go into labor. I INSTANTLY get a flight out first thing at 8am and THANK THE LORD, I made it in time. I cannot tell you the peace that filled me up as soon as I walked inside their apartment and got to see my sister. I’ve been here a hundred times, and like I said I thought I had an idea of what to anticipate, but gosh…this home birth thing…it was truly amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a more peaceful setting, and I truly don’t think I’ve ever witnessed something or someone so amazing and beautiful! The candles were lit, the fire was going and Linds was just doin’ her thang. She labored all through the night, the morning when I arrived, and into the late afternoon. Brian, the midwife, her assistant and doula were unbelievable, and I couldn’t believe how calm everyone was, especially my sister. It was all so serene, and the whole time I couldn’t help but feel so thankful to be there and walk through this huge life change with her. She was unbelievable.
Okay, trying to make a long but amazing story short, Lindsey’s midwife made the decision to transfer her to the hospital because she feared the baby could be in distress due to meconium present in the amniotic fluid and the baby’s heart rate significantly decelerated. Praise the Lord he was born within minutes of arriving to the hospital and she was still able to deliver her babe naturally without interventions (amazing, right?!) but just needed the little extra push! Parker Richard Moon was born 9 lbs 4 ounces 22 1/4 inches. Whhhhat?! And my friends, he is just the sweetest little gift, and there are no words to describe the miracle of a day it was to watch and walk alongside my sister as she brought him into this world. From the home laboring to the hospital, it was all just…beautiful.
I hope you are able to experience a bit of the peace through the following photos. This day was one of the most beautiful, amazing, incredible (maybe just a little terrifying?!) days ever, and I’m honored to be able to share a couple of photos from the day I continued my role as COOLEST AUNT EVER :)
I am so excited to share this family with all of you today! Jesse is my beautiful cousin, and her family is one of my (and so many others) absolute favorites! I come from a large family…my mom was the oldest of eight, and there are 21 grandchildren. Jesse is the oldest of us all, and her husband Mike has been part of the family for years. Bring their two kids Luca and Gianna into the mix, and we’ve got a pretty great thing going on. They are so much fun to spend time with, and you can’t help but feel joy when you are around them all. I always love time spent with Jesse and Mike because it’s always good and intentional conversation, and lots and lots of laughs. Not to mention, Luca and Gianna are just about the cutest thing ever, so I couldn’t have been happier when she asked me to take some family photos! So without further ado…I give you the Gannuccis!!
On rainy days like today, ya just want to curl up in a blanket and get cozy. It is also the perfect day to post a beautiful newborn lifestyle session with the Britt family as they just welcomed the newest member of the family, Charlie, to their home! I grew up going to church with Debbie, and we also overlapped our time at Bethel, where she met her husband Ryan, who was an RA in my freshman dorm. Did you follow that at all?! It has been so fun staying connected with them throughout the years, and was thrilled when she contacted me about photographing such an exciting time in their life, welcoming their first child to the family! It was so sweet to spend time with them during the session, and most of all, to see how much baby Charlie is loved by Debbie and Ryan already. I don’t think I could actually tell you how many times I heard them say, “I love you,” to him, but it was so sweet to witness their love and to see how proud they are to him their son. It was truly a joy to capture a little bit of their life with them, and share it with you today! Thank you for letting me be part of this new adventure in such a sweet way!
We’re taking a different route this blog-post around, as I’m editing through my latest wedding, I thought I would take a little break and share a little bit about my family! This past weekend was Thanksgiving, and it was the first time in over a year that we had been together since my sisters wedding…in September 2011!!! Needless to say, time together was overdue, especially as my nephew is 9 months old and I hadn’t seen him since he was 6 weeks!! It was a great weekend jam-packed with family, and on Saturday morning we had my mom’s family over for breakfast, since none of my aunts, uncles or cousins had met baby Andrew yet. What made this especially special was that Andrew was able to meet my Grandpa Tom and Grandma Joanne. My grandpa was diagnosed with cancer a little over a year ago, and since then, his health has slowly been decreasing, so every family gathering with him is a blessing as we are not sure how much time we have left with him.
If I haven’t spoken about him before, my grandpa has been one of the most important and influential persons in my life, and he has played an incredible role in my family since before I was born. He is full of joy, and his sense of humor is simply unmatched. His love for his family is unconditional, and it was said on Saturday that his 8 children, 21 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren have never doubted his love. Now I guess we can’t speak for the 9-month-olds, but they’ll feel it soon enough, right?! That love goes all the way back 26 years ago when my grandpa led my dad to the Lord by coming alongside him and showing my dad the unconditional love Christ has for all of us. I have seen the Lord in my grandpa, my dad, my brother and I am confident His goodness and love will continue on in Andrew. I am so thankful to have had such amazing and God-fearing men in my life, and am grateful to learn new things from them every time I’m with them. My mom was also an amazing woman of strength, and as the years have passed by since she passed away 6 years ago, I see so many similarities between my grandpa and mom, especially when dealing with illness. As my mom said to me on my 16th birthday, “celebrate each day-it’s one of God’s precious gifts to you to enjoy and to use as a vehicle to love, honor and glorify Him!” And I can confidently say that my mom and grandpa faithfully lived lives that brought glory to God through the relationships they had and the experiences they shared with others.
Now the picture below is of my sweet sister and grandpa having a conversation on Saturday morning. Lindsey’s husband nudged me and had me sneak a pic, which I am so grateful for because I find this moment to be so beautiful and such an accurate representation of my grandpa and sister. There were a few moments throughout the morning when grandpa wasn’t speaking to anyone, he was just simply taking in the scene and smiling as he was surrounded by his family. Those that he loves with an unconditional love, and cherishes moments like the one pictured below. I am grateful to have witnessed those little but powerful moments, as I know his days are limited and he is truly taking in every moment with his family and closest friends. I just left the weekend with family feeling so lifted up and so thankful for the family God has blessed me with, and I hope this post, though a little different, encourages you this week!!
I’d like to start this off the right way and say that this post is totally and 100% dedicated to and posted for my family, the Andersons! Tommy is my older cousin, who met his beautiful bride while attending St. John’s, and they’ve been together ever since. They currently live over in Chiba, Japan, but came home to celebrate their marriage with our family and close friends on an absolutely perfect September day. To give you an idea of what the day looked like in terms of celebrating, my mom was the oldest of 8, there are 21 nieces and nephews, and 4 great-grandchildren. Needless to say, any gathering is a good time, so Tommy and Minako’s wedding was an absolute celebration! I was a little lost that day, going back and forth of being part of the day, as well as photographing it, but I am in love with the images as they are chalk-full of those I love most and have experienced life’s greatest and hardest moments with. The wedding took place in Plymouth, and the reception was in my Uncle Tom’s backyard, a total dream for those of us who grew up watching Father of the Bride (aka me). To say that being with my family is always the best is an understatement, but I truly love being with them and seeing how all the aunts and uncles (nieces, nephews, etc.) pour themselves into each other and their big life moments. September 8th was that for Tommy, so I hope you enjoy this post knowing a liiitttle bit more about the people in the pictures than usual! What can I say, they’re my people?! Congrats Tommy and Minako!