Salty Shirt & Ponies

October 7, 2017 | When a former client sends you a toddler shirt from a growing company, you do a mini-shoot with said shirt for them…luckily E was a willing participant!

My Little Pony had a new movie come out, and reluctantly I purchased a character hoodie at a consignment sale. I may not be a huge fan, but I knew E would be!  So we put it on, and got ready for the show. The movie was a bit rough for the adults — when you’re used to Pixar/Disney anything else will just be that way — but E loved it.  She sat through the whole thing just smiling at the screen.

the Pumpkin Patch

September 30, 2017 | One of my fave times of the year — Pumpkin Patch time!  This year it was HOT out there…I think you can see the sweat on E’s head in some of these shots.  But this place is still just as fun as last year, and watching E run around with her cousins is awesome.  I think she could have stayed on that potato-sack slide for an hour, but we had to drag her into someplace with some shade (corn shed). Jared had a splinter that the kids were SUPER interested in.  Apple cider slushie was delicious, and I ate way too many donuts… 🙂

the Sunflower Field

September 1, 2017 | It’s that time of year again, when the giant Sunflower field blooms and hoards of people make their way out there.  But we attempted a sunrise arrival instead!  Which meant no crowds and easy parking.  The lighting was ROUGH for sure…but trade-offs when you’re dragging toddlers out there.  These cousins are just too darn cute!  Thanks to the grandparents for helping control the kiddos, and holding up the scrim to assist with the blinding sun… 🙂


April 7, 2017 | When we were expecting, due in October meant no income during my busiest time of the year. I scheduled some mini-sessions in April to make up the difference a little bit, and of course those had to continue despite the circumstances. I found these amazing flowering trees, and had my family come up with E so I could snag some images of her too. I have a feeling each year those flowering trees will bring mixed-feelings, but they are lovely no matter what! And this girl is a PRO…ha!

First Day of Preschool

April 4, 2017 | After a weekend full of emotion, another big wave was coming our way in the form of preschool. Our little E was making the switch to 3-days a week (Tues-Thurs) of full-day school, and we prepared for a tearful drop-off. D and I went together, and walked her into her room. She was fine! Happy, walked right in and started playing…it was perfect. PHEW! So the next day I just took her myself, expecting more of the same. Yet something “clicked” and she realized that this was the new norm (and not just a novelty for one day). Que the waterworks…for BOTH of us due to my own emotional state. UGH it was so hard to walk out of that classroom hearing her beg me not to leave her! The emotions ebb and flow for sure, but I’m glad it isn’t all sad…she’s learning so much, comes home with new songs, and even talks about FRIENDS! 🙂