Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Williams Family

This past Saturday evening I got to take family photos for the Williams' family. SUCH a fun experience! Not only are Mary and Tyler patient and loving parents, but their kids (Leah- 2 1/2, and Ryan- 4 months) are absolute sweethearts and were a total breeze to work with. 
I met Mary at my Bible study last fall, and really admired her genuine spirit and her love for her little family that was so evident in everything she said. This was the first time I got to meet her little man Ryan, who she was pregnant with when I first got to know her. Another fun fact, when we were talking about how her and Tyler met they told me they were high school sweethearts. I then asked where they went to high school and over the course of conversation we discovered that we were all at the same homecoming dance but just didn't know each other back in 2001! (I went to a different school's homecoming instead of my own my freshmen year of high school) Small. World. !! I just love crazy connections like that :) 

Anyway, in just one hour spent with their family we came away with some really beautiful photos of who they are as a couple, as parents, as a family. The word genuine just keeps coming to mind over and over, they just really love and enjoy each other and it was so natural and laid back taking pictures of them just being together :) 

So here are some of my favorites from their session:

Let me just say, their daughter has the most AMAZING blue eyes!! 

Love the ones where I got everybody looking and smiling :) 

Look closely at Leah in this next series of three. Hehe :) 

love the one below. 

My favorite of the four of them: 

This one is very similar to the one above, except look at Leah's adorable expression! 

Holding onto her daddy. 

This is the second time I've experimented a little with a mirror in a photo shoot, and I really love the fun shots that come out of it! 

A few of just Leah. 

Below: one of my absolutely FAVORITES from this session. She is such a doll!! Look at that perfect little face! 

Pure girly-ness below and I LOVE it!! 

And a few of just Ryan: 

Loved his cute little smirk like in the one below on the right. 

Mary's parents came along to help out however they could, which made it perfect to end with some pictures of just Mary and Tyler. Her parents took the kids up to play at the playground and we got some gorgeous shots of just the two of them :)  

I'm so glad you guys asked me to do your family pictures for you, it was truly a pleasure the entire time!! It made my heart happy to watch your little family interact with each other, and I hope these pictures will become wonderful memories for you in the future as your babies grow :) 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Kyle & Abby: Engaged!

So Abby & Kyle.
 A seriously beautiful couple to watch interact. I've known Abby forever, we went to highschool together and she is such a sweetheart, always happy and social and so full of such fun personality. This was the first I'd met Kyle. They have been together for the past five years, and it is so clear how much he adores her. It took no effort at all for him to follow my instructions during our photo shoot, it's just that natural for him to show his affection for his fiance. Engagement sessions are one of my very favorites to do, and I am absolutely thrilled with the images we were able to capture during this one. 

So here's our story, we were supposed to meet at 6:30, it was an overcast day with a chance of rain, and I didn't give them very clear directions to our location... They were coming from out of state and their gps took them to another park with the same name, and as a result it took them much longer to get to our meeting spot. They got there around 7:15, and I felt so bad for all the run-around they had to go through prior, plus I was nervous we were going to lose our light before I had the time to get much. Wow, was I wrong. Usually a shoot takes me about an hour, but what came through my lens in just 35 minutes with them just blows me away. Like I said, their love is easy and natural, and it didn't take long at all to capture a little piece of it for them. So, without further ado, here are some of my favorites from their engagement session. 

So here's the story of the next few with the playing cards. Kyle and Abby were engaged in Las Vegas and Kyle is also a big fan of poker. So they brought along cards with their wedding date on it (3/22) plus their initials (an ace for Abby and a king for Kyle) and we used them as some possible save the date photos :) I just love them! Here are a couple favorites: 

one of our final shots of the night. 

And to wrap up I'm going to share some of my very favorite black and whites from our session. I just loved the black and white edit on so many of their photos, it just seemed so timeless and like it went with the feel so well. So here are a couple of my top favorites :) 

When I posted the one below on facebook I said it felt like a "boy meets girl in the 50's" vibe to me. So classic :) 

And the next one!!! One of my all-time top favorite photos I have ever taken. 

 And... again, love the next one too. The water, the expressions.... 

Beautiful Abby :) 

 Their save the dates in black and white :) 

 In the one below I asked them to hold out their hands like they were admiring the ring together, and this was just some natural interaction that came with it :) 

And lastly, this beauty. There's nothing like having the hand of someone your heart and soul loves so well to hold for the rest of your life. 

Thank you guys SO MUCH for letting me take these for you, I am honored to share in a little part of your wedding preparation, and I hope that the rest of the planning goes smoothly for you and your big day is everything you dreamed of, you two deserve it!!