I recently spent a wonderful weekend with my good friend and her family at their family’s lake home up north (everything is “up north” in Minnesota, right?).
It was a really fun weekend and we also squeezed in a photo session for her two adorable children. This shot was taken later in the day and I love how both kids are looking toward the setting sun.
And little Rylie is not so little anymore! So ladylike, I love it. Look how her top foot is tucked over the bottom one in that 2nd picture. Perfect.
And Noah is getting even more handsome. And such a good big brother. Even tolerant of Little Sister Tackles.
The next one is my absolute favorite picture of Rylie. Her hair in the wind, her feet kicked up, and her porcelain face looking so perfect. I love it.
And this is my favorite picture of the kids together. I love Noah’s big ol’ laugh and Rylie with her head laid down and that sweet expression on her face. Plus, those flowers rock. I wish I had a green thumb like that.
What great backdrops we had for pictures of these great kids.
Many thanks to my friend, Amy, for having my family and me up for the weekend. I’m so glad we had the chance to capture the kids at their special place on the lake.
And real quick, I have to say a special thank you to my husband for helping with this session. He was an awesome assistant. If I had a payroll, I’d put him on it.
I had a couple of large family sessions at the Arboretum this month and this particular session was very special.
First: because … well … look at these brothers:
And second: because their little cousin (and his mom and dad) came all the way from California for a visit with their family.
And wow, they should have put this little guy on the cover of that Happiest Baby on the Block book, don’t you think?
Happiest. Baby. Ever.
You know, a large group shot like the one below — with everyone looking natural and relaxed (and in the same direction!) — is not an easy feat when it includes 4 small children. I’m not sure how they did it. My theory is that the parents had hidden ‘child remotes.’ But I can’t prove it.
I really did love these 3 brothers. The picture of the older boys climbing the wall is SO TOTALLY “BOY.” I love it.
And their little cousin was practically edible in his cuteness.
Plus, the boys’ grandma gave me a hug in the parking lot after the session was over.
And stuff like that just makes me happy.
Great family. Great photos. And lucky me that I got to hang out with them.
This beautiful baby boy was only a week old when we took his newborn pictures. I love this image of him being held by his Dad (in front of that awesome blue wall, no less):
The picture below-left is one of my favorites from this year. I love his perfectly shaped head and his tranquil face and the neutral tones of the whole scene.
Cute, tiny baby hands and feet.
What a gorgeous little boy.
They can’t stay this small forever … and really, watching them grow is the best part. But the wonderful thing is that we can capture their tiny perfection now and always have it to look back on.
These 5 cousins were great — I love this lollipop shot and the fact that their shirt colors give the whole picture a wonderful, happy “candy store” feeling.
I had fun with the kids (seen yelling here)…
…and their parents (also seen yelling here).
Easy-going parents make for relaxed kids and great, easy-going pictures.
And these guys were just an all-around great, big, fun and easy-going family.
My daughter likes sparkly shoes.
What can I say.