Wow, it’s been awhile since I blogged. Tis the busy season! This session took place back in September on a beautiful early fall evening. I just love this family! It was our second session together, and they added a little member in a few of the photos who I’ve had to cover the face for but who is just darling! This family is always so much fun to hang out with…and with so many faces to keep track of I always get a few surprises while editing…take this first photo for example, and the sweet little pout on the right. Ha! Love it. Here are a few of my favorites of the Claassen family!
These sweet people became my and my husband’s concert buddies and we have loved hanging out with them and their girls over the last few months. Do you see this light?! It was cloudy and overcast during most of our session, and then at the very end, the sun peeked out and all was right in the world. This was definitely my kind of session, because when we were done shooting, we finished the night off with a dinner together at Jose Pepper’s (does anyone LOVE their grilled mahi tacos as much as I do?!) and great conversation. Thanks for having me take these for you Bannings!!
I just love the color and late evening sun from this session. Also, Taylor’s dress is making me miss summer a little bit. But only a little…the weather these last two days has been AMAZING! I’m just cold at the moment, so warmth sounds nice. Ha! I found out during this session, that this lovely family I’ve been photographing for years is MOVING and it made me so sad. They have family who lives here though, so they promised to come back and see me. They’d better!! Those crazy kids always make things interesting and they’re getting impossibly big these days!
The last time I saw this family was at a wedding several years ago when momma was pregnant with their oldest. My, how time flies! It was so fun to meet the girls and to take their photos out here at the homestead. Big sis was definitely more excited about the whole picture thing than little sis, but we still definitely got some cute grins out of them both. Here are my favorites from their session!
I’m pretty sure this breaks the record for the longest family blog post of all time. This session was so dreamy! I have photographed the Klassen family for over 9 years now, and each time, Natalie comes up with a fun idea or brings super cute props. This year, we happened to have their session scheduled during the week the Kansas State Fair was going on, and she had the best idea – family photos at the fair! I’ve had a fair session on my bucket list for awhile, but working out logistics was always tricky. We made it happen and to be honest, I was pretty nervous! There were lots of things to factor in…not the least of which was the crowds. I’m so glad we did these and I love how they turned out. I know they do too. Can’t you just imagine a 5 foot wide canvas of this first photo (do you see the moon in it?!) adorning their living room wall? Ha! Enjoy one of my favorite sessions ever – the Klassens at the fair!
It has been so much fun watching this family grow! I’ve been taking their photos since their middle son was a baby and now everyone is gigantic and it’s just ridiculous. They’re so well-behaved, and I get a feeling that little sister is a tiny bit spoiled, but you can’t blame her! Two big bros and some awesome parents to dote all over her. Always great to see you, Kleibers!!
Little Liam is already 1! We kept the baseball theme going throughout his whole first year, and so after we did some photos in his cute little suspenders + bow tie, we went to a baseball diamond for a fun birthday setup his momma had put together. I loved all of her props! Liam wasn’t so much into the cake, as he was into spreading his frosting-covered hands in the dirt. Pretty sure he got a mouth full of dirt at one point or another. But we got some cute photos of it! Enjoy my favorites.
It is absolutely impossible to me that this little baby is already one! These people are some of my nearest and dearest, so I still remember Tara telling me she was having a GIRL after we’d bonded over being mommas of boys for so long. And then that sweet baby girl was born and we were as girly as we could possibly be for her newborn session (click here to see!). Now that tiny nugget is ONE and still pretty tiny, but awesome and sassy as well (check out the sass in the last photo). 🙂 This session was on the same evening as my previous post, so we were checking the forecast ALL DAY and decided to just do it. We got that beautiful overcast light, and the kids did great. Pennington was most definitely over it towards the end, but I love the hilarious faces we captured. Happy birthday P! You are so very loved!
The Wessel family just got a new puppy, and they brought her along to our session and she is just the CUTEST! It was so much fun to include her in some of the photos and she did really well with the boys…you can tell they love her so much. Momma Leslie took all the advice included in my new “What to Wear” guide that I send out to clients, and these outfits were amazing! Everyone take notes! So much love and so much energy in this session, enjoy!
What a beautiful family. The last time I photographed these people, it was about 7 years ago and they were two less people. Their engagement session is still one of my favorites, and I was so excited to hear from them recently and to photograph their family. And now this homestead session is one of my new favorites! The genuine love, joy, and excitement for life they have is contagious, and their journey hasn’t been easy. Instead of telling you their story myself, I googled them, and found this article + video that you HAVE to see. It is sure to put a big ol’ smile on your face. Thank you Wahlgrens for an amazing evening. Hope to do it again soon!