Wow, I forgot just how beautiful our homestead is during it’s prime! These winter months are so long! Can’t wait for spring, summer, and fall. Anyway, I got to have the Courtney family out here for photos during the fall and we had a beautiful evening. They only live a neighborhood away, so it’s definitely handy for them to come for photos! Little sis wasn’t loving our session, but I snuck a few smiles out of her anyway. Always fun to spend time with them!
I had my annual Fall Minis back in October at the homestead and it was so great to see all of the 21 families who came out! There were lots of familiar faces and quite a few new ones as well! The weather held out better than last year and we had some beautiful days. Thanks to everyone who came out…before we know it, it’ll be time for this year’s Fall Minis!!
Olive is the youngest of three and she is just a precious little thing! She was not one to fall asleep easily, so I mixed things up a bit from my usual and wrapped her up to get her to sleep, instead of doing naked baby first. She got a full tummy from momma while we setup, and then we got her to finally catch some Zzzz’s. After several wrapped poses, we did some family stuff and it was so cute! Then when we went to unwrap her, it all went down the drain. She woke up and there was no convincing her otherwise. Ha! Her momma Natalie is a friend of mine from college, and I wasn’t able to photograph her other two as newborns since they lived in a different state. It was such an honor to be able to do these for her!
Baby Jordy slept through his whole session! He was such a sweet little guy and a great sleeper. His momma Abby did an awesome job of keeping him awake all morning before our session, and she thought he’d need to eat right when they got here. He surprised us all by staying asleep and not needing a snack through the whole thing! Big sister Taya is amazing. She wasn’t even 2 at this session and was such a sweetie with her little brother. Dad said he’d be super surprised if I got a photo of just Taya and Jordy and I took that as a challenge. It may have taken 4 adults, but we made it happen! Taya has the funniest little looks too. Just love this family to pieces! They have an extra special place in my heart because when they found out they were expecting Taya, we gifted our handcrafted (by my father-in-law) crib to them. So both of my boys used the crib, and now Taya and Jordy have too! So darn special!
So you know that flamenco dancer emoji with the red dress? Yeah, so Steph told me that her dress for photos made her feel like that emoji. And…um…yeah. TWINS. She rocked that dress (with a little help from the wind) and I’m obsessed with these photos! We had such a gorgeous October evening for their photos, and it was so much fun getting to know these friends better before their wedding this summer. All these sunset photos are totally doing the trick of warming me up on this chilly/foggy January day!
We started out a little iffy withe Vivian’s newborn session, and mom said she was worried that Vivian might be a tough one to get to sleep. She was at first…she just wanted to nurse on whoever was holding her (ha!) and kept flinging her head around with her mouth open. So we did family photos with her awake, and then once we wrapped her and soothed her a bit, she fell asleep. She startled a few times and took some shushing, but eventually she fell into a deep sleep and pretty much let us do whatever with her. She was the first girl after a boy streak, so we were very excited for all things girly to use with her. Big bro James was amazing and so darn sweet with Vivian. He kept wanting to hold her and see what she was doing. Such a fun set of photos!
Okay, before you look through these, you must first revisit Frankie’s newborn session by clicking here. Those were in August, and then in October, we did a family session that included her two proud big brothers, mom + dad, and even the dogs snuck into a few. We did the photos out at their home, where their property backs up to a creek and also had some beautiful evening light. So happy that I get to have several sessions with Frankie during her first year!
Back in October, Maverick turned 6 months old! He is such a cute little chunk and was killing me with all of his facial expressions. I was so glad we were able to get in a few family photos before focusing just on Maverick. Those overalls with no shirt underneath are just the best! This little guy is gonna be 1 here in a couple of months, and I’m so excited to see him again!
Calloway was a wiggler! I had to switch the wrap I was using a few times to find the best stretch to contain his arms. We let him be awake for family and brother stuff, but then took the time to get him to sleep for the rest. Every time we got him settled, he would startle after a few minutes. But we prevailed and got some super sweet poses out of him. After we were finished, I changed and dressed him and just got to cuddle a bit and didn’t want to give him back! This little man is very loved by his two big brothers, though chaos ensued when it came to taming all 3 of them for photos. Ha! We got some super cute brother photos. Love this family and so happy for them!
I lovingly refer to these people as my California friends! Each year, they come to Kansas to babysit their granddaughters while the girls’ mom and dad go on a trip. Grandma Annie schedules a session with me each year during that time that they’re here. The first year, it was a surprise, which was so much fun. The second year, we included the entire family, and this year it was mostly just the girls but grandma and grandpa jumped in a few. These girls are growing up so quickly and are so beautiful and sweet! It’s always such a joy to be around them, and they never let me leave empty-handed…there’s always a sweet card + some goodies from California in it for me! Love love!