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An Extra Special Newborn Session (by Josh & Kelley)

This is a newborn session that’s extremely close to my (Kelley’s) heart.

Want to know why? See that cute baby girl? I’ve known her from the very first second she was born.

She’s my sweet little niece, Audrey.

(My sister’s friends each made Audrey a little block during my sister’s baby shower! Aren’t they adorable?!)

Yup, that’s right, I get to hold and cuddle this little one as much as I want. Try not to be too jealous.

In addition to getting lots of cuddles, I think it’s also safe to say that she’s going to be photographed A LOT!

I mean how could I possibly help myself? She’s pretty much the most adorable model ever!

When my mom came into town to meet and visit with Audrey, I decided it would be the perfect time for her very first photoshoot: a newborn session.

I shared my idea with my sister, and she was camera ready and on the scene in just a couple of hours.

Technically, little Audrey is already a month old (a little older than some of the newborns we photograph).

You see, she was born right around Christmas time, and had some jaundice issues for a while. After she started feeling better, Phoenix started enjoying some rainy weather. Then, when my mom came in to town, we finally had a perfect day to shoot.

We got some sweet shots of baby Audrey…

Lots of photos of momma and baby time…

Pictures of Audrey with her dad…

And we made sure to snap a few grandma snuggle shots as well.

It was so awesome to be able to take photos of my sister with her very first newborn baby, and know that these will be photos that our family will cherish for years to come.

It’s not very often that I get to be on the receiving side AND the photographer side of important family photos. For me, the experience really helped to reinforce the importance of the work that photographers do.

I’m so happy you came to join our family little miss Audrey. And I can’t wait to share these pictures with you again when you’re a little less small.

Charlie and Jackie’s Super Wonderful Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Jackie and Charlie met in Sunday school as youngsters. Now they’re all grown up and excited to be planning their wedding, which will be taking place in the same church in which they met.

Jackie and Charlie are a pretty popular couple, so it’s likely that quite a few of you readers are seeing these photos and shouting, “I KNOW them!” at your computer screen.

For those of you that may not be quite as familiar with these two, let me tell you a little bit about them.

This illustration may work best if I (Kelley) give you a mental image to work with… Picture Superman and Wonder Woman getting married… Yes, I think that pretty much sums up the amazingness of Jackie and Charlie. For real, not only are they awesome to be around, but I’m pretty sure they both have super powers of some kind.

While Josh and I were chatting with them during their engagement session, Jackie mentioned that Charlie had gone for a little run the day before. But no big deal, it was only 20+ miles at an average pace of somewhere around eight and a half minutes per mile…

Wait WHAT?! I’m pretty sure that’s the speed at which Superman flew around the globe! And over 20 miles of running? I think it’s safe to say I would keel over after about five miles.

Jackie made me and Josh feel a bit better by admitting that she finds it difficult to finish a one mile run. However, later on when I was “hinting” at Josh that he was a little too close to the water for me to feel comfortable, Jackie revealed her super power.

“Don’t worry, if he falls in, I can save him.” Turns out Jackie is on the swim team at Grand Canyon University. So while Charlie has been running around, Jackie has been jumping into OUTDOOR pools in the middle of the WINTER and swimming like a fish!

I think those examples are proof enough of the amount of determination and hard work that these two are going to be putting in when it comes to wedding planning.

Congratulations on your engagement Jackie and Charlie! I have to say, Josh and I are both looking forward to your wedding, and we’re sure that it’s going to be a “Super”, “Wonderful” day!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Charlie and Jackie’s Super Wonderful Engagement Session.

Vicki and Franz welcome their new family member! (by Scott & Breanna)

Raise your hand if you’re still exhausted from the busy holiday season! OK I know that most of your hands SHOULD be up but you’re actually still too exhausted to physically hold them in the air! Sure we’re all worn out, but I really think that Vicki and Franz beat us all!

They had all the holiday fun to participate in, plus they bought a house, AND had a baby! Now that is a whirlwind of major events.

They not only survived the chaos that major events inevitably bring, but they enjoyed every second of it!

So when it came to picture time for their new little baby, what better place to do it than at their new house with all the things they love surrounding them!?

(quite a view from their porch, isn’t it?!)

As you can see, their 2 dogs are definitely a part of the family, and once you meet them it’s easy to understand why! They were some awesome little pups who NEVER got in the way during the photo session… well, OK, maybe just a couple times, but they were just making sure we got some great shots of them too!

And what would a newborn photo session be without a ride in a car? Wait…what?

At least that’s the case when your parents met while designing cars together! So of course we had to get one or two in there with cars involved!

Overall, it was a beautiful session, on a beautiful day, with a beautiful family, in their beautiful new home.

Thanks to the 3 of you (well the 5 of you, counting the dogs), for helping us have a great session together. I hope the rest of this new year, full of new things, goes as well as your photo session to commemorate them all went!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Vicki and Franz’s new baby photo session.

 

 

Hallie and Jonathan’s Late December Wedding (by Josh & Kelley)

It started out as a first date at In and Out Burger, and led to a beautiful wedding on a late December evening.

Now, these two crazy kids are looking forward to spending the rest of their lives together, and enjoying every adventure along the way.

It may sound like the plot to a gooey romantic movie, but for Hallie and Jonathan, it’s real life.

Yup, it’s their very own real life love story.

Hallie and Jonathan are definitely a couple to be envied.

Why you ask? Well, for starters, just look at them. These two are head over heels in love with each other, and who doesn’t want that kind of awesomeness in their life?

They share a kind of love that allows them to really be themselves when their with each other… Their very own silly and spontaneous selves.

During the whole wedding day, Hallie and Jonathan both kept insisting that we take more “silly” pictures, because those are the ones that let their real personalities shine.

They’re obviously big ol’ goofballs at heart.

On top of all of this head over heels in love/silly goodness, there’s one other area of Hallie and Jonathan’s life that some may find covetable.

Just days after their gorgeous wedding ceremony, Hallie and Jonathan packed up their belongings and got ready to start a new adventure together.

Yes, I know lots of couples do this after their wedding day… But Hallie and Jonathan’s next adventure is taking them to a new life in Hawaii!

Yes, I said Hawaii! While many of us dream about just visiting the aloha state, Hallie and Jonathan can now call this magical place “home”. What an awesome way to start their new life together!

Hallie and Jonathan, Josh and I are so happy that we had the chance to get to know the two of you before you headed off to Hawaii! Congratulations on your marriage and your next big adventure together!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Hallie and Jonathan’s Late December Wedding.

A Double Photo Session With Friends, Family, and Lots Fury Pals (by Josh & Kelley)

This is the James Family, otherwise known as Josh, Jennifer, and Imani. They’re pretty stinking sweet aren’t they?

Josh (my husband Josh, not the many guy in these photos) and I were lucky enough to take photos for the James family way back when Imani was only 6 months old and could barely even sit up on her own.

(This is from our first session with tiny little 6-month-old Imani.)

Imani has obviously grown quite a bit. Now almost two, she’s moved way past sitting up and is now on to jumping, running, giggling, and riding her tricycle.

Believe it or not, little Imani has only gotten cuter with time.

Ever since that first six-month-old session, Jennifer and I have been throwing around ideas for a second session, but the timing was never quite right.

So this year, when she contacted me and asked about mini-sessions, my heart dropped when I thought about the fact that we wouldn’t be doing mini-sessions this year.

I knew we needed to find a way to get this family in front of our cameras again. So, understanding they didn’t need WHOLE session to themselves, I proposed that the James family split a photo session with a few friends.

Jennifer loved the idea and knew just who to ask!

Meet John, Amanda, and their three furry friends Cody, Abby, and Lucy.

Amanda works with Jennifer and was more than happy to split a photo session with her. The two of them decided on a location, and Josh and I headed over there and spent the first half of the session taking photos of Amanda and John’s family, and the second half talking photos of the James family.

It was a wonderfully busy time; chasing dogs around during the first half of the session, and running after a toddler during the second half. But, it was a BLAST!

We’re so glad that we got to meet the John and Amanda (and their fury family members too). They’ve got to be some of the most laid back and friendly people we’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. Oh, and with three big dogs (one of them still a puppy) and a baby on the way, you know they’re brave!

Amanda joked that she’s sure once the baby arrives home and starts to cry, the dogs will likely react by crying right along with it, and she’ll suddenly be comforting four rather than one.

All I know is that house likely is, and will continue to be, one full of action and fun! Although, according to Amanda the dogs just laid around the house and slept the day after the photoshoot. Apparently we wore them out!

Josh and I are so glad that this session worked out so well. It was so much fun to do a second shoot with the James family, and meeting Amanda and John was fabulous.

Click here to see more photos from the James family, and here to see more photos from Amanda and John’s session.