Little Boy, Big Laughs!

“Happiness [is] only real when shared.” ―Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

When our boys were itty, I met this mama and I have loved how hard she works and how much she loves her baby. With both her and daddy being in the military, their life is anything but easy! They travel a very difficult path and I don’t envy them but I have so much respect for how much grace and love they use to get through it. Mom and dad are so in love with baby and so in love with each other, it’s a treat to have shared this morning with them!

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Lifestyle – At the Mediterranean Sea

After playing at the playground, we headed over to the beach to cool down and cool down we did–the water was way too cold to really get in but it was refreshing. J wanted to play but the beach wasn’t really safe enough to let his wobbly little toddler legs to explore so I took the chance to grab a few photos before we headed back to some shade so he could nap.

I hate to keep fighting with the harsh sunlight and fortunately the beach sand wasn’t too too bright but it was a struggle to keep from over exposing the image and not having all features drowning in shadow but I think I captured some really sweet moments and my husband did too.

It’s important to be patient and not try to force poses when on vacation with a toddler and surly husband–capture what you can. Look for ways to frame the subject with the harsh light rather than trying to make them do anything. It’s better to get images of your family with harsh shadows then to get pictures of the toddler crying and the husband giving the person behind the camera looks that could kill.

Keep in mind that your family doesn’t want you to spend the entire time taking photographs. So after you get some good images that capture the moment, put the camera away and live. You may miss a super cute moment with the camera but you can’t live the moments and capture them too.

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Lifestyle – Littlest Girl at Home

When I got the chance to enjoy this little girl again (when there wasn’t a heat wave in Belgium), I was so excited. Her parents were so much fun to work with and I just adored how much they adored her and each other.

Their home was so nice and so open and bright. It was really just the an enjoyable session start to finish and I got some posed shots which you can see next time!

See her Fresh48 here: Fresh48 – Hey There Little One

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Stay tuned Minot, ND–I’ll be seeing you soon for these and more!

This Birthday Boy is TWO Handsome!

I love doing sessions in Mons because the backdrop is so pretty and the variety is so great so when we scheduled this little guys birthday shoot it was my first choice. When I was driving into the city though, 4-5 times a crossing guard stopped me so bikes could ride through… and a exhibition filled with bike ramps took over the Grand Place (town square) so a city that is normally empty on Sunday mornings proved quite a challenge for us on this family shoot.

With plenty of distracting bikers at every location, and some options completely blocked off, we worked trekked through the city in the heat and we even got a few smiles from this tough cookie. It’s so hard to believe he’s turning two already but the numbers don’t lie… 2 it is!

Happy Birthday, little lion!

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The Whole Wren Family

I can’t get enough of this little bird! I can’t believe she’s 5 months old already! She laughs soooo much! I got to cuddle her and J. at the same time and it was a task but was a FUN task! You can see more of our favorite Wren here: The last peep! & Little Wren Potter

Little Wren’s daddy is a professional photographer himself in a different arena and so I’m always curious to hear his thoughts on how the photos turned out of his little one. Hopefully he finds these ones satisfactory. How could he not, with those little baby smiles?!

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Gotta Get Away!

Last weekend, I got to work with a family new to Belgium and we had a fantastic time exploring the parc! As soon as dad put little N down he wanted to go, go, go! There is always so much to explore at the parc for little ones and N wanted to see it all! We had a great time exploring with this family and chasing N around! We even snagged a few portraits of him not escaping!

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Before We Make a Mess…

Sometimes we make connections with people because we’re walking the same path. Though our husband’s work together, today’s mama and I didn’t make much of a connection until she shared that she was pregnant. She hadn’t known long while I was a few months along and we hit it off immediately. We were both so excited for our journeys into motherhood and we had a lot of the same dreams for our births and babies that it was so exciting to talk about everything. Mama is just about the sweetest person I know and Solo is just about the messiest baby I’ve ever met!

I was so excited when she asked me to do her son’s cake smash because he is definitely a MESS MAKER! Tomorrow I’ll share a few from his cake smash but today, it’s all about that family love!

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Farewell, Future Family of Four

This week has been crazy! Be prepared for a deluge as I finally catch up on my editing!

Meet our first family! Saturday, I drove out to Château de Seneffe to capture the beauty of one growing family before they move away from Belgium. The light wasn’t right to capture the 18th century Château but we did grab some beautiful moments with this adorable family.

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It’s sad to have to say goodbye to such a beautiful family but say goodbye we must. So farewell to you and congratulations on your little one on the way. I wish you safe travels and an easy duty station!

Wild Child M does Easter

The last time we saw this wild child, he was celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with us! We ran around the park, threw rocks into the pond, and played our hearts out! My first few clients were friends, but M’s family became friends after their first session. They’ve invited the Mess Maker family into their homes for a giant Easter Eggstravaganza this weekend and when you’re an ocean away from family, all you want for the holidays are open arms and good food. Thank you so much to this wild family not only for coming out for photos but for opening their home to us in celebration of Easter!

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