More of Château de Beloeil

I worked with this Ukrainian family a few months ago and they had such an amazing energy and I so loved playing with them, for that’s what our session was, play! When mama spoke with me last, she suggested we come out to Château de Beloeil for her next session because it was so gorgeous. So here we are a few weeks before my move at a château for more gorgeous family pictures of this amazing family!

I was thrilled when I watched them walk up because I suspected they were wearing some traditional clothes from the Ukraine and I love how unique and personal their choice was.

We explored the grounds and had as much fun as we could and I think it shows through as much as this family’s love for each other.

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The Wild Family at Château de Beloeil

This Wild Child is turning THREE so that meant family pictures and as you’ll see next week a special session just for him!

We headed out to the local Château de Beloeil for these pictures and I selected a series of my favorite of little M playing with mom and dad because it so captured the beauty that is his energy and enthusiasm. He’s such a sweet little boy with more energy than anyone I ever met and he’s finally warmed up to me, he kept taking my hand to walk as we explored the grounds.

Working with wild families like this brings me so much joy. One of the things, I think, that sets me apart as photographer is that I come to the session with a lot of patience and care. When M runs away from me, I run after him! When he runs towards me, I get ready to snap one with his hair flying back and a huge grin on his face. That patience helps everyone stay calm and happy and shows in the portraits we end up with. It’s so important for everyone to find a photographer that’s willing to work with them and take the time to get to know your family and work with them. This is an intimate art, making memories, and you need the right person for your family to do it.

See more of this gorgeous family when they stopped by for Easter! Wild Child M does Easter

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Chubby Baby and the Ones that Love Her!

The other day, you got to see my biggest family yet and today you get to see a tiny offshoot of that family. It’s such a hard thing when you’re a military family to build and maintain the relationships of extended family. It’s hard to know how many people are out there that love your children from afar so when they’re all together, it’s always a gift! And this family, all of them, are nothing but love! It’s such a joy to share in that love! So a huge thank you to this big, big family and their littles for letting me be apart of that love!

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Shine Bright

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” -Pablo Picasso

I got into photography to capture the beauty that is my son and I based my business on that simple idea–to capture the memories of our children. They grow so fast and our lives don’t slow down for a second, so we have to move fast, we have to make messes, and we have to put those messes on high because they are what life is made out of. Here we make messes and we celebrate those messes.

On this day, I was able to work with little D again (see images from her session with her daddy a few weeks ago: Daddy and Us!). She had a great time painting herself and creating a unique art piece to display alongside these gorgeous images of her. It’s such a delight to be able to create not just art but memories!

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See J’s paint session here: Dream Big

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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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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Army of Three

Today’s little family is a family with HUGE hearts! They are currently searching for little ones in need to add to their family and… what a loving home they’re walking into. Both big brothers dote on little sister and little sister is a spitfire! This family is part of my village and so I get to see updates on their daily life and, no joke, this family has a duck and chickens and oh they’re just too cute!

They came out to recreate a photo they had done when the boys were sooo much smaller and before little sister was around! I had a great time and the kids were all so well behaved while they played with all of little J’s toys in the backyard.

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Daddy and Us!

Father’s Day is coming up soon and today I debut my first mini for the season! This family was a ton of fun and a mixture of cultures as mom hails locally from Belgium and dad is Italian! He’s from Rome so we may run into him on our trip this July!

Although brother was a little apprehensive, sister was all in right away, and dad was a character! He got both of the littles laughing and engaged and he was pretty expressive himself! I had a great time shooting in the woods for this location and it looks like such a storybook location, I’m so in love with it!

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