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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Lifestyle – Mummy and Me

“In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.” ― N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Years and years ago, I decided I was going to do EVERYTHING RIGHT as a parent. Teenagers are dumb. There is no right way. There is the way we choose, the path we walk, and in that way it is right for us and that is all that matters.

Years ago when I learned about the power of breastfeeding, I knew, I KNEW that I would nurse my children.

A year and a half ago when that baby was born–despite much apprehension about the actual breastfeeding, I was determined to make it work. But we hit a snag and my little J and I needed help. I was distraught and lost because this was what I wanted and the mum featured today changed that. She calmed the storm and put us back on course. She humbly turns all the credit back to mom and baby–but no ship arrives in port without a navigator.

As a thank you for making our lives better, I wanted to give her a gift so I invited myself over, sat them down, and started making them laugh. I asked mummy to tell embarrassing stories (she did not disappoint) and the girls to share what they loved about mum and they laughed nearly the entire time! Their family is one of love and laughter and empowerment–because both daughters loved how much their mum listened to them, valued them, and treated them with respect.

Thank you to my friend, midwife, and lactation consultant. You will always hold a special place in my heart!

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Bonus, my mess maker entertaining himself at the piano while I worked!

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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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Lifestyle – Athens National Gardens

I’m sharing a part of my journey–more from our family vacation to Greece.

I usually take a step back when we’re traveling to take photos and then I put my camera away. I’m sure that it sounds foreign that a photographer would just put her camera away but I want to live. I want to experience our vacation with my husband and son more than I want to document it. I still capture the essence of our day, like when we visited The Parthenon, but then we move on to enjoying the world we’re in. It’s hard sometimes with the toddler wanting to get down and explore when we’re walking on the street or in a museum so we always look for places to take him that he can be free–this time it was the National Gardens in Athens.

We walked through the gardens, I made sure to let him lead and capture the beauty that is a toddler in a park. He has no idea we are in a completely different country and that it matters at all; he just wants to play with a stick.

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Lifestyle Newborn – Mini Mama and Mini Bebe

My first maternity clients were a gorgeous couple I got to photograph not once but twice before their little one rushed her arrival (yep she was a month early, healthy as can be!)! I had such a great time with this couple before their baby arrived and now they’re even more in love and more fun to work with. I’m so thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to work with them from bump to baby!

You can see Mini Mama’s maternity photos here: Mini Mama Maternity! and Lifestyle – More Mini Mama

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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!

Lifestyle – More Mini Mama

I have been wanting to explore lifestyle photography more and I had a great couple to work with on my last maternity session so when they welcomed me into their home, I worked hard to capture more of the beauty that is their love! Mini Mama Maternity!

I am so amazed at how sweet they are together and how quickly they relax and how many great shots I can get of them interacting and loving each other. Their little girl showed up early and I know they are going to rock as parents. I’m so thrilled for them and their little girl is so lucky to grow up in a household of love! Congrats again!

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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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Our Woodland Romp

Belgium is having a heatwave and there is no AC…………………………………………………

Mad props to this expecting mama and her family for trekking through the forest with me and still looking gorgeous for these family photos! This baby is coming into such a loving family and will have two amazing older brothers to show him how to have a good time, make a silly face, and act crazy and two amazing parents who are so in love and so playful.

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