Lifestyle – The Sandbox

“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” ― Alan W. Watts

There is beauty in the crash between J’s playing and my own.

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Lifestyle – Playtime with Granny

Living away from family is hard. A lot of times we enjoy our freedom but more often we feel isolated. We build up friendships which is essential and a true blessing, but it’s hard to watch J grow up away from his grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins. But, fortunately, we got a nice long visit with Granny, Grandpa, and Auntie S (and a big trip to Italy) this month and I wanted to share a few of J playing with his Granny as, unfortunately, these portraits are few and far between and highly cherished.

To talk about these photos a little: the too bright sun kept coming and going while I was taking these so the shadows and lighting is really harsh. I wouldn’t want to work with this light with a client because it’s so hard to get a flattering portrait like this! The shadows from eyebrows can make a person look exhausted or completely black out their eyes! Keep that in mind when working on your own or looking for a photographer to work with–no midday sessions!

I, however, had to capture J with his Granny because they were too cute together and again–the opportunity to photograph them together is a rare one.

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See more of J here: Lifestyle – Pizza Party in GreeceLifestyle – At the Mediterranean SeaLifestyle – Athenian PlaygroundLifestyle – Athens National GardensPhoto Feature: Red White and BlueJ does Brit FeteHappy Father’s DayLifestyle – Looking through the WindowLifestyle – J & Co. Sensory PlaySplish Splash

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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Lifestyle – Looking through the Window

Tomorrow, my family and I are leaving for Athens, Greece! I’m so very excited to take some much needed time off and chill with J and my husband and of course to see Athens! With our move coming up we’re trying to see as much as we possibly can and Greece has been a must-see for me since I was a kid. This duty station has, hands down, has been a whirlwind of adventure and I’m so sad our adventures in Europe are coming to an end but I’m so thankful we’ve gotten to see things that some people only dream about.

That said, we’ll be a little slower the next few days but I promise to keep the updates coming when I can!

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See more of my little man here: Baby Model, King, Mess MakerSplish SplashLifestyle – J & Co. Sensory Play!