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Family Session: The Mitchell Family

27 Oct

“The Cardinals are playing.”

“Really, mom?  Pictures.  Will it take long?”

These are just a few of the things Jake and Sam were concerned about before we started the family photos.

“Don’t worry.  I promise to make this quick and painless.  Why, I bet you even have fun before we’re done!”  I told the boys.

They exchanged an I-don’t-think-that-is-possible look that only brothers ages 7 and 6 can give without words and completely understand.

We had fun.  They had fun. Just look at the pictures.  These boys are handsome.  The family, so lovely.

By the way, I’m convinced that if I bottled Sam and Jake’s energy and sold it, it would annihilate both Red Bull AND 5-Hour energy!


Family Session: The Whites

25 Oct

Fall has been pretty perfect across Missouri’s rolling praries this year.  The leaves golden and temps lovely.  Perfect for a family photo session.  The White family’s morning was no exception.

I arrived at the White’s house and to my delight found Logan entranced with the movie UP. “He loves this show,” Mikaela stated.  “We watch it at least once a day.”  “Perfect!” I exclaimed with delight. My props for the family session would be a hit.  Two MASSIVE balloons =)  They loved them.  We all were happy.

Mikaela and I go way back.   To third grade to be exact.  Funny how life is.  You grow up friends.  Move on to college.  And life, well, it brings you back to where you started – close in proximity and friends once again.  Mikaela’s family is as warm and loving as she is.  Kevin, an amazing support to his family; and the kids, enamored with their parents and grandparents.  Rekindling a old friendship has been just one of the best things about taking this family’s pictures so frequently.  And for that, I’m blessed to call you my friend.

Family Session: The Kuntz Family

21 Oct

“Do you always bring furniture to a photo session?”  Dave asked.  I hesitantly said, “Well, yeah.  I do,” praying he wasn’t dreading schlepping all of it around with us…or at least helping!  “That’s awesome!” he said.  I exhaled a sigh of relief.

Danielle, a fitness trainer by trade, and Dave, a pastor, are two of the kindest (and fittest!) people I know.  Joy radiates from both of them.  They’re loved by all who know them.  Christ’s love moves them to love one another, their family, and even strangers at a depth that is rarely found in individuals today.  It’s awe-inspiring.  It’s refreshing.

I was so blessed to get to capture your adorable family and loved chasing the kids around.  They have so much life and spirit in them.  Life, energy, joy, and spirit are words that come to mind as I think about their shining personalities. May these photos bring you joy at this moment and precious memories in the years to come.

And, if you happen to be looking for a church in the St. Louis area, you should really check out North Church!

Junie B. Jones, a Frame, and My Sister’s Modern Family

5 Oct

I ADORE Junie B. Jones.  If you’ve never read the laugh-out-loud kids chapter series, you’re seriously missing out.  I have already assembled a stock-pile of these books in Zoe’s closet.  Ready to pull out when she can delight in the funny thing that is this perfectly honest short chapter book character. Luckily, I have my own real-life Junie B. Jones to fill my life with laughter and wisdom of a child.

My niece Madi is Junie’s equal counterpart.  I am fully confident that if Junie were in life form.  She’d be exactly like Madi.  Snippets like this happen every moment of every day.

On last week’s photo shoot:

Madi:  Aunt Ash, I’m just gonna snoop a bit through your car.

Me:  Go ahead.  We’re not very exciting.

Madi:  That’s o.k.  Did you know my 1st-grade teacher called me “MARGE in CHARGE?”

Me:  Really?

Madi:  Yep.  And, my kindergarten teacher called me “NOSEY.”  I like MARGE in CHARGE much better.

Me:  “SNORT”…Trying to take her so-very-serious conversation seriously, but completely losing it.

Later on in the shoot I pulled out a frame, and my sister exclaimed, ” Modern Family!!! It’s my favorite show.”  I think they’re pretty much the perfect modern family.  I always want to be present with family.  This photo shoot let me do just that AND capture their picture.  Loved this evening.

Dan & Brionne: Married

4 Oct

Gracious and kind, she knows no stranger.  Everyone who comes across her path is mesmerized.  With her kindness, grace, and beauty.  Bri, you truly are one of the most stunning brides, both inside and out, I have EVER had the privilege to work with.  You give of yourself completely and are loved beyond measure in return.  Dan, your love for Bri is heart-warming and apparent.  You make every girl believe that there is a prince-charming out there for her.  I pray God’s blessing on both of you.  Thank you so very much for allowing me to be a part of your amazing day!

Kim: Senior Session + Some Family

27 Sep

She was so quiet I wasn’t sure how I was going to get her to open up.  But then, she didn’t really need to.  She smiles with her eyes…

Kim’s senior session was a breeze.  Literally during that crazy heat wave we had at the end of summer, Kim’s session was during the one cool and breezy day we had.  Loved it.  No sweat!

Can’t you tell how proud her mama is of her?!

And…one of the fam.  Just.  Because.

I hope you have a Rockin’ Senior year Kim!

Baby Blues and Chinese Lanterns

25 Jul

It was a perfect early morning session.  Sun shining.  Birds chirping.  And the temperature, a mere 90° at 8:15 a.m.  It is St. Louis during the Dog Days of summer, but Lyla was coming.  One of my most favorite babes ever to photograph. She’s definitely worth schlepping gear around in a hot and humid climate.  You might remember her from an earlier session where I warned looking at her pictures could lead to severe baby fever!

Lyla’s jean shorts weren’t the only baby blues that shone and were sooooo adorable.  Look, at those eyes.  I mean seriously.  I’m plotting to enter her in some gorgeous Gerber baby contest or something.  Her mother just doesn’t know it.  Well, until now =)

She adored the colorful chinese lanterns.  She played the camera.

I can’t wait until the fall when her 1st birthday rolls around!