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Maggie 6 Month portraits

November 9, 2017

My Dear Maggie

Dear Maggie,

Wow this month flew by quickly. You have grown so much over the last month. Well I would like to start with all your life we didn’t think you were small, but apparently you weren’t huge at all. You always were low on the percentile marks at the doctor when it came to your weight, but lets be honest they weren’t the ones carrying you around so what do they know. Needless to say your rolls finally caught up to you. This month at your check up you were in the 81 percentile. Your brother won the guess before they weigh you contest, he guessed 18 lbs. And while he wasn’t exact he was close, you weighed in at 18.1 lbs.

In case you are wondering once you hit a certain age your weight will not be documented for all to see. But while I have you on…

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Maggie 6 month: Sneak Peek

November 6, 2017

My Dear Maggie

Here are a few of Maggie’s 6 month pictures. We even managed to get a few with the kitties. Rocky and Micky were meowing at the door to come in, but then were not so happy to be trapped in the studio once we closed the door, but Maggie was super excited they came in to join us. Many more pictures to come soon.

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Miller Family Portraits: Sneak Peek

November 6, 2017

I’m so excited to get a few of these fun fall pictures up on my blog. The two brothers were so much fun to photograph. And the fall landscape was just stunning. Here is a small sneak peek of the Miller boys.

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Eppley Family Photos

October 31, 2017

The other week I had so much fun taking pictures of the Eppley family. We have known them for a long time now through church and have really enjoyed getting to know them, and are honored to call them friends. Wyatt and Samie have been friends for most of their lives now, and it has been so much fun seeing the two of them grow up together. I was also so happy that Karen could join us for the pictures, she is Kara’s mom and Samie’s Grandma of course. Karen and I have known each other for many years too. And she is a wonderful person and a great friend.

I would like to say the shoot went super smooth and there were no issues. But with the help I hire these days, my son Wyatt, there were a few moments that no training could prepare you for. At the same time while I did learn a lot of things throughout my photographic career, schooling, and during my internship, I don’t know if I was ever taught the best way to get a smile out of a kid; well at least not the right way apparently. This shoot will always be known as “The Poop Shoot”. And in no way is that a reflection of the imagery captured or the subjects photographed. Instead that refers to the lesson I learned on this photoshoot. If you ever want to get a kid to smile, no matter if it is a girl or a boy. (I once thought this only applied to boys, and I dare not use it in any other shoots except for when photographing my son). The word “poop” is hilarious. And if “poop” stops having the reaction you want it to have (smile or laughter), one could try the varying degrees of poop. Or the more specific versions that you may think of when you explain it in a more detailed way.

I will say I thought about titling this post a little differently, especially since I know the Eppley’s are friends, and since we already are using the title “The Poop shoot” to explain the shoot. But to be honest I wasn’t sure if everyone reading this post would be ok with that. Honestly I never thought I would be writing a paragraph or two on my blog about this. Let me finish with, it worked. And it also turns out my son is quite gifted in this area. He had Samie laughing and smiling, and for that matter all of us laughing and smiling throughout the entire evening. So thank you Samie for requesting that Wyatt come that day.

As for the pictures, they speak for themselves. It was a beautiful afternoon, with a beautiful family. I just love the small pond they have in their yard, and the beautiful willow trees they have in their yard. I will say one of my favorite pictures of Samie is the one where she is under the willow tree and playing with some of the leaves. Kara told me that day, and I hope I remember it right, that her parents gave her those trees for their yard. I just think thats so beautiful. The gift of a tree can mean so much. To be able to look out your window everyday and see something that reminds you of the love of your family. So on those hard days or days when you feel all alone, or when the weather is bad and you don’t know if you can weather the storm that feels like your whole life in that moment. To be able to look outside and see a memory, or to see something outside your window that reminds you of the love of your parents. To me that is one of the greatest gifts someone can give, a memory.

I remember growing up going to visit my grandparents at their house in Philadelphia. They had a cherry tree out back and my grandpa and I used to sit under it and he would tell me all the secrets of life as we sat under it eating the cherries. To this day I just love cherry trees, because they remind me of him. I also have a love for trees and if you look through my work you can see that. I think they are natural monuments to history. But I think most of all trees remind me to think about moments, and memories.

So Todd, Kara and Samie, I hope these pictures are not just pictures of people to you guys. Pictures that you will hang on your wall and think oh don’t we look beautiful in these pictures, because you do. But may they also be photographs that take you back to the moment when you laughed, when time stopped for a moment and we were all there to witness it.

Thank you for letting me be a part of your moments in life.

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Maggie 5 Month Portraits

October 9, 2017

My Dear Maggie

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Dear Maggie,

You are 5 months old now. I can’t believe how fast time is flying. You and your brother have an even more extra special bond. we recently came to understand why he gets so upset when you are crying, especially in the car even though he has on noise canceling headphones. We came to realize that he just gets that upset when you cry and when he sees you upset. It does make it for a very difficult car ride that really works on my patience, but we of course manage. You can be upset and crying and when he comes over and talks to you, you light up and smile so big. He loves you so much, and we know already that you love him.

You love to give kisses now. You have always loved getting kisses, and again especially from your brother. But now when…

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Maggie’s Baptism Gown

October 7, 2017

My Dear Maggie

Maggie,

I wanted to make sure you knew about your baptism. I will make sure I post the pictures that were taken at your baptism later. But for now here are some pictures of you in your baptism gown. Your Grandma Purdom made this dress for you, and told me the day we found out you were a girl, that she wanted to make your baptismal gown. Of course I was so happy that she was making it and I knew it would be beautiful and that you would look so beautiful in it. I had no idea how beautiful it would be though. And how special it would be. Grandma made your dress out of the same lace that her wedding dress was made out of. So it was extra special. You only needed 2 fittings, and it was perfect. It meant the world to me that Grandma made…

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Eppley Family Portraits: Sneak Peek

October 7, 2017

Here is a sneak peek of some portraits of the Eppley family. They are such a beautiful family, it was so much fun taking these pictures. More pictures to come soon.

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