A couple weeks ago before fall arrived, these 5 cousins invaded poor grandma’s house for a sleepover. They loved every minute of it.

And it took until a few weeks into first grade, but that big guy down there finally lost his first tooth! He’s got a super cool story about it too…dad yanked the thing out with his bare hands! (gross)

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I don’t normally photograph large family get togethers, but these guys have been with me since the very beginning of my photography journey.

And they’re just so darn cute.

So when Kate asked if I would be willing to photograph all the siblings families together for her parents, I just couldn’t say no.

It sealed the deal when she said there would be a newborn among the crowd. We’re nearing the time in my life when my littlest is getting to be more of a little *kid* than a *baby*. And this is a dangerous time because baby fever hits me like a truck. And then we end up with more babies! So my getting a baby fix is very important to sanity of my entire family ;).
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Well hey there friends! I do believe this has been the very longest break I’ve ever taken from my beloved blog. I’m going to be honest with you. Life has just gotten in the way and I am still figuring out how to get back on my feet as a mom of 3 and a family of 5.

Yes…our baby is now 2 years old.

Yes…I should definitely have my act together by now.

I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe I should have taken some organization or time management classes in college. Or maybe I never should have signed up for Pinterest.

I definitely should have never signed up for Pinterest.

But…it is what it is :). Summer with a 10 year old, a 6 year old and a 2 year old very nearly killed me. We took a lot of amazing family trips, we did swim team, we did camps, we played and played and were hot and sweaty and had friends and neighbors over and stayed up late and just generally had an amazing time. I got to meet and photograph some wonderful, beautiful families and can’t wait to find time to share all of them with you!

And somehow…here we are…almost 1 year since my last post! Let’s start catching you up with some of my most favorite families of the past year!

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I have to say I have a love/hate relationship with this business I’m in and this month of October.

Halloween and the entire fall season are one of my favorite times of year. I’m one of those pumpkin spice girls who counts the days until I can light my Yankee candles and put on my boots and scarves and light the fireplace (okay…turn on the fireplace…). I decorate like crazy and spend way too much time making my kids’ Halloween costumes. Hocus Pocus is on repeat unless I have the rare opportunity to watch something with just my 9 year old and then I’m introducing her to the Goosebumps movies of my childhood. If only they had Are You Afraid of the Dark on Netflix! I LOVE this time of year.

Forutnately/unfortunately…so does everyone else. It’s our busiest time of year as photographers when we are often doing 2+ sessions per day on the weekends and as many as we can squeeze in during the week.

I  l.o.v.e.  this.

I love getting to see so many of my favorite families and meet so many new clients. I love getting into the groove of things and I love coming home from every session with my bucket completely full and feeling so energized. Most of us photographers love what we do. No – adore what we do. When I say I come home with my bucket completely full? I mean it. Photographing families completely fills me up. When you all trust me with your families and your memories and trust me to get so close to you and let me in on a side of yourselves that not too many get to see? I treasure that. I am honored to get to do this.

But, it means I’m super busy in October :). So there’s not much time for watching spooky movies or indulging in my Pinterest hoarded fall crafts. We didn’t even buy our pumpkins until yesterday – thankfully our local farm stand still had some!

But tonight – I am locked up in our bedroom with some awesome ghost stories playing on TV, snuggled up under the covers and editing like crazy :). The hubs took over everything after dinner and I am glued to my laptop. I kind of love it :).

Happy Halloween everyone! Someone make those adorable white chocolate covered pretzels that look like ghosts for me, k?

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I’m going to be honest with you here. Photographing adults…without tiny ones running around…makes me nervous.

I feel very comfortable knowing that merely saying the word ‘poop’ will result in hysterical laughter.

I feel good knowing that I can burst into any song from the Disney Junior set and I get my client to sing along with me and immediately build a trusting relationship.

These things don’t usually go over as well with adults. Much less senior boys :). But I had nothing at all to be nervous about with these guys. They are all gorgeous. They are as sweet as can be and humored me in everything I asked them to do :).

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