Thursday, October 23, 2014

The McDevitt Family

Let me start off by saying that I am a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan. Have been since I was a kid. So when I showed up to the McDevitt kids donned in their Philly Eagles' finest....well, let's just say I almost turned around and left. Totally kidding. I thought it was such a fun way to get some great photos of the kids without them super dressed up. Sometimes it's fun to go in a different direction. Carson and Brenna were in the same class last year and the two of them along with Michael, hit it off really well. There were lots of playdates over the summer and I'm so happy that Carson has a BFF right around the corner. It definitely doesn't hurt that all of the McDevitt's are crazy nice people. Eddie (mom) and I get along great and we both seem to have a very go-with-the-flow vibe. It's hard to find people like that. Yes everything in life is fast paced. I can't even imagine how fast it is with four kids (maybe one day I'll get smacked in the face with that reality!) But mom and dad must be doing something right....these kids are superstars. They play instruments, they play sports, they are in tons of extra activities and clubs. I can't even keep track...I tip my hat to Eddie for being able to. I am so happy that we have such good friends right in our neighborhood! We took a stroll through Stumpy Lake, almost walked into a million spider webs, we were smacking bugs off of each other the ENTIRE time......but it was SOOOOO worth the beautiful, glowy light that we found at the end of our hike.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kate & Emily

When Kate asked me if I knew of any sunflower fields in the area, I knew the perfect place. Bergey's Breadbasket has all things fall, including sunflowers bigger than your head. Plus there's pie. Seriously amazing apple crumb pie. We had a beautiful day for our session and we took full advantage of it...stopping at every pretty spot they have. Kate is good friends with my mother in law, so we've known each other for a long time. But we really hit it off this summer after spending one evening on my MIL's back porch with a few friends and a few Lime-A-Rita's. Good times were had. She was one of the first people to contact me about a session, and I am super grateful for that. This session was super laid back and also involved roosters, goats, cows and donkeys. We dodged bees in the sunflower field. It was a great time. I'm still amazed at how smooth my sessions go. My goal is to keep everything relaxed so that we get great shots, not forced shots. These two made that pie (sorry I had to). Seriously, do you see these two? Emily is a little model. She had us cracking up the whole time and did SO well with the whole session. Her model looks were amazing. You'll see those in this post.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Morgan & Emma

Morgan and I worked long, wonderful treacherous days at Longhorn Steakhouse in Florida for years together. She is actually from the Hampton Roads area. It always surprised me how many people we met in Florida that were either from here or had been here. Morgan came up for a family visit last week and I knew I HAD to get some sunny pictures of her and Emma. Seriously, babies in giant shells and Morgan's perfectly blonde hair? Yea, this had to happen. Wouldn't you know we probably ended up picking the windiest day ever to do a session at the beach. It was wild out there. Emma was NOT having it unless her mama was holding her =] We also went across the street to get some more fall-y type shots. Those gorgeous tall grasses are one of my favorite things ever. I am still so surprised at how much she looked right at me. The handful of smiles that she gave us didn't come easy (they usually don't with the little ones), but oh are they SO worth the patience required. She also gave the most perfectly timed little coos or squeals when we said things to her or asked her something. It was hilarious. I'm telling you, babies know the secrets of the universe. I think they know everything we are saying. Emma did such a good job! She worked that camera =]