Family Portraits: Kuhn’s crew

I love to knit and apparently God does too. He knit Annie’s and my heart together moments after we met. It has been a friendship that has endured, blossomed and multiplied. Now I hold her whole family dear and I am honored to be “the family photographer!”She and Jared have welcomed 4 beautiful children into their family…4!

One thing that I love about these pictures is that they were all taken in about 7 minutes. I think that is a selling point for any guy, that there is the potential that things could get finished up quickly! And that is with Annie and I giggling.In the order of full disclosure, I think that we were motivated by the windy chill. We were in Wyoming in the winter.

Such a special family :)
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2012 Highlights: Ashburn, VA Photographer

Wow have I been behind on blogging. Wow- The only reason that I am doing it now is because I am in the back seat of the car.  My 2 boys are watching a video and my husband is up front driving and is chatting with my Mom. Oh-yeah, and the shoot that I did yesterday is still importing. Life has been SO busy. Actually busy doesn’t cover it, so I think it is time for me to make up a new term. Cyberbusy? Galatically busy? Please don’t misunderstand me, I am not complaining, I am simply saying that life for the past few months has been a consistent juggling act. And every now and then I drop a ball. And every once and a while I put a ball down so that I don’t have an anxiety attack. And that is why I haven’t been blogging, that was one thing that I let go for a little while.

But I have met so many special people in the last few months, and I have had the distinct privilege to photograph families that have added a new member, 2 people that fell in love and became family or women that still had their family growing in the bellies and their hearts. Here are a few of my favorite…

 

 

Fall: F is for family, foliage, farms, frosty, and FUN!

Fall is upon us!

Time for me to pull out my long johns from storage. There is a nip in the air and the crunchy leaves are all over the ground.(So, if you feel like raking leaves, you are welcome in our yard)  I think Fall is my favorite season, but I am not ready to commit. Spring is a close second, or maybe summer…. Anyway, I love fall. Fall is a time to snuggle close to the people that you love and have some hot apple cider and watch the changing leaves put on a fascinating show. When we were living in California, I really missed fall and all the trimmings that come along with it.

We went for a walk at a local farm and made some new friends. Grandma and Grandpa were in town, which made it an even more special trip. I don’t know who was more excited: the kids about the goats, Grandma watching the kids watching the goats or me, watching Grandma watch the kids who were watching the goats while I took pictures. Or maybe the goats?

 I love having the boys on the farm. LOVE!! I believe it provides an experience that you can’t learn at school. Well, when my Sister-in-Law (AKA-BFF) and brother-in-law told us that they were having a fall festival on Bryden’s 2nd birthday..we were thrilled! So we headed to the farm in Marydel, MD for tractor rides, a chili cook off, pumpkin chucking, a huge bonfire and some gr8 company!

And a little corn hole of course, with his uncle.

Some of the people we met were Amy, Matt & Mia who are expecting their newest family member any day.

And soon we will be welcoming a new member into the family!!! I am beyond excited!

So many blessings this fall to be thankful for! So many! Like my oldest just turned 5 and my “baby” just turned 2! I love my boys!

Virginia Maternity: Miss Cate

I am counting the days till this little one arrives on the scene but until then I am enjoying watching Cate be pregnant like a rockstar. Nothing stops her! She is fun to be around and she brings the party with her. When she was 5 months pregnant she was still riding Kai’s big wheel. When she was 6 months along, she insisted that she was put in the rotation with the kids for the swing in our backyard. At almost 7 months, I watched her race her 2 year old around the back yard in a push car and as she stood up, I called her name and snapped this picture.

Pregnant women have a glow about them and Cate is no exception. There is a joy surrounding her and her embracing this stage of life and so excited about the little one coming. I hope her kid knows how cool her Mom was …. IS!

 

Muddy Butties

So, if you know me then you know that I am a Mom to 2 little tornadoes. I say that with the most affection possible . They are the joy of my life and also my motivation to own a lot of cleaning products. Today I came across a “cute” boy moment so I grabbed my camera. Bryden (my youngest) found a worm and he was delighted with it. Squealing, watching it wiggle and then he would get kinda freaked out and drop it to the ground and then he would get sad that he no longer had it, so he would start looking for it again, and the cycle went that way for a while. And yes the worm did live to tell about his time with my son.

So while I was watching and taking pictures of Bryden and his new little friend, this walked by the corner of my eye…

I should have jumped in but he loves doing this sort of thing and he is a boy. Ok, that is what I was saying to myself.

I don’t want to stand between my boys and what they enjoy. Even if that means I have to schedule more time for laundry.

***But here is the thing. Last night we rented a carpet cleaner and then CLEANED OUR CARPETS. Any person in their right mind that had just hauled that machine around her house, and saw that filthy water- SHOULD HAVE STOPPED HERE!!! But in my mind I was thinking, “Their boys! This is what boys do, Right?”  So I let things keep progressing***

Bryden was playing with the hose, but look where the water is falling. That’s right, you see it coming now. That woman who cleaned her carpets in going to be cleaning them soon AGAIN.

The MUD PIT had been created and they were LOVING IT. I couldn’t stop them. And really it only costs $25 to rent the carpet cleaner :)

And this is how it turned out…..

But Travis came home and saved the day. He carried the muddy little monkey’s upstairs and let them soak in the tub. So the carpet

was spared, the boys had a blast and got some fun pictures to show at their weddings someday :)

But till then don’t forget to book your sessions for Christmas cards.

That season will be upon us in no time and getting ahead is the way to go…