~ 7 and 8 of 8~

...and I present to you...sessions 7 and 8 of 8. Shooting 8 family sessions in one day was a wild ride but I had such great clients to work with. Now don't get all giddy thinking I am going to post 8 more family sessions next week, after all this Sunday I am slowing down and only shooting 5 family sessions.... ;)I must admit I squealed a little with delight when I asked these two siblings to smooch and they did. Rocky would rather poke a stick in his eye than kiss Luci :(Can you believe her curls aren't natural? Momma sponge-rolled those and I got all the details from her to try it out on Luci.
Now these curls....all natural baby. I've been shooting Paige and Evan FOREVER wouldn't you die to have their skin tone?
I've known their mama Jennifer forever. We met in 7th grade. I tried a cigarette for the first time in the field behind her house. There was a KC Hall parking lot and one of those cigarette vending machines - we would sneak in and buy some and then sit in the field and smoke, and choke, and gag and pretend it wasn't disgusting....oh how I miss being young :)

~ Oh yes Miss Ava... you are all that ~

Doesn't this little girl just scream "Sassy" - Her momma and I went to High School together and re-connected at the local pool last year. I've done their photos before and I was thrilled when Dena asked me to shoot them again because Miss Ava always brings her "A Game"
This time Dena had an extra someone special to incorporate into the photos :)
But Miss Ava still stole the show :)

~ Socks...prepared to be Rocked ~

Because these are 2 of the cutest sisters you will ever meet.

I must confess, when I was pregnant with Libby Lu part of me was secretly hoping she was a boy. I don't have a sister and I was a little scared of having 2 girls, I was envisioning the cat fights, hair pulling, and clothes stealing that would be in my future if I had more than one girl.
But shoots like this remind me of the fun parts of having a sister, the giggling, and secret sharing, the bond and the trust that is naturally born into sister-hood. I'm so excited to watch my girls grow into little ladies who love and confide in each other for everything, just like these 2.
Shea and Reese are beautiful little girls, they love theater, twirling, and show tunes. Shea LOVES the camera and did a full performance of Annies "Tomorrow" during the shoot. I shot a session with them last year as well, and both years their mama brought the style on and dressed them matching head to toe, and they rocked it. Easily one of my favorite sessions of the year so far.

~ More Family Fun ~

For those keep tracking here are sessions 3 and 4 of 8 :)

First meet sweet little Hayleigh who is Luci's long lost sister, I swear. Seriously, these sassy little ladies were cut from the same cloth. Cheyenne we have GOT to schedule a play date. They can sit and talk about sunglasses and nail polish all day.

And then the beautiful Klentisnki family who felt no need to apologize for the organized chaos of 3 little ones who would rather run in circles around me than hold still for a photo shoot. After all I have 3 of my own so I felt right at home spending my afternoon chasing children :)

and this little girl, named Charley was KILLING me with those red bouncing curls.

More coming atcha' tomorrow :)

~ Be thankful for what you have ~

In 2009 a vicious house fire robbed the Mueller family of everything they had. Well, not everything, they did make it out of there with the pajamas they were wearing. Mom and the girls were home when it happened and escaped to safety only to watch every single thing they owned destroyed by the flames.

When I heard about this story last year the thing I kept hearing over and over was what a positive attitude the family had. Especially Julie, the mom. A wise man once said that a persons character is better judged in bad times than good. I cannot imagine what Julie and her family went through. But I was thrilled to get to meet them in person and help them start replacing some of the family photos they lost.

~ 8 is enough ~

When I woke up last Sunday morning, I hit snooze, laid in bed for a few more minutes...staring at the ceiling...silently cussing myself out...."What the H *%$ was I thinking?" 8 portrait sessions today? Really Kelly? 8??? All with children under the age of 4???

I'll admit, it was a long day. I was a little worried how I would keep my energy up all day. After all, I do not believe in the McDonalds mind-set of business (Crank out as much mediocre work in as little time possible all for the maximum profit)

I like to give time and attention to each of my clients. Get to know them, and their kids and customize their session to fit their family, lifestyle and personality. I was a little scared of losing that personal touch in such a busy day.

But, we rocked it out. All of the credit goes to my clients who showed up with their adorable kids all dolled up and ready to shoot. They all put smiles on my face and helped me get through the day. And a big thank you to my cousin Kristine for being my assistant and extra pair of hands to make the day go quicker.

So throughout this week I will be featuring various families from my huge marathon session....Enjoy!

We are going to kick things off with the Herman Family! Emma is killing me with those freckles. If they look familiar they have been on the blog before for family photos and the birth of their little man Eric.

This one needs to go above the fireplace...for sure!
Side Note - Billy and Michelle are high school sweethearts. We went to the same High School. They were Seniors in High School when I was a freshman, they were one of the cutest couples in the whole school, and they are just as adorable today. Something has always intrigued me about High School sweethearts. I guess because they beat all the odds, ya know? It's so rare to find your soulmate at 14 or 15 years old and hang onto them for life.
Thank you Herman Family for the chance to share your story and your beautiful babies with my blog readers.

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