In an attempt to distract myself from the fact my kids are going back to school tomorrow, I present to you...the Illumination event at Flag City Balloon Fest
This was my first year at the festival. It was really beautiful.
It was amazing to see how many people it took to handle one balloon.
I have to admit, I am not a huge fan of the Midwest. I am trying to take a new approach to living here though. I am on a mission to find new and fun things that are nearby. This was a perfect start to a new perspective.
And for now, even though school will be back in session, I am going to continue to search for fun and let you know where I find it.
It was my privilege to photograph this wedding recently. I have known Jenn for a very long time. I believe my first memory of her is watching Little Mermaid at my mom's house while the parents did parent things. These days, life is totally different and she has met the love of her life - meet, Nick...
I love the way they love each other.
They had a small wedding at Pokagon State Park. It was fantastic! Wedding Dreams by Linda and Grants Catering from Antwerp Ohio did an amazing job. Everything was beautiful!
Today was Bristol's due date. She decided to come early.
Not only did she decide to come early, she decided to come quick. Very quick. So quick her very brave mom and dad delivered her in the car on the way to the hospital! I can't imagine how very scary that was and what strength it took for both mom and dad to handle that.
Here she is though...in all her cuteness, celebrating her day!
I couldn't post this sneak peek without posting a few pictures of my new buddy. Newborn shoots can take some time. We are on their schedule, that means when they want to eat - they eat. So, while sweet Bristol was having lunch, her big brother and I were able to get some quality Candy Land time in...
That is Mr. Wyatt, showing me how it's done.
We also went outside and took a few pictures of his cuteness...it must run in the family.
I'm looking forward to hanging out with this family again very soon!
These two...I just adored meeting them last weekend at Lake Wawasee. We had such a good time. We were waiting for the weather to break this spring to have the engagement shoot. I am so glad we did. It was a perfect day for it. Perfect all around!
They are both incredibly sweet with each other, if you couldn't tell. I can't wait for their wedding in August!
Last weekend I had the honor of attending a life celebration party for Jack Henry. I heard he said he "wanted to see what his funeral would be like" so he decided to throw a party.
It was truly amazing. His family and friends gathered at the Knights of Columbus. Jack gave a speech and told many stories. I would be lying if I said the stories didn't choke me up a little. He kept saying how amazing his family and friends are.
I believe that shined through in the photos I took from that day. There were so many smiling faces in attendance, so many hugs and handshakes given out that day.
There was even singing...just for Jack...
Jack even had that day declared Jack Henry Day by the mayor, Jack's nephew.
There is no doubt how much Jack is loved.
A huge Thank You to the Henry Family, who welcomed me to the party and tried to claim me as one of them. Your family is truly wonderful.
Here is just a sneak peek of a new little cutie pie that was welcomed into the world at the end of April. She was in NICU for a little bit after she was born, but is now happy and home with mom, dad, and big brother.
I often forget how tiny babies are until I have the opportunity to photograph them. It has been so long since my babies were that little. When I saw Avery, she was not 6lbs yet. I know her mom and dad love this little peanut to pieces. Miss Avery is such a cutie pie, I didn't even mind when she peed and pooped on me.
Congratulations Leslie, Greg & Cole on your amazing little bundle!
It is hard to be in front of the camera with all eyes on you. I get that. It is particularly rough on the littles some times. On a recent photo shoot, we had a little guy who just wasn't feeling it. The remedy to the situation made me smile and the results made my favorite photos of the session.
So often photo shoots are a lot of pressure, it is pressure for the parents to get ready and getting their kids ready is often next to impossible. I know parents have followed their kids around all day the day of the shoot making sure they didn't collect any scrapes, bumps, or bruises before they see me. These parents are taking time out of their day, usually a day off, and spending money on having me photograph them. I can see where the parents feel like they have to "perform well" for me. So when a kiddo starts to act like "huh-uh, there is no way you are getting me to smile today. Forget about it!"...I can see where mom or dad might just lose it.
However, "losing it" doesn't make for great photos. As a matter of fact, yell at a child during a photo session and see what happens. If you thought you weren't getting smiles before, you certainly aren't getting them now.
So, when I looked through my view finder and saw this little bub wasn't having it and then mom and dad were immediately on it, making him laugh instead of yelling at him to smile, I knew I had to capture that.
The results were amazing! Look at those smiles! What an adorable family!
Good job, guys! I am looking forward to seeing you this weekend!