This was a dream session! Beautiful people, lots of fun and family galore!! I can’t think of a better excuse to have a family photo session than Lolo Bert coming into town! Lolo is Grandfather in Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines. One of the many reasons I love this family’s story is that Lolo Bert and his wife met in the Phillippines when she was in the Peace Corps! They moved to the US where they raised their family until they retired and moved back to the Philippines. Sadly, Lola passed away several years ago, but thankfully, Lola Bert still treks back to the US every so often for a giant family reunion! Folks came from Utah, Ohio, and Marietta for loads of food, card games, and Mahjong. Ah, yes, Mahjong! Mahjong a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and one where Lolo Bert is a skilled player!
Thank you so much for having me out to photograph your amazing family!!
Willie Nelson~ I’ve Loved You All Over the World ~
I’m pretty sure I told you about the Mom that contacted me this summer to come to take maternity photos and then about a week later when I ran into her at her office she told me in the elevator that she was actually pregnant with identical twin girls…WHAAAAAT!!
Well, the glorious day came when she let me know that those baby girls were here and ready for their debut!! And let me tell you, they are perfect in every way!! Everyone seems to be adjusting pretty well, but can you imagine going from a family of 3 to a family of FIVE? Neither can their 2-year-old! HA!! Fortunately, he had 2 of his favorite folks in town to help ease him into the idea!
Newborn sessions generally take longer than a regular family session – you’ve got to take feedings, burpings and some crying into consideration – and that’s just the dads…kidding, just kidding! Seriously though, it does take a good bit longer, especially when there are two babies! Fortunately, they were two of the loveliest babies and I really love the images we made! What usually happens is we spend 2-3 hours trying to get the baby to sleep soundly and then the next 20 minutes gloriously taking their pictures.
Welcome to our world little girls!
Here’s more from their session…
Also, kinda proud of my first gif…
You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. – Desmond Tutu
Dream photoshoot!! Seriously, this was a dream photoshoot!! These are the kind of photo sessions I want to do time & time again! It’s so important for us to document and hold tight the people in our lives who mean so much to us. These images are a treasure just like these three folks are!
When Vicki called and asked me to photograph her parents, and specifically focus on their hands, I tried to act all cool, but I was like “Yes, Yes, Yes!!” Vicki wanted to capture her Mom, a beautician who still cuts hair 3 times a week and her dad a farmer, who still works their farm and tends to the cattle. I couldn’t have stepped into a warmer, friendlier situation if I’d been coming into my own parent’s home! Dot & Richards’s love for each other and their family was evident all throughout their house. One of the first things I noticed when I walked in was the smell of fresh bread baking! Turns out, Dot makes a few loaves of gluten-free bread every week for Richard who can’t eat gluten (she cracked me up with her story of the Red Lobster biscuits that she can eat & he can’t…but it’s her story and I’ll let her tell it.)
There’s so much I could say about this session…the haircut, Dot’s daily bible study, Richards truck, how funny he was and how dedicated to Dot he clearly is! I deliberately left in many shots where he was cracking us up with his silly faces and antics!
Even though I only stayed a little over an hour, I left feeling like I’d spent time with old family friends. Bringing home that yummy loaf of bread was a real added bonus!
Thanks, y’all for letting be a small part of your wonderful life!
~ The Weepies ~ Simple Life & ~ Bob Dylan ~ Forever Young
Coco Chanel famously said, “a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.”
Well, this next post isn’t like any other post I’ve ever written…but then again, when a friend is diagnosed with cancer we find ourselves doing things we never imagined. Elena was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Her doctors are pretty certain she’s going to beat this bugger, but not without a nasty round of chemotherapy which will more than likely cause her to lose her hair… Rather than give in and let chemo take her hair, she decided to be a badass and cut, or more appropriately shave her hair off, the day before starting chemo. I was honored and touched that she asked me to document this big event for her. I reached out to the best barber in all the land…Misty, with Maxim Barbers, and asked if she would meet us and cut Elena’s hair. What do you think she said? Of course, she said yes, and to guarantee we wouldn’t have to wait, she met us on her lunch break. Although we don’t always feel like there are good people out there…let me tell you there are and Misty heads that list!
I picked Elena up and she came out wearing a beautiful gold sparkly dress, with what she referred to as her “badass black boots”. Wearing these pieces reinforced both her beauty and strength! When we arrived at Maxim and Misty greeted Elena like a long lost friend and made what could have been an awkward situation feel as natural and comfortable as possible. Snip, snip, shave, shave and 30 minutes later Elena walked out of Maxim out a strong and confident badass, ready to tackle what lies ahead of her and change her life!
Thank you, Misty, for being so kind and generous, you truly are one of a kind.
Thank you, Elena, for letting me be a small part of this journey of yours! You’ve got this supergirl!!
~ Anna Naklab (feat. Alle Farben & Younotus) ~ Supergirl