Even though I was raised in southeastern Ohio, I didn't visit Hocking Hills until college. My first trip was to Old Man's Cave and it was love at first sight. This weekend we decided to visit Rock House which is also in Hocking Hills and it exceeded my already high expectations. The way the light hits the rocks like spotlights and turns the stone into all sorts of illuminated shades is just beautiful. It was so much fun to photograph! Originally my kids did not want to go, they threatened us that they were going to stay in the car. But once we got on the trail their attitudes quickly turned around and they were so excited to explore. All three of them loved it and can't wait to go back, neither can I.
I have 3 kids, ages 4-10, and whenever I am asked a question about when they were a baby it's hard for me to remember. When did they start eating solids, what did you do for their bedtime routine, how long did they sleep in your room, etc.? It's all a blur to me. (I guess that's what sleep deprivation can do to you!) It's funny how those things ruled my life for so long and now they are just a distant memory. That's why I'm glad I have pictures to help me remember that foggy period of my life. I hope to provide some memories for this little family who just happens to be my family too! These are images from two sessions I've done for my sister and brother-in-law and I hope to do many more for them as my cute nephew continues to grow like a weed.
In November I had the pleasure of photographing these adorable twins. At one point in time, before I had kids, I wanted twins. A boy and girl. I thought it would be so much fun. Then I had one baby and I quickly realized how hard it is to have one let alone two. And indeed it would be challenging with twice the number of nighttime feedings and diaper changes, but when I see these pictures I see nothing but twice the chubby cheeks to kiss, bellies to tickle and personalities to love.
It's been 5 months since my last blog post and I've photographed many wonderful families since then. So, this winter I'm going to try to catch up with my posts since the demand of family sessions is on hiatus. First up are the Laufmans.
I've known this couple for a long time and they are some of the most fun people you'll ever meet. Their daughter took a little time to warm up but how cute is her skeptical face?!?
Having a baby is such a game changer. All of a sudden you're responsible for this little person who you love so much and even though you've lived most of your life without them, all of a sudden you can't remember what it was like before they were here. My favorite thing I heard while in this home was the older sister saying, "Mommy, I really love your baby," to which the mom replied, "Thank you but he's our baby." I don't think the sisters can remember life before their brother either.
I've known this sweet family for a long time. I've watched them grow from a family of three to five. They moved away from my neighborhood so I rarely see them anymore, except for when I get to drive out into the country and take their pictures. I love catching up and seeing how much the kids have grown. They were some of my first test subjects when I started on this photography journey and I'm so grateful they believed in me and helped me grow.
I have always been interested in birth, even before I was close to having kids. I was fascinated by everything; how the embryo forms and grows, what changes occur to the mother and how the heck the baby gets out. So, I got books from the library and read and read. After I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I read even more books and eventually got to experience first hand the miracle of birth. I loved it! All three of my deliveries were the best moments of my life. I'm so happy I got to photograph this mama's relatively quick delivery so she'll be able to remember (more clearly) this life-changing yet short time in her life. Even though I was just the photographer and not a family member, I could still feel the mile high emotions in the room and I admit I cried when watching this tiny human enter the world and immediately be loved by his mama, papa and aunt. This was the morning Baby T. was born.