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Back-to-School 2015 Mini Session Recap!

I love families that homeschool. Seriously. I haven’t photographed one family that I didn’t want to just go hangout with after their session happened.

And maybe it’s because when I meet them, we already know we have something in common- homeschooling. I was homeschooled, my husband was & we plan to with our family in the future. Homeschooling isn’t for everyone. But these families make it look good!

I’m sharing just a few images from my Back-to-School Mini’s I had this past July for homeschooling families in the area. One family drove over an hour to meet up! Totally blew me away! And I’m sharing just a few favorites since I know some of these families are saving theirs for Christmas Cards 😉

Henard |

This guy send me & his family into quite a fit of giggles when we found out about a secret he’d been keeping 😉

Noble |         Noble |

Matteson |

Boston |

Roesner |

Mom & dad need their picture taken too!

Boston |

Roesner |

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Those were just a few of my favorites!!! Can’t wait until next year!!!!!!

Deal | Family Session

Home is the nicest word there is. – Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Ashley emailed me a couple months back & we began discussing their family session. I knew in my heart when she described what she was envisioning that their session was going to be something special. And it was.

Yes, it was a little chilly, OK, very chilly 😉 BUT, it was a special time. Ashley & her husband Greg, welcomed me into their charming farmhouse & surrounding property & little Braden was totally excited to show me the cows 😉 (Did you know cows say “Moo”? 😉 If not, just ask Braden, he’ll tell you 😉 )

Ummm, he pretty much stole my heart.

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LOVE that their little wagon for Braden has their family farm name on the side of it.

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Because it was rather cold, we went inside Ashley & Greg’s wonderful farmhouse. Ashley has mean decorating skills & I loved all the windows & coziness the home offers. I was so thankful that Ashley & Greg were so easy going & had not problem with me spending time capturing their family indoors.

No Saturday morning would be complete without a reading of Braden’s favorite book- “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. All 3 of them know it by heart 🙂

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At the end of their session, I took Greg & Ashley outside to capture a few moments of this couple.

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Ashley you are GORGEOUS!

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Ashley, you have so much talent & the little details you added to this session were PERFECT. So you guys. And Greg, thank you for answering all my farming questions 😉 THANK YOU for spending a sunny, chilly Saturday morning with you three 🙂 Braden is blessed to have you two as parents. It’s obvious that you both love each other & him very much.

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LaBerge | Double Maternity Session Part I

Rachel & Amber, two very special friends of mine who happen to be sisters, talked to me a while back about having a double maternity session together. It was a session I looked forward to for moonntthhhss! Amber, her husband & son came as well as Rachel, her husband & her son & daughter who are twins. Since this session was so special, it’s going to have three parts! And the first part is dedicated to the LaBerge Family!

I know I’ve said this before, but capturing special friends is a high honor. My husband grew up with Amber’s husband & Amber has become a close friend to me. it’s very special to me to watch their family grow. I look forward to the future when someday our own children will grow up with theirs!

This is one of my favorites their session!

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Emery is going to be an awesome big brother!

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My friend Amber is a BEAUTIFUL momma! Harrison is going to be one blessed little boy!

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Shickel Family | Family Session

When I received Tobi’s first email about capturing her family, I was super excited! We emailed back & forth & chose a date & location. Through our emailing, we found out that my sister had been the nanny for Tobi’s family’s neighbor’s kids! Small world!

The day came for their session & unfortunately it was an evening that the weather decided to not cooperate. But we chose another day & the weather was simply PERFECT!!!

01 I have to say that one of my favorite parts of the Shickel family was seeing Tobi & her daughter “tell each other secrets” 🙂

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Pretty much my favorite picture from the whole session 😉

06 The Shickel family was a ton of fun to capture! Each of the three children have their own distinct personality & I loved being able to capture each one. Plus, it was super fun to take some pictures of the kids in their Cubs apparel 😉 Here I asked them to show me what they look like when the Cubs are loosing. This was very hard for them because “the Cubs never loose!” they said 😉


And this is how the Shickel family celebrates when the Cubs win!!!

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Lyttle Family | Family Session

I was SUPER excited when Andrea contacted me about doing a session for her family & also making sure we got some pictures focusing on her youngest who’s turning one in just a few days!!!

My sister & I worked with Andrea & Brandon for a short while back in the day at Cracker Barrel. We actually knew them when they were dating, got engaged & were planning their wedding. Brandon would walk around Cracker Barrel with this big smile on his face & randomly say at different times, “I’m getting married!” It was one of the sweetest things ever! It was VERY evident that Brandon was excited to get married to his girl, Andrea, & start a family. And almost 5 years later, it’s very evident that Brandon is as happy as ever to be married to beautiful Andrea & is a proud father of two handsome, precious boys.

I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with this family. Andrea, you’re an amazing mom. And it shows.

Here is the Lyttle Family!

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Someone’s turning 1 soon!!!! Isn’t his little crown & t-shirt that momma brought, adorable?

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And can’t forget big brother!

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Brother hug! Reminds me of when my brothers were young!

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I told you he’s in LOVE with her!

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