The older I get, the more I realize how much I’m designed for community. I’m apart of my churches moms group and over the last six months, I’ve made some great friendships. I’ve been able to foster great relationships with other moms who are just like me, in the sense that they are just trying to be the best moms and followers of Jesus that they can be. This is true of this sweet little family. Ashley and I have spent many Wednesday mornings together studying the Bible and sharing the good and bad that comes with motherhood. I’m so thankful for our time together, times when we’ve opened up and been vulnerable with one another. In these moments I know that Jesus makes connections and that’s what he did with her and I. And to sweeten the deal, we just so happen to both be expecting babies within a couple of months of each other. I’m so excited for the next phase for this family, Everley is going to make a great big sister! I can’t wait to celebrate with them.
Last weekend I spent some time with James, Lauren, and sweet little Waylon. It was crazy cold and it even started raining midway through the shoot, but this cute little family pushed through. Waylon was such a sweet boy, which was extra special to me because I am expecting a little boy next month! I love getting to know new families and these guys were such a treat to photograph. We laughed, we played, and we captured some beautiful memories that I hope they will treasure as Waylon continues to grow.
Another week, another family! This past week I made my way to Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, where I meet my friend Christalle and her family. Christalle and I have developed a friendship over the last few years, a friendship I’m very thankful for. Rex and Christalle have a such a great family dynamic. What I love seeing most is how their family is committed to serving in their community. It’s very clear that they are a family on a mission to serve God and to serve people! As we continue to foster our friendship, I’m excited to see the impact they make as a family.
I love big families! Probably because I have one and spending time with other big families makes me feel connected. Having three kids isn’t for the faint in heart, I know because I have 3 and a 4th on the way, Ekkkk! But big families are fun! I love photographing the genuine chaos that is everyday life.
I spent the evening with this sweet family playing around at the Duvall River Park. We played, we laughed, and we wrestled! These kids were wild but the kind of wild that makes for great photos. This is parenthood at its finest!
Dear Sweet Teddy,
Your arrival is approaching and I am so excited! I spent some time with your parents today and I have to tell you, it’s so evident how in love they already are you with. We spent time talking about who you’ll look more like, what color your hair will be, what color eyes you’ll have….both their faces smiling, full of joy at the thought of their son to be. Kid, I’ve said this once and I’ll say it again, you hit the parent lottery! Your mom and dad are two of the greatest people I know. I’m so thankful that our path crossed and we’ve developed a friendship over the last few years.
Your mom, she’s one of the most genuine, kind people I know. She always gives me good sound advice and she always speaks truth to me. Stuff that builds me up and helps me to see what sometimes I don’t see in myself. I know that I can turn to her and she’s always there to listen. She’s hardworking and smart. Like crazy smart! I’m certain she’s going to knock this being-a-mom thing out the park!
Your dad, one of the funniest most gentle men I’ve known. He treats your mom with such great care. Today, I saw him gently take her hand as we made our way through sand, making sure she was safe and comfortable! And boy can he make your mom laugh! Your dad’s happiness is contagious! His light, fun personality makes him easy to talk to. He’s a great husband and I know he’ll be father of the year, year after year!
I could go on and on telling you how great your parents are but you’ll see for yourself. Soon. And as you grow up, my hope is that you’ll realize how incredibly lucky you are to have them. The world we live in can be complicated and dark but your parents are lights in this world and I firmly that they will raise you to be the same!
I joined my local Crossfit gym a few months ago and one of the best parts of the gym is the community. The gym is full of real, down-to-earth people and it’s been great getting to know each of them, including Dan. This guy works crazy hard at every workout and is always encouraging those around him, which I love because I’m always struggling! Ha!
This weekend I got to spend time with him outside of the gym, photographing his sweet family. I really enjoyed my time with them! We had fun stomping around the muddy tulip fields and despite the cold weather we managed to have a good time and get some great photos. I mean, how cute is this family?! 💕
This sweet boy recently turned one. We took some pictures to celebrate his first year of life. His mom, Hannah, and I had such a fun time watching him discover, play with bubbles, and most importantly, eat cake! He loved his cake but even more, he loves his momma. It’s so fun watching Hannah interact with her little guy. She’s a great mom! She and Liam are going to live a happy and full life, even when they face adversities because they have each other. Happy birthday, sweet boy! 💙
Recently, I photographed a group of 7th-grade basketball players. As a mother, I’m always impressed when I encounter good kids. This group did not disappoint. Each young man was kind and respectful, which I think is invaluable. The world we live in is messy, complicated, and sometimes ugly, but spending time when these young men made me sure of two things:
1- There is still lots of good in the world. In a world where you can be anything, being kind and respectful succeeds all.
2- Parenting is a slow, long marathon. It’s clear these boys have invested parents, helping guide and mold them into strong, kind, and respectful young men.
I had such a great time taking pictures of this great group. Way to go Bearcats!
Bryan and Kristi,
You’re having a baby and I’m exploding with excitement. I have been doing this parenthood thing for 11 years and because of my expertise, I’m confident that you guys are going to make great parents. This kid hit the parent lottery! Thanks for letting me be apart of this sweet moment ❤️