Heath and Nicole recently celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary (12th!). Don’t let those newlywed looks fool you, they have a lot more celebrating before the year comes to an end. This fall, the newest addition of their family is due to arrive the day after Thanksgiving. Their due date seems especially fitting, because as a yoga teacher and lover of life, Nicole expresses gratitude everyday. I can’t think of what more to be thankful for than a 3rd baby boy for the Wilt’s!
The Wilt twins are two sweet, rambunctious, curious, creative little preschoolers who are kind, energetic, and eager to become big brothers.
On a recent playdate I saw the boys dote on a little stuffed animal and politely remind everyone “Shhhh. Baby is sleeping” . It is clear that Asher and Brooks have been practicing for their new role! When my daughter Charlotte was itty bitty, I remember they were both so sweet and gentle with her. The boys were always offering to rock Charlotte or pop a pacifier in her mouth. I have know doubt that Baby W is going to have some awesome big brothers.
It is such a special time for the Wilt’s and I am so honored to be able to capture it for them. Bringing home a new member of the family is one of life’s biggest celebrations. I know the Wilt’s don’t want to rush through the spelndor of fall but winter sure does feel a lot cozier knowing they will have a brand new baby to snuggle.
The air is getting crisp and a bit cooler here in Cincinnati. The leaves are beginning their brilliant color journey and gracing the grass with a smattering of fall splendor. We are burning pumpkin scented candles, cheering on our favorite football teams and googling the best ever chili recipes. Fall is here. —- REWIND….3 weeks ago we were in Europe, doing all things European! Kris and I took off for 15 days of adventure, romance, culture, food, and of course, photography.
We roamed and wandered through castle walls, sunbathed on rocks in the Mediterranean sea, picnicked beneath the Alps, made new friends on the long wooden plank tables at the bier gartens, and just enjoyed living in the moment. The trip was insane, we had so much fun seeing the world together.
After a 9 hour flight from Atlanta (shout out!) we arrived in Munich and navigated the train system to our destination, Rothenburg, Germany. Rothenburg is a tiny little medieval town situated 4 hours northwest of Munich. The town is rich in history which made it very fun to explore the city walls, roam the little streets, follow our noses to delicious cafes with salty pretzels and flaky pastries. Rothenburg smelled absolutely delicious. When walking about at night swirls of smoke lingered in the air full of roasty toasty sausage and cured meats. It was so cozy. There was a slight chill in the evening and the warm familiar wood smoke just added to the overall charm of the town.
Another thing that made Rothenburg feel so cozy was our amazing hotel. Hotel Spitzveg was not only as charming as you would ever think possible, but the inn keeper was the quintessential inn keeper that you always hoped to one day meet. I am blanking on his name, but the sweet man looked like ol’ St. Nick and he defined hospitality. We sat and drank hot, strong coffee while chatting about the town, photography, good food, and the innkeeper’s stint as a cake baker in culinary school in Bermuda.
To round out our stay, we went on the Night Watchman Tour. Now, I am not one for cheesy, organized, group tours, but this tour was really enjoyable and entertaining. We learned a lot about the city and why it had become such a popular tourist destination, and why it had been spared bombing during the war when so many other cities had not.
It was sad saying goodbye to our first city, but it was also exciting knowing that our next stop was Munich!
The old saying goes, “friends are family too” could not have been more true than on a Sunday afternoon in Old Worthington. I was asked to do a photo shoot to capture the love and friendship between the 3 families as they all are about to begin big new adventures. New jobs, new cities, new careers, lots of new things. They have all been friends forever so even though it was bittersweet occasion, nothing but sweetness came from this photo session! Here are the photos from our park and play photo shoot! Yes, play = ice cream!
It is no easy task finding what I call “flat tire friends.” You know, the friend who you ACTUALLY call if you got a flat tire at an inconvenient place and at an inconvenient time. Yes, those people. Some say if you have just one of those friends you are among the luckiest people on earth. These friends have it. The history, the future, the we will be great friends no matter time zone, latitude, or longitude coordinates we live in.
So, needless to say, it was an honor to capture some great photos and help make new memories as these friends get ready to make their next big moves. The kids were simply adorable. Full of energy and spunk, and hopes of getting only the most gigantic chocolate chips in their Graeter’s ice cream ever. The simple equation of kids +sticky fingers + sloppy ice cream cones = photo magic in the summertime.
If this doesn’t serve as a reminder to get off the computer and call your bestie I don’t know what will! #FriendsAreFamilyToo
Lesson of the day: Don’t waste your ice cream, your big brother wants you to do it like him!….
Wow, how is it already the MIDDLE of June!? Where has the time gone? One thing I know for sure, my time has certainly not gone to my blog. I am back…at last.
I was chatting with a good friend the other day and we were discussing planning a weekend trip for November. Yes, November. Call me crazy, but calendars fill up fast! In the beginning of summer, life feels wide open and we welcome the sweet months of June, July, and August with an enthusiasm that only warm weather can inspire. Before you know it, every single weekend is scheduled with something fun and fabulous. Then somehow an invisible line is crossed and life seems a tad too scheduled without an ounce of room left for spontaneity. Yes life is busy. Yes we are all busier than ever. But let’s not be too busy for a little front porch sittin”, people watchin”, tea sippin’, unscheduled me and/or we time.
My goal for this Father’s Day weekend to us unplug, and unwind, and enjoy the company of those I am with. It is so easy to think Father’s Day, check, yoga in the park check, happy hour with friends check, work work work, check, check check! Let’s slow our hustle down just for a few unplanned moments of summer bliss. Summer is not about crossing everything off the to do list, its about enjoying little pleasantries that bring a sweet smile to your face. Notice how little beads of water gather on the side of your ice cold glass. Wave to a neighbor. Send a letter to friend, yes like in the mail, with a stamp. Read a book, a really, really good one. You get the idea. Join me in delighting in the most simple treasures of the here and now. Summer is upon us!
Here are some pictures from a recent photo shoot, where little Anderson soaked up every minute of the sunshine, flowers, bugs, and blades of grass as he played in the park on a beautiful morning.
Woo hoo! B Lynne Photography is open for business!! I am so excited to share my website with you loyal folks who have been so supportive of this opportunity. Now go tell everyone you know!
With summer knockin’ on spring’s door, now is the perfect time to think ahead to family photos for Father’s Day. A great gift idea that he will love! Plus, I am offering great rates on portraits and other photo packages as my business crosses the starting line. Don’t hesitate to contact me and book your portrait session today!
Stay tuned for more great stuff!