Shannon and Tommy met at the University of Kentucky – GO WILDCATS! I know this because, well, because I was there. Shannon and I were both Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters at UK and we had a very fun four years in college. Shannon and Tommy got engaged during undergrad, and Kappa does a very special candlelight ceremony to celebrate. This all seems like forever ago – I am pretty sure I just saw a post about Shannon planning their 10 year wedding annivesary. Where does the time GO!?
Well for the Grace family, their time has been well spent! After moving back to the midwest I was able to reconnect with Shannon and meet her beautiful family now including Carter + Charlotte. We have done photos together for 2 years now and it has been incredible to watch their children grow.
Carter is doting a big brother, very loving and sweet in some moments and ALL boy at other times. He was a great remodel for Charlotte during our photo session.
Shannon swears that Charlotte is a little bit more like her than Carter is, insisting that Charlotte comes by her, sweetness, strong convictions and a little bit of sass quite honestly. They are the perfect siblings together, encouraging one another and just goofing and having fun.
It was a blast to follow this family of four around on a quiet summer evening in the park. Ice cream cones always make for the best photo props!
For those of you who know me well, you know that fall is near and dear to my heart. Something about this time of year just sings to my soul. So when my dear friend Angela wanted to do a fall photo session of her precious baby boy, I sprang into action.
First of all, Angela and I go way back. All the way to freshman year at the University of Kentucky. She lived two floors below me and we both pledged the same sorority, besties for ever more. Throughout the past 12 years, we have cheered each other on all along the way. From studying for calculus tests, to living in foreign countries, to moving to strange big cities (me to D.C. and Ang to Chicago), to meeting the men who would ask us to be their’s forever, to standing next to each other the day we each said “I do”, to eventually making a full circle and moving back to the Cincinnati area. Did I mention Ang and her hubby Chris have the most amazing little baby named Hudson?
Hudson has big blue eyes that could go on forever. He is super expressive and inquisitive. He has been labeled a baby genius for hitting some of those down the road milestones as a 3 month old. He is a TON of fun. He loves it when his mama sings to him, and quotes her favorite books, “Hudson, you is kind, you is smart, you is important” – The Help. We got some of the best smiles of the day when Angela repeated that little line over and over again. So sweet.
We took photo breaks to make sure Hudson had plenty of rest and outfit changes. Angela, Hudson, and I took a stroll through my neighborhood with my puppy, Rumford on one of our mini breaks. Rummy and Hudson are only a few weeks apart and it was a bromance from the start. Cars rolled by very slowly, and neighbors ooh aned ahhed over the siting of not just a cute puppy, but a cute puppy AND a cute baby?! Life could not get more adorable in Cincinnati that day.
It has been an amazing journey to watch little Hudson grow over these few short months. Did I mention I also took Angela and Chris’s maternity photos? Hudson and I go way back. I am so grateful to be able to capture special moments of this little guy’s life. I wouldn’t be surprised if he hates us later for the picture of his Halloween costume, but his mamma couldn’t help herself. Too cute for Friday indeed!
PS – I think Hudson loved this photo shoot as much as we did!
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!….