Tangled

“Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I'm glad for that.” 
― Ally Condie

This weekend, I sat on the floor with this person I have known for 20 years and ate mac and cheese. But this time there was a baby there, too.

No one really talks about the beautiful mind fuck that is seeing someone you've grown up with become a mother.

It's been four days since I've met Max, and I still can't get over it. The way Amy looks at him and touches him and rushes to his side when he cries.

Capturing this family whose roots are tangled with mine has been one of my greatest pleasures since I picked up a camera this fall.  

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"Say Yes"

If there’s a cause worth fighting for, it’s this: Children belong in families.
— Nicole Skellenger via Confessions of an Adoptive Parent

My beautiful friend, Lianna and her husband Chris, are embarking on the foster to adopt journey. They're expecting a baby within a few months. 

I had the honor of hosting a shower for them and snuck some photos in along the way. 

You can follow along on their journey HERE

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A Special Merry & Bright at the Tree Farm

"As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness -- just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm." -- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Christa's Christmas tree tradition dates back to her own childhood, when her mom used this same Stanley thermos for hot chocolate.

She lost her mom this year and told me that filling this thermos with hot chocolate before our session moved her to tears.

Now I look at these pictures and I see Deb.

She's still with us in so many ways from her legacy that shines through her daughters to the small, seemingly meaningless things like a thermos at a Christmas tree farm.

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A Quintessential Fall Family Date

Autumn carries more gold in its pockets than all the other seasons.
— Jim Bishop

I've enjoyed more fall this year than I have in a long time! Getting to hang out with cool families in beautiful parks and pumpkin patches is a definite job perk. 

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A Day in the Life: Gutierrez Family

We do not remember days, we remember moments.
— Cesare Pavese

Watching your closest friends being parents is an indescribable feeling. Karen was my best friend through high school and beyond. I remember daydreaming out loud about each other's futures, and now I get to watch her in her element -- with Sergio and the girls. 

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Contact me to book a special day-in-the-life session for your family. 

'We Walk for Nan'

"I was 25 years old when I found out cancer would take my mom from me."

That's how my friend Emily starts her beautiful piece on Millennials mourning

Yesterday, we gathered at the MOCA Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer 5k in honor of her mother, Nan.

I never knew her. I met Emily about a year after her mom passed. But I count the Kaisers as my Minnesota family (not sure how they feel about this?) 

I brought my camera to practice my manual settings during a high sun time, and I'm so glad I did. 

There is something so special about this family and their many close friends. 

As Jim Walsh once put it, "The Kaisers were and are saints, straight up."

And thank you, Nan, for making an appearance as the sun climbed over the hill. 

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