Jen + Adam

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Jen + Adam

I don’t think Jen + Adam had any idea what Life would throw them on their wedding day. I had the privilege of being there as an associate photographer on their ridiculously hot day. So hot, in fact, I had to go home prior to the reception due to heat stroke! On their wedding day blog post, I talked about their ability to be flexible in the face of adversity with the weather and their outdoor wedding venue. I’m not sure there’s a proper word in the dictionary for the kind of flexibility in adversity that Jen + Adam walked through a short few years ago.

You’ll notice there’s a little bear in most of their family photos. Jen was pregnant with their third child and went in for their 20 week ultrasound when the lab tech had to bring the doctor in. Which, for most who have been in this situation before know, that’s not a good thing. The doctor informed Jen & Adam that their baby would not survive outside of the womb because of defects with her kidneys and urinary tract: Potter’s Syndrome. They named their baby girl, Sawyer and went to Build-A-Bear to commemorate her with the recording of Sawyer’s heartbeat in hand. Build-A-Bear implanted the heartbeat recording into Sawyer-Bear and will replace any battery whenever necessary. Thankfully, Jen & Adam were able to have a fourth, perfectly healthy daughter after Sawyer, but her imprint will always be with their family and in these photos with the matching dress that Jen made for her. (I’ll pause here with the story while you go grab some kleenex…)

Having narrowly missed the rain drops (you can kind of see them falling in the photos below), the clouds parted like a sweet miracle and we just let the girls run and get the wiggles out for a bit:

Jen + Adam: It is an incredible honor to help document your family at this stage of your lives. I am so pleased the rain held off, the girls did phenomenally well and I’m thankful for the opportunity to cross paths again. Thank you for having me and I wish you the best of summers and transition to the school year-no matter what the Lord has in store for your career path!

Blessings,

Carrie

PS You can view the rest of our time together HERE.

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Madi : Class of 2020

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Madi : Class of 2020

I have photographed this sweet girl since she was in elementary school and she had just 3 younger siblings. She now has 4 coming up behind her and Madi is entering her senior year this fall. I had the immense pleasure of teaching her for three years in the band department and the Sweet sense of humor runs deep. Most every lesson had me laughing and her wit and snark. Her photo session was no different as I think you’ll be able to tell….

A quick outfit change and we gathered her “prop” in the meantime. I love how the yellow pops off her pink dress!

We headed down to the water where, lo and behold, that three is still there!! But first, the dandelion challenge for the flute player’s embouchure….;)

Madi, thank you SO much for your bravery to get in the water when the water levels were much higher than normal! You are amazing and I’m so grateful for you!

I have a hunch that this senior class is going to be even harder to say goodbye to than last year’s! Madi-you are a blessing to all who know you and I’m sure that your wit and smarts will take you far in life. Don’t venture too far, we have family photos yet to take this summer too, and probably most summers after this one. You’ve got the best cheering fan base a girl could ask for as you go off on your new adventure after senior year!

All the best,

Mrs. K

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The Holle Family

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The Holle Family

This is a session at least two years in the waiting! Mel gifted her parents a family session not knowing that their worlds would be topsy turvy in the best of ways with two weddings and they’d be getting family photos on those special days. Fast forward to this particular morning and with a baby on the way (congrats Mel!) it was time to get it done!

Mel, Deb et al: Thank you so much for having me and waiting such a long time for it to all come together! I wish you the best of luck on the addition to your family and hope everything goes swimmingly well!

Blessings,

Carrie

PS You can view the rest of our time together HERE.

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Amanda + Trevor

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Amanda + Trevor

Whew! June is almost over and these sessions happened awhile back so I’m catching up! Amanda & Trevor have become sweet friends ever since their first session with me when their oldest was turning 1. Graham is now 5, going on 6 and a third Little Boy is on the way (due on Loch’s bday, no less!) We squeezed in a short maternity/family session because ice cream was waiting for us at home as a reward and play time with our kids. Here are some of the best that we captured of Amanda, Trevor, Graham, Blaine (born a month before Loch) and Baby!

We let the boys play on the playground with Laidy & Loch for a job well done and caught a few of just Amanda with Trevor:

Trevor & Amanda, You guys are awesome! I’m so thankful we’re friends and that our kids are growing up together. I’m also really excited to meet Baby #3-you guys have a pretty great “clone stamp” with your boys, so I’m sure this one will be just as adorable and full of cheeks!

Best on his arrival and becoming a family of 5!!
Carrie

PS You can view the rest of our session together HERE.

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Melissa + Ryan ( + Ava)

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Melissa + Ryan ( + Ava)

I review ages of the children I photograph while on their session together. And my jaw was continually on the floor that Amelia is now 5, Jaxon is now 10 (on the day of our shoot!) and Ava, their beloved mini-schnauzer (who’s not so mini) is now 12. And being a not-so-mini 12 yr old schnauzer, Melissa wanted lots of photos of their family’s best friend. When I first photographed Ava, she was a bouncy, rambunctious 4-ish year old puppy and not only did I run after her, but I was running after Jaxon who had just learned how to run. Now, both Jaxon & Ava have calmed their approach to my camera and Ava is blind. Blessedly, she was totally sedentary for our photos and we worked our posing around her-she totally was the belle of this ball and rocked it. The ones that she is in (and the header photo for this post) are probably my favorite of her (and her human siblings) ever!

Amelia, our youngest human on the shoot, was entirely ready to show off her pearly whites and either held my hand, gave me high-5s or hugs throughout the shoot. It was such a blessing! I can totally imagine Amelia’s & Jaxon’s senior sessions in the years to come!

We added Ava to the mix and these are, by far, my favorites. :) She may be blind, but for a split second her eyes saw my camera and locked on me! The only challenge was when we went to take some walking photos, she was a little gun-shy about walking in new territory, so Melissa and Ryan carried her.

We gave our schnauzer model a job well done back rub and gave her a break while we did just a few of everyone without her in the picture. Hopefully, she’s in the family’s proverbial picture for many years to come though!

Melissa & Ryan, have I seriously been photographing your sweet babes for the last 8-ish years?! How is that possible!? It is such a blessing to me to watch Jaxon grow up to a pre-teen (gasp!) and see Amelia totally at ease in her skin with folks (me) she doesn’t see every day. In short: ya done good!!! You are a joy in my life and I’m so thankful to be along for the ride with your family!

Much love and many love pats to Ava,

Carrie

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