Kaydee + Cory : Parents!!

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Kaydee + Cory : Parents!!

It's still surreal to me that this session happened, not just that it happened in my office, but that KayDee & Cory are parents! This little full-term nugget took 24 hours to enter the world, struggled a smidge in the NICU, but fought hard and came home with rousing success. While it delayed our newborn session by a few days, KayDee & Cory are rocking the Parent label and Joshua slept through our entire time together. I'm loving a more laid-back approach to newborn sessions and capturing his little details, authentic snuggles with Mom & Dad and even a few smiles right out of the gate! 

Enjoy!

We brought KayDee in for a few and I think she'd be this natural of a Mama even if she hadn't had several nieces and nephews prior to having her own child. Totally comfortable in her own skin and completely soaking in this newborn season of life. 

Joshua just kept on snoozin', so we brought Cory in for full family and then got several of just the men: 

It was by this time that Joshua let us know it was time to eat, so we called it a wrap and KayDee used our nursery room (Lochlyn's bedroom) before then skirting out to celebrate a dear friend's Bachelorette Party/Day! Like I said, they're rockin' this Parenting Label and it's such a gift to watch my bridal couples become parents!

KayDee & Cory: Thank you so much for allowing me the joy of documenting this stage of your lives! Joshua is precious indeed and I know he's so blessed to have you as parents. I hope you're getting more sleep and that recovery continues to go smoothly! 

Blessings, 
Carrie

PS You can view more of our time together HERE. 

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Lorelei: ONE Year

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Lorelei: ONE Year

Whew! I feel like we're coming out of hibernation over here! A lot has transpired in our lives since the snow senior session in January and when I've done the work of processing it all, I'll let you know about that season of our lives. In the meantime, we've moved (!) and our former neighbors' daughter, Lorelei, turned One on St. Patrick's Day. So, we did a smash the cake session, which, really, turned into a "taste test" session and dry run for her party the following day. :) I'm sure she lived it up and Katie got to use the adorable cake twice! We used the lofted space in our new home with fantastic window lighting since it was a cold and dreary day outside. Seeing our results got me so excited for the future of this space! 

We changed up Lorelei's look for a few as we prepared her to dive into her cake! 

Let the Taste Test begin!

After we cleaned Lorelei off, we had her don the cutest in pink lace and ruffles: 

Katie, Jeremy, Jericho and Lorelei: Thank you so much for entrusting this stage of Lo's life to me! She's darling and did so well-I hope she dug into her cake the next day! I look forward to watching your family grow even though we're not next door neighbors anymore. :( We'll see you on the soccer field with Jericho and Laidy--Go Team Blue!!
Blessings, 

Carrie

PS You can view our entire session HERE. 

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Katie : Class of 2018

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Katie : Class of 2018

I still can't believe this session actually happened!! Not just one item knocked off my Bucket List but TWO and with a lovely new friend to boot. Katie is a student in one of the journalism classes that I spoke to about photography this fall and her senior photographer had a baby recently! Katie was hoping to have some snow senior photos but her photographer was on maternity leave, so I was happy to fill in for a quick session to complete her photo portfolio. And boy, did we have to move quick! It was one of the coldest days on record in the last month when we went for this. So, we had a game plan inside and then would book it to make one idea happen, rest inside for a few and book it again! Katie did a fantastic job, as did her pups and horses!!

I'm pleased to introduce you to Trigger (left) and Hope (right). I was thinking about the movie Homeward Bound every time I looked at Hope's mature face. Poor thing-her hips were probably giving her such trouble to sit on cold snow, but they were all troopers for their dear Katie: 

We next moved to her barn area and her horses! I can't tell you how many years I've wanted to do a senior session with horses and this black pony would photo bomb at every opportunity. It was so sweet and you can see just how cold it was by looking at his eyelashes and whiskers:

See how he makes his way in to most photos? What a sweet little guy! Quick outfit change and back out to the fence line to capture the sunrise!

One last idea for the morning. Poor Katie was shivvering, I couldn't feel my fingers even though I had gloves on. I am afraid to ask how long it took Katie thaw after we were done! But I love what we captured this morning!

Katie: I'm so proud of you and your commitment to go "all in" for these photos!! I'm sure it took you awhile to thaw but I hope you feel it was worth it!! Enjoy the remainder of your senior year and best wishes as you pursue Elementary Education!! 

Blessings, 

Carrie

PS You can view more of our time together HERE. 

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Leah + Brian

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Leah + Brian

When Colt came along, I had the pleasure of documenting dear Brian and Leah at their maternity session and Colt's newborn. When Hudson came along, I unfortunately had the flu and had to pass them to a great friend of mine. Now, here comes Grayson and I'm redeemed! ;) Leah & Brian were their calm, loving, gracious selves and were so well prepared for this session-complete with marshmallows for the boys if they smiled! Love it! And I love what we captured on this chilly morning:

The boys were on a roll, so we kept going with it and knocked out the whole family too. Then, the boys could go play while we focused on just Leah & Grayson:

Brian revisited us once the boys were settled into their play and I love what we captured!

Their living room window light is wonderful in the morning hours and Grayson was intrigued by the brightness:

Leah & Brian (& boys!): Thank you so much for having me out! I love capturing your family and can't believe there are now FIVE of you!!! Enjoy these images as I'm sure Grayson has already changed so much!

Hope you're sleeping a little bit more!
Carrie

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

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2017 Favorites

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2017 Favorites

What a year! We pushed the limits of light: in-house light, bright light without shade, ice hockey rink light, auditorium and jazz club light with off-camera flash, bouncing light off reflectors, the list goes on and on... We challenged locations too: bedrooms, living rooms, studios, jazz clubs, inside the capitol, in water, in a RIVER. We celebrated new jobs, new babies, new homes, answers to health issues and healthy marriages. 

These sessions represent victories in getting a stubborn child to smile (finally!), a child relaxing on her Mama's shoulder for comfort after a tough day, scheduling snafus, forgetting of camera gear to a session (that was me! ugh), getting off-camera flash to work, getting huge props borrowed and lined up for a session, getting a newborn to lay "just so" for the right shot, working the sunlight so that it was "just right". Challenges answered by victories that made me a better photographer, businesswoman and person. 

I truly have the best clients on earth and I'm so thankful for the year that 2017 was for my business! This one's for you!!

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