The snow has melted away into what seems immediately like summer. I spent a good part of my day today wandering in the sunshine at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum with my husband. I was quite thrilled to find these little itty, bitty flowers popping up through the dirt and leaves. Some of them seemed wisely cautious, with their petals still tightly closed, but a few hopeful few opened up their pretty faces to the warmth and sunshine.
I reversed my lens and freelensed, getting in really close to the tiny flowers to create this dreamy effect to represent the hope of Spring after our long, long winter. Although by now (the end of April) Spring better be more than a hope and a dream!
That title is a mouthful isn't it? Lots going on in the story of this precious family right now. I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph last week, squeezed in the last few days before Dad deployed to Afghanistan. A baby girl, their fourth child is also on the way. I deeply admire this family for their strength, courage, love, energy, creativity and general gusto for life. I can easily say this is the most emotionally impacting photoshoot I have ever done. As I edited the photos I found myself laughing, crying and praying for this dear family with an intensity I never realized photos could inspire.
Here's a peek into their lives, perhaps they will inspire your prayers as well:
As I was taking this picture I heard a little conversation going on in the minivan behind us where the kids were warming up. It went something like this:
"Are they going to KISS?!"
"They ARE going to KISS!!!!"
This conversation wasn't held in the eewww gross tone you might expect from kids that age about kissing. It was more of a tone of sheer delight, trying to predict when Mom and Dad might kiss. An almost identical moment occurred later at the house, when we thought the kids had gone off to play. We turned around to their whispers, and there they were, all three lined up on the stairs, peeking through the balcony railings whispering the same thing. Love those kids!
It was a little chilly. If you look at the S's face you can see her adorable attempt at smiling through chattering teeth.
Little S had just gotten up from a nap when I arrived, thus this perfectly natural and precious moment as she rested in her Father's arms.
Did I mention I admire this family for their liveliness and energy? These kids are NOT afraid of the camera. Made my job especially fun. :)
"Daddy, do deedoodeedoo!" - S
Translated: "say tickle tickle!" Apparently the act of tickling her little toes was not enough without the sound effects.
"Was that smile good enough for a blizzard?" - J
"Was that the grand finale?" - T
Here are the pictures I promised. This particular session was quite fun because Imostly just followed Joe and Dianne around snapping happily while they played. This is most definitely my favorite way to take pictures. Thus my whole "celebrating, capturing and remembering life's special moments" tagline. I love capturing those real little details and moments as they unfold.
The weather even decided to grant us some special effects (aka snow), which was wonderful considering that just an hour earlier we discussed postponing the outdoor pictures due to the rain and slush. Minnesota helped create a perfect shoot once again!
I am looking forward to the wedding is August! As beautiful as the snow was, I do love sunshine.
Super excited to share this snowy engagement session on my blog once I'm done editing the files, until I am done I will satisfy the urge with a sneaky sneak peek...
I had big wonderful plans for a winter wonderland sort of family session shortly before Christmas. Minnesota, however has a way of messing with any kind of outdoor plans I make and gifted us with some rain, slush and general cold ickyness on the date we had set. We improvised and ended up at the Arboretum library where some sweet family moments unfolded.
Thank you Minnesota for raining on us in December. I wouldn't have thought to take family pictures (with a toddler) at a library. Without your weather surprise I would have missed out on these warm, fuzzy memories with this sweet little family.
I hope your Thanksgiving was as tasty as mine!