last fall

I'm warning you, this is just the start of photos from fall last year. Fall is always super busy for me, but I'm OK with that because I love the weather! 

Retzer Nature Center is one of my favorite spots for pictures and that's where I met up with Scott, Erin and their two boys. By the end of our session the youngest was pointing out spots he thought would be great for pictures, while the oldest was dabbing. Doing the dab? Guys...I even had him explain it to me and I still don't know... 

Our session ended with the boys pretending they were at the tribal council on Survivor and were deciding who to vote off. Needless to say these guys kept me laughing which makes for a fun day.

My session with Brandon and Jessica was very special, since a few days after we met up, the adoption of their little girl became final! I'm glad I got to meet these three and capture some memories for them...and that the rain held off. 

Their girl, who loves purple, was so sweet and fun to photograph. She has a lot of energy and probably could have spent a couple more hours at the park running around, investigating everything. 

Well, well, well, this guy is 2! I met up with my cousin Katie at Harnischfeger Park to take pictures of her almost 2 year old. Minus all the mosquitos, we had a perfect evening for photos. Just like last year, Lucas was excited to see and pose on his tractor. He wasn't quite tall enough to pedal it yet, but next year he will be which means next year will be tad more challenging to keep up with him.

Uh oh, it's another two year old! Jeff + Sandie's little guy just absolutely nailed his photos. Between the bluest eyes you've ever seen and his thumbs-in-pocket stance, this kid couldn't get any cuter. 

We had a fun time filled with silly faces and cooler weather. What? Yes, I said cooler weather. This is only a big deal because we have a record of taking photos in the fall on the hottest day. Let's plan for this kind of weather again this year!

one year old cooper

Just look at this ONE year old! Isn’t he adorable?!

I met up with Cooper and his mom last fall for his one year photos at Harnischfeger Park. I went to high school with his mom and probably haven’t seen her since then. So, you know, a FEW years ago… Anyway, I was super excited to hear from her and to hear she wanted photos! 

It was a cool and windy fall morning when we met. I had a few props along, like a chair. For some reason Cooper loved it and walked circles around it. 

He did so well during his session. His only displeasure was wearing the firetruck hat which his mom really wanted pictures of since Cooper's dad is a firefighter. Somehow I snuck a couple pictures before he ripped it off [this may have taken a few tries though] and I'm glad too because I love that hat!  

I'm glad I got to meet this smiley one year old and catch up with his mom between snapping pictures. 

the h family

It was a super sunny day when I met with the H family last fall. Luckily we were able to find some shade while we walked the trails at Retzer Nature Center. 

Gavin was a sweetheart - just look at his adorable smile in these photos! I think he got bored of me taking pictures after a little while [no hard feelings - I'd probably feel the same way if I wasn't behind the camera!] but that changed when he got to hold his dog Max. I loved to see the interaction between Gavin and Max. 

The session ended with Gavin getting a ride on his dad's shoulders as we walked to our cars. What a lucky kid and what a wonderful family.

lucas turns one

Can you believe it? This little guy turned ONE last year. 

A few weeks before his birthday, I met up with his parents at Lapham Peak for some pictures. Lucas had been walking around 10 months old, so he was on the move this whole session. 

He was quite excited at first but then the excitement died down a bit after a half hour. However, then his dad brought out his old tractor and Lucas' eyes lit up. Maybe I should also mention one of his first words [if not first] was tractor. He was so excited there was a tractor his size to sit on. 

A couple weeks later, close friends and family got together to celebrate this wonderful one year old. He was a little unsure about his smash cake at first, but soon dug in and proceeded to get frosting just about everywhere. 

After he was cleaned up, Lucas had help opening his gifts before joining his cousins running around and playing outdoors. It's safe to say this guy had a pretty good birthday! 

the l family

I met up with the wonderful L family on a chilly fall morning last year. Aiden was still getting ready while his older brother Chase hid from me. As soon as everyone was ready we were out the door and across the street at the most perfect location. Birch trees with yellow / green leaves? Yes, please. 

We walked the neighborhood a bit more and at a small park, Chase decided to get a book from the little library. The book he picked out had a giant jack-o'-lantern on the cover which seemed appropriate as Halloween was drawing near. 

Both boys did so well and were so much fun! By the end of the session Chase even had ideas of where he wanted his picture taken AND he really wanted to show me how he could smash a pumpkin with some gardening tools. I call that a pretty successful session. 

the b family

I loved this session with the B family. We had the perfect fall evening walking around in a field before heading to the park. 

Azi and Rue were quite fascinated by the leftover corn and soybeans they found in the field. I'm pretty sure Azi went home with pockets filled with soybeans [and by pretty sure I mean 100% certain - I have photographic evidence that's where they were going]. 

The boys also had fun wrestling each other and running around before the sun started to set. 

I'm glad we had a great night for pictures and of course, I was glad to see this family again!

the w family

After the morning session with a boy and his three dogs, I met up with the W family. I had been around all these kids earlier in the year at a few birthday parties so they weren't too shy around me. 

The youngest, Brynleigh, hung out quietly while her brothers and sister ran around. I love capturing kids being kids so I'm glad they did their thing while I snapped some pictures. Owen and Oliver found some great sticks and for a little while were using them as bats to hit the tiny bouncy ball that Briar had brought with her. 

We then got some family pictures right before throwing the kids on a pile while they all laughed hysterically - which was quite contagious I might add. 

As the session was ending, Briar suddenly remembered she forgot to put on her cross earrings and asked for one more picture to show them off. 

It was a great way to end the weekend with these adorable kids!

the r family

I met the R family last fall at their home. They had a wonderful yard, made even more spectacular with the leaves which were all turning color. It started out a little chilly, but warmed up as the sun came out. 

Baby Clayton did so well. He was wide awake and did not fuss one bit. That little boy is sure a cutie. 

And as if this family couldn't get any better - they had three dogs! Have I mentioned I love taking pictures of animals? [Yes. The answer is yes.] 

I guess I should be thanking the R family for providing the perfect location and wonderful subjects to work with. THANKS you guys!!