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!

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.

shannon [senior]

I met + took pictures of Shannon on the same hot fall day as the last images I shared. 

We met up at Retzer Nature Center, one of my favorite parks in the area for pictures. Shannon was super friendly and I had fun walking around the park with her [even though we probably mostly complained about the hot / windy weather]. 

As I write this post she is finishing up her senior year. I wish this bright and beautiful girl the very best in her future!