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family fun | Santa Fe, NM and Kalamazoo, MI Family Photographer

I just looooove photographing repeat clients–maybe because I look forward to seeing them again, maybe because I already know them a little bit and know what to expect, mostly (in this case) because these crazy kids just make me laugh. :)  You may have seen them before in this post; I think we had even more fun this time around.

ImageIn case you wonder–Mr. C is just that cool.  He isn’t angry. ;)

ImageImageWe made sure to get good individual portraits–and what a difference between last year and this!  Exactly the reason it’s a GREAT idea to get family portraits taken every year. :)

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Middle children are my (secret) favorite.  (Don’t tell oldest or youngest children please!) ;)  This girl now has a pose named after her in GTZ-Photography-land.  :)

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One last (miraculous) (energetic) (realistic) (fun) photo of all three kiddoes together….  :)
Thanks so much for the chance to take your family photos two years in a row now!  You guys are the best!  Keep that crazy/zany/wacky sense of fun around please! :)

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so berry sweet | Santa Fe, NM and Kalamazoo, MI Family Photographer

One of my photography-related goals for several years has been to do a portrait session in an apple orchard.  There is a fine line between “suggesting locations to clients” and “manipulating them into going where I want to go,” don’t you think? ;)  (Maybe the line isn’t quite so fine…)  Anyway, last summer in MI, I had several sessions scheduled which just happened to line up with blueberry season, and a blueberry field sounded close enough to an apple orchard for the time being. :)  I posted a quick “is anyone interested” on my Facebook page and I got a bite!!  Thanks so much to Amy and her beautiful family for being up for anything! :)

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Isn’t that little sweat pea just toooo cute?!   Her mommy had several different adorable outfit options ready for her, and I think we went through them all; but let’s face it, she could have sat there in a feed sack and still looked absolutely precious. :)

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Daddies and daughters have such a special bond–so sweet!

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We spent some time by the sweet peas in bloom before moving on to the blueberry fields….  And then wouldn’t you know it, we only took about ten photos before we got kicked out! :(  (And I DID call to get permission before we went!)  I was pretty disappointed that we didn’t have lots of time in the fields, but I can’t really be TOOO disappointed when we still got such great photos overall. :)

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Plan B–up front to the rustic farm stand for a little bit different look. :)

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Oh my word, anyone who wonders why “littles” are my favorite–it’s because of photos like these!  I get to enjoy their cuteness over and over while I work on the session!  I’m sorry, but you just can’t beat funny baby faces and cute baby feet. :)

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We squeezed in this one last shot before we really really REALLY had to leave. ;)

Amy, I loved spending a slightly muggy hour or so with you guys!  Thanks so much for the opportunity to take your family portraits!  I love how they came out even with all the interruptions, and hope they bring back good memories for you. :)

And one day I will get my full session uninterrupted in an orchard or field or patch or SOMETHING!  :)  Maybe…

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the real thing | Santa Fe, NM and Kalamazoo, MI Family Photographer

One of my favorite kinds of sessions is when I get the chance to photograph an Old and Dear Friend.  (Name that book!) ;)  This was one such session; I’ve known Jessie since we were both in elementary school together, and we did a little bit of “bonding” in college when I worked in her building.  We were even pregnant together once upon a time–her oldest, my youngest!  Good memories… :)  We set aside an hour or so when I was in MI last summer to take some family portraits.

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Jessie picked out this location, and I just love how green and vibrant it is.  She also chose such fun and cute outfits for her kiddoes!  (Random–my daughter wore that little blue dress too, and when I saw Miss K show up with it on for her session, I was pretty excited!)  

I just love how “real” the above photo is–you know with littles, you’re always going to get “real” right??  I say, embrace it. :)

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Mr. Energy here had an absolute blast running around the new digs. :)

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And this little cutie tried to convince me that she was shy, but I knew better… ;)

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Poor Baby Brother was not very excited about family photos…  But I love those cheekies!  (Baby cheeks get me every time!)

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This picture makes me just smile and get all wrinkly inside (haha!) because Big Brother and Sister were so absolutely sweet and cute.  Look at their faces!!  They weren’t sure why Little Brother was crying, but they sure wished they could help! ;)

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We even squeezed in some photos of Mom & Dad. :)  (Personal goal–one day I will have a couples session with my husband!  Real photos!  Of me and him together!  Like this one.) ;)

Thanks so much for sharing your family with me again!  It is always a privilege to be trusted with a portrait session.  But next time, let’s do it in Santa Fe….  Okay?? :D

(You never know, maybe I’ll get someone to visit me out here if I keep hinting!)

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twice as nice | Santa Fe, NM Children’s Photographer

Best-dressed twins alert! ;)  I think I can honestly say, I’ve never photographed better-styled 8 year olds.  And what a fun time we had last May in this little hidden garden in downtown Santa Fe!

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This lovely little lady (alliteration much?) ;) was alllllll about the camera!  I think she would have been happy to keep going all night.  She was so super sweet and funny; she just loved being the center of attention for a few minutes. :)

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I’m not sure if the manlier half of this pair was quite as excited about being in front of my camera…  But seriously!  GQ!!  He looked sooo handsome in his suit, and I managed to convince him to almost smile a couple of times. ;)

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Big brother jumped in right at the end for a few photos too; I think I need to schedule a whole session for him now, so he can get his fair share of the spotlight. ;)

 I just loved meeting this family and spending an hour or so with their fabulous kiddoes!  Thanks so much to all of you for a lovely spring evening.  Let’s do it again sometime! :)

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…down to the sea again… | Santa Fe, NM & Pensacola, FL Family Photographer

This session was so much fun.  You can’t ask for much more than a perfectly sweet family, cute kiddoes, and a gorgeous evening at the beach!  (Yes, the lovely green park backs right up to the sand!) :)  This was my third time working with this group, and you know what they say….  ;)  I think these photos turned out charming, anyway!

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(holy eyelashes, Batman!)

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 This little pink princess was such a joy!  She has been prayed for and thanked for much in her little life already!

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 An all-time favorite.

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family | Santa Fe, NM Family Photographer

I’ll be the first to admit—the trees don’t look like this right now!  I’m playing catch-up on my blog (*ahem* these are from over a year ago!) so let’s just enjoy the beautiful aspens from Octobers past… :)  I had a great time with this family–they were pretty much willing to do absolutely anything.  Thanks again, guys. :)

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I love that tight little hug!

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(Are these colors for real?!  GORGEOUS!)

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 So sweet.

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This session is definitely an all-time favorite of mine; you really can’t go wrong with aspens at sunset, and what a great family to share it with.  Let’s do it again this year. ;)

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Jonathan, Senior 2012 | Santa Fe, NM High School Senior Photographer

I spent a really nice hour or so last week in the Santa Fe Riverbed, in downtown Santa Fe; and why else would I be there but for a high school senior session!?!?  :)  Meet Jonathan, class of 2012!

guy high school senior portrait, seated in santa fe riverbed, downtown santa fe, nm

high school senior guy portraits in santa fe riverbed, downtown santa fe, nm

There we were, minding our own business, doing our own thing, when something caught my eye in the background as I was looking through my viewfinder.  Tan color, long fluffy tail, pointy nose….  WHAT?!?!  Yes, it was definitely a coyote, wandering right through downtown Santa Fe!

coyote standing by santa fe riverbed, downtown santa fe, nm

(Here is where I admit that 1.) I moved to Santa Fe almost exactly a year ago, and while I was obviously aware that they inhabit the area, I never expected to see one *DOWNTOWN* of all places;  2.) I have seen coyotes before, in zoos, and they look much smaller behind cages and while they are of course doing the “zoo thing” a.k.a. napping in the corner where they are barely visible; and 3.) I was at first concerned that it might have rabies—why else would it be wandering around downtown with plenty of people out and about?  But–it definitely looked scared, and “they” say animals with rabies lose their natural fear of humans, so I just took a quick picture and watched him run away down the riverbed…  Yes,* our* riverbed….  )  Oh, and for the record, Jonathan definitely didn’t look bothered in the slightest.  In fact, I think he thought it was “cool.”  Such a guy.

high school senior guy portraits in graduation gown

 

high school senior guy portrait in graduation gown in santa fe riverbed new mexico

high school senior guy portraits with gown over shoulder, santa fe, nm

Jonathan, thanks again for the chance to work with you on your senior portraits!

 

 

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Brittany | Class of 2012 | Santa Fe, NM High School Senior Photographer

high school senior girl black and white leaning face on hand

I enjoyed what was possibly one of my easiest and most enjoyable sessions ever a few weeks ago, up in Hyde Park in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains here in Santa Fe.  Brittany and I were on a mission….  senior portraits that would capture who she is and not make her mom cry.  (Okay, never mind that last part.) ;)  Brittany is a gorgeous girl who basically let me do whatever I wanted for the session; what’s not to love?!   Despite the *extremely* cold temperatures, she managed to look beautiful, natural and comfortable; and my personal favorite part of these portraits we made is that her sweet and lovely personality shines through.  So at this point, I’ll just let the images speak for themselves!

high school senior girl portraits fall hyde park santa fe

high school senior girl portraits leaning on log aspens in background fall hyde park santa fe nm

high school senior girl portraits sitting against rock wall

high school senior girl portraits cap and gown class of 2012

high school girl senior portraits cap and gown hyde park santa fe nm leaning on fence

high school senior girl portraits lying in stand of aspens chin in hand

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high school senior girl portraits black and white lying on back in grass

Love, Lisa

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the very middlest | Santa Fe, NM Children and Baby Photographer

 

 

Zachary has always had his share of chaos around him.

three year old boy sitting on steps smiling up at camera

 

 

From the moment he was born, with his poor little punctured lung

Through his first year, which can be summarized with one word:  “crying”

On to his 2nd year, when it was truly noteworthy if he had no bruises on his head

And in his 3rd year, when his most famous and often-repeated phrase, in his most injured voice, was “I don’t like it”

Even now at the ripe age of three and a half, he is the very most likely to be dirty or to get injured or make a mess or spill or break something

 

But he is also the most likely to be screaming with laughter

Diving into whatever new adventure awaits

Rushing headfirst into all sort of scrapes

Full of life and passion, whichever way it takes him.

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He is the “very middlest” in his own words, and there is just something about him!   I could never have dreamed, three years ago, after he would FINALLY go to sleep for the evening and I would put on Enya to soothe my poor troubled ears, how much love and joy and adventure he would bring to our lives.

On Sunday I wanted to do a little mini session with our children after church, because they all sort of coordinated; and I am soooo happy with the pictures we got of the three of them.  They are all so close in age, they are bound to be best friends and worst enemies; but I think these photos captured more of the best friends aspect than the enemies, and I love them.

 

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However, for some reason, the photos of Zachary, the “very middlest,” really stood out to me as being so vibrant.  They show so much of his true personality, several of his current little “faces” that he is always making, and his fun little zany-ness that is so irresistible to me.

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Gabriel is the big brother, and he knows it:  he is always willing to share his most important knowledge and skills with the world around.  Especially since he is reading now, he feels extremely wise and grown up.  It’s a funny stage, and at times frustrating, but it is also very endearing and special because he IS growing up; he is transitioning from a “little boy” to a “BOY,” I refuse to call him a BIG boy yet, but he is definitely a *boy* now.  He is a good big brother, very willing to help out and guide his little brother and sister, whether they always appreciate it or not.

collage of two year old girl portraits

Madelyn is the little sister, very much happy with being the baby, and yet also becoming very independent.  She was our little surprise, and we are so glad we were surprised with her!  She is a girly girl who loves her “pretties ” and her dollies and her painted nails; and yet she can hold her own in any fight with her brothers.  She loves her puppy, loves to go outside, loves to say “He’p you?!” and loves to snuggle.

collage of three year old boy portraitsThen there’s Zachary, the middlest, with his goofy faces and fun-loving twinkly eyes.   The two bottom pictures in the set above are so typical of him lately; he has been making these crazy faces and gestures when he talks, that just crack me up!  I can’t decide if he is trying to copy something that he has seen somewhere (PLEASE Lord, not me!!) or if he is just finding new expressions of his own unique self! :)

collage of three year old boy portraits in black and white and color

Zachary, we are so thankful you are in our family, and we love every little bit of you, crazy, sweet and loving, and pessimistic. ;)  You filled up that middle spot in our family just right!

Love, Mom & Dad

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The Big Five | Santa Fe, NM & Kalamazoo, MI Children’s Photographer

Sometimes, when I am on my way to a session, I wonder what I’m in for. :)  I always tell the parents NOT to worry, NOT to apologize for their children being *children*, that I have three of my own and have experienced just about everything they can throw at me, and “real” is better than those fake cheeeeeeeese smiles…  :)  But if I haven’t met the child yet, or don’t know him very well, I still sometimes wonder to what lengths I will have to go to get good portraits. :)

Let me just say, this session was one of The Easiest Sessions I have ever, EVER had!!!   Any time spent “worrying” in the car, was wasted time!  Mr. A was two weeks short of being the BIG FIVE, and he was definitely the calmest, sweetest, most willing and cooperative five year old boy I have ever photographed!  (And I do have a five year old living at my house, so I know their potential for disaster.) ;)

Little smiling boy peeking through playground equipment

His session was actually one that I donated to a school fundraiser (Prairie Baptist School in Scotts, MI; check it out if you are in the Battle Creek/Kalamazoo, MI area and are interested in a small Christian school with solid academics and great staff!) and so although my main interest is baby & children’s photography, I knew the possibilities were wide open for this session!  Needless to say, I was SUPER excited when A’s parents contacted me and let me know what they had in mind!!

Black and white composite of little boy smiling sitting in grass

His dad’s only specific request for the session was for some black and white images they could add to their hallway gallery (I was happy to oblige–I love me some black and white!)

Little boy holding up five fingers for five years old

Showing off how old he is… :)

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We really had a great time discussing all of his favorite cartoon characters (I’m going to have to admit he pulled some surprises on me here–I had never heard of his favorite show!  Luckily he had heard of mine.) ;)

Composite black and whites of little boy somersaulting

He was also happy to show off all of his skills for me; I have yet to meet a five year old who doesn’t have SOMETHING they would just love to show off to me!! :)

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Composite black and whites of little boy portrait, showing off muscles

(Every little boy has an inner superhero.)

Black and white image of little boy hugging his mommy

(I am including this last one because I have a few photos of me with my children, hugging or getting a kiss or whatever, and I really love them and the feelings they represent!   This was just a quick shot right at the end of our session, but I really think it is one of my favorites.)

As I mentioned above, this session was donated to something that I considered to be a worthy cause.   If you know of or are part of an organization or family in the Santa Fe, NM, area that could benefit from a donated session, please don’t hesitate to contact me!  While I cannot accept every request for donations, I will definitely give all suggestions careful consideration!

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