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100 Days of Summer, Week 1

May 25th - officially the first day of summer, another soaking wet, blustery day, filled with too much time indoors, a wet walk outdoors and listening to the rain fall in the hoop house...and a complete avoidance of Crab Fest, we saved that for Saturday

May 26th - it always seems the last day of school corresponds with decent weather, a few years ago we unintentionally started the tradition of a fire and bubbles in the yard, to celebrate the kickoff of summer; this year didn't happen, courtesy of the rain, but we saved it for the following day, when summer really started creeping up.

May 27th - at the end of last summer, we put up our hoop house and prepped beds for this year. we're not skilled gardeners, our learning curve is huge, but we're excited at the prospects and hopeful for some success. we've also spent ample time in there in the last few weeks, sometimes to just sit for a moment. 

May 28th - it's special watching our kids grow up with their cousins, fighting and loving like siblings. it's an unique and treasured dynamic. 

May 29th - she opted out of hula hooping in her kinder talent show last week, hiding under the table as her classmates performed. she prefers the big stage, with hundreds watching her, but not so much the small stage. lucky for us, she also enjoys performing for family. 

May 30th - popsicles , also known as practicing for summer, we heard it's supposed to break 50 the next few days and sunny. we are ready!

May 31st - the yard crew

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2017: Documentary Family Favorites

In-home sessions blend documentary and environmental portraiture, with the aim of capturing your life, right now. The fleeting moments, the real emotions, your every day. Much like a wedding or a birth, they are personal. They allow me to enter your space, documenting your genuine emotions and letting things unfold naturally. Here are some favorites from 2017!

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Some of my favorite parts of newborn photography, is talking to moms about their transition into motherhood, even if it's the second or third time around. Everyone's path to motherhood is so unique, yet something so relatable among women. It can be one of the hardest, most challenging paths for some women, and for others, the most natural experience they've taken on. Regardless of how one becomes "mom," it is an experience that seems to transcend anything and everything. 

Welcome to the world, Tommi. 

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July: 10-on-10

I treasure Sunday's. I have designated it as an unspoken family day, a lounging day, an adventure day, a day that is extra-special during the school year, when routine's are in full-swing. They are often concluded at my parents' home with hot, homemade soup. Soup on Sunday's, a family tradition we grew up with.

This particular Sunday was different, as they were out of town, and our middle celebrated his 8th Birthday, on Father's Day. He threatened to ditch us, with just his Dad, laughing that since the day was all about the two of them, it should just be the two of them. Lucky for us, his humor didn't get the best of him, & he let us tag along. Because it was a good day, as Sunday's tend to be, especially extra-special Sunday's. 

Cinnamon rolls, hot dogs, lemon meringue pie & sushi; fresh air, fishing & time at at one of our favorite little plots of land. Sunday's Celebration. 

Continue the circle with Emma

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Spending a few days with your closest friend, from your earliest days, with all your children is something you dream about. That is exactly how our California vacation concluded. All five kids together for a few short days, playing together like they've always known each other, despite the miles in-between. With bribery, and resistance, we managed to send my family out for a 30-minute walk, for Fiona's newborn session.

Brian and Shanna and family.

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It's a fine-balance with social media these days. It engulfs in so many ways, as long as a phone or computer are part of our daily routine. Just as it feels all-encompassing, it also serves its purpose. A few years ago, I met Sarah through Instagram. She's a talented birth & family photographer in Fairbanks. A few weeks ago, I got to meet her in-person. It was wonderful spending the afternoon with her and her family, in-between hockey tournament games. Their warm, cozy home opened its arms to me, filled to the brim with childhood- the curiosity, the creative, the chaos, the calm. I left content, knowing that social media made this real-life connection happen. I also left with a pan of delicious chocolate brownies, allergy-friendly, something else we share and also discovered from social media.

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