Every once and a while I get to revisit wedding clients who have expanded their families. It is one of my favorite parts of this job, watching and documenting families grow! I photographed Matthew and Kayla's wedding a couple years ago. They are such genuine and fun people and I was so excited to meet George! Isn't he SO cute?
Oh these dear clients turned friends. I've known Lauren & Robby for a couple years now. We first meet when Lauren wanted to put together a little film to surprise Robby with what her vows meant to her now. A short while later she contacted me again, letting me know she was pregnant and wanted to put together something to announce their pregnancy and then bam- 9 months later, we have Ames. (Bam, just like that. Easy peasy, right Lauren?) I was once again so priveledged to document such a huge moment in their life, but this time at Essentia hospital.
Watching Robby and Lauren is like watching synchronized swimming, but way more entertaining. ;) They work together like a fine tuned machine. There is humor, there is patience, there is grace.
Robby brings the calm and Lauren brings much joy. Lauren had a c section and she was the bravest momma. At one point I caught a glimpse of her being prepped through the tiny square window that looked into the OR and she was laughing. I kid you not, laughing with nurses while being prepped for her c section.
Recently I was sitting at my desk one day when a facebook message from Lauren popped up.
"Hi Penny. ....My husband and I are celebrating our 3 year wedding anniversary on Tuesday and, though we couldn't get anything done before that, I was hoping we could do something together soonish (this summer). I have a big idea. In the chaos of planning a wedding, we decided to spring for the photographer (the lovely and talented Elisabeth Eden who did amazing work) and save costs by not getting a professional videographer....Sadly the only footage we have is a few clips around the reception. No ceremony. No vows. No speeches. No dances. As a major sentimentalist this broke my heart. It's a day that I'll remember forever in my own mind but I wish I had some video to show Josslyn of the promises her mommy and daddy made to each other that day. So this is my big idea... I would love I have Robby think we are doing a family film of some sort. He's obviously going to have some idea of what's going on since he will be there and whatnot but I'm hoping over parts of the film I can do a voice over with my own crafted vows. I want to tell him that I will love him and sickness and in health, richer or poorer, and even when he doesn't close the car door when he fills the car up with gas. I want him to know that out of all our adventures together, raising Josslyn is my favorite. I want the film to be my belated anniversary gift to him full of even more personal vows than we made 3 years ago and I would LOVE for you to help me make that happen."
So we met at Babb's Coffee in Fargo and we planned with our coffee's in hand. We eventually got together at their home in Moorhead for a "family session" and the magic began. If you know Lauren you know that she has a a beautiful heart and is incredible at writing. You will soon hear in the video that her heart for her family is so sweet and I was so honored to be able to help her make this surprise film for him.
Isn't it amazing what love can do? This sweet family was brought together through adoption and they asked me to photograph their little family shortly after they welcomed their sweet son into the family. I couldn't have jumped faster at the opportunity. I just adore this family and this set of images. The sweet bond between them had me wiping a few tears behind my camera (shh)!
These two... I don't have many words to describe just how sweet they are. Check out their adorableness for yourself.
Maggie plus Edie = two 6 year olds with a lot of personality. These girls have known each other since birth. I worked with Britta (yes, the Britta The Photographer) and as it would happen Edie was born 17 hours before Maggie in the same hospital. It's such a fun memory and it's been fun to photograph the girls growing up through the years.
This year Britta and myself wandered out with the girls to Buffalo River State Park. My Magnolia has a toothless grin and less of a baby face, while Edie has a splint on her wrist from her biking adventures. I think 6 is going to be good.
Last night it poured. I mean really poured. The kind of downpour where you are out for seconds and so drenched it looks like you've showered. Sometimes you've just gotta run in the pouring rain with your sister.
Diapers, rainboots and a whole lot of cute in this edition of 15 Second Friday.
Casey is my hairdresser and a darn good one at that. She is also an amazing human who I've really enjoyed getting to know over the last year. She recently had a baby boy and I visited them at the hospital to take a few photos of his freshness. It had been sort of a rough morning for this baby boy, but oh my goodness, is he sweet or what? Can't wait to photograph their entire family, including big sis, today!
It's currently raining and yesterday I wore a sweater. It may not quite feel like July, but holy smokes, is it ever. A new month also means a new version of Childhood Unplugged posts. Be sure to bop over to the website and check out all the beautiful images by my talented friends and check us out on instagram if you want to participate too!