At home with the Bradleys

I literally get teary when I see great images of families and kids. I guess because it’s dawning on me that those times don’t last forever. In some ways that’s good. I mean, you REALLY don’t want to wake up at 2 am every night or be stepping on legos for the rest of your life. Or maybe you do. . .   I am sure that one day, others with kids and I will wake up and wish for legos, and middle of the night cries, and snotty faces, and snuggles, and tickles, and all the beautiful, heart-wrenching parts of parenthood and childhood. For now, we will just soak it all in.

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Brown eyed girls

It is definitely the middle of July. Hot. Dry. Hot. So glad Geri and her family met me bright and early before we melted in the blazing sun. We started out with a bee sting, but the girls were troopers and pretty darn tough. Geri, you have such a beautiful family and some sweet, sweet girls. I know you’re enjoying this fleeting time with them! Hope these pictures help cement the memories in your mind.

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Sweet blondie

So while we were up camping with my sister and her family, we planned some pictures for my sweet little niece. I mean, why not take advantage of the glorious mountains and idyllic fields! I had thought about this the last time we were camping, when aforementioned mountains and fields were the background for MY kids’ grubby faces and mismatched camping clothes. So this time, we came prepared! In between digging in the dirt and gobbling up sticky s’mores, we scrubbed her up good and put sparkling clean clothes on her. Lucky girl! With promises of more dirt and more s’mores, we went in search of mountains and fields and were not disappointed. Ahhhh, I do love Idaho!

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A super cool family at The Village – Meridian Family Photographer

Aggggghhhhh, this was such a fun shoot! Honestly, I think it helps when I know the people so well. I don’t feel weird asking them to do funny things, and they don’t feel weird when I ask them to do funny things. Well, maybe they do, but they still oblige. Marcie and Mike, you are becoming regulars on my blog, but that’s a good thing! Feel free to revisit their engagement photos here and their wedding here. Seriously, you guys have an amazing family and I’m so glad we could have some fun together and capture some pictures along the way. I love them, I hope you do too!!!

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Summertime by the river

It feels so good to be back in the saddle taking pictures again! It was a privilege to start off the summer with some long-time friends and our dear pastor and his wife. What a blessing they have been to our church and our family for like. . . ever. It made me sad that not everyone in the family ended up making it for the pictures, but maybe some day we’ll have another go at it. Anyway, we had a fine summer morning enjoying the sunshine and trying to keep grandkids out of the creek! These are the results.

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Field of flowers (actually weeds)

Does anyone else drive down the road, constantly scanning in all directions for new locations to take pictures? My husband thinks I’m crazy, but I can’t shut it off! Even if it’s a road I’ve been down 100 times before. I analyze the light. I notice what time of day it is. I wonder if the owners would let me shoot there. A couple of days ago, I went into mourning when one of my favorite fields was bulldozed to probably make way for an unoriginal strip mall, no doubt. Anyway, this little gem is close to my house and the people who own it said I could explore to my heart’s content. Pure happiness. I waited until the weeds, er. . . . flowers, were just perfect and marched the littlest right down to take some pictures. Who knew that the light would be absolutely glorious? Ahhhhhh. Doesn’t get any better.

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