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A few months back, Kyra came to my studio with her aunt who was picking up her babies pictures. She quietly but confidently said to me “I want you to take my senior portraits” and without hesitation I agreed. I don’t do many senior portraits; in fact with my back I actually limited myself to only 5 this year. While my passion is babies I’m not going to lie- Kyra reminded me of my past love and passion for the age of 17-18 where the world was ready to open in front of them. Their wings were spreading and they are so ready to fly. 16KYRALOOMER170296 copy 16KYRALOOM169641 copy 16KYRALOOMER170215 copy 16KYRALOOMER170196 copy

Teddy came along for the ride and oh what a joyous ride our day together was. Kyra had some ideas and I had some of my own. Together I think we nailed it! 16KYRALOOMER170340 copy 16KYRALOOMER170356 copy 16KYRALOOMER170362 copy 16KYRALOOMER170368 copy

Kyra is a very grounded girl with a sweet faith and a confident heart. As a mother we couldn’t ask for more from our daughters. 16KYRALOOMER170384 copy

I’ve always been so blessed by the Schultz family at Ten Mile Lake Steakhouse (If you ever get the chance- head on over to their patio and enjoy a supper during a sunset- IT’S AMAZING!) On this day I knew I may be pushing my boundaries when I called them to ask if we could photograph Kyra AND Teddy on their beach. As always- Linda graciously welcomed us. I am so thankful for the amazing people in my life who help me to do what I do- capturing God’s beauty. 16KYRALOOMER170528 copy 16KYRALOOMER170521 copy 16KYRALOOMER170507 copy

Teddy decided he’d had enough of the sand and the wind and we captured the rest with just Kyra. 16KYRALOOMER170576 copy 16KYRALOOMER170599 copy 16KYRALOOMER170628 copy 16KYRALOOMER170630 copy

If you haven’t noticed- SHE’S A FARM GIRL AT HEART! <3 16KYRALOOMER170643 copy 16KYRALOOMER170668 copy 16KYRALOOMER170691 copy 16KYRALOOMER170808 copy

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Kyra it was such a JOY capturing your senior portraits! Thank you to you and your mom for choosing ME! I’m truly blessed! I hope as you transition into this big old world on your own that you always remember your roots 16KYRALOOMER170861 copy 16KYRALOOMER170872 copy

And when you get the chance to sit it out or dance- I HOPE YOU ALWAYS DANCE! 16KYRALOOMER170397 copy

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WHEN I MET THIS MOM TO CAPTURE LITTLE JACKSTON’S FIRST YEAR SHE TOLD ME THAT WE HAD ACTUALLY MET ON A SCHOOL YEAR BOOK PROJECT BACK WHEN SHE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. SHE SAID SHE KNEW THEN SHE WANTED ME TO CAPTURE HER MOMENTS; IT GAVE ME GOOSEBUMPS. I AM ALWAYS SO HONORED WHEN MY CLIENTS CHOOSE TO COME BACK TO ME.

THE FACT THAT SHE AND HER HUBBY CREATE BEAUTIFUL, ADORABLE HUMAN BEINGS MAKES MY JOB ALL THE MORE FUN! IN ALL HONESTY THIS DAY LITTLE JACKTSON WASN’T FEELING THE BEST BUT OH IT MADE FOR SOME ADORABLE CUDDLES AND SWEET DIMPLES. HIS SISTER ON THE OTHER HAND IS WELL… JUST PLAIN SWEET AS THEY COME. 16LACEYFAMILY161021 copy 16LACEYFAMILY161009 copy 16LACEYFAMILY161043 copy 16LACEYFAMILY161029 copy

DURING MY ALL TOGETHER NOW SESSIONS I LIKE TO CAPTURE RELATIONSHIPS. MOMS ALONE WITH HER LITTLES , DADS ALONE AND PLAYING, MOMS AND DADS ALONE (ALTHOUGH THAT NEVER LASTS VERY LONG WHICH ANY PARENT CAN COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND. 16LACEYFAMILY161067 copy 16LACEYFAMILY161074 copy 16LACEYFAMILY161114 copy 16LACEYFAMILY161126 copy 16LACEYFAMILY161059 copy 16LACEYFAMILY161063 copy 16LACEYFAMILY161142 copy 16LACEYFAMILY161151 copy

WE CAPTURED SOME FABULOUS IMAGES OF THEM JUST BEING A FAMILY. AND HONESTLY IT MAY HAVE BEEN THE SHORTEST SESSION I’VE EVER DONE. IT WAS HOT AND WITH THE LITTLE ONE NOT FEELING WELL AFTER ABOUT 25 MINUTES HE HAD HAD ENOUGH. BUT FROM THE HOURS EDITING ALL THE AMAZING SHOTS I AM SO THRILLED WITH THE OUTCOME. 16LACEYFAMILY161228 copy 16LACEYFAMILY161227 copy 16LACEYFAMILY161003 copy 16LACEYFAMILY160939 copy 16LACEYFAMILY160915 copy 16LACEYFAMILY160912 copy

WHAT I REMEMBER THE MOST ABOUT THIS SESSION WAS HOW THEY ALL INTERACTED TOGETHER. WHEN I HAD MOM LOOK AT DAD SHE COULDN’T KEEP FROM KISSING HIM AND IT WARMED MY HEART. IT IS SO VITALLY IMPORTANT WHEN WE HAVE CHILDREN THAT AS PARENTS WE REMEMBER WE ARE A COUPLE AND WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS LOOK AT EACH OTHER AND TAKE TIME FOR THOSE MOMENTS OF CLOSENESS. 16LACEYFAMILY161192 copy 16LACEYFAMILY161182 copy 16LACEYFAMILY161166 copy 16LACEYFAMILY161164 copy

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WHEN YOU’RE 18 MONTHS I THINK THAT LIFE IS COMPLETELY YOUR WAY…UNTIL MOM OR DAD PULL YOU BACK IN. I LOVE WHEN PARENTS SCHEDULE AN 18 MONTH SESSION. THERE IS JUST SO MUCH CHANGE FROM 1 TO 2 AND CAPTURING THAT HALFWAY POINT IS SUCH A DELIGHT!

FOR EXAMPLE AT ONE CHARLIE WAS JUST STARTING TO BE MOBILE. TENTATIVE STEPS CONNECTING A FEW MORE TOGETHER EACH ATTEMPT. AT 18 MONTHS THERE IS NO FEAR OF FALLING WHATSOEVER. 16CHARLIERETZ18M0115 copy

CHARLIE WAS VERY COMFORTABLE RUNNING; ANYWHERE BUT WHERE WE HAD A CHAIR OR A PROP SET UP. BUT AT 18 MONTHS THEY ARE EASILY PERSUADED. (*NOTE TO MOM THIS WILL BE A DIFFERENT THING AT TWO*) 16CHARLIERETZ18M9863 copy 16CHARLIERETZ18M9841 copy 16CHARLIERETZ18M9822 copy 16CHARLIERETZ18M9871 copy 16CHARLIERETZ18M9885 copy 16CHARLIERETZ18M9906 copy

BOOKS, BEARS AND MOST DEFINITELY BASKETBALL WAS ALL IT TOOK TO GET SIR CHARLIE TO DO EXACTLY WHAT WE NEEDED TO CAPTURE HIS PERFECT LITTLE TEETH, THOSE DARLING DIMPLED HANDS AND HIS BEAUTIFUL BIG EYES. 16CHARLIERETZ18M9956 copy 16CHARLIERETZ18M9931 copy

CLIMBING ON THE TRIKE WAS A FUN PROP BECAUSE NOW WE CAN SEE HOW MUCH HE GROWS BY TWO. WONDER IF HE WILL BE ABLE TO REACH THE PEDDLES? AHH… THE JOY OF CHANGE IN LITTLE GIFTS FROM GOD.

IT WAS SUCH A DELIGHTFUL DAY AND SINCE CHARLIE’S BIRTHDAY IS IN THE WINTER MOST OF OUR SESSIONS ARE INDOOR SO WE REALLY WENT ALL OUT AND CAPTURED SOME FUN MOMENTS AT THE BEACH WITH HIS AMAZING MOM AND DAD. 16CHARLIERETZ18M0081 copy 16CHARLIERETZ18M0055 copy 16CHARLIERETZ18M0005 copy 16CHARLIERETZ18M0153 copy 16CHARLIERETZ18M0130 copy 16CHARLIERETZ18M0115 copy 16CHARLIERETZ18M0164 copy 16CHARLIERETZ18M0107 copy

I HAVE TRULY ALWAYS LOVED AND BELIEVE WHOLEHEARTEDLY IN THE QUOTE: “THE BEST THING A FATHER CAN GIVE HIS CHILDREN IS TO LOVE THEIR MOTHER.” THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT THIS WOMAN IS TRULY LOVED BY HER MEN. HOW BLESSED AM I TO CAPTURE THAT LOOK OF LOVE. 16CHARLIERETZ18M0080 copy

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Often as I capture images I have a vision of the finished product before I start; more often than not my subjects have a different idea. Now when you’re dealing with children that translates to we do it THEIR way. Newborns especially are learning so much in those first few days of life. Taking them back out of clothing and exposing them to the elements is not always something they are particularly comfortable with.

Sunshine warm upon your face.

Sunshine warm upon your face.

Nash was no different than most newborns. He knew he wanted to be wrapped up and his preference was safely in the arms of his beautiful mama while daddy kept watch over both of them. 16NASHWEDL1477 copy

The joyous thing about being a spirited person myself is that I have a lot of patience and even more perseverance. Meaning that in the end I typically get my way. Or at least I convince myself that it is my way. I have a sleeping baby (albeit not completely naked but we are both content), I have relaxed parents (at least in the images we capture) and we have beautiful portraits of moments in our time together.

I’m truly blessed to be entrusted to capture moments. Moments where baby is asleep in his mother’s arms and daddies arms are wrapped gently around his new family. Moments where for just that one f-stop in time life is just perfect. 16NASHWEDL1527 copy 16NASHWEDL1491 copy 16NASHWEDL1487 copy

Moments where finally they succumb to the peaceful easy sleep and we are able to just pretend that babies stay babies forever.
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TODAY ABBY WILL COME TO VIEW HER SENIOR PORTRAIT GALLERY.  WE ACTUALLY STARTED HER SENIOR PORTRAITS LAST WINTER ON A WHIM; IT WAS A SUGGESTION TO HAVE A LITTLE FUN IN THE SNOW AND SHE WAS GAME FOR LAYING IN THE COLD- BARE SKIN AND ALL!  A COUPLE WEEKS AGO IN SPITE OF MOTHER NATURE BEING EXTREMELY HORMONAL WE FINALLY LANDED A PICTURE PERFECT DAY.

I’M ALWAYS SO EXCITED FOR CLIENTS TO SEE THE FINAL RESULT AND I PRAY WHOLEHEARTEDLY THAT THEY NOT ONLY LOVE THEIR IMAGES BUT THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO SEE THEIR OWN TRUE BEAUTY FROM WHAT I CAPTURE.    I’M SO TRULY HONORED WHEN I AM CHOSEN TO CAPTURE A FAMILY AS THEY REACH EACH MONUMENTAL AGE IN LIFE.

THANK YOU ABBY FOR CHOOSING ME TO CAPTURE THE BEAUTIFUL YOU!  <3 16ABBYSWENSON179078 copy 16ABBYSWENSON179371 copy 16ABBYSWENSON179410 copy 16ABBYSWENSON179403 copy 16ABBYSWENSON178985 copy 16ABBYSWENSON178976 copy 16ABBYSWENSON176138 copy 16ABBYSWENSON179086 copy 16ABBYSWENSON179133 copy 16ABBYSWENSON179214 copy 16ABBYSWENSON179227 copy 16ABBYSWENSON179332 copy 16ABBYSWENSON179270 copy 16ABBYSWENSON179389 copy 16ABBYSWENSON179435 copy 16ABBYSWENSON179355 copy

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