Thursday, October 18, 2018

Benny Turns One! ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

I am going to admit right off the bat that I am partial to this little guy, because he is my own.  Granted, it has taken me four months to get around to editing his first year portraits, but I'm going to give myself some grace on that one since he keeps me so busy.

Benny is a rough-and-tumble boy by most measures.  He laughs when he falls down, beams when he hears the sound of an engine (the louder, the better), broke a wooden spoon when he was 8 months old by hitting it against the dining room table, makes a beeline for the toilet anytime he sees the bathroom door open, loves to eat dirt, kicks his head back to drink his milk then slams it down with satisfaction, and hits people in the face as a friendly greeting.  The boy lives his life like he's in a mead hall.  All the time.

Despite all this toughness, he has a tender side.  Between bouts of smashing other people's wooden block towers and terrorizing his sisters, he crawls up into my lap and sprawls himself out like a dog asking to be scratched.  When I ask him for a kiss, he sometimes plants the most delicious slobbery baby kisses on me (other times, he slaps me; I never know which response to expect!).  He also loves his stuffed friends (as you will see with his lion below), and his siblings.  And when he loves something, nothing can come between him and the object of his affections (except, sometimes, a baby gate that has seen better days).

Basically, he is a lover AND a fighter.

Since he is my fourth child, I know there will be plenty of times when I am too busy to grab the camera and document his crazy antics or sweet smiles.  But  for now I'm going to take it one year at a time.  I only hope that I can try to keep up with him as he races off into the amazing future I'm sure God has planned for him.

(Oh, and make sure to click on these photos so you can see them larger!)

That gaze!  He looks right into my heart!

He's examining a little flower in his shirt pocket.  Reminds me of the story of Ferdinand the Bull.

Benny loves his bear so much that he picks his nose!

These last 3 shots were taken on the steps of his Grandma's little cottage-style chicken coop.

Such love!!!

I just love his hands in this one, and the way his eyes look- so handsome and dignified!

See?  He is such a handsome little chunk of boy.  I am excited to bring you more photos of him and his adorable dimples as the years go by!

~ Kathryn

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

More Joneses to love! ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

     As has become my custom, during a recent trip out to Northern Colorado, I took the opportunity to photograph one of my all-time favorite families (yes, I am biased, but it's still true!): the Joneses.  My brother and his beautiful wife have gone and had another adorable little blonde-haired baby boy, so I was lucky enough to capture all four of them in their element.

     Taking a cue from our last shoot, we started in their scenic backyard and worked our way along the trail behind their property.  It's such a beautiful landscape, and we were rewarded with perfect photo-shoot not too much sun, interesting clouds, and pops of blue sky.  Their dog was able to join in the fun, too (though without running away after some wildlife like last time).  But she wasn't the only animal who made an appearance; One of their four pigs got her own portrait while being fed by my nephew!  I had never professionally photographed a pig before that.  That's something for my resume!

    Aside from the animals, the only prop we wanted or needed was my sister-in-law's old Radio Flyer wagon, which was also featured in their second session with me back in 2015.  I was glad to see it back, and it was such a useful prop, since both of their adorable boys can ride happily in it.  Of course, I wasn't surprised that these two brothers got along just fine, even in the confines of the wagon, since they come from (as I've said in previous posts) such an easygoing and fun-loving family.  Yup, I think I have enough photographic evidence by now- these Joneses sure know how to have a good time (and look good doing it)!

Ah, the "give your Mommy a kiss on the cheek" prompt.  It's a sweet photo every time!

This must be how they get their exercise!

Brotherly love!

I loved the timing on this one.  A dog and her boy.  (Well, one of them, at least.)

This is one of my favorites.  Little boys grow up so fast.  She won't be able to hold both of them at the same time for much longer!

Double click on this one to see it larger.  I liked how their littlest guy was looking back at me.

After taking all of these sweet photos of my brother and his sons for the past few years, I'm beginning to think he's a pretty great dad...  ;)

Life with kids.  Am I right?

I try to always snap a photo or two of just Mom & Dad at the end of a family session.  Their two little boys are so blessed to have their love to look up to.

Well, there you have it!  Yet another amazing shoot with these wonderful people whom I am honored to call family. 

~ Kathryn