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Do you want to know something crazy?

I did this shoot a little over 8 months ago. That’s not the crazy part.

It’s one of my favorite shoots, ever. A mom and her boys at home on an ordinary day, doing ordinary things. As I was looking at photos I just took of these two boys a few days ago, it occurred to me that although I did post sneak peeks, I never actually blogged this session. That’s still not the crazy part.

I started thinking about how it’s always hard to find time to blog these sessions because 1) there’s always SOOOO many photos and it’s nearly impossible to narrow them down for a blog post, but also 2) because I’m just flat out busy.

So I started wondering exactly HOW busy. And here’s the crazy part: I looked…and since sending this gallery out just over 8 months ago, I have sent out another 151 galleries.

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I needed a minute to process that. I still don’t know how to. I knew I’d been a busy little bee but sheesh…I really had no idea HOW busy. Lawd. I don’t even know how that’s possible.

Anyhow – there’s a little crazy fact about this little crazy photographer for you to file away in your brain.

But enough about that! Let’s look at some photos of this gorgeous mommy and her boys.

When I arrived, he was finishing up his homework, but we had other plans. Cookie plans. Everyone likes cookie plans.

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After a little one on one time with big brother, it was time to get little brother up from his nap.

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After a few really good snuggles, these boys were alllll about playing.

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Have you ever hired a professional photographer? Yes? Then you know that nagging question that looms as you approach your session date: Did I pick the right location?

Location isn’t EVERYTHING but it’s definitely important. It becomes particularly important if you have a feeling the location you picked doesn’t suit you or what you’re really wanting to get out of your photo session.

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This dad had booked a bluebonnet session with me to begin with. These are limited edition sessions and he booked fast so it would be kind of safe to assume he really wanted pictures in the bluebonnets right? But as we exchanged emails, it became obvious that he wasn’t so thrilled about the idea of him and his boys frolicking in a field of flowers. I mean….I get it. Flowers are beautiful and you might love them but it doesn’t meant they’re the right thing for your family photos. So I asked the question: Do you want to do flowers at all? Followed by letting him know that we can shoot anywhere. Not long after, we agreed the the golf course would be much better suited for them! And let me tell you – I think it was the best decision ever.

It was clear from the start that the boys loved being there and that this is a meaningful way of making memories for them…not to mention, the course was beautiful and we had the most amazing sunset that evening! And how cool is it that these boys will always have these photos to look back at?

I sincerely hope I get to do some more family golf course sessions in the future! This was a total blast.

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One thing I really love about lifestyle newborn sessions? There’s no rules. Unlike heavily posed newborn sessions, you don’t have to get them in to a studio almost the minute you leave the hospital so they’ll stay asleep the whole time. If they wake up during their lifestyle session? Yay! We’ll get some images with eyes open! If they need to be fed? Awesome! Let’s capture that, because these little moments are fleeting and I think they’re just as cute as anything.

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This momma had done the whole “normal” newborn shoot before and she knew she wanted to wait a bit before doing this one. So we scheduled her shoot for about 4 weeks after her due date and oh my gosh…I LOVED this session. Every bit as much as I love my typical one-week-past-due-date newborn sessions. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that this family was gorgeous, their home was beautiful, and there was a pretty consistent blue and white theme throughout this whole session. I love me some blue and white so I was in color HEAVEN at this house!

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I just realized I never blogged this session.

This amazing family, this perfect weekend morning, this donuts and dance parties and giggles galore session that I absolutely loved.

How in the world did this never make it on the blog?

Well. Problem fixed. Feast your eyes. This is the stuff that makes my heart the happiest.

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I have to tell you – photographing a family of six is usually not without its challenges. Usually there’s at least one meltdown at some point in the session by at least one of the kids. I come prepared: jokes, silly faces, even the occasional bribe. I’m not scared. You just have to keep rolling and keep the mood light and cheery and eventually everyone’s good again. In a session with a family of six – I EXPECT a good meltdown to happen. But with this one…almost as soon as I walked in the door, I could sense this was going to go very smoothly. There was just a beautiful calm about their home. Their three older kids were all kind and gentle and so in love with their new baby sister. We had the most easy going newborn session for a family of six that you could possibly have! I left so impressed with this family and so excited to see the photos on my big screen!

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