The Dunhams

families

In all my years of doing photography I do not think I have ever enjoyed photographing a family more than the Dunhams. The first time I did their pictures it was through the school our kids attend and it was way back around 2012 or something. I’m not exactly sure of the year but I know I was taller than the boys and that is definitely not the case these days!

Not only do we laugh a lot at their sessions but I also love how the grandparents join us. This year only one grandmother could be there and they requested this special photo. It turned out pretty cute I think.

She’s such a tiny little thing, isn’t she?

Another photo that we did is one that we repeat every time we do pictures. It started the very first year and just became a tradition.

My goodness, how those cute little faces have grown into handsome young men! But the same sense of humor has carried through the years for sure.

They really are a precious family and I am already looking forward to the next time we do pictures.

A Man in Uniform

throwback Thursday

I love throwback Thursday posts. It’s always fun to see how my skill and talent has evolved over the years and it’s also really encouraging to see how some people have stuck with me as I have grown and gotten better.

I first photographed Clark and his family all the way back in 2012. He was such a cute little fella, don’t you think?

Besides doing his family’s pictures every few years I have also been able to snag the occasional shot of him at various school functions like this one from Cowboy Day in 2014.

Then of course I got to take his senior pictures and his graduation last year.

Clark was accepted into the Merchant Marines after he graduated and while he was home for Christmas we planned family pictures…and finally got to do them on Saturday. More of those family pictures will show up on the blog over the next week or so but today I wanted to share a few of my favorites that we took of him as we got started.

Gotta love a man in a uniform, right? And he looks quite handsome in his.

I’ll be honest and say I don’t know a whole lot about the Merchant Marines but I am confident that they got better when they accepted Clark into their ranks.

Their motto is Acta Non Verba ~ Deeds Not Words and I think that will be exemplified in him having been raised on the truth that we aren’t just hearers of God’s word but doers.

The Lord bless you, Clark, as you walk in the good deeds He has prepared for you in the USMMA and in the future.

Hey, Hey, Hey Look Who Turned One

First Birthday

The blog was on a bit of a hiatus last week but we’re back and it looks like this week is shaping up to be toddler week. Some of the cutest little people will be featured the next few days and to get things started is my very own cutie patootie great nephew.

We met up last week and, despite the visible remnants of Hurricane Sally, downtown Pensacola did not disappoint as a background for his one year old portraits.

I love the steps of the TT Wentworth Museum and Korbin did too. Up and down and back up again, the concrete on little bare knees did not slow him down at all! And couldn’t you just eat up those chunky little thighs?

What really had me tickled was the way he would pose for me throughout our time together. He got to the top of the stairs and turned around after naturally framing himself as if to say, “Hey, I’m ready!”

We had pumpkins and some neat little one year old birthday boxes to use as props. Big brother even got in on the action and mama had a delicious birthday cake on hand that he thoroughly enjoyed.

Happy birthday, Korbin Cy! You bring so much joy to our family and we love you oodles and oodles!

Worth The Wait

families

Sometimes the opportunity to photograph a family takes a little while to become a reality. Schedules can be hard to navigate and just finding the right time weather wise can make for a delay. Sometimes it can take years. That is exactly what happened with this sweet family. Lockett (cool name, right?) is a teacher at my girls’ school and we have talked in general about doing her family’s pictures, in passing, and in depth. Finally, last week everything came together and we made it happen.

And it was so much fun! I mean, at least, I had fun and at the end of our time together Dad said it was the least painful picture session they had ever had done and I am going to count that as a win and high praise.

Sometimes I am amazed how much kids have grown and changed when I look at them through the viewfinder on my camera. While my girls don’t have any classes with her boys our school is small and so I see them frequently but there is something about narrowing my field of view and I suddenly notice how much of young man her oldest has become and how her youngest has lost that little boyish babyness.

You know those boys are full of shenanigans and keep mom and dad on their toes! They were cracking me up photobombing a few of the pictures I was taking.

As I said, I really enjoyed my time with this sweet family and while I hate that it took us so long to make it finally I happen I loved having them in front of my camera. Lockett, be sure to let Chris know that next time will be even better 😉