They’re back on the blog! I continue to be grateful for the Fritts family and the opportunity to document them through photos as the kids grow up! Here are some highlights from their latest session:
The B Family
Here’s a throwback post that I haven’t had a chance to share yet. 🙂
I am such a big fan of this family. It’s such a joy to have known them for the past nine years and to watch their family grow to five this past year. I loved taking both their newborn photos and some Christmas photos for them back in 2019. Here are some photos from both of those sessions!
I had some really lovely walks out in Amish country during my recent visit at home-home in Western Pennsylvania. I finally had the chance to take my big camera with me to chase some light on a recent beautiful night out on Heather Heights. Here are some photos from that chase. I sure do love me some evening light! 🙂
Phipps Holiday Magic!
I lucked out this season and got to see beautiful Christmas lights at Newfields in Indy and then at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. Phipps Holiday Magic Flower Show and Light Garden were a beautiful way to close out the holiday season with my mom on New Year’s Day. 🙂
The conservatory rooms were so fun to explore, from Palm Court to the Sunken Garden, Victoria Room, Desert Room, Orchid Room, the Garden Railroad, and many more. The outdoor garden had a fun, whimsical light display to explore.
Here are some of my favorite photos from my visit to Phipps!
Here is evidence that Mom and I were there together. 🙂
Happy New Year, friends! I hope 2020 brings you much joy!
Fritts Family Photos
These friends are regulars here on the blog. I can’t believe I’ve been watching their family grow over the past eight years now. We had a fun morning taking these photos for their Christmas card. It’s been so fun to become friends with them thanks so this side gig of mine!
Repeat clients are so fun, both because it’s so fun to catch up with them and to watch the kids grow over the years. And these boys have grown up quite a bit since our last session!
This fall we braved the hordes of photographers with families on a beautiful fall day at Holcomb Gardens on Butler’s campus and had a fun time exploring. The Neddermans make my job easy!
Edmund’s Senior Photos
I am so grateful for the opportunity to take Edmund’s senior photos this fall! He’s grown quite a bit since my last visit with his family four years ago! They live in a beautiful part of Indiana and we had great time exploring and finding great spots for these photos.
I’m interrupting my current series of fall family photo blog posts for a quick kick-off to the Christmas season. I had a lovely time with great friends on Friday night when we visited the Winterlights display at Newfields here in Indianapolis. These photos aren’t perfect (I chose to be a bit more present and wasn’t going to deal with a tripod for optimal photos), but the beauty of the evening was worth documenting. I hope you enjoy and I wish you a very merry Christmas season!
My newest grandniece (yes, you read that right) entered the world in September and I was thrilled to be able to meet her and photograph this adorable family when Charlotte was ten days old. It’s especially fun to photograph a family with their newborn when they happen to be part of my family! 🙂
I hope you enjoy this glimpse of my sweet grandniece and her loving parents!
Home-home in the Summertime
For those of you who are missing summertime, here is a glimpse back on my time in my hometown in July. I love Western PA in the summertime. I also love watching my nieces and nephews explore the creek (honestly, we say crick) that I grew up visiting on the family land outside of town, finding salamanders and crayfish among the rocks. 🙂
Here’s an added bonus to this post. A couple of my dad’s magnolia trees are thriving here in the north and had many beautiful blossoms this year! I’m not sure if I’ve shared the background story of his magnolias on the blog before, so here it is:
Magnolias hold a very special place in my heart (Southern Magnolias to be specific, but one can’t be too picky up here in the north).
For the last twenty years or so, my dad tried to grow Southern Magnolia trees at their home in Pennsylvania. I don’t even know how many he planted over the years. Many bit the dust quickly, some lasted a few seasons, and every once in a while there would be a blossom or two. Back in the summer of 2014, I was laughing at (with?) him as he watered his magnolia trees, reminding him that they really aren’t meant to live in the northern climate. He chuckled and said, “Well, we’re sort of delaying the inevitable here.” He knew they wouldn’t grow into huge, flourishing trees, yet he faithfully filled those buckets and continued to water them and enjoy them while they grew in the yard.
Magnolias have become a reminder of Dad for me. They remind me to live in the moment, “water the trees,” appreciate the little things, and enjoy life itself, because in the end everything is temporary. This makes me super thankful for biblical promises like the one in 2 Corinthians 4:18 “For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal,” but this is already too long to add a sermon into the mix.
All that to say, this is why magnolias make me smile, remind me to appreciate each moment, and encourage me to trust God with the unknown and not-promised future.
Aren’t these blossoms beautiful?