odin turns one: a sweet family session in columbia, mo.

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odin turns one: a sweet family session in columbia, mo.

it's always a joy photographing this family in their beautiful home in columbia. cheri has great style and has really made a cozy, light filled home for her and her family.

her son, odin is now one - my, how time flies! i photographed the werner's in their home on a sunny saturday in april. we ended the session at their favorite new park just down the road.

enjoy.

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a sunday at home with the ashworth's: meet bj, caitlin, worth and mills.

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a sunday at home with the ashworth's: meet bj, caitlin, worth and mills.

i spent a sunday in april at the home of the ashworth family. the same week of the shoot, i got a text from caitlin saying, "my son just asked who i was texting so i showed him your picture, he gasped and said, oh momma! she looks like ariel, i will be her friend." a willing subject he was.

when i pulled up, i saw worth staring out the window at me. he let me in and said "hi, i'm worth." with nobody else around, i got to know him immediately - he told me his age, he told me about his birthday party themes and showed me his room. this is always one of my favorite parts about photographing families - getting to know them. the real them.

caitlin and bj had shakey graves playing on the record player as i walked into their home to get a tour and i was immediately thinking, this is gonna be good.

we had so many moments together that made me smile and laugh and love my job. they have a lovely home with little touches of who they are and a cozy backyard with a handmade wooden table where they share meals, string lights, a hammock and a trampoline - all of which we utilized, just as they would if i weren't there. 

i won't ever forget pulling out of their driveway and mills and worth both yelling "bye!" and "see you later, alligator" over and over again, waiting for me to say "after awhile, crocodile." 

a memorable one, for sure. already looking forward to the next time i can photograph them.

after showing caitlin the photographs last night, she came back with "they're just so lovely and bright and we look like ourselves." that right there is the feeling i want all of my families to have after they see what they are like in my eyes.

i asked caitlin her favorite part about motherhood. "my favorite part of motherhood is the laughter. someone is saying crazy things, or their pants are falling down or they're making ridiculous faces. there is such a sweetness in the struggle of these early years. it's equal parts joy and sanctification, but the laughter is a constant soundtrack."

music is a huge part of how caitlin and bj fell in love and how this family came to be. the lyrics to a grady spencer song is part of their every day mantra - 

people are goin' crazy. slippin' and slidin' away, these days are lookin' so hazy and i gotta say today. i've never been so very happy. i've never been so glad. i never mean to sound sappy, but there ain't nothin that's bad.

meet the ashworth's.

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at home with the davis family: meet eric, grace, theo, julian and their littlest, zeke.

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at home with the davis family: meet eric, grace, theo, julian and their littlest, zeke.

"there is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than in a transformation in the way we raise our children."

- marianne williamson

i feel as though i know so many mothers who have all boys. it's always fun hearing the differences in personalities. i asked grace about each of her boys. "i love how caring theo is. in my last few weeks of pregnancy, when i was miserable, he asked me how i was feeling and what he could do to help. with julian, i love his ability to make people laugh. he is super witty and everywhere he goes, people are drawn to him. he has so much life and heart in such a little body. we don't know zeke well yet, but i do love his little lip and his sweet little sounds."

i wanted to know the adoption story of their firecracker, julian. "honestly God gave him to us and there really wasn't a way out. we just kept knocking on doors and now were here. we got him when he was 18 months and then fostered him for 6 months before we finalized the adoption. adopting him and being an adoptive family has been hard, but we both have so much peace knowing that him being in our family wasn't some idea that we concocted and strove for - it's much bigger than that."

on their cozy home away from distraction -

"we dreamt of having a home where our kids could just run and play long after the sun goes down. to live less chaotic, busy lives and do life a little slower. i guess to be able to say yes to things that ultimately serve what we feel like our family is supposed to be."

this home is just that. i felt at peace and watching this family be is why i do what i do. all the unexpected moments that can happen in a matter of one morning makes the shoot all the more special to me - the gum getting stuck on eric's arm, the baby chicks, eric chasing theo around with hairspray to fix his hair, zeke's little smile in his nursery while grace rocked him and the whole fam running inside after it started raining. 

 

that said,

prepare your hearts.

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a friday morning at home with paige and her daughter, marlow .

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a friday morning at home with paige and her daughter, marlow .

i first met paige at one of our local bakeries here in the city called, heirloom. we noticed each other because we were both wearing a linen summer dress from the talented, pyne and smith clothiers. i knew i wanted to photograph her sweet little family, but we didn't cross paths again until a couple of weeks ago.

paige asked me to photograph her and her daughter, marlow for design mom (feature coming soon) since paige and her husband flip homes here in the city! paige does all of the design and planning. i knew when i walked into her home, it would be something special. 

so, here we are on a friday morning in january - at home with paige + marlow .

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welcome to the world, madden .

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welcome to the world, madden .

in-home shoots have quickly became a favorite of mine to photograph. there is something about being invited into a family's home and watching them in their natural environment - seeing their every day and watching them be.

dani + abram welcomed me into their 1959 mid-century beauty to photograph their new baby girl, madden . 

here are a few favorites from our time together.

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a sunday afternoon spent with the johns family in their little white cottage in ames, ia.

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a sunday afternoon spent with the johns family in their little white cottage in ames, ia.

this past sunday, i took a little road trip to photograph my gal, whitney and her beautiful family in their little white cottage in small town, ia. 

they snuggled up in their gorgeous attic bedroom, sat by vivian's teepee, stared at the snow from their dining room and played outside.

i'm so excited to share with you how i saw the johns family on this day in december.

meet whitney, cory, vivian bee, hazel bird and olive bliss.

"love is almost always the answer."

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a rainy sunday at home with the broome's: meet kevin, ashlee, remy, bea and betty.

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a rainy sunday at home with the broome's: meet kevin, ashlee, remy, bea and betty.

this past sunday, i was welcomed into the home of the broome family. it was such a joy watching them be and to learn more about them and their life together as a family, including one of their traditions, "candy store," or how bea (beatrice) broke her arm or that it just so happened to be kevin and ashlee's anniversary. oh and the biggest surprise was that ashlee is expecting baby no. 4.

i loved this day and always enjoy photographing sweet families in their homes.

meet ashlee, kevin and their three littles, remy thomas, betty dear + beatrice darling .

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an afternoon with the bones family: clint, ashton and their daughter, willa .

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an afternoon with the bones family: clint, ashton and their daughter, willa .

meet the bones family.

it's been so fun watching these two and their life together since we all knew each other way back in high school. i photographed their engagement, ashton's first maternity shoot and now they are onto their second baby. willa's personality is really starting to show in this shoot - 

watch her run wild.

here they are in my favorite neighborhood in kansas city . 

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families .

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families .

the davis family .

every time i photograph this family, i discover their beauty all over again. here they are in the historic west bottoms of kansas city, mo .

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