Guys, I feel pretty lucky. Being a lifestyle photographer means being invited into the homes and everyday lives of the kind of people who are brave enough to open up to you. It’s even more special when that relationship continues and grows. I’ve had the honor of photographing this little family many times and doing so always warms my soul. They were one of the first families to allow me to take a different approach with my family sessions. Instead of poses and props, they instead invited me into an ordinary day in their lives. They gave me coffee, shared stories, and explained why certain items were sentimental. It allowed for me to learn about them and where they are in life. I’ve loved photographing them in their home and seeing the space change (and stay the same). Witnessing Ender’s growth from session to session sort of stunned me. Their strength as a unit inspires me. I’ve admired how they both balanced work with raising a child. I adored their enthusiasm about parenting. They play and show love without direction from me. They regarded me as a friend and neighbor with a camera and I happily snapped away :]
It was really easy to drop in and catch up when our apartments were only a few blocks away from each other. However we now live 5 hours apart (we are of course in Bowling Green and they have since moved to Champaign, IL to be nearer to Maureen’s school). I had a wedding in their area and they were wonderful enough to host me in their new beautiful home. We got to catch up on all of the big changes we’ve all gone through. We laughed and stayed up late. I really loved seeing a mix of my work and their personal shots adorning their new walls. As a way to say “thank you”, I snapped these the next day.
I had so much fun chasing this little family around. Ender was about 2 at the time. There was beautiful weather and the Bears were playing. Everyone was in a great mood and ready to play. Andrew helped Ender put on his newest pair of shoes and we decided to head outside. Ender had a great time sitting on dad’s motorcycle. He hopped in his own pair of wheels and raced dad (who was on foot) back and forth in the driveway. All three of them had a great time exploring Ender’s very awesome playset in the backyard. Grover (the cat) enjoyed getting out of the house as well and maybe tried to escape the yard a couple of times. Ender smiled for a few portraits while also stuffing his mouth with snacks. It was awesome. This kid knows how to wear shades.
I am grateful for clients and friends who invite me in and allow me to make memories with them so many times now. I forward to seeing them again.
Until next time! So much love for this little family <3