not-so-little Lizzie

I am the oldest of five girls and Lizzie is the littlest sister. Only, she’s not so little anymore. This year, Liz will be a high school senior. I can’t believe it.

A few weeks ago, I had just a handful of shots left on a roll of film that I needed to use up. I asked Lizzie to be my model in our parent’s amazing front yard. It was especially fun getting to play around with double exposures! Ahhh film…why are you so amazing?

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the newest member of our family: tiny goldie

A few days after giving birth to our sweet, tiny Goldie girl, Chas and I turned our living room into a little makeshift studio so I could snap a few real photos of Goldie in all her glorious newborn-ness. There are two things that I absolutely love about these images: one is the way Goldie looks on film- especially the beautiful, timeless black and white. And that rich grain? Love it. And the other is the documentation of Hero’s uncertainty about her new little sister. Thumb in her mouth for constant comfort and only sitting as close to Goldie as she can stand, these photos remind me that change can be difficult and confusing and that it’s ok to feel hesitant about it all. With time, however, things will start to feel better, more normal. Eventually, there will be less thumb sucking and more sister cuddles in this new life we’ve found together.  

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stephanie takes her baby bump on an adventure

Stephanie and her husband, Nick, are some of our oldest friends. Not only is Steph an amazingly talented graphic designer and beauty of a human, she is always up for any and all of my crazy ideas. So when I asked her if she’d be willing to do some of her maternity photos in a lake, she was totally on board- even though she apparently has an irrational fear of open bodies of water- which I didn’t find out until she was knee-deep in the lake! Like I said, she’s a trooper. Steph totally rocked this shoot AND patiently put up with my blabbering excitement when we came across the sweetest little pair of ducks and most perfect apricot tree.

I’m so, so excited to see these guys as parents this fall and was honored to be able to document the cutest baby bump ever.

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Ashley - SO beautiful, Sam! Where was this? Is it normally for swimming?

nicole - Gorgeous! Every single shot is lovely!

alexa zurcher - LOVE THESE!! Sam you’re amazing and Steph you are beautiful!

Emma - absolutely stunning!!

Mandi - Sam these are so insanely stunning.

fall travel sessions

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This is kinda super scary for me because I’m not sure if there will be any takers buuuuuut here goes nothing!

This fall, I’m offering some travel sessions! All I need is just three sessions booked in a city and I will come to YOU and take beautiful, unique, and love-filled images for you all on film. So tell me where you’d like me to come!

These special travel sessions are $750 and include the session time, travel, cost of film/processing, and all the edited, full-res image files for you to have for always. (And there’s a special discount available if you let me stay with you for a night or two!)

If you’re interested in having me come to you, leave a comment or email me at samanthakellyphotography@gmail.com 

wild flower girls

With just a few weeks until baby girl #2 makes her big arrival into our family, I’ve been feeling a little apprehensive about adding another babe into the mix and still being able to successfully juggle everything in my life. But then I spent a golden evening with these three. Little London and Lucy were darling, emotional, and silly. And, most importantly, they loved their mama and each other. And that’s when I caught a small glimpse of the possibilities for my own future with two little girly girls. The anxiety and fear was replaced with peace and excitement.

Their lovely mama, Brecca, is an amazing mother. I loved getting to watch how she both played with them and took the little emotional meltdowns in stride. At one point, while consoling a sobbing London, she comforted her by lovingly assuring her that she could just get all her sad feelings out right then and there. Brecca won huge mama respect points from me with that one and, sure enough, the tears passed and the fun continued. (I always assure parents that meltdowns during photo sessions are totally fine!- and sometimes make for some great photos!)

From flower crowns and flowy dresses to swim suits, popsicles, and blowing bubbles, these wild flower girls are the perfect mix of sweet and sassy. I hope my own little family of girls will be just like them someday.

 

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alexa zurcher - i’m in awe. these photos are STUNNING.