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softness, silliness, and patience at the lake

I’m so, so glad I got to meet the Evans family. Both Nic and Whitney are amazing parents. I loved witnessing the gentleness and kindness they hold for one another. The boys adore their dad- and for good reason. He was so patient and sweet with each one of them. And, of course, was just the right amount of goofy and fun also. And when cute baby Grey cried for basically the whole session, Nic and Whitney just rolled with it so gracefully and kept their cool. Instead of getting overwhelmed, they simply hugged him and comforted him- never once seeming stressed or anxious about it. Few parents could do that.

And all those boys! Just watching them interact with each other, help each other, and encourage each other- all the while holding fishing poles and fishing nets- it made me feel like I had stepped inside a Norman Rockwell painting. When I asked the second oldest to think of something that makes him happy as I was taking his portrait, he told me he had thought of his youngest brother. And that’s when my heart melted into a puddle on the ground. Again.

Thanks for letting me be a part of your wonderfulness for an evening, Evans family.

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Mamiya 645, canon eos 3, fuji 400h, kodak tri-x

Jennifer Bulich - I can’t get enough of this family session. It’s just perfect!

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learning about love and happiness from the ahlstroms

I first had the pleasure of photographing the Ahlstrom family last year. I love that they asked me to be their photographer again.

There’s so much I can say about this team. They are the total definition of LOVE. Eden and Britain are exactly one year apart and the sweetest of friends. They skip around talking about all things girly and searching for acorns. Man, they loved finding those acorns. And boy do they know how to have FUN! When I was thinking about possible locations for their session, I just knew we had to come to this park because it has a little hidden amphitheater and a stage. I remembered from last year’s session that the girls love dancing and are experts at “posing.” And, just as I thought, the stage was a huge hit with them! Cuties to the max.

And then there’s Russell and Shyla. I adore them. They are just flat out loving and kind to each other every single second. Sneaking little pecks in between photos and soft giggles. So wonderful to see and feel just a small portion of the quiet love they share. And the calm, patient way they are with their girls? It’s just the cherry on top!

I walked away from my time spent with these four feeling better about life and wanting to be more like them. Thank you, Ahlstrom family.

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Mamiya 645, canon eos, fuji 400h, kodak tri-x

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Jenna and love at the beach

Jenna is from the San Francisco Bay Area. I first met her at the Yan Fam Way workshop in Salt Lake City last spring. During introductions, when she described herself as a “go big or go home” type of personality, someone who does something 110% once she puts her mind to it, I knew we were made for each other. Jenna is an amazing photographer and, since April, she and I have been each other’s secret film photography cheerleaders- at least that’s how I like to imagine it!

I was beyond excited when Jenna asked me to come out to California and photograph her family. And was I so thrilled that everything could come together to make it happen! The stars had aligned and with not a cloud in the sky, we enjoyed a dreeeeeamy evening at the beach with her family.

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Mamiya 645, Canon eos3, Fuji 400h, Kodak Tri-x

Valerie - Seriously gorgeous!

Jenny - These are so pretty and fun!

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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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Mamiya 645, fuji 400h

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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.  Samantha Kelly Photography-9000Samantha Kelly Photography-9000-3Samantha Kelly Photography-9002-2Samantha Kelly Photography-9003Samantha Kelly Photography-9020Samantha Kelly Photography-9005-2Samantha Kelly Photography-9007Samantha Kelly Photography-9011Samantha Kelly Photography-9018Samantha Kelly Photography-9003-2Samantha Kelly Photography-9015Samantha Kelly Photography-9002Samantha Kelly Photography-9017Samantha Kelly Photography-9019Samantha Kelly Photography-9022Samantha Kelly Photography-9012

Mamiya 645, canon eos 3, portra 800, kodak tri-x

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