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Family Portraits: The Hathaways December 13, 2008


The Hathaways were one of the families who were nominated for our Christmas Capture Contest. In the nomination submitted by Carolyn, she explained that they deserved a free family portrait session because of all the changes that have happened recently in their family: they just moved to Ft. Leavenworth from California back in 2006, shortly after Eric was deployed with the Army, returning just a few weeks ago. Now, in a few months, they’ll be stationed again somewhere else. Whew! I was so excited to read their story and to see that they were voted as one of our winning families! Hathaways, you were even better in person! :)

The whole family was so easy to photograph, so fun and really willing to take great photos together! These are some of the most well-behaved (yet entertaining!) kids I’ve met. And they’re also so, so adorable.


And their equally awesome parents, who are doing an awesome job raising polite and fun-loving kids:


It was incredibly windy and pretty chilly, but they did a great job looking warm and not too windblown!


My favorite group shot of the session:



I think these next three would look awesome in a series on a wall in their home. It’s not often that a 13, 10, and 7 (or 8?)-year-old are all this photogenic. :)




I love when family sessions capture unscripted moments — when I meet your family for a session, I try to keep it as relaxed as possible so kids can be kids and parents can interact in a natural way. I just love capturing images that really portray your family how you are on a daily basis. Some of my favorite unscripted moments from the Hathaway’s session:


(Right after this sweet shot, Katie had the best shocked face a 13-year-old can make! Ha ha.)



I love this image — everyone laughing and looking at Dad! :)



Moms and Dads just don’t get enough photos taken together. It’s so important to keep taking photos together to really capture the love that grows over the years — and to provide your kids with some awesome images of that love! Hathaways, you are such a great example to your kids (and so cute together!).



Another one of my favorites (seriously, you guys are all model-worthy!):


And, of course, a shot of mom/daughter and dad/sons:



Loose Park is such a cool place for photos, even in the middle of December. I love the bridge, the vines and the bare trees in this photo!


A few more favorite unplanned moments (I think we’re setting a record here for the longest family portrait post ever!):



Hathaways, thanks so much for taking time to meet me and capture some fun images of your family this holiday season. Carolyn, thank YOU so much for nominating them. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful start to 2009!


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Family Portraits at Loose Park December 8, 2008


Ericka contacted me about doing a family portrait shoot a few weeks ago — while she was still deployed in Kosovo with the Army National Guard. She knew she’d be coming home for a few weeks for leave in December, and wanted to make sure we could fit in a session! Of course, I said yes! :)

So, after a day of painting and preparing our new house for the big move-in, I rushed over to Loose Park to meet up with Ericka and her mom, brother and two adorable nieces! I’m so glad I got to meet all of them and capture some fun photos of the family!

Check out Ericka’s super cute nieces!




I love this one of Ericka and her youngest niece, whose nickname is Ziggy:


The whole group — I love how all of the girls are wearing purple! So pretty!


We also took the time to do some portraits of Ericka by herself. How great does she look?!




Ericka, thanks for getting in touch with me — I’m so glad we were able to fit in a session! Enjoy your time at home, and we’ll be praying for a safe return from your deployment! I’m excited for you to see all of the images from the session (including more adorable ones of the girls and some beautiful ones of you!!). Click here to pre-register your family and friends for the online gallery.


Family session: The Sumpters September 18, 2008


You might remember part of this family from an OpLove session a few months back — now, meet the husband and dad of these beautiful ladies. Jason returned home for a short leave during his deployment to Kuwait. He just arrived back in Kansas just last night, but they knew they wanted to squeeze in a family session right away. It was such a joy to see this family all together, reunited, and loving each other in a way that proves that absence makes the heart grow fonder.

I can’t believe how adorably cute these little girls are. They have such awesome facial expressions and the cutest little personalities. I hope I get to see them grow up! Seriously, see what I mean? :)

I just love this photo. Too precious — the big sister-little sister relationship at its finest:

More cute family bonding, on the canoe docks at Shawnee Mission Park. This was a great location for family photos, because the girls were really captivated by people fishing, boats, the water, geese and deer! It’s also incredibly picturesque.

The lighting was absolutely gorgeous this evening for their shoot. I couldn’t get over how awesome the sky looked. I love this silhouette, of Dad reaching for his daughter’s hand. So great.

Kristy and Jason, thanks so much for asking me to capture your family’s memories. I am so excited that I have the chance to get to know you, watch your girls grow up and preserve your legacy for years to come.

Jason, have a wonderful time at home over these next few weeks — and thank you, again, for your incredible service to our country.

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Family Portraits: The Knaebels August 7, 2008

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Last night, I met this cute family of four at Loose Park in Kansas City, Missouri (this has been a popular spot lately!). The rain held off just long enough for us to finish our shoot, which was postponed once already for rain!

Their boys are so adorable, although they weren’t exactly into having their photos taken! We let them be themselves, though, and eventually the smiles came out! Check out these little cuties:

Ty really was just interested in finding water and geese…he led the way to the pond with the big fountain (and all of geese, who put up with me hiding in the trees with them to capture some true-to-life images of the family!).

Little Eli didn’t quite know what to think of the big 70-200 lens pointed in his direction while he was trying to play, but he at least gave us a few great shots of those big baby blues!

Mom and Dad were GREAT in front of the camera! They are both so photogenic — I love this classic shot:

Thanks so much for choosing ericamay photography to capture your family’s memories!