I so rarely have/take the time to sit down and write. On this first day of fall, today seemed like the perfect opportunity to take a look around and really say, “Thank you, God!” for the goodness that surrounds me every day. The wind blowing the dry crackling leaves off the newly transplanted tree in our front yard, the entertainment of the garbage and recycling trucks as Veda watches with excitement out the window, the leftover breakfast plate with a few scraps of over-easy eggs still sitting on the table. It’s all a gift. Speaking of gifts, take a look at the four people in these photos. Adam, Shannon, Will, & Evie. This is the third time (in the three years we’ve lived here) that they’ve popped up in front of my camera, and the relationship we’ve built over the last three sessions is really evident here in these images for me. No I am not afraid to say, I am darn proud of the moments captured for this family who I really love, respect, and look forward to each and every year.
“Do you do mini-sessions?” If I had a quarter for every time someone asked me that. LOL! My response, “I used to.” Why don’t I? The truth is, so much of what I do while looking through my viewfinder is attempting to tell the story of the deep love of a family, the beauty or strength of a senior, the giddy joy and silliness of a one year old, the emotion of a vow. Something that is nearly impossible for me to do in a 15 minute mini-session. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand some people just really want “one photo to use for a Christmas card.” Yes, I totally get that. But if I am being really honest with myself, what fuels my creativity, what sets me apart, is my deep longing to show every little emotion, to have consistent images, and to connect. That’s what you are about to see with the LeFebvre Family. A beautiful Mom who proudly tells me how much her children love each other, and that they are best friends. A kind Dad who looks sweetly at his wife, and who takes one for the team by laying flat on his back in the grass. A wiggly little Boy who looks lovingly at his sister, and appreciates any excuse to tickle his Dad. And a gorgeous little Girl with a heart warming giggle and puckered little lips aimed right at her Mama. All styling credit goes to Shannon, who year after year floors me with her awesome ability to coordinate her family of four!
Please note: with the exception of adding a matte filter on these images, they have not been altered in any way. No touch ups, no photoshopped sunset, nothing. You get to see these four for who they are, and me in a sense for who I really am. A storyteller.