The Kruithof’s // Family Newborn

Remember Katie & Brent from their last session I did with them in Grand Cayman? If not, here is a reminder. :)
Not too long after they returned home from their 2 year stay in Grand Cayman, they got pregnant with little Gio. I was not able to make it down to Cincinnati to do maternity photos, but I made sure I was able to get their for their family newborn session.

I just adore this little family so much. They were pretty much exactly how I thought they would be as new parents. They are both just so laid back and happy. Having a newborn certainly comes with stress but I didn’t notice any of it with them. I am so happy with how this session turned out and honored to have been able to create these images for them. Even walter got in on some photos. We certainly couldn’t leave the first child out of the family pictures.

Brent and Katie are just such a great example of what joy looks like. I probably said this in my last post about them, but If I could say only one thing about them it would be that they are both such happy people. I’m sure Gio will end up being just like them and another happy person is exactly what the world needs. :)

All the men of the house together. This is easily one of my all time favorites. 
I like to photograph newborns on furniture that the family will most likely have for a long time, just hoping that parents will notice their kid sitting on that same chair much later in life and be like “We have a photo of you as a 1 week old baby in that chair, you were so tiny!”. I think that would be a fun moment to have. :)
Their home is BEAUTIFUL. All the rooms have such lovely natural light and the house has so much character since it’s an old home.
Can’t miss out on all the little details!
This is another of my all time favorites.
Black and white feels like the best when it comes to snuggly pictures for some reason. 
Last but not least, Gio’s super lovely nursery. Katie wanted to do something that would work for boy a boy or a girl since she didn’t want to redecorate if their next child was a girl. I think that’s a really great idea! His room is just so peaceful and calm, I love it. 
I know this post was so long, but I just adore these images so much and wanted to share them with everyone. It was a joy to shoot you guys and I can’t wait to see the happy little kid Gio turns out to be!

Nature & Neon

This past fall Ryan and I had the chance to be shot by Vince McVay again for our second post bride and groom shoot. I guess I should REALLY emphasize “post” since it’s been 4 1/2 years since our wedding. haha! I love being in my wedding dress and just can’t get enough of having our pictures taken. After editing this whole session, I realized most if it is of me. I am not sure how that happened, but I remember feeling the most beautiful I’ve felt in years and recall twirling a lot and just having the best time. So that could be why, haha.

Everything was shot by Vince and edited by me. It’s interesting how hard it is to edit my own photos. I’m typically a really picky editor to begin with but it’s way worse when it’s my own face :) We had so much fun and I just love these images. The time in our life when they were taken, the perfect weather we had for them, how my hair and makeup made me feel, everything just went flawlessly that day.

The necklace is handmade as well as the vest and my bouquet. Ryan even helped with all the fringe on the edge of the vest, what a guy! :)

I could NOT stop running and twirling. I hope to twirl in this dress for the rest of my life. 
These two are really lovely to me. Ryan and I have been through so much in the past couple of years and by God’s grace we made it through and are so much closer because of it. 
This is one of my all time favorites! Ahhh I LOVE my dress!!!! 
We had the most fun time and can’t wait to do this again soon! For me, having my photos taken every year makes me remember how clients feel. It’s easy to get into a rut of being on the other side. Being photographed is SO MUCH FUN and thats something I always want to make sure people feel like when being shot by me. So not only do I get super awesome pictures, but it helps bring me back to that mindset as well… and I get to do a lot of twirling in a big white dress! :)

Click Here to see our first session with Vince from 2009! :)

Redemption …and some handsome photos of Ryan

Ryan and I have had a heck of a year. We’ve been through a lot of difficulties in the past couple of years. One day I plan to write out our whole story, but I’ll leave that all for someday. For now, I’ve been thinking about Easter and Redemption. After all of the hard things we have had to go through, God gave us a wonderful end to a painful chapter in our lives. It was on Easter weekend of last year that the Ryan I had married just came back. He had been off of the ADD medication for a while, but getting your brain back certainly takes time. The timing of all the events that took place could not be explained any other way than God himself planning it all out.

In the past year he has struggled a lot to build the habit of going to the gym and eating healthy. He took it slow and focused and really made it a permanent life change. Eating clean and treating his body right has laid the foundation for him to start figuring out how to cope with how his brain works. I love Ryan FOR his ADD. The more he learns and understands how his brain works differently, the more I see the real Ryan and I just adore that about him.

It’s a journey for sure but I’m happy to go on it with him. Sometimes I regret getting married so quickly because I think back and realize I didn’t know anything about love. If we were to get married now, well…that would feel very different. I know how to love him at his worst and let me tell you, that is powerful.

With all that said…. I’ve been anxious to shoot since it’s the off season and the weather in Texas is BEAUTIFUL. So Ryan took me out to refresh me on my lighting and since we couldn’t find anyone else to shoot, Ryan got to be teacher and subject. :) With all of the great changes he has made from treating his body well, another bonus has been how great he looks being over 20 pounds lighter. :)

So don’t forget to love your family this Easter. Be happy to have them no matter how screwy life may seem. We have been redeemed and can always start fresh tomorrow.

Also – How TEXAS is this last image? haha when we saw this guy hanging out on our drive back, I felt warm and fuzzy inside. This is the kind of Texas I like the best so far.

Doorlag Family // Fathers Day Contest Winner!

Remember the Father’s Day contest I ran last year? Well, from finishing up weddings and moving to Texas, life got really busy and I’m now just getting to posting it.

Before I get into Brooke’s letter about her dad, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed working with this family. We shot their session around Christmas. It wasn’t snowing but I’m pretty sure it was the coldest I had been all year. It was windy and freezing and I made these poor people take their coats off. They had such good spirits and joyful faces even though all of us were shivering like crazy! Needless to say, we got the session done as quickly as we could so we didn’t freeze anyone to death.

I picked Brooke’s story because It really hit home for me. I certainly have not been as sick as her mom has been and not nearly for as long, but I just remember how well Ryan took care of me the past few years. His sensitive and sacrificial heart has always been one of my favorite things about him. I know illness puts a lot of strain on a marriage and I just really respect her dad for being such a strong man through some really difficult times. Strong, Godly men are some of the greatest people on the planet.

Brooke’s Story of her Dad:

Growing up, I was always attached to my mom’s hip. Anything that she did, I wanted to do. If anything went wrong, “I want my mommy” was always out of my mouth.

However, when I was in third grade, my mom got Lyme Disease, which changed my whole life. She was always in bed and it got to the point that we no longer thought she would live. At this point, I did not see her much because if she passed, she didn’t want me to remember her as sick and weak.

My dad, who previous to this time, had lived a fairly “American” lifestyle. My mom had stayed at home, while my dad went to work. He came home to a clean home (most of the time) with dinner on the table.  He always loved us, but he definitely had the role of Dad. When my mom got sick, he had to take on the role of both Mom and Dad.

It was during this time, that my dad became my hero. He was 41 at this point and I am pretty sure his only cooking skills were eggs. Now he was the one who still went to work everyday, but also had to clean the house, make dinner, take care of my mom, as well as his strong willed 10 year old (me), who now threw temper tantrums left and right, a 14 year old boy, who became an angry individual, and a 17 year old boy, who started to leave the church.

I didn’t know how to handle my emotions at this point. I was terribly behaved and threw temper tantrums all of the time. However, every night, I would break down and cry, snuggling with my mom’s nightgown, while my dad stroked my head until I finally fell asleep.  He would then get up and spend hours trying to research new medications and cures for Lyme Disease, as both of my brothers had now been diagnosed with it too. He did the best he could with us children. Every week, he would take me to Perkins on Gull Road and we would eat bread bowl salads and spend quarter after quarter trying to win a stuffed animal out of the machine in the lobby.

Our first Thanksgiving with my mom in bed, my dad bought processed turkey, instant mashed potatoes and canned corn. At Christmas, my dad (with the help of my high-tech brother) hooked up a video camera going from my mom’s bedroom to the living room so she could she us open gifts. We still couldn’t see her much, as she had a low immune system and if she got sick, she would end up back in the hospital.  Every Saturday morning, he made us bacon, eggs, and French toast, which was pretty much bread dipped in eggs and fried.

My dad is the most caring individual I have ever met. He took on the role of Mom, Dad, and caregiver of our family. He was the anchor in our lives, when we all felt like we were drowning. He put on a strong front and consistently told us to put God number one in our lives, as God is the ultimate physician. He was the researcher, who joined several Lyme forums finding what new vitamins and treatments had helped others in the past. He still went to all of our school functions and my brother’s tennis games, always putting his family above anyone else. My dad is and will always be my hero. He has a heart for the Lord and his family more than anyone else I have ever met. Fifteen years later, my mom and brothers are still very sick with Lyme Disease.  None of us have ever given up and still believe they will be healed and healthy. Although we have all moved out of the house at this point, we all still receive phone calls on a daily basis asking us how we are and if there is anything he can do for us. I am proud to him my dad.

Evan // 1 year old

Meet little Evan. His mom emailed me this past summer talking about how much she loved my work in general and after facebook stalking her…as we all do these days, haha, I stumbled upon their website, and read about her son. It breaks my heart to see what such a little baby has to go through and I just loved her enthusiasm so I knew right away I wanted to shoot this family. I cannot imagine what it’s like to have a sick child and all the stress that can bring to life. I also know how I feel when I get my photos taken and it’s a blast and always brings me a lot of happiness. So being able to give that away sometimes feels good.

Evan is a happy little boy. Mom and Dad certainly worked hard to get all these amazing smiles out of him though. They were running and jumping around the whole time and it was hilarious. Evan and I were having a great time getting entertained, thats for sure :)

I always find it interesting to learn about new things and this is a breakdown of whats wrong with his heart:

This is one of my top 10 favorite photos I’ve ever taken. It is always the greatest feeling to have something this adorable and pure happen and be able to take the perfect shot at the perfect time. 

I had such a great time on this session and hope only the best for all of you as Evan grows up. :)

November 20, 2012 - 4:26 am

Terrilyn Seiwell - These are fantastic photos. Nanna will need some copies of these. Thank you for capturing his beautiful smiles. He is such a happy boy. You’d never know all the pain he has been through.