There is no honor so great as being asked to bear witness to some of the most important and intimate moments in people’s lives. Weddings and parties are wonderful to photograph, but perhaps the most emotional and humbling are newborn photos. Ashley and Andrew are very dear friends of mine, so I was all too happy to make myself available to capture the early moments of their first experiences in parenthood.Meet Madison Kinsley, a beautiful baby girl born on July 22nd, 2015.This little lady came into the world already loved by so many! I can’t wait to continue to photograph her as she grows! Maddie and her mom and dad are happy and healthy. With parents like she has, I know that the future is bright!
A few months back, I was asked to photograph a lovely young family with the sweetest, happiest baby boy! Not only was the entire family beautiful and photogenic, but we were lucky to have some gorgeous Fall foliage to add to the scene! I wasn’t entirely prepared for the session, however, because I failed to bring a toy or noise-maker to distract Baby Boy and get him to look toward the camera. I made do though, with a branch of crackly, dried leaves that he seemed to find amusing when shaken!The session didn’t take long, but we managed to capture some fun moments with the new parents and their pride-and-joy. Hopefully, these will be images they can cherish forever and perhaps I will see them next Fall, when they welcome Baby #2!
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure at least a few of them are dirt. I grew up in the country, on a sprawling farm and ranch at the end of a dusty road. My father and uncle acquired the operation from my grandfather, who had taken over for my great-grandfather and, well, I guess you could say that agriculture is a family tradition of ours.
Part of that tradition includes “working cattle” which generally means gathering the herds back to the homestead in order to be sure each of them are properly recorded, have been administered necessary vaccinations, and are branded. It’s a big job and requires lots of help, which is why many of my siblings and I head home to join in the process.
This year, we were especially thankful to have beautiful, sunny weather. While I’ll admit I am a lot less helpful when I am behind my camera, I thought it was important to capture some of the moments that we take for granted. The American cowboy is a dying breed and traditions such as these are not as common as they once were. It’s funny how sometimes you have to grow up and move away from something before you can truly appreciate it. I’ve always been proud of my roots, but as a child, I had no idea just how special my family really is.
It makes my heart glad to see my nieces and nephews pitching in to sort the cows and calves and relieve the older generation of some of the physical demands. A lot has changed over the years, but some things stay the same, like the way my uncles like to good-naturedly banter with the youngsters, or my dad’s never-ending wisecracks. Abundant laughter and good conversation are what take this from being a hard day’s work and change it into something lively and entertaining.
I love watching my family work together and I’m grateful to be a part of these experiences. There is something infinitely satisfying when, at the end of the day, your hands are dirty, your body is sore, and your boots and jeans are splattered with mud. It’s about more than just the task at hand, it’s about taking pride in what you do. It’s through that pride and the lessons that come with it that help the legacy to live on.
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to photograph a wedding with the amazingly awesome Jessina Kary of Designs by Jessina. Kayla and Michael had a beautiful fall-colored wedding and were a joy to photograph. Shooting Kayla and Michael’s big day made me even more excited for my own and I think I learned a lot from Kayla, like how to let things roll off your back and how to be an incredibly positive and gracious bride. Little things will go wrong but the important thing is enjoying the moments you are surrounded by the people you love and most importantly, marrying the man of your dreams.
I have exciting news – I just purchased a new camera, the Nikon D3200! It’s my very first DSLR and I’m excited to learn more about it. For my first practice shots, I let the basil plants from my herb garden play model. Little did I know, the real beauty was the tiny ladybug living amongst the leaves!
Very excited about the clarity and aperture I now have access to!
Just looking at this I can almost smell the aroma of fresh basil. In fact, just after the “photo shoot” I harvested some leaves and made myself a mouth-wateringly delicious caprese salad with a hearty splash of balsalmic vinegar and olive oil…yum!
Engagement photos are in! Check out the fantastic work of Heidi Selch with HJ Selch Photography!