i'm not sure if ailey was named after someone or something special, but i'm pretty sure it means "sweetheart" in some foreign language. if it doesn't, it should.
i first met ailey last year (i can't believe it's been a year!) for her four year pictures. she has grown SO MUCH over the past year, including her beautiful spirit and heart. she is one of the kindest, most gentle, polite and joyous little girls to be around. over the past year ailey and i have become buds. also over the past year she's learned to rock those poses all by herself. i think she's vying to be on america's next top model season 53 when she's a bit older.
ailey, and krystal, it's always a pleasure. i love when clients become friends, and you two are just that.
braxton is all boy. for a photographer who typically finds herself with little girls in purples, pinks, and tutus, braxton's mom was quick to alert me that he would be on the move and we were in store for him to explore.
i loved it.
after days [weeks] of record high temperatures, the morning of our shoot i met with deven, brooke, and braxton at the shiojiri niwa japanese gardens. from there, braxton was off like a bullet, climbing over the burnt orange bridges and investigating the foilage. you can tell by the look in his parents' eyes that he is the apple of their eye. one of my favorite parts of our shoot was when the little man brought out a hat he personally chose from the store. his mom informed me that braxton had to have it; it looked adorable.
braxton and family, it was a pleasure meeting you, and i hope you love your images. thanks for inviting me to capture your family's love for one another!
i write this tonight knowing that in a mere amount of days, my twinner, my bff, my best, will become a mama. she and aaron will have this precious, tiny, innocent little life to care for. where her mother has called her bunny since birth, dre will now have her own baby bunny. a baby girl.
there aren't adequate words for me to type here, now, that would begin to express the warmth in my heart when i think about my best friend becoming a mother. i am so very excited to meet this little person who has already been so blessed to be born to two amazing people. i know that aaron will be an amazing father. i know he will be protective of his daughter, and teach her all about baseball (be it the wrong team. baby g, we'll discuss this in the future.) i know he can't even begin to imagine what his life will be like nurturing a daughter; my father has three daughters, what aaron's in store for makes me chuckle.
andrea, the idea of me seeing you hold your daughter for the first time brings tears to my eyes. i hope she has your gorgeous eyes, and your fierce loyalty to friends and family. i know she will be beautiful, but more important than that, i know she will be incredibly intelligent, strong-willed, and loved. she will be immediately loved. i hope she learns how to cook like her mother and grandmother, and learns about her heritage, but maybe doesn't have the same addiction to sour cream. i hope she learns to love to dance, and read, and that you and she become both mother and daughter but also wonderful friends.
aaron and andrea, i love you both, and i love baby g.
now. let's get on with it and have the nugget already. aunt leslie is neither known for her punctuality nor her patience.
you may remember these newlyweds from their knoxville wedding in may. after their beautiful barn nuptials in tennessee, the jay and megan came to indiana for a reception with megan's family this past week. they couldn't come this far without stopping by Redamak's (shameless plug for the most delicious burgers in the history of the world. if you haven't been and live near northern indiana or southwestern michigan, shame on you, and get your booty to new buffalo asap.) and doing a newlywed session with me!
we met at redamak's (again, really, you must.) where jay downed a triple and megan a double. i point this out, because in the pictures that follow, you'd never know they were capable of putting away that much food. these two love and live a healthy lifestyle; saying they're gym regulars is an understatement. even after a double cheeseburger and fries megan looked immaculate in her gown, and turned quite a few heads on the beach.
the sunset was INCREDIBLE this evening; the perfect backdrop for their photos. megan and jay, i love you both, and it was a pleasure capturing your love again. oh, and thanks for the burgers ;]