Anyone who’s experienced it knows what a life changing event having a child is. It’s incredible. Your heart expands in ways you never thought possible. And the moment you hold your baby for the first time you are a different person. From that day forward, you see the world differently. From that day forward, your family story begins.

I will never forget the newborn days at home with my first baby. Every moment of my day felt different. Everything had a twist to it. A new baby twist. Sometimes that twist made me smile and made my heart feel like it would explode with love and gratitude. And then sometimes that twist made me wonder if I would ever know restful sleep again. It’s such a time of loving, learning, connecting, and persevering.

I am so grateful I was able to share in a bit of baby Kai’s early days story. Seeing a new family together, learning how to life this new life, was so lovely to photograph.

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Summer is here! And so are longer days and more time spent together. But you know what? The days are still going by quickly. The days are still full.

I recently photographed a sweet family in their backyard. When I was finished with the session, mama Staci says to me, “Wow, that was really nice. To have this time together. Just us. Hanging out in the backyard and not doing anything else but that.”

And then I remembered that these sessions are about *more* than the photos. They are about taking time as a family to be together. To set aside dinner prep, weeding, walking the dog…

To just be.  Together.

What a beautiful thing to do. And what a special thing to have photos of.

Here are some of my favorites from this sweet family’s summer evening together.

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