A few miles outside of Gladstone, MI we met up with Amanda to capture her country family pictures with her son and boyfriend. The location was picturesque with it’s field of tall grass, animals roaming all around, white fences, and beautiful barn. The morning sunshine was just beginning to heat up the day when we started the session. We ventured out behind the property in the field of tall grass. Amanda’s son loved exploring the area as he picked flowers to give to his mama. Everything was going smoothly until Amanda got a piece of grass stuck up her dress, she couldn’t stop laughing and thankfully her boyfriend save the day.

Next it was onto the barn and the orchard for more portraits. Amanda’s son loved climbing trees and especially love feeding the horse by the barn. Watching him carefully examine and watch the horse was adorable. After warming up to the horse he was comfortable enough to feed the horse some fresh picked grass. Those images may be some of our favorites from the day.

On the property there also was a tire swing that they took full of advantage of. It started out innocent enough by simply swinging back and forth, but Amanda’s boyfriend added a couple spins in for fun. Laughter filled the air and we loved capturing the fun. We finished the session by taking a quiet stroll along the road, a great ending to a great session.

Big thanks again to Amanda for letting us capture her family pictures and thanks to her boyfriend for letting us truly utilize so many spots on the property. It all added up to one incredible family session. Enjoy!

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A piece of tall grass went up Amanda’s dress and was tickling her. Thankfully Matt came to her rescue, haha.

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Three days before we left for a weekend in Kalamazoo, MI we received a text from Brad (the best man in our wedding). He was stating that his newborn twin boys were coming home from the hospital and ask if we were going to be in the Chicago area anytime this year to take their family portraits. We decided on an impulse to leave from Kalamazoo on Sunday morning head to Highland Park for their family portraits (a suburb of Chicago). After all the best time to photograph newborns is within the first few weeks of life.

It’s rare that we photograph newborns, but we loved photographing these twin boys. They are so calm around each other and are adorable beyond words. Their little coos and subtle facial expressions were beyond precious. In between the feedings, diaper changes, and cuddles with the twins we also got to photograph the twins older brother. He was excited to show us around the backyard and play with his dog. We were warned that it may be hard to get a good smile from him, but he had nothing but smiles the entire session. Shortly afterwards the entire family joined him outside for family portraits. To see the entire family interact with one another was delightful. Brad and his wife Amy are incredible parents. It’s amazing to watch them with their three boys! Even though they are now outnumbered they are cool, calm, and collected.

Huge thanks again to Brad and Amy for allowing us the opportunity to photograph their family and for the perfect excuse to head to Chicago. Enjoy!

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Such a sweet moment of the entire family. We adore this image in black & white.

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This picture makes us laugh and say awwww at the same time.

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This photo is too cute for words.

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Take a thirty minute drive up Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City and you will end up at Old Mission Lighthouse. The blues of the water, the sound of the splashing waves, and the lush walking trails make this place a great stop for anyone to enjoy. We met up with Shannon and Peter at Old Mission Lighthouse for their family portraits. The last time we saw them was years ago when we photographed their wedding in Munising in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Now they have a beautiful daughter and recently moved to Traverse City.

When we arrived we found their family along the shores of Lake Michigan enjoying the summer weather. We joined up with them at headed to the nearby hiking trails to start their family pictures. Their daughter quickly warmed up to being in front of the camera and her smile was contagious! She loved when Peter & Shannon would walk with her, swing her, and tickle her. They are absolutely wonderful parents.

Afterwards it was off to the lake to get their feet in the water. It was easy to see that this was their favorite part of the session. Their daughter splashed around and giggled with glee. She is like a fish in the water. Before she got to soaked we brought the family to the playground nearby. It was a great way to end this amazing family portrait session. We loved catching up with Shannon & Peter as well as meeting their daughter. Thanks again for all the fun! Enjoy!

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This is happiness summed up in one photograph.

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The photo on the left is her ‘fishy face’ that she kept making while in the water, haha.

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She is quite the adventurer already! She couldn’t get enough of hanging from the bar. She kept asking to go up and had the biggest smile on her face when she was there.

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Where did the time go? It seems like not that long ago we were photographing Sam & Eric’s maternity photos for the twins! We also were lucky enough to photograph the twins newborn photos, their one year portraits, the maternity portraits for their little brother, and more. It’s been fun to watching this family expand, grow, and blossom.

We met up with this wonderful family at their home in Plainfield, IL for their family portraits.We are so lucky that the rain that was being called for stayed away and that the sun came shining in for the session. iThe twin girls looked cute in their ‘adorbs’ & ‘born to to be wild’ shirts while their little brother looked handsome in his flannel. We ventured down the road to a tree covered area and began photographing them. For having three kids under two years old they all were amazing! It was easier than expected to get all of them to look at the camera (it helps that behind the camera we were making fools of ourself).

The twins are quite the adventures already. They want to explore, touch, and learn–which means that there is never a slow moment. We had a blast chasing them around for their portraits. We also managed to snap a few images of Sam with her girls and Eric with his little boy before the kiddos were completely over having their photo taken. We joke that we may plan for a certain amount of time for the portrait session, but the children always let us know when the session is over.

We can’t hardly wait to photograph this family again and see how much their grown since the last time. Thanks again Sam & Eric for letting us capture your fun family. Enjoy!

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Having twins in like trying to herd cats, haha.

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If you live in the Traverse City area you’ve likely heard of Piper the Airport Dog. Piper has an incredible following on Instagram, he’s been featured on the national news, and was even the Grand Marshall for the National Cherry Festival! Piper has also been named the ‘World’s Coolest Dog‘ and we couldn’t agree more.

Piper is a border collie that grew in popularity as news spread of his job as the wildlife control at the Cherry Capital Airport. Brian, Piper’s human, has truly shown what Piper’s job entails as well as a fantastic behind the scenes look at all that goes into it.

We were lucky enough to photograph Piper and Brian in a more casual setting. We met up with Brian and Piper at Clinch Park on the perfect summer evening in Traverse City. Brian is such a fantastic guy and so great to Piper. It was fun to get to know the man behind the scenes. During their session there was several people walking by that knew Piper and were excited to see him walking around, it was like a celebrating sighting.

It was fun to walk around with Brian & Piper and see them interact with each other. The respect they have for one another was easy to see. Brian spoils Piper with love and belly rubs, with Piper loved. We finished their session on the pier with the sun quickly setting in the background. It was a great ending to a wonderful session.

Make sure to follow Piper and Brian on Instagram to see more from their daily adventures. Thanks again to them both for all the fun during the session. Enjoy!

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Belly rubs are the best, just ask Piper!

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This image is simple, but speaks a great deal about the relationship Piper and Brian have.

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Here’s a few bonus picture of Piper as the Grand Marshall in the National Cherry Festival Parade!

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