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Hair today, gone tomorrow.

It’s amazing how good having family around feels during tough times. Last week my dad’s sister visited and that week felt like one of those tiny moment’s I’ve talked about before. The ones we look for that show us some relief, some good. The week before that my older sister visited and accompanied us to a doctor visit that finally felt optimistic in even just the tiniest of bits. This week my younger sister visits and one of my brother’s came for the weekend from college. My family is the rare kind. The best kind. The kind that is there for each other each step of the way through the good and the tough.

The other night I stopped by home to check on my Dad and to also hang out with my younger sister who flew in. My dad was sitting on his bed when I came in and he said, “check this out.” He reached up, took a hand full of hair and pulled lightly. Small strands filled his palm as he reached out to show me. The hair loss had begun from the second round of chemo. We were disappointed because we didn’t expect it to start this quickly. The day before he had a full epic mustache. The next day it had noticeably thinned.  He took control that next day and made an appointment to go ahead and cut it all. I’ve documented bits and pieces of this journey and it’s always so surprising how each step feels so monumental. We go in for our second full day of chemo next week. We find relief in those few good days in between each session. We find hope within our family.

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The Sun Came Out Today

The sun came out today. We finish up treatment tomorrow!

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Twinning

Cait and her family are goals. Seriously, though. Through the chaos of having four children, at one point all under the age of four, they seriously make it look like a breeze.

I had been DYING to visit Cait since she relocated from Indy to Cincinnati and had these little sugars. Some may know that Cait and I shoot quite a bit together and she’s kind of become my life coach in a sense. It’s like she somehow knows when I need some encouragement or someone to just work things out with. Through having babies and being in different cities, she never fails at being a consistent friend and someone I cherish and value so much in my life.

Below are a few favorites from their in home lifestyle session with their new additions, Hayes and Ephraim // 1 month old.

P.s. Hire me and let me shoot your family chaos in your homes. Things seriously become magical.

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Third Wheel

I feel like I’ve somewhat been the third wheel in Erik and Meagan’s relationship. I’m totally not mad about it. I’ve photographed their family, just them, their engagement, their wedding, their maternity session and now the birth of their daughter. As a photographer this is exactly what I got into the business for. To document the real. To document life. I’ve been lucky enough to follow along on their crazy ride! Here are a few memorable images from the birth of their daughter Maddie, you know the babe that demoted me from third wheel to fourth! ha!

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Hedge Family

I’ve known this family since high school and it’s been amazing to see them grow. Every session Hadley reassures me that I am funny and that’s just a bonus! It amazes me how quickly they grow and I’m DYING for Holly to make her debut. Peep their session below!

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Grubbs Family

So here’s the thing, I really enjoy family sessions. I’m pretty confident I’m a child whisperer and you will be shocked to see how many smiles we will capture of your children during a session. Now that that little fact is out of the way *insert winkey face emoji*, I give you the Grubbs family. They. Are. Perfect. None of my child laughter skills came into play here because they literally just do it. It’s actually really incredible to watch Ella and Jacob together. Being a sister and or brother is hard work. I know, I have two of each but these two and their bond is so so good. AND so natural. They play, make each other laugh and even give the occasional kiss on the hand when I tell them too. Their sessions are always magical. Take a look!

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oh. em. gee. YES!

Can we please discuss the fact that my younger sister got engaged this winter? And not to just anyone, but to one of my best friends. What’s even better was Rob, aka her fiancé, aka marine and all around good guy, planned the entire moment around me photographing it! Here’s the short version of their story!

I was to arrive at Rob’s family home for a “family session” and a few photos of the two of them that he could have before he left to head back to base. We did the session and then headed to downtown Indianapolis for a few more of just the two of them. Rob and I devised a plan that when we got downtown and were ready for the question to be popped I would get them into a good location and then tell him what time it was. He would then make eye contact with me and tap the pocket the ring was in to make sure I was good to go. Then he’d pull out the best speech of his life AND that fat rock! It’s safe to say the plan flew out the window! We got into a good location on the circle, I told them what time it was and it was like everything stood still. So I improvised. and by that I mean I asked, “so… do either of you have any more ideas on what else we could do?” Not to pat myself on the back, but it was one of my best provisions to date. Meaning it lead perfectly into Rob saying “I have an idea…” and then it happened. ALL. THE. FEELS. It was perfect. The entire moment. There were cheers from everyone close by and from his family across the street who got there just in time to witness it all. But we didn’t stop there. After letting it settle in and of course taking more photos we headed to Buca di Beppos where our family surprised her and the two families joined in for a celebratory dinner! She said yes, we had great food, and two families joined together for an eventful evening. It doesn’t get much better than that! Welcome to the family Rob. Thanks for making my sister happy and be prepared for an awesome speech by yours truly at the wedding!

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Kellan and Family

Hi! I feel like I should introduce myself again. It’s been that long since I’ve blogged so I thought I’d hit everyone with one of the cutest babes ever! But really, this child. I can’t even begin to explain his sessions. They are a photographers dream in that he shows up smiling and the rest is simple! Also, the bond he has with both of his parents… my goodness the feels. See for yourself!

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He’s pretty great, I’ll keep him.

Happy Father’s day to my dad. The guy who claims I’m a lot like him (even though he will deny he’s ever said that if you ask him). The guy that taught me to take chances, be creative and to never have a bad day. Cheers to him, the guy that tells me story’s of wild road trips and sitting on Aerosmith’s concert stage one night. Or the time him and my mom disappeared to Florida and got married somehow ;). Thanks for the encouragement along the way, the softball lessons, twirling lessons, art lessons and life lessons. Thanks for learning how to text.

All in all you’re pretty great, some might even say awesome. Happy Father’s day!

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