Falling into Family Fun

IMG_3705Meet the Steven’s Family.

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You may recognize the youngest of this terrific trio, Little Stevens, from my previous post Finding Friends in Maine, but you haven’t yet met Papa Stevens and Mama Stevens.

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IMG_3980I met Mama Stevens earlier this year when she hosted a coffee date for a bunch of ladies from a group we both belong too.  Within the span of a few hours, we discovered that we were peas in a pod.  A very sarcastic, snarky pod.  We’ve been friends ever since and my life is the better for it.

IMG_4060IMG_4046IMG_4070IMG_4048This session just took place this past Saturday, April 13 and oh look, snow.  What was meant to be a rainy day photoshoot involving puddles and umbrellas (curse the weather reports) quickly turned into a snow day full of laughter, snowballs, and oh yeah- icy plunges.  There was a lot of falling.

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A lot.

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Thankfully Papa Stevens was along for the fun (I mean, what’s a family photoshoot without the whole family?) He spent the majority of his time towing the rest of us out of that sneaky white stuff that makes paths look solid….

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IMG_2100  Yours truly succumbed to winter’s delight more than a time or two, and Papa Stevens was there to save the day…..except when he was too busy laughing as I literally plunged into the snow after stepping back to capture a picture of the smiling couple.IMG_2098

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As I sank into the ground, the smiles turned into laughs.  Then the laughs became contagious when Karma came knocking on Papa Stevens door.  You see, the moment he started to laugh at me sitting there in the snow, he stepped back and got sucked into the snowy vortex too.  And yours truly managed to capture the entire hilarious episode.

This was by far one of the best moments of my life.  A tiny, brief moment if you will, because man that snow was cold.  But oh, a hilarious one.  And I got it on “film”. I know they say vengeance is a dish best served cold, but when you’re waist deep in it….I’d say warmer would be better. We shook it off and kept snapping away until it was time to say good-bye.

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Let’s just say I’m glad I have heated leather seats.

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All Is Merry And Bright

As a beginner photographer I can honestly say one of my biggest nemesis’ is lighting. They say practice makes perfect and I don’t mind practicing one bit.

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Especially when each family has been crazy fun and super cute.

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To battle my nemesis, Bad Lighting, I showed up late morning when the sun shone bright through a magnificent wall of windows.

We started our Candid Christmas photo session with that quintessential tradition that’s been bringing families together for longer than I know.

The Christmas Tree

IMG_1378.jpegAnd what a gorgeous tree they had, indeed. Standing a glorious thirteen feet, she was a beauty to behold and the perfect backdrop for their family photoshoot.

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Okay, and sometimes the perfect umbrella…you know, for that adorable baby!!!!

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Obviously the bulk of our morning was spent pouring over family ornaments and finding space for them on the tree.

And posing for the camera of course.

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Tree decorating, especially a thirteen foot behemoth, is no easy feat.  So we rested our feet and settled down to regroup with a storybook that’s close to this sweet family’s heart.

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The tree and story were done but we weren’t.

IMG_1957 I had with me a bag of fun and oh the fun we had.

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And Snowballs

And Candy.

Oh My!

The candy was camera shy, but the kids weren’t.IMG_2151 2

 

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Thank you for sharing in this little photographic journey and may I wish you a very merry (and bright) Christmas.

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A Day With Friends

New memories are being made here in Houlton, Maine; many of those featuring new friends that God has brought into our lives. And He’s brought some great ones.

Like this rockstar right here.Meet Jess C. ~ Mama of five, drinker of coffee, and owner of one of the most gorgeous smiles I’ve ever seen.

It was friendship at first sight when she walked into my home for a homeschoolers game day just a little over a month ago.

We bonded over coffee and chaos and it’s been weekly coffee breaks since.  It was during one of these mornings of conversation and coffee that we got to talking about family photo sessions.  By the time our cups were empty and our energy levels full, we had a date set and we were ready to go.

IMG_4169We met up in the quaint downtown of our very own “Mayberry” and spent two hours making memories.  We weren’t sure if the weather was on our side when the day first began, but we pushed through and decided that the slightly overcast day was perfect for our shenanigans.

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We started the morning off by walking up to the public library.  The weathered gray brick with the green door, not to mention all of the green grass to roll around on, was an ideal place to let the kids run free and get into the spirit of things.

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IMG_4279After a brief bout of horseplay, I acted as referee and called a timeout.

Before meeting up with Jess and her crew, I stopped by the store to buy a small pack of bubbles to surprise the kids with.

The smiles made it all worthwhile.

There’s just something so ethereal and whimsical about bubbles floating in the air. IMG_4528

Once we ran out of bubbles (and steam) we made our way once more down Main Street and headed for Gateway Crossing. Where I had a few more tricks up my sleeve.

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My trusty old frame came in handy that day.  As well as a piece of wall art I had yet to find a spot for in our new home. IMG_4722.jpg

Of course, we had fun just getting over the bridge.

Just looking at these last ones has me ready to pack up my gear and head back over for a photo session with my own girls, so don’t be surprised to find some posted later one.  Until then, here’s a few from the end of our session in a dreamy spot next to the river.

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Remember when I said I had more tricks up my sleeve?  It was actually two cans of silly string.  Can you guess who I gave those to at the end of the session?

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