I first met the Schantz family through my fiance, Caleb. His best friend Kent has a brother named Randy (who is married to Anna). Anna and I had gotten to know one another through facebook/IG and then later on some of Calebs campfires. We bonded over our mutual appreciation for photography; well, and their super adorable daughter Mela. Anna contacted me to do a family/maternity session for them AND their best friends .. the Lapps (Tim, Morgan and Noah)! I was a little anxious about how this was going to since I’d never done two separate families at once before but holy cheese balls was it amazing. Both families were so laid back and fun! And on top of that the weather was beyond picture perfect. The trees mixed with the warm sun glowing through..mm. My happy place. Mela and Noah are basically destined to get married.. and I’m pretty sure they’re already boyfriend + girlfriend in the cutest, most innocent way possible.
I think my favorite part of the session was when Noah leaned in to give Mela a kiss and she leaned back like “WHATCHU DOIN BOY..my dads watchin”. But then a second later changed her mind and let him kiss her (maybe dad was looking away then)- HA! These people were such a joy to be around! It makes my job so awesome when the families are so fun-loving and keep me on my toes with their jokes and down-to-earth attitudes. I honestly didn’t want the night to end .. and that’s always a good thing! Enjoy!
The King family are re-occurring favorites of mine! I’ve done multiple sessions for them and it seems every time a new little smiling face is added to the package! Jed and Michelle have three adorable children- Brooklynn, Lucy and Ben! Growing up I’d always admired Michelle and my sister would tell me “your gonna be a cute little mom like her with adorable kids like that some day”.. ha! I don’t think you knew that until now Michelle but, y’all are the prime example of a fun, beautiful, loving family.
We let the girls run wild around Lancaster County Park – they had such creative imaginations and suggestions for “model poses”. One session a few years ago I couldn’t get them to even stay near the camera, this session I couldn’t get them to STOP wanting to smile for the camera. LOVED IT. Also, these girls adore their little brother. He is going to be one loved boy. Future girls- watch out. You’re going to have two bold, funny, loving sisters to get through first. ha ha!
What do you think of these funny, quirky little girls!?
Today y’all get to meet a little piece of my heart – my family! Casey and Keith are my couins; I only have three cousins total so growing up we were all pretty close. I’ve been so blessed to have two older cousins who acted as my older brothers and played barbies with me when I begged them, watched out for me with guys/my heart, and taught me things about life and growing up. When they “grew up” and started their own families it was such an awesome thing to be a part of and witness. Casey married Emily and now have two beautiful little girls Lily and Addie (both of which are going to be my flower girls this September!!). Keith married Steph and had their first little stud-muffin Drew (who is one of my little ring-bearers!!!). I am so thankful for these girls and their children and the lives they have built with my cousins. Family is suuuuch an important thing to me and I am so thankful for the happy, close relationships we’ve all built. When they asked me to do a “joint family session” as a surprise for Christmas gifts for all their parents I was super excited!
Addie and Lily completely adore Drew. Every time you turn around they’re most likely kissing his cheeks and petting his head saying “little dew”. So. Cute. It was a lot of fun running around with them in the November sun capturing their little giggles and enthusiastic imaginations. Drew is gonna be such a little ladies man- watch out moms!