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A few weeks back, I got a text from a dear friend of mine asking if I could make some time to photograph his sweet little family! 

I have known Kent for about 3 years now. He is a mutual friend and also works for Hickory Hills Golf Course down in Grove City, Ohio! Kent plays pool with a mutual friend and also has two beautiful little girls with his awesome wife, Bina! (Bina's father also works at Hickory! Small world!) When Kent reached out and mentioned that he'd like to do family photos at Hickory, I was more than eager to capture their cute little family. I have photographed them before and the session was a blast at Schiller Park in German Village! Since their last session, they had another baby girl and wanted updated family photos, so we decided to meet at Darby Creek Metro Park in Grove City!

It was a beautiful overcast day (the photographer's dream! There's no harsh lighting conditions!). Kent, Bina, Bri and Everly were all perfectly coordinated, but not matching (ALSO a photographer's dream! If you're curious as to what this "coordination" means, head on over to the blog that goes into more detail. It's also my styling guide!) Photographing little ones is always a good challenge for me. I've done it enough to know that sometimes, things don't work out as planned. Kids can be extremely happy one second and the next, bawling their eyes out for what reason?! No one knows! I really enjoy it because it's different literally every single session!

Since Bri and Everly are Daddy's girls (Bina declared this was a fact, but she didn't necessarily love it! haha), they really enjoyed spending time with Kent. It's really sweet to watch Kent and Bina with their littles ones and how well they work together as parents. It always blows my mind how couples pair up and become teammates in this life-long journey!

 

Chasin' dreams...

Hey friends! Hope you're having a great week. Happy Hump Day!

This past weekend I got lost in friends and family. On Saturday, I gathered up my dad, my best friends (Samantha and Rory...they're pictured below!) and my comfy clothes to jump out of a perfectly good airplane in Xenia, OH. It's been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and I was so excited to finally be doing it.  The weather was smoldering hot and muggy until about 4:30pm. All 4 of us were sweating profusely, drops of perspiration descending from our foreheads and eyelashes. We noticed black clouds coming our way so we eagerly checked our radar apps to make sure that jumping was still looking promising. We sat and waited the storm out. Guess what? It never stopped until we were all on our way home to Columbus.

Skip forward to Sunday.

I worked until about 5pm, ate some dinner, geared up and moved my in-laws into our house! It's been a long and exciting week. I consider this a opportunity to get to know my family on a deeper level and I couldn't be happier to have them here with us.  (Plus, I never had a sister until Jason asked me to marry him...I went from zero to 5...inheriting a sister is pretty cool, actually!) Monday we all got a bit more settled in and then Tuesday was my sister-in-law, Ashley's, 31st birthday! Her and I treated ourselves for most of the afternoon and then the boys spoiled her and I at the Hilton downtown for some EPIC dinner! (Scallops, salmon, short rib, pork belly...drools)

Now that I've had some time to sit down and pay attention to my WORK (insert apology for taking a mini vacation. Sorry, y'all!), I had a hard time trying to figure out what to talk about today...but fear no more! I conquered another dream today and I wanted to share it. I've been dreaming about this since college and 5 of my favorite people made my dream become a reality. I really couldn't even thank them enough for this, from the bottom of my heart. (and also the amazing friends that donated this amazing truck and land for us to use for the shoot!!!)

When you think your dreams are just dreams, keep reaching. With a positive attitude, anything is possible!