Sowards Homecoming

I am a little behind after our family getting slammed with two viruses in a row! The downside to being a big family is how quickly illness spreads. When one gets its, we all go down! But here is a darling homecoming from last month.
This session was very last minute, as in I was contacted that morning! I am so glad I was free that night and able to be there. This homecoming was special. Not only was the dad being surprised with his daughters flying in, but his 3 month old granddaughter was also there waiting to meet him for the first time. Which is just such a heart melting combination that I have ever gotten to shoot at a homecoming.
It was a warm WA evening full of anxiety as the time changed right as I left for the gym. Only for them to show up later than the first time in true military style, they like to keep the families on their toes till the last second! I watched as this family planned out how they were going to surprise their dad. I watched as they anxiously tried to wait through all the setbacks, as the crowd grew, time passed wondering when they were going to get their reunion. You can view their homecoming journey for yourself in their video below.
As a military spouse myself,  my heart truly goes out to my homecoming clients. You can not imagine exactly what they are going through unless you have been through it yourself.  I love these videos as a way to further give them just a little more to remember those moments of joy that can be some of the happiest moments in the life of a military family.

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An Evening with Autumn

 Sometimes paths align and everything works out perfectly. This was one of those times. After a last minute switch, I  get to shoot Autumn and her momma last Friday . It was a superb Washington evening. Warm, angelic sunlight with clouds spotting the skyline. Pair that with a delightful rambunctious almost 3 year old and it was a photographers dream.

Autumn was so outgoing. We let her call the shoots, taking point for her session, allowing the magic to happen. She turned a stick into a magic wand and a tree into a pinata. I am even fortunate to get my own piece of Autumn artwork. She drew my self portrait into a rock pile.

These sessions are my favorite for the love. When you get to chase after a young child and their family, you get to witness their spirit. You see how their relationship unfolds. The adoration it holds. A mother with her daughter playing together. Making memories. Strengthening their bond.

That is my goal as a photographer. My passion is to capture those in front of my camera as they are in that moment. Limited guided posing paired with natural interactions. This is how the magic happens.

For the you get those real smiles from little ones, not the posed fake smiles you can see through a mile away. You give that client images that can bring them back to the fun time they had. Running around this field together at sunset. Instead of remember that stressful hour where they posed unnaturally.

Because that sweet smile right there should be remembered for how it was. A silly piggy back ride with mommy, wearing a party hat for a birthday a few weeks away. Soaking up those moments of our babes being little while it lasts. The cuddles and idolization from our babies is gone all too soon.

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Sierakowski Homecoming

I started out Saturday morning celebrating this family being reunited after a long deployment. I cant think of a better way to come back from maternity leave than with a homecoming. Not only do I love them, but they are so special for the families that get them.
This little boy was so excited to get his daddy back, just remembering his excitement warms my heart. Right after they arrived at the gym, he saw a picture of his daddy on a slideshow playing and his whole face lit up. He passed the time waiting cheesing away at photos of his daddy on his moms phone. But by far the best was his reaction to seeing him for the first time after months apart. All smiles. It isnt uncommon for kids to be shy when their dad finally comes home, but not this boy. I couldn’t be happier for them.

I also did something special for this family. I took video that I’ll include at the bottom of this post! All future homecomings will now include a similar video, I loved it that much.
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Johnson Maternity

I’m a little behind on blogging this session after taking off the past 4 days for the holiday with my family (check back on Wednesday for the blog post of our adventure photos!) and also because this session was so stunning I just could not pick a small number to post! I delivered 88 images from this session to this couple. That is almost double my average from a maternity session! I just found myself choosing image after image while culling. I got a little carried away over how adorable these two were together when shooting. It is a good problem to have. 😉

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Yang Maternity

Session number two from this past weekend is done! A gorgeous maternity session to a mommy to be due any day now! Look at how adorable and little that bump is! I know understand why everyone felt the need to remind me how little I was with both my pregnancy’s! I couldn’t even help it and I know how it feels. Haha. Their baby boy is gonna be such a heartbreaking from the look of his beautiful parents!

Enjoy these highlights from their session! I wish I could share them all but my sessions usually come with over 40 images! Sorry, I was really feeling the black and whites from this image. They are just so dreamy. ❤

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Hess Family

I can honestly say I will be sad to not be able to photograph this family again. 😦
I first meet the Hess family before little Dani was born, I did their maternity, birth and now these family sessions. Dani is so stinking cute. We turned 6 months old recently and I saw the status her mom posted on Facebook and literally said no way out loud. I can not believe that it has been that long. When you welcome babies into the world, I swear they grow up faster than even your own kids. You blink and then they are already crawling or getting ready to celebrate their 1st birthday way too soon. I feel like mothers and birth photographers should unite to help slow down time! 😉
Samantha is also an new and upcoming photographer in the Drum area! So I have been helping her out get started and grow over the past few weeks. I can’t wait to continue to watch her talent grow and little Dani, even if it does have to be from a far!

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Hall Couple

I love couples sessions. They are always my favorite shots of shoots so when that’s all you are doing it is pretty fun for me. It is even more fun when you know the clients well. 😉
This was my 3rd session for these 2.  We have a good time. Haha.  So when she sent me a message about how she wished that I could fit her in one last time before we left, you can bet that I worked a slot into my schedule to make it happen!

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Goodbye NY

A Blog post dedicated to just the personal memory lane of our family and the time we spent here at Fort Drum. Sadly this is missing our first year hear due to only having prints of those pictures. But hey you get the idea. 😉
This are images from the past two years. I did not take all of these images from where taken by other photographers currently at Fort Drum or were here at the time. (Jessica Souza Photography, Kristin Charles Smith Photography, Brittany Besaw Photography, and Karen’s Captured Moments). Also I did try to keep pet photos out for the most part. This is mostly just the humans of the family. 🙂

Making this is very weird for me, I am so excited to leave this area. I am overjoyed to be moving to Washington, bigger and better things await us there and everyone knows it. But over the past 3 years some much has changed. We added members of our family and we have grown and matured so much. When we moved here I was 18. 18 guys. We were so stupid. Lol. We have grown up so much over the years (I mean heck last night I renewed the registration of my car a month early and increased my insurance coverage!). When I look back at where I was when we first moved here it is crazy.  Whew, glad I changed that around.

There have been some serious bumps in the road here, but all in all I feel like this place has done us a great service. Within all the suck we have dealt with and the hardship, we have become such more more and because of it our life ahead will be much smoother. We spent the past 3 years making mistakes really, whether in personal life or even in business. But other past 9 months the after effect of that has hit me hard. We are actual adults now to be taken seriously, respected, and held accountable! It might not sound like such a big deal but remember, we were 18 and 20 we got here. Christian hadn’t even had his own apartment thanks to being away at basic, and we were always right by family to be able to bail us out when we wanted to act without thinking. Now, we get to do the bailing out!

Maybe I am just being silly about this. Lol. But Fort Drum will always has a spot in my heart for helping us grow, in maturity and in size. Lucy, and Addie are both in our family because of Fort Drum. It is were my baby was born. It is were I met some of the best friends I have ever known who will be my friends for life. I may not miss the cold or the boredom, but I will miss (some) of people and memories we have here.

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Ps there would me more pictures from the before I had a full frame camera, but it is being a butt to load and nobody got time for that. Haha.

Lizarraga Family

There is no bigger complement than being asked by another photographer to do their pictures! You will hear this a lot from photographers but it really is true, there is no better validation in this business.
Mayra’s kids where seriously the easiest I have EVER done. Those kids know how it goes. 😉
I only had to stop and try to get little Chris’s attentions once, once guys. And even then all I had to do was get his attention before he flashed a winning smiling.

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Fultz Maternity

Maternity sessions rank up to be one of my favorites. There is just something to perfect about a ready to pop bump. ❤
Posting this is bittersweet for me. I love this season, and this little boy was so cute for his season. He was one of my easiest littles to work with. But this family was my very last official session at Fort Drum for this babies newborns, that will be blogged in a few days. Fort Drum sucks. Lol. But this was the place that I stared this business and spent 3 years growing as a photographer. I’ll save that speech for another time though.
This is about Katie and her growing family! 😉
This session was a little different than most maternity sessions because it doubled as some of my favorite family shots!

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