I love this family so much that my face hurts from smiling so hard as I worked on their images! Meet Matt and Angie Sloan (and company). They are the most AMAZING photographer duo, and the most INCREDIBLE friends you could ever wish for. It’s impossible to be with Matt and Angie and their sweet kiddos without feeling totally safe, appreciated and loved. We feel so blessed to have them in our lives!

PS In other news, we leave for Oahu on Wednesday!!!!!!! One month in home sweet Hawaii! Mele Kalikimaka to ME!

 

Baby girl,

When did this happen? Like lightening, really. You are ONE. An entire year has passed since that magical night when we first met!

I’ll never forget the joy on your momma and daddy’s faces. They were smitten, head-over-heels in love.

We all love you so much Haddie, and we thank Heavenly Father every day that you are in OUR family. We won the lottery with you, little one. Yes.we.did.

Happiest first birthday!

Love,

Aunt Nat

. . . and Uncle Richie, and  Raleigh, Cardon and Lincoln, and Grandma and Grandpa, and all your other aunts and uncles and cousins. . . we all love you, Hadley, times a hundred-million-zillion.

 

 

 

This full of joy, full of love, full of life family is so special to me. I went to high school with momma, Natalie. Now, she’s the mother of FIVE. It’s totally bewildering to me that someone my age can actually have that many children! . . . Then I remember that I’m actually 31 (snerk), and it’s completely realistic for a 31 year old to have five children. . . and after that, I remember that I myself am actually the mother of four (it’s so easy to forget that my family is a lot bigger than it looks/feels, and while we’re on the subject, why does four seem like so many more humans than three?!) Anyway, I hope you enjoy looking at these blissful images as much as I enjoyed shooting them. xoxoxo, N

For those who are interested, this entire session was shot in under 20 minutes flat. . .same thing is true of this shoot from yesterday of Cynthia and her beautiful babes (and of the subsequent posts that will be coming your way over the next couple of days). So many people associate getting family pictures taken with hours of stiff, unnatural torture. It’s just not the case. It CAN be FUN! So if your husband is constantly resisting family pics (cough cough), simply direct him here. And then remind him that if you can push a watermelon out of your you-know -what, he handle 20 minutes of camera time (forcryingoutloud).  Namaste. ;)

This is my childhood friend, Cynthia. I haven’t seen her since my wedding, or in other words, it’s been nearly 11 years! It was so wonderful to see her radiant self and to meet her beautiful little people, Evan and Jones. Gosh, growing up is so strange and beautiful at the same time. . . I found myself wishing we were 8 years old and trying to stuff Big Gavin down the laundry shoot, but in the same breath, I was basking in the beauty of being all grown up, with happy lives, beautiful children, and . . . well, figurative laundry shoots of our very own. :) Love you, Cyn! Enjoy, ya’ll!

I’m so in love with the color image in the dyad below. It just feeeeeeeels like childhood. Sigh.

Note to Cynthia: bottom right, look closely. What a punk. ;) Bwahahahaha.

If I ever have a daughter, someone promise to recreate this EXACT image for us, deal? You can almost reach out and touch the love.

Fine, you can recreate this next one too. . .

These two little stinkers make me think of Gavin and I, so much (except my face didn’t belong on a Gap Kid’s campaign like Evan’s does).

 

 

I’m so excited to introduce y’all to my dear friends, the Baldwin family. They moved to Arizona just a few months after we did, and our families became fast friends. The first time I met Jacqueline (in passing, at the elementary school), I just KNEW we’d be friends forever. We are so grateful to have this wonderful family in our lives!

Enjoy!