A visit home is always so good for my soul.  My parents recently moved to a house in the country, about 25 minutes outside of Lexington where I grew up.  And though their house is new to our family, it already feels like home.  Waking up to beautiful sunrises over green pastures filled with horses, and tall green trees feels like home.  Kentucky, at her best.

Our days were filled with backyard playing, mule driving, cousin visiting, grill outs, back porch pool time, and many peaceful moments with family watching the sun rise and set over the horizon.

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I’ve been trying to make more of an effort to get out my “big” camera to shoot our life as it happens, and I’m already loving the results.

On another note, tell me those aren’t the most adorable blue eyes on my little nephew?  I’m smitten.

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These two girls have the sweetest bond as cousins.  I love how much they mean to each other already.  Elise asks me daily to see photos or to facetime with her cousin Peyton.alexandria va lifestyle photographerpin this

Mule-driving is another favorite activity on the land.  For you city-folk, this is a “mule”.  It is not a live animal in this case, but in fact a rugged, farm-use vehicle something like a golf cart.

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These visits full of family, food and laughter always feel a little too short, and alas my heart is still so happy to have them.  Until next time, Kentucky!

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Sweet Lilly came in all dressed in her dance attire for our tiny dancer shoot.  There were twirls, and plies, spins and jumps, and so much laughter.  She showed me what she was learning at dance, and in the process showed me another piece of her sweet spirit.  I love the joy I see in her eyes when she dances.

Here are a few of my favorites from our session!

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I don’t know about you, but by this point in the summer I’m living in a cotton tank top to keep cool in the summer heat.  Here’ s a family outfit board I put together that is perfect for a fun, casual summer session.  A few key things to keep in mind when dressing your family for summer photos:
1. Don’t be afraid of colors!  A fun combo of bright colors helps a session feel like true summer.  Just be sure to blend in some neutrals to balance the color and pull the look together (denims, grays, whites, khaki, etc).
2. Go cotton…cotton breathes better than most synthetic fabrics helping you air out in the heat.
3. No fancy shoes necessary…wear something comfortable and cute, and be sure to do the same for your kids (like those adorable jelly sandals for the little miss)!

 

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This handsome little fellow came a few weeks early, just in time to spend the holidays with his adoring family.  He was absolutely perfect to photograph (as you can see).

It is one of my greatest joys to photograph families as they grow and change.  The McKennys are one of the families I get to document each year, so shooting little Mr. Chase, the newest addition to the family, was extra special!

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