Baby Smiles and Minions :: Fishers Indiana Family Photography

Few things tug at my heart so deeply as watching interactions between children and their parents. Most of the time I am photographing high school seniors as they are about to embark on that great journey to college and beyond. It always makes me a little sad that my own children are grown and nearly done with college and my house is becoming more quiet, less cluttered and cleaner. Ten years ago I probably tripped over a pair of cleats in the mudroom and wished for days without the clutter. I didn’t know then that it would eventually come to an end. I didn’t know that I would yearn for the evenings sitting around our kitchen table having dinner and my husband asking the kids about their day, or about who they sat with at lunch, or when they needed to hand in the field trip money.

One of the things I wish I had, and am now introducing for my clients, is a photographic session of our family spending time together at home…just being us. The journey of a Saturday morning from wakeup to meltdown. A peek into family life that isn’t rarely seen in photographs. Nothing staged, completely organic, and beautiful in its simplicity.

This session  I’m sharing today was completed a few weeks ago with my friend Tricia’s family. I made a specific request on FB for a family with younger kids, who wouldn’t mind me coming REALLY early to their home, and photographing everything that occurs during the morning…warts and all:-) Tricia, who is also a wonderful photographer,  answered the call along with 7-8 other families. I loved the idea of Tricia’s family because of her willingness to let me “do my thing”. Besides that, she and her husband and two kiddos had just moved into a home with AWESOME light! It is a photographer’s dream:-) I loved everything about this session and can’t wait for the one I’m shooting tomorrow morning! If you’re interested in a session, shoot me an email or give me a call.

Meet the Owens Family…..I tried sneaking in before the kids woke up…someone caught me:-)

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Big brother started by bouncing out of his bed, and heading to find a book.

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As a mom of boys, I completely get the agonizing choice of underwear selection…it is very difficult:-) Minions from Despicable Me are the choice of the day.
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As we moved downstairs things became a bit louder and we moved from one activity to another with rapid speed. I just love the energy:-) 

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And little man just took it all in as everything whizzed by. This guy was content to watch as things moved at warp speed with his big brother. 
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And then it was time to getting some breakfast fired up. This Saturday was pancakes with blueberries. YUM!
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The Owens’ get a delivery from Green Bean Groceries every two weeks. Tricia informed me if she forgets to personalize their order, they sometimes get interesting fruits and vegetables they hadn’t tried before. Big brother was trying out what seemed to be a cross between a peach and tangerine…if there is something like that. His reactions were priceless. 

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Remember taking a spoonful of baby cereal and half of it coming back out?? And scooping it off the sides of their face and shoving it back in??
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I was loving the hair swirl on the back of baby brother’s head…it makes my heart go pitter patter. 
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After breakfast we ventured outside to check on the tomatoes being grown and when big brother calls the dog back into the yard, he means business:-) Bubbles are always a great idea on a Saturday morning…
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And then it inevitably happens as the morning wears on….we get tired. Those little lips are just perfection. 
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And since three year olds have Eveready batteries, a game of hide-and-go-seek is loads of fun with dad. 
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To close out the session we wanted to have the whole family together, snuggling close. These images are some of my favorite from the day…although if asked I would be hard pressed to pick one. Thank you Tricia and Ken for allowing me to document your Saturday morning. It is so evident the love you have for one another, and your children. I hope years from now these images bring you great joy and remind you of this precious time.
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June 24, 2014 - 3:03 am

Tricia Owens - Wanted to say again how much we love these. 🙂

June 24, 2014 - 3:03 am

Tricia Strayer Owens - Wanted to say again how much we love these. 🙂

June 20, 2014 - 9:54 pm

Pam Murphy Wehrer - That last picture….gorgeous. I can smell that baby! Yum…

June 20, 2014 - 9:46 pm

Anika Zeimke - great pictures, Joanne!!! I love it!!

June 20, 2014 - 11:55 pm

Giovanna Matarazzo Mandel - Dontcha just want to eat them up, Pam Murphy-Wehrer?

June 20, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Giovanna Matarazzo Mandel - Thank you Anika!!!

June 20, 2014 - 9:54 pm

Pam Murphy-Wehrer - That last picture….gorgeous. I can smell that baby! Yum…

June 20, 2014 - 9:46 pm

Anika Zeimke - great pictures, Joanne!!! I love it!!