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Legos + Bikes + Basketball: Saturday As We Know It

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Legos + Bikes + Basketball: Saturday As We Know It

Such a sweet family.  I loved getting to start this session by them waking up their sleepy boy.  So fun to capture all of those morning snuggles (I think he was kind of bombarded with the paparazzi in his room! aka, me.)  It's interesting how family routines change as kids get older, or in this case, more littles get added to the mix.  This session was over a year ago and now there is a beautiful little girl who is part of this family.

I'm sure their mornings look different now with high chairs and cheerios, but they will always remember their special times as a family of 3.

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Trick or Treating: A Family FIlm

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Trick or Treating: A Family FIlm

My first real film.  

Can I tell you that seeing your people in motion is priceless?  I didn't know that this would be the last footage of my dad before I lost him to a heart attack a few months later.  I will treasure this forever.  Sometimes it's just good to see your loved ones in more than a still image.  The way their face moves as they laugh, or the way they twirl nunchucks.  I'll say it again...priceless.

So here it is.

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An Evening with the Schepemakers: Life As We Know It

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An Evening with the Schepemakers: Life As We Know It

What do your evenings look like?  Just a typical night.

For this family, there wasn't anything out of the ordinary or extravagant planned.  But these are the simple things that they will cherish.

Like the kids helping make dinner.  Or the trampoline tricks and sibling races in the backyard.  Or watching The Amazing Race together as a family and cheering on their favorites.  Or bedtime routines of reading the Word and quiet snuggles.

This is the good stuff.

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Baby Lennon: In Home Session

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Baby Lennon: In Home Session

This was my FIRST in home session EVAH.  And I didn't really know what I was doing (sorry guys) but nonetheless, this baby girl made it all turn out beautifully.   I hope you guys look back on these and smile at those tiny fingers and tiny toes and all those smiles.

She's adorable even when she cries!

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An Evening at Home

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An Evening at Home

I love those evenings where the weather is crisp and just calls for a campfire!  Doesn't happen too often in Texas summers with all of the humidity, but when s'mores are involved, you just make it work.  This was such a fun session capturing these friends having an evening at home.  I hope these images will be something they treasure and can look back on when these two beauties are in high school, remembering the moments that were unique to this specific time in their lives.

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Childhood is Magic: Documentary in the Fall

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Childhood is Magic: Documentary in the Fall

I have this problem.  I see certain situations and the details and light will be so inspiring that I MUST take photos.  We were spending a nice fall evening at my sister in law's house, with all the cousins playing in the backyard.

The sun was setting with warm colors.  

The leaves were bouncing with their little feet on the trampoline.

The laughter was filling the air and the joy was contagious.

"Carter?" I said. "Can I run and get my camera???"

He just pointed to the door.  I literally RAN home, got my camera, and RAN back before that magic sun went down too much.  And I started clicking away.

You see, this is why I love documentary photography.  There is the unexpected and you are watching things happen and thinking about how you can capture it in a far from ordinary way.  Because you want the happiness and laughter and magic of the evening to somehow translate through a few still images.  You look for the different angle or the hidden moments.  And then you get home, load all of those images onto your computer and relive it all over again.  Adjusting the colors or lighting to make it just how you remember in your memory.

So here is our magical night.  

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A Morning with Daddy: Documentary Video

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A Morning with Daddy: Documentary Video

Documenting life through still images is something that makes my creative heart sing.  It also makes this mamma heart feel extremely grateful.  My boys love to pile up in my lap and relive memories from our time in Colorado.

Would they remember these little things without the help of an image to trigger their memory?  Would I?  

And then you add video into the mix!  Now I can remember the sounds of their tiny voices as they played, the funny things daddy said ("Whiny boys don't get cheesy eggs"), the amount of rough and tumble that went on in our household on a regular basis (the pinching and tickling and twisting of faces).  

This is a small window into a crazy, chaotic morning in our Colorado home.  Now that we are in Texas, I stumbled upon these video clips and thought, I HAVE to do something with this.  I want to remember this always.

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Big City Adventures in Denver

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Big City Adventures in Denver

We love Denver.

The weather.  The mountains.  The hiking.  The endless adventure opportunities.

We also love the city.  And we love to go on "big city adventures" as a family, which basically means walking around downtown looking at stuff and getting a treat.

The kids always get super pumped about a big city adventure.  So much so, the excitement wears them out about 5 minutes into our drive.  It's inevitable.

But they love everything about the city:  the tall buildings, the lights, the horses pulling carriages, skateboarders, the bridges to cross and escalators to ride (over...and over...and over...).  Take a peak at our latest adventure.

 

I also took some video footage and made this film/photo montage which I love!  The boys love watching it too and reliving the memories.

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Icy Waters: An Evening at Cherry Creek State Park

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Icy Waters: An Evening at Cherry Creek State Park

I can't believe I have lived in Colorado for the last 2 years, barely five minutes away from Cherry Creek State Park, and have never been there until tonight.  Not once.

sunset by the lake

I finally charged my camera battery today and have been itching to take some photos, so when the hubs suggested we grill out by the water for dinner (it was an exceptionally warm February day), I was pumped!  We loaded up a cooler and drove on out, packed with essentials for hamburgers and s'mores.

cooking out

Aside from the quickly dropping temps and numb fingers, it was everything I hoped it would be.  The huge chunks of ice on the water were something straight out of Titanic, and the reflection of the setting sun behind the mountains...DREAMY!  The boys loved exploring, and great news:  I discovered that you can replace graham crackers with the new thin Oreos to make s'mores.

I mean, I kind of made it up.  And it was amazing.

I can't wait to do a family session at this location!  The rich colors, light hitting the water...it would make for some stunning images.  I'm definitely adding this to my location list!

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