"A good friend knows all your best stories, but a best friend has lived them with you."
It is true. Kristin has been there for all of it! I struggled with what to write here because there is really so much. I could have gone in so many directions or I could have written for days.
I decided to keep it light..
We met in MWA, or the gifted program, in middle school. Camping in the Everglades, science fair projects, and sleepovers brought us together but we really became close when we were roommates at University of Florida. It all started in a dorm called Hall '95. It's probably not even there any more which is crazy to think! There are too many great memories to share from working at Ballyhoo to hanging out at Campus Club and The Swamp. Somehow we made it back from studying abroad in Europe alive and finished up our Senior year in Gainesville. There have been new jobs, moving around the country, weddings and babies and we still speak constantly, often when I have 3 kids arguing in the background and she is late to her daughter's dance practice. I really don't know what I'd do without her in my life!
When I drove my kids down from Orlando to Bonita Springs, FL for a few days over Spring Break, I took these photos of my beautiful best friend with her gorgeous daughters. I love these three girls so much!! We were up at the crack, but it was so worth it! Here are a few of my many favs!!
I find myself over-documenting this season as she's the only one left with me at home and I know it will go by ever too quickly. I suppose it really is the simplest of activities that delight these little souls. We can do the most ordinary, daily tasks together and the day is still full of excitement and wonder because all she wants is for me to be present. Those needs are simple. She wants my time, undivided attention and maybe a few snuggles. Keeping that in mind, I'm learning to make the boring tasks more memorable. It's nice to drink in these toddler nuances for a few moments and remember all that is truly good in this life we live.
Let the holiday cheer continue into mid January!! I know it's late, but I really wanted to share some of the photos from our holiday mini sessions in Buffalo, NY. There were just too many good ones to share individually, so I decided to make a blog post of a few of my favorites!
I hadn't anticipated that I would be able to do these sessions in WNY since we had moved to Orlando, but so many people reached out and I thought...maybe we CAN do this. Mary was open to the idea and Rebecca at quaint rentals was also on board. The last piece of the puzzle was a location, and that was really not decided until the 25th hour. I'm so lucky everyone was so relaxed about the details and trusted that we would find the right space. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law graciously let us use their beautiful back porch. It is covered and has a working fireplace, perfect for the less than ideal weather in November. There was a windy and slushy snow storm the day before, so we were lucky the area was a bit sheltered. Rebecca turned the space into a very inviting, winter wonderland! I'm so happy that it all worked out!
Mary and I loved seeing all of these families. It's amazing how quickly the kids grow and change over the course of a few months. We got to meet new babies, saw babies we photographed last year that are now walking, and conversed with kids we've known for years that seem so grown up and mature now. Sure, we worked through some tears and wiped a few cold weather boogies, but TimBits, cookies and hot chocolate seem to always work their magic! I also happen to think that those candids make for the best Christmas cards!!
Thank you so much, to everyone who reached out to me about doing holiday mini sessions again, you ultimately made this happen!! And, thank you to Mary, Rebecca, and the very generous Boryszak family, especially Rita who was sweeping, cleaning and continuously adding wood to the fire while we did our thing on her patio! Thank you!!
One of my favorite things about living back in Orlando, so far, has been reconnecting with friends I haven't seen in many years!! These are my friend Tiffany's kiddos and I cannot believe how much they have grown! And that little Stella, she just loved posing for the camera, it was hysterical!! I adore how Kendall and Carter really look after their little sister, they are such nurturing older siblings. Tiffany, your kids are amazing, with great personalities. I love watching them interact. They are all so cute together!
These sweet little girls are the perfect blend of silly and sass. Girls just want to have fun, right? Lyndsey, you have the cutest family!! Scroll down for a few of my favorites from this family session photographed right here in College Park!
Joey is currently interested in all things art. He loves to draw, color, paint, cut, glue and make things out of boxes. I love his create spirit. He actually just asked for a cardboard box for Christmas so he could make a robot out of it. Tess in interested in all things messy and anything that Joey is doing. She does not leave the poor guy alone! I recently got a 35mm film camera and was trying it out while they were drawing with chalk on the driveway. These two were intently focused on their creations.
They are making a family portrait. Joey told me that the figure in the middle (the one that looks like Spongebob) represents me.
Double fisting, because when isn't two better than one?
Caught! We do not write on the wall!!
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I really don't think we will ever regret the times we jumped in the photos with our children. I believe they will likely enjoy looking back on those images the most.
A look at our setup by quaint rentals for our 2019 Holiday Mini Sessions! It's so pretty!! I still can't believe we did this again! When we moved to Orlando, FL, I really didn't think this Buffalo tradition would continue, but I'm so happy it worked out! Thank you so much to my brother and sister-in-law for allowing us to use their beautiful back porch, it was perfect! Thank you, Mary, for your endless help and for singing, dancing, and having every kid's song known to man at the ready on your phone! And a huge thank you to all of our wonderful clients who waited for this day and showed up when the weather was less than ideal. I am so grateful for each and every one of you!
"Momma gets one day out of the year where everyone listens and smiles." This may be my favorite line, ever, and I think we all have been there. These guys did her proud!
They were all up at sunrise, but these boys were happy and hugging each other all on their own. I don't think you can ask for more from brothers! We thought we had worn them out with the Tour de Park Avenue and finding random critters as only boys can do. Believe it or not, these guys began selecting their own photo locations after we told them they were all done taking pictures!
Oh, happy day!! Thank you for exploring Winter Park with me in the wee hours of the morning!
This family is just so sweet. I'm so glad it worked out that I was able to photograph them will I was back in Buffalo. They were all troopers when the weather suddenly turned on us and we had only a tiny patch of trees with changing leaves to use as our autumn backdrop. The wind decided to come out of every direction, so we sought shelter in between some willow trees. I just love seeing the changing of all seasons here. Still green weeping willows, warm days turning cool. Gray skies and spurts of vibrant colored leaves. Baby Jack, just beginning to walk and his sister stating he resembles Frankenstein. The changing of seasons in nature and in life. Please take the time to scroll down. Baby Jack's legs will not let you down! Dinner rolls for days and I could not be more obsessed!