Austin | Senior 2018

     I've been looking forward to Austin's Senior Session for months. I had the wonderful privilege of photographing his older sister, Healy, a few years ago for her Senior Session. Healy was a dream to work with and so was Austin. Austin was a little shy at first, but warmed up rather quickly. He was a natural and did such an amazing job that afternoon. In preparing for his session, I knew that there were several things that he wanted to incorporate in his session. I loved this, because to me, a Senior Session is all about personalization. We included just a few of his favorite things during his session. His bike at the skatepark where he works, his adorable dog, and his classic car. With each location change I began to get more and more excited about putting this blog post together. So many awesome images of this very nice young man. 

     Austin, it was truly an honor to work with you and capture some special memories during this exciting time in your life. I wish you the very best in the future and I hope you have an incredible Senior Year. Without further ado, I give you just a few of my favorite images from Austin's Senior Session. Enjoy and Happy Monday! 

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The Bussard Family

     I absolutely love working with Sarah and Steven and have been looking forward to their session from the moment that they booked it. However, this was going to be extra special because this was the first time I was meeting their son, Easton. Easton is nine months old and oh so precious. I've had the wonderful privilege of photographing Sarah and Steven for the last few years. It was fun to be able to photograph them with their son and to see how the dynamic has changed from their fall session last year. They are so sweet with Easton and you can tell how much they love and adore him. It was endearing to see them all together and to photograph them for the first time as a family of three. 

     Sarah, Steven and I laughed and laughed the entire session. I can't reiterate it enough how much fun we have together. We began to laugh even harder because Easton wasn't finding us as entertaining. He was a wee bit more on the serious side, but still absolutely adorable. He definitely has the "serious model" face down! Ha! Sarah joked that she just knew that as soon as they got home Easton would be laughing and showing his personality. Well, it wasn't five minutes after I left them that I received a message from her stating that "he was looking at himself in the mirror and laughing and talking". I read her message and immediately started laughing myself. Oh Easton, he is so funny and doesn't even know it yet.  I think he is saving up all his big smiles and laughs for our next session together. Ha

     I'm so excited because in just a few short months we will be seeing more of Sarah, Steven, and Easton for his One Year Session. I am counting down the days already. Until then, here are just a few of my favorite images from The Bussard Family's Fall Family Session. Enjoy and Happy Tuesday! 

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Heidi | Newborn

     Newborn Sessions are a little different than my other sessions simply for the fact that I have their due date on my calendar, but nothing is set for sure until they make their grand entrance in the world. I get more and more excited as we get closer to Mom's due date; knowing that I'm getting ready to meet this new little person that is so special to so many already. I was working in my office on Miss Heidi's due date and was thinking of Sarah (Heidi's Mom) and I was wondering how she was doing. I hadn't heard anything from Sarah yet, but I knew that today was the day they were supposed to meet their little girl. I received a message from Sarah stating there were no signs of Heidi coming that day. However, they were hoping for sometime very soon. Ha! I told her to keep me posted as the weekend progressed and we would make plans from there. Well, the weekend came and went .... as did Monday, Wednesday, and even Friday. By this time she was a week overdue and I knew that Sarah and Ariston were ready to meet their daughter. Saturday came and everything they had hoped and planned for came true! Heidi was born Saturday morning and they both agreed that she was worth the wait! Holding her for the first time was everything they had dreamed about and more. Finally their precious daughter was here! 

      The plans for her Newborn Session began and I was so excited to meet her. When I arrived at their home I was greeted by two parents that were overjoyed and beaming with pride. Heidi is so blessed to  have such wonderful parents and is so loved already. She did an amazing job that morning. She slept almost the entire time and was absolutely perfect. Sarah and Ariston said that she was a very mellow baby, and they were right. She was very go-with-the-flow and such a content little girl. I enjoyed my time with them so much and I'm so excited that we will be seeing even more of Heidi over the next year. I can't wait to watch this little princess grow. 

     For now here are just a few of my favorite images from Heidi's Newborn Session. I love each and every image so much and I know you will too. Until next time, enjoy and Happy Monday Friends! 

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Kase | One Year

     The last time Kase was here on the Steph Layne Photography blog he was a little over a week old. It didn't seem possible as we were walking into the park that day that we it was time for his One Year Session already. I feel like the last year has gone far too quickly, so I can only imagine how Brandi and Wade must feel as they have watched their little man grow and change over the last year. Even when Kase was just a few months old, he was all smiles. I remember watching Brandi talk to him and his entire face would light up with joy. I think that his smiles have gotten bigger as he has grown up. He is just so precious. He was all smiles and giggles from the moment I said "Hello" to him the evening of his session. It was so easy to mirror his excitement that evening for sure. There are so many sweet images of Kase with his Mama and Daddy. You can tell how much he loves them both. I love the images of them where you can instantly feel the love between them. It's those little moments, the smiles, giggles, hugs, and laughter that really tug at your heartstrings. Not only viewing the images now, but also during their session when I was photographing them too. 

     I feel so honored to be a part of the special moments in my clients lives. My connection with Brandi and Wade goes back several years when I photographed their engagement session and wedding day in Destin, Florida. This session in itself was special because their son was turning a year old. What could make it better? The moment Brandi turns to me (with a big smile) and says, "I want to get a few shots of him wearing this shirt"! What ?! Could it be? Oh yes, Brandi and Wade are expecting baby number two at the end of this year! How exciting that Kase will be a big brother very soon! Being apart of something so special, like the announcement of their pregnancy, is so exciting and actually hard to put into words. It's a very cool feeling indeed. The images of The Knapp Family making their special announcement are definitely some of my favorite images. This is a session that we will never forget! 

     I'm so excited to meet the new Baby Knapp that will be arriving in just a few months. Until then, here are a few of my favorite images from Kase's One Year Session. Enjoy and Happy Wednesday!  

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Summer Mini Sessions

     Summer Mini Sessions are something that I look forward to year after year. I know that I've said it before, but I'll say it again, summer sessions are my absolute favorite. The grass and trees are so lively and bright green, the days are longer, and I swear "golden hour" during the summer months is just a little sweeter. This years Mini Sessions were so much fun! We ended each session in a fun and unique way. There is no need to be serious during a photo session with me. I'm all about fun and seeing those big smiles on my client's faces. Those images are perfect and I love each and every one of them. 

     I was able to work with Austin and Hailey, the cutest little brother-sister duo. I've had the privilege of photographing Hailey since she was a newborn. I have loved watching these little ones grow over the years. They are absolutely adorable and I always have the biggest smile on my face every session I do with them. I love how much energy they have and they are so fun to work with. This years session was just the two of them, so I'm already looking forward to next year's Mini Sessions because I know that their awesome Mom and Dad will be joining us again. I can't wait!  

     The Langendorfer Family is a family that I hold very near and dear to my heart. My husband and I have been friends with them for years. We've had the privilege of watching Mason and Gavin grow up (far too quickly I might add). They are such an incredible family. I love their images so much. Their smiles, the little looks they give each other, their laughs .... each and every image shows so much of their beautiful personalities. I love that! 

     Levi and Brody did an amazing job that evening.  Levi was a little nervous leading up to the session because this was the first time he's had a professional photo session done since he was little and since his son, Brody was born. I can't fully express what a wonderful dad Levi is. He got out of the car that evening with several different outfits and said, "Does any of this look okay for our session"? I started laughing. It all looked awesome together! He did a wonderful job coordinating outfits and making sure every detail was set to go for their session. You can tell how much he adores his little boy and vice versa. So many sweet images of these two. There is so much love between this father and son and you can feel it with each and every image. It was truly an honor to do this session for Levi and Brody! 

     I know that summer isn't quite over yet, but I'm already looking forward to next year's Mini Sessions. Without further a do I give you just a few of my favorite images from this year's Summer Mini Session. Enjoy  and Happy Wednesday! 

 

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Truman | Newborn

     It was during The Sunderman's Fall Family Session that they announced they were expecting a new little one that will be arriving this summer. From that moment forward, I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of their sweet baby boy. I was so excited when I received the news that Baby Truman was here and doing good. The plans for his newborn session were in full swing. It was a beautiful summer morning when I arrived to Brandi and Austin's home for their session. I was greeted with the biggest smiles from all of them. Brandi and Austin were so proud of their precious baby boy. Someone else who was very excited to show off  Truman was his big sister, Reagan. Oh my goodness, there are not enough adjectives to describe how adorable Miss Reagan is. She has the sweetest little smile and the most ringlets of anyone I've ever met. She is seriously too cute for words. I love how much you can already see the resemblance between Reagan and Truman. From the first time I saw Truman my exact thought was, "He looks so much like his little sister"! The are such an adorable family. 

     I am beyond excited that we will be able to watch Truman grow over the next year. This means we will be seeing even more of the incredible Sunderman Family here on the Steph Layne Photography blog. Yay! For now, here are just a few of my favorites from Truman's Newborn Session. Until next time, enjoy and Happy Friday!

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Lincoln | One Year

     I can't believe that a year has passed since I first met sweet little Lincoln. Our last session together he was only a few days old, so it's crazy to think his first birthday has come and gone. From the moment I met him, I couldn't get over his sweet eyes. He has the biggest and most beautiful dark brown eyes. I think it's safe to say we have a future heartbreaker on our hands here. 

     As I met with Lincoln and his adorable Mom and Dad that evening, we started to get a game plan on where we wanted to go within the park. It was then that Nicole turned to me and said, "We also brought this shirt for him to change into later on." I smiled the biggest smile and said, "Aw! Congratulations! That is so exciting!" Lincoln is going to be a big brother! Such an exciting time indeed. Lincoln will be getting a new brother or sister at the end of the year. I can tell you right now they are going to be the most beautiful picture perfect foursome. I can't wait to meet the new little addition to this precious family.

     Until then here are just a few of my favorite images from Lincoln's One Year session. Enjoy and Happy Monday! 

 

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The Geneson Family

     The Geneson Family has a tradition of doing a summer family photo session, and I'm so honored to be apart of that tradition. Danielle, Chauncey, and Lotus are the most adorable little family and are so easy to work with. I loved putting this blog post together and re-living their family session. There are so many sweet moments between them that I absolutely love. You can tell how much Danielle and Chauncey adore their little girl, and Lotus feels the same way about her incredible Mom and Dad. I can't emphasize enough how much I love working with them! 

     Nothing goes better with a summer session than bubbles. I brought along a little bubble maker for Lotus and those images are absolutely precious. One hundred percent pure joy is the look on her face in those images. I couldn't help but smile and laugh with her as she chased around the bubbles that evening. She really is too cute for words!

     Without ado I give you just a few of my favorite images from this years Geneson Family Session. Counting down the days until next summer and we get to do it all over again. Yay! Until then enjoy and Happy Friday!

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