I look forward to Summer Mini Sessions as soon as winter begins. After the hustle and bustle of the crazy busy fall season, I'm immediately counting down until the first day of spring. I love everything about the summer months! The warmer weather, the longer daylight hours, and the smiles are a little bigger during the summertime. I chose Jordan Valley Park for the location of this year's Mini Sessions. This is my favorite location in all of Springfield not only because of the beautiful fountain in the middle of the park, but also because this is where my husband and I were married. JVP will always hold a very special place in my heart for that reason! For this year's Mini Sessions, I planned it so that as we were ending each session the fountains would be going off and the kids could jump in the water for a few pictures. Plus, when is almost 100 degrees in Missouri, the best way to cool off during a photo session is jumping in and playing in water. It was the perfect way to end each and every session. Those images are some of my favorites. The smiles on the little ones faces say it all ... pure bliss! All the smiles and giggles were definitely contagious as their parents and I watched and laughed along with them.
I absolutely adore each family that I photographed that evening. Austin and Hailey are the cutest little siblings. I've had the privilege of photographing them for years and I've loved watching them grow up. They always have the best time together and this session shows off so much of their personalities. Each time I look through their images, my smile gets bigger and bigger. I love these two kiddos!
I've had the privilege of photographing Kaitlin seven years ago for her Senior Session. Fast forward to 2018 and I am meeting her adorable little daughter, Sophia, and she is expecting her second child. Being able to work with your clients through different stages in their lives, is one of the coolest experiences. Both Sophia and Kaitlin did an amazing job that evening. Between Sophia's big brown eyes and her curly brown hair, she is always "picture perfect". I can't wait to work with them again and to meet the new little addition that will be coming this fall.
The Fraser Family is a foursome that is absolutely beautiful inside and out. Hannah always has their outfits coordinated to pure perfection year after year. They always look like they should be in an ad for a clothing company. The boys always do so well during each session I get to do with them. I know that most men aren't fond of getting their picture taken; however, Luke never complains. No matter what we are doing or what temperature it is outside, he always has a smile on his face. The little boys, Gavin and Able, are born models. They are so handsome and fun to work with. I can't wait until our next session together.
My only complaint about Summer Mini Sessions is they are never long enough. I had the best time with everyone and I didn't want any of the sessions to end. It was a beautiful evening and I couldn't ask for anything more. As summer is starting to fade away now and I am gearing up for the fall season, in the back of my mind I am already looking forward to next year's Summer Mini Sessions. Until then, here are some of my favorite images of Austin and Hailey, Sophia and Kaitlin, and The Fraser Family. Enjoy and Happy Friday Friends!