Kim and I have been trying to set up a magical photography date since 2017 but the stars just would not align. Then this year I finally got to photographer her and her beautiful family! And in one of the strangest coincidences of my professional life, it turns out that Kim and Peter had been frequent visitors of our house before we owned it! I just mentioned that we live in a contemporary in a certain neighborhood, and they mentioned their friends’ names who also used to live in a contemporary in that neighborhood. But the previous owner had kind of a unique first name, so I recognized it and was like WAIT A MINUTE, I THINK THAT’S OUR HOUSE. And BAM! Same house. Small, crazy world. It was a small chance of it coming up, a smaller chance of names being exchanged and remembered, and an even itty, bittier chance of it being the same house. Whoa!
Anyway, besides having a Twilight Zone connection with me now, Kim and Peter have a fantastic family consisting of 3 kids (Luke, Thomas, and Ellen), 3 dogs, 1 cat, fish, and chickens. All creatures and children were extremely friendly. The kids are outgoing, funny, and like to talk to me about what Star Wars video games we have in common. While this age group is not overly eager to have their pictures taken, eight and ten year olds DO tend to make a lot of ridiculous faces at the camera on purpose which I personally enjoy. They’re also excited and willing to attack their parents in pictures, and enjoy decorating Christmas cookies in a variety of hilarious ways. Ellen and Kim did take great care in decorating theirs, but I think Luke and Thomas had a competition of who could make theirs the weirdest, and they turned out like wonderful Christmas monsters covered in ooze and with google eyes scattered about. A game of Memory at the end was won by the children (as Peter pointed out, they had him and Kim beat with numbers and youth), which won them additional video game time. They were very excited to explain Fortnite to me before zoning out completely. I had a joyful afternoon spent with this crew and was happy to finally meet and photograph them!
We were so lucky to come into contact with Laurin, who found our website and liked our bats (my kind of girl) and booked us for her family session at their home. :) Their home is impressive and their kitchen wallpaper is the best I’ve ever seen, not to mention there’s a small gallery wall above their couch with a variety of awesome art featuring a space skull. Also, there’s a terrarium in the sitting room filled with moss and dinosaurs, and it was not built for 7 month old kiddo Tyler, but rather Laurin and Tim built it for themselves. I’d move in if it wouldn’t be weird. Laurin and Tim enjoy Game of Thrones, soccer, and taking care of Tyler. Tyler enjoys apple sauce, piggy back rides, his play mat, and spitting the apple sauce back up onto his dad. Grandma, Laurin’s mom, also joined us at the house to help out and take part in the photos. We were super happy to do this at home family session for these wonderful people. Enjoy their cuteness (and their wallpaper!).