I say this a lot, but so many of my clients have been with me since the very beginning and when their family grows - either with the addition of a family member or the kids themselves grow like weeds! - it makes my heart swell with gratitude that they just KEEP COMING BACK.
For this family, I've known them since 2011 and with each season, they keep getting cuter and sweeter and make my heart flutter even faster! Charlie and Arthur are the kindest five year olds my world has ever known and I watch them with wonder whenever we're together. Maybe it's a personal fascination with twins thing, but I'm just drawn to them! And no matter how much time or how many miles have separated us since the last meeting, they still crawl up on my lap and we have the best conversations.
Mama Kate photographed my 30th pizza birthday party and told me that night in 2015 that they would be moving to Denver - INSERT ALL THE CRYING HERE. I knew it was for the best for their family but it didn't stop me from secretly praying our paths would cross again.
Fast forward to 2016 and she announced she was pregnant - surprise! - with baby #3. In Denver! I immediately started my unashamed proclamations of "PLEASE CHOOSE ME FOR THE NEWBORN SESSION!" only every other day. I eventually wore her down (kidding - she told me I was her first choice - YAAAAS!) and we made the plans.
I combined a trip to Denver onto my yearly Visit the Grandparents in Phoenix trip and Luis met me at the airport to start an adventure that would lead to our engagement, a stay in a Tiny House and one of the best weeks of my entire life.
Baby Harry arrived a few days late to an anxious set of parents and older brothers who were waiting on pins and needles to meet him ... and best of all, we didn't know Harry was Harry until he was born! BEST SURPRISE EVER!
Luis and I had just finished hiking the Flatirons in Boulder, CO when Kate texted: boy baby is here. Happy. Healthy. More later! HALLELUJAH! Talk about that Rocky Mountain high <3 We made plans to do the session a couple days later.
Our engagement took place less than 24 hours before this session and friends, this will forever be the most memorable session of my career. It was pure euphoria: sweet newborn baby smells, puppy ear scratches, 5 year old cuddles, strong & brave mama, the kindest papa ... I couldn't ask for more!
These nearly five year old twins Charlie and Arthur are two of my favorite humans in the world and no matter the time we are apart, they always curl their growing limbs into my lap and we have the best conversations.
"Do you need those glasses to see?" "I have my fingernails painted! Why aren't yours painted?" "I have a camera too! Let me take your picture!" "I'm asking for a new Batman book for my birthday!" "Did you know XYZ about these super heroes?" "OH! Did you know we have a new baby here?!"
And this, folks, is the next most amazing human in the world: Lil Harry Sommers.
You'll thank me when he's ruling the world in about five years, just like his brothers ;)
Next life goal? Move to Colorado and photograph these kids for the rest of their lives.
Sommers family: you have my heart forever. The bliss and love I feel in your home is unmatched and I know in my heart this won't be the last time. Thank you for always choosing me, supporting me and being the kind of parents Luis and I hope to be someday. All the love in the world to you!