*J* FAMILY

Last year – Jan gave her mom a gift certificate for Christmas! LAST YEAR!!

We had been trying to schedule but couldn’t find a date that worked for everyone.

I took Jan & Nick’s wedding photos 5 years ago & their maternity photos in late August – I was secretly hoping they would wait till after their little girl arrived to schedule their extended family session!!

LOOK AT THAT LITTLE FACE!!

Just the girls!! This sweet little baby & I share a name – how cool is that!?

OH MY HEART!! I just LOVE that picture!

You’ll see more of these lovely faces next fall – when I shoot their wedding!!

I had no intention of creating such a moody silhouette – but that’s what happened!! I LOVE IT!!

Another moody silhouette!!

I LOVE extended family sessions!!

THAT HAIR!! OH – she is just so sweet!!

THIS IS US!!

She is SO happy about being an aunt!!

When I grabbed this crib – grandma said – OH!! I have an old quilt – can we use that!? ALWAYS!!

THE SWEETEST!!

I ADORE those last few shots! Jan – Caitlyn – THANK YOU SO MUCH for asking me to photograph your WHOLE family!

I can’t wait to see you all next fall!!

*M* FAMILY

Filed under: an hour in the life,family,farmlife,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,silhouette — admin at 11:48 am on Thursday, October 31, 2019

MOMMA!!! FLIP ME UPSIDE-DOWN!!!

Every single time.

I am perfectly FINE not having a daughter – even though I really really want one – and then I take pictures of little girls & their mommas – and I really really want one again!!

COWS!!!!

Amanda told me that the truck holds a special place in her husband’s heart. His FIRST truck. Which makes these pictures all the more meaningful!!

OH MY HEART!! I LOVE THAT ONE!!

His eyes closed – my FAVORITE!!!

The sun was setting but I was still hoping dad would be able to join us for a few shots!!

ALWAYS LET THEM BE SILLY!!

HE MADE IT!!! JUST IN TIME!!

THAT SKY!!! Those MIGHT be my favorite silhouette shots EVER!!!

Amanda & Rob – thank you SO MUCH for asking me to photograph your family! I’m so happy we waited just a little bit longer for a few shots of the whole family!!!

I can’t WAIT to get you ALL the photos from your session!!!

DID YOU KNOW that most people think that the pictures they see on this blog are ALL the photos I’ll be giving them!?

NOT TRUE!!! The ones on the blog are just my FAVORITE ones that I HAD to show you!!!

You get about 150 to 300 photos at the end of our session – sometimes a little more – but NEVER a little less!!

*M* FAMILY

Filed under: an hour in the life,family,farmlife,just because,kiddos,lifestyle — admin at 11:23 am on Wednesday, October 30, 2019

I LOVE photographing you year after year – but I also LOVE having NEW families in front of my lens!

This family isn’t new to me – but they are new to being photographed by me!

PUMPKINS!!!

Did you know that little kids NEED to be silly!?

And if you let them be silly FIRST – they usually will give you the smiles and take the bunny ears away!

I ADORE that shot! Seemingly insignificant moments.

ADORABLE!!!

CAN YOU BALANCE A PUMPKIN ON YOUR HEAD!?

Amanda & her husband are farmers. Her hubbie had some last minute work to do and wasn’t able to join us for the photos – such is the farming life right!?

This guy – he reminds me so much of Enoch sometimes! They are good buddies at school!!

ABSOLUTELY THE SWEETEST!!!

Stay tuned for the rest of their session!!!

I left out my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE photos – so that Amanda would have some surprises to show people herself!!

*R* FAMILY

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,family,farmlife,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,love,portraits — admin at 10:59 am on Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Her FAVORITE place to be!!

HEART BURST!!

The cat got into a few more shots!!

Becca had told me she wanted to try for a silhouette shot – and this was the PERFECT spot and the PERFECT sky!!

Dad went to the get the truck and I grabbed a few of mom with her kiddos – the way she spends her days!!

GAH!!! THAT KIDDO!!!

TAHT CHEESE FACE AGAIN!!! MY FAVORITE!!

THAT VIEW!!!

BEAUTIFUL!!

My FAVORITE shots!!

Daddy & his boy!!

SO HAPPY!!

Becca – thank you SO MUCH for asking me to come take pictures with your growing family!

I CANNOT wait to see you all again!!!

 

 

*R* FAMILY

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,family,farmlife,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,love,portraits — admin at 11:06 am on Monday, September 16, 2019

I’ve been taking Becca’s extended family photos for at least 3 years now!

We had planned on newborn photos with her little guy in the winter but she decided to wait until July. We scheduled and then had to reschedule. And then it called for rain the day we rescheduled in August so we called it off. It actually didn’t rain but I was having a rough day since the boys decided to stop falling asleep overnight. So – we rescheduled. AGAIN.

September 11th. And it called for rain. But that morning it looked clear and beautiful!

We checked the forecast and there was NO rain!! On my way to Canton – it didn’t look good. Troy was WET and getting into Canton – it started to sprinkle!

NO!!!! But thankfully it was a quick sprinkle and we were able to have our LONG AWAITED session!!

The family farm – where ALL our sessions have taken place!

I MEAN – SERIOUSLY!! ADORABLE!!

That cat – she wanted to be in ALL the pictures!!

THOSE FRECKLES!!

OH MY HEART!!! THAT LITTLE FACE!!

She managed her way into a few!!

SWEET GIRL!!

THAT CHEESE GRIN!!

I LOVE THOSE SHOTS!!

THE SWEETEST BOY!!

Because little brother got in the crib – little big sister needed to get in – and then BIG sister asked if she was too big for it!? NOT AT ALL!!

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!

Stay tuned for their SILHOUETTE shots & the rest of their session!!

WAITING ON BABY

Filed under: an hour in the life,expecting,family,farmlife,just because,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 11:39 am on Saturday, September 7, 2019

As promised … the rest of Jan & Nick’s GORGEOUS session!

BEAUTIFUL!!

I asked Jan if there was any spot she NEEDED to have a photo – that tree – he proposed under that tree – SO – THAT TREE IT IS!!

ALSO – can you lay in the field for me!? Can you see that GIANT cricket on her neck in the shot on the right!?

I LOVE COUNTRY LIVING!!

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!

Can we go in with the cows!? YES!!

I LOVE THAT SHOT!!

AND THOSE BOOTS!!

As soon as I snapped those – I said – OH JAN – is there ANY WAY you can get on the wood pile too!?

BECAUSE THE SILHOUETTE WOULD BE GORGEOUS!!

GORGEOUS!!!

JAN & NICK – THANK YOU FOR ASKING ME BACK INTO YOUR LIVES to capture this beautiful moment for you!

I hope to see you again SOON!!

And as an added bonus – you get 10 points if you can tell me exactly WHERE I was standing when I took this last picture on my way back home!!

I’ve always wanted to capture it at sunset but this time I had my camera with me!

 

WAITING ON BABY

Filed under: an hour in the life,expecting,family,farmlife,just because,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 11:22 am on Friday, September 6, 2019

FIVE years ago I took Jan & Nick’s wedding photos – FIVE!!

Make sure to check out their photos – HERE!!

FIVE YEARS LATER – they’re expecting their first baby – a daughter!!

When THAT is the first picture you snap – you KNOW it’s gonna be GOOD!!

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!

OH MY WORD!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!

Jan – pregnancy is BEAUTIFUL ON YOU!!

If you glanced at their wedding photos – you’ll notice this corn – it’s the same field!!

I could have stayed in that corn with her all night – absolutely STUNNING!!

FAVORITE!!! I ADORE THAT SHOT!!

SO BEAUTIFUL!!

GORGEOUS!!

I LOVE THOSE!!! REAL SMILES – make ALL the difference in the world!

Stay tuned for the rest of their AMAZING session!!

JACK JACK

Filed under: baby caamano,farmlife,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,my family,portraits,samantha,top o' the hill — admin at 11:59 am on Thursday, July 25, 2019

Jack has a Christmas birthday – and winter in PA is usually NOT the best time to take outdoor portraits!!

So – we had a half-birthday shoot!!

Jack will be FIVE this Christmas! FIVE!? Gah. How is that possible.

Last year he was diagnosed with Autism. He had a pretty severe speech delay.

And now. NOW. I can’t get together with my sister and him without crying.

He talks SO MUCH. He understands SO MUCH. He asks SO MANY QUESTIONS.

Did you know that finding a therapy that works for YOU and YOUR child is THE KEY!!

Go with your gut – and sometimes you have to go with the gut of the people that love you and want the best for you.

Sometimes a diagnosis is TERRIFYING. The thought of a diagnosis is crippling.

And sometimes a diagnosis is THE KEY.

Jack is kind. Jack is empathetic. Jack is FULL of questions. And a while ago – he wasn’t.

And my sister cried because he wasn’t talking. And now we cry because he doesn’t STOP talking!!

This is where his mom & dad said YES – FOREVER!!

MY FAVORITE!!

NOPE – THAT one is my favorite!!

And one of us together – because I don’t think I have ANY of us together!!

I think he looks more like me than my sister – if he looks anything like anyone except his dad – because he’s his clone!

JACKIE BOY – we love you so much and are SO PROUD of all you’ve done and all that you WILL do!

FARM LIFE

Filed under: animals,baby caamano,farmlife,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,my family,my town,top o' the hill — admin at 12:29 pm on Wednesday, July 24, 2019

My sister came to visit in July – so we all stayed at the farm together!!

I posted a blog recently where Enoch helped my mom make food for Ebony and feed her. Jack hadn’t been able to help yet – so Enoch had to step aside – which was HARD for him.

You know what else is hard!? Navigating boundaries and relationships with your siblings when you all have kids and parent differently!

My sister lives 3 hours away and my brother about 6 – we live about 45 minutes from my parents. We see them quite often.

And when we are all visiting together – I have a hard time. Because I want to see my family and I want my kids to experience their cousins. BUT I also want my niece and nephews to experience G & Pa without my kids there monopolizing ALL the time and attention!!

SO – Enoch had a little bit of a hard time handing it over to Jack – because we are a selfish race!

AND – he ended up doing really well with the sharing! After his initial whining of course.

Jack is 13 months younger than Enoch – but they’re about the same size – the Trout genes are strong!!

THOSE GUYS – Jack only calls him Enochguy and Enoch usually calls him Jackieboy!

I LOVE THAT SHOT!! Makes me laugh every single time!!

That’s Red and her gorgeous little guy – Brownie!!

I hope we have a few more years with Red!!

Jack with his little arm around G – I know that everyone loves their mom – but our mom is AMAZING!!!

THAT FACE!!! Like I said – EVERY CHILD should grow up on a farm!!

That guy – look at how GROWN UP he is looking!!

THAT SHOT – I see teenage Enoch in that face!!

ALSO – if you need a cat – if you want a cat – DO YOU WANT A CAT!? My parents might have a few you could take!!

Do you drop off your pregnant cats at farms – PLEASE don’t.

We are NOT bringing a kitten home – but if we did – it would be that one!!

FARM LIFE

Filed under: an hour in the life,bardenisms,family,farmlife,kiddos,lifestyle,my family,top o' the hill — admin at 11:32 am on Sunday, July 21, 2019

I truly believe that every child should grow up with a farm!!

Ebony thinks that Enoch and Fitzy are her cow friends – or maybe she thinks she is a person like them!

That little kitten found a home a few weeks ago!!

THESE are the memories I put on my walls!

Enoch is VERY bothered by the flies that stay on Ebony – so he thought if he held on to her – they would leave her alone!

That guy …

They’ve stopped counting at 20 – because – farm life means an abundance of farm cats. Because people love dropping off their cats in the country.

That one – she is such a sweetie – and she already found a home!

That’s Red’s sister – Blondie. It’s how we decorate the farm – and my kitchen!!

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