…Saum Family | Temperance, MI | Family Session…

Oh, because..you are the best thing…ever happened to me…(Ray LaMontagne)

This sweet little family came to my house last week and we had a gorgeous 70 degree day in the end of October! The leaves were at their peak. The air smelled of fall. Perfect. Giggles. Sweet babies.

The little girl was adorable and kind. Little brother was quite unsure of my random antics to try to steal a smile. If you need outfit suggestions, just ask Jessica. Their colors were perfect. His little vest, perfect. She is a Lularoe consultant and fellow photographer. I know how hard it is to get photos with your kids! Their kids loved the kisses and cuddles. His sweet little fingers played with her necklace. Her perfect little kisses kissed her dads cheek. These sweet little moments should be remembered forever.

A few favorites.

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…Przybylski Family | Temperance, MI | Family Session…

I am so thankful to know this beautiful family. They have become some of our favorite people. Their kids are my kids favorite people. We have already spent hours in my back yard (and theirs!) building friendships and sandcastles. Those three boys love their little sister like no other. She is a lucky gal.

Their little girl and our little girl will hopefully be lasting friends and my son has some great role models.  Mom and Dad? They are such giving and caring people. Mom’s smile lights up a room and her laugh can make anyone’s day.  We are so blessed to have them in our lives.


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…Baby Isaac | Toledo, Ohio | Fresh 48…


There is something truly amazing about those first few hours.

The quiet moments. Their little sounds. Meeting them for the first time.

Little man, we couldn’t love you more.

“love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.” St. Teresa of Calcutta.

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…Cousino Family | Temperance, MI | Family Session…

I met this sweet family last fall. Six beautiful children.

They giggled. They chased each other across the fields. They picked flowers for their mom and blew fluff off the lone dandelion for the season. I loved just watching them interact. The little man wore a tie just like dad. One girl “brought refreshments” and they had a little picnic during our session. The little cat boots. Their little necklaces. They wanted to show me everything and help take pictures.

Such a beautiful evening watching them just be.

Here are some favorites:

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…Jacobs Family | Temperance, MI | Family Session…

jacobs-betherinphotography-16This family is really special to me. We met during our son’s infant swim class three years ago. Our sons quickly became good friends. We don’t live that close anymore, but we still try to find days and places to get together. Some days it is at a park where the kids can feed ducks. Other times it is at REI for some quick errands.We never have long enough time to spend together.

Either way, I really appreciate her. She is always positive. Always smiling and always there for people. She radiates love. He is her biggest supporter and you can tell how proud he is of her by how he talks about her. Their son is sweet as can be. They just welcomed a daughter this year and she is the happiest baby.

Babywearing is a big part of their lives and I was really happy that she wanted to shoot some photos wrapping their little girl. She got me started with woven wraps and I am so thankful. She runs a FB page called Wrapped Around the World that is full of information, advice and suggestions for fellow baby wearers. She is a fellow photographer and I understand and appreciate how important it is to have few photos with you actually in them.

We snuck this session in just before the sun set after spending that afternoon celebrating my son’s birthday. The colors were striking. I had a hard time choosing some favorites.

Here is a sneak peek:

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…Lauren & Drake S. & family | Temperance, MI | Family session…


Eight years. Cancer. Seven years of graduate school. Four children. They have been through quite a journey already. They are still so joyful.

Sometimes people are just a breath of fresh air. She is. Her laugh and her smile are contagious. I met her a year ago, when their youngest girl was an itty bitty. He is finishing up his Post Doctorate fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of Toledo. Their kids are just fantastic. I was really excited when we started talking family photos a few months ago.

The kids were troopers. Three of them fell asleep in the car on the way over as it was really close to bedtime. This was a shoot where I just loved to sit back and watch them interact. They each wanted a turn holding their little sister. The hugs and kisses and loves didn’t stop the entire time.

At one point, an airplane flew overhead and the youngest son was instantly daydreaming about some sort of adventure, I am sure. You can tell how much love is in this family but looking at the photos of them all together. They make my heart happy.

Their family, motto: “That this too, might make me holy.”

Thank you for a fantastic evening.

Here are a few favorites. Enjoy!

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…Theresa & Nathan B. & Family | Family Session | Temperance, MI…


“For better or worse till death do us part
I’ll love you with every beat of my heart”

Two sweet little girls and one adorable new baby brother.

I met the mom at a park play date a few months ago when she was still pregnant with their baby boy. Their girls are my children’s age, which prompted a mom/kid play date. Code for adult conversation while kids dig in a sandbox. The best type of play date.

She is a farm girl – which makes me soooo happy. He is a Physical Therapist. We spent the morning talking about animals,  growing up on a farm, having kids, marriage. It was so refreshing. She has an adorable ETSY shop for cute hats and sewn goods.

They are lindy hoppers!! I get excited about meeting fellow swingers. If only I had some outdoor swing music. Swing is just good for the soul.

While we were taking photos, two little fawns stumbled out into the field and watched us. The girls squealed with excitement.
They picked little bouquets for their mom. The sun was just slipping down below the trees and left a gorgeous glow on everything.

Her Mr. is so happy when he looks at her. I love the one of him laughing. She is stunning and a beautiful person, inside and out.
These three kids are so lucky to have them as parents. Caring, compassionate and patient.

Thank you for sharing your family with me!!

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