This weekend we finally got around to taking both of the kids to the pumpkin patch.

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It’s brilliant to watch little kids pet donkey’s and squeal over hay rides. They believe all farms have cute little baby animals who eat carrots and love humans. It’s all very clean and cute.

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I’m not sure Saint was as impressed as Sunny, but generally speaking he looks to her to see how he should feel about most things. This includes but is not limited to- travel, school work, books, dinner, and strangers.

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They were good sports about letting me steal some photos of them- which is a never ending experiment that they’ve adjusted to over time. Not a moment of their life can go by without a camera in their face. I assume this is true for most kids of this generation, the difference is their parents probably aren’t asking them to explore an abandoned corn field because the lighting is so pretty.

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I find that at this age Sunny is a lot more cooperative than her brother. She’s more likely to pose or point out to me how beautiful the light is. I do very much love this about my girl. This is why you’ll see more posed photos of Sunny than Saint. I try to keep it equal, but it often isn’t.

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This season of life is a lot of fun. Sunny is excited for Halloween and Saint is excited, because Sunny tells him to be.

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This is how Saint dances, in case you were wondering.

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He was dancing because we told him he could have apple cider doughnuts…

 

 

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The boy loves sugar.

Meanwhile….back at our house, Sunny and I had an impromptu  photo shoot.

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If you’re considering family photos, aim for evening light. It’s soft and beautiful and makes everything and everyone look very whimsical. (A flowered headband doesn’t hurt either)

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Happy (almost) Halloween. #fallphotos

 

 

 

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Of all of the things I’m most proud of in this life, it’s the relationship between my children. They are the very best of friends, and though they do disagree on occasion, most of my day is spent watching them play. When we drop Sunny off at school, the little guy cries out for her. “Sissy. Where Sissy go?” And when, at the end of the day, we pick her up he exclaims “Sissy! I here! I miss you!” When we take her to dance he presses his face up against the two way mirror, three tiny matchbox cars in hand, starring, watching, shouting “Sissy!!!!” So much of his life will be spent chasing her from one activity to another, until his activities finally outweigh hers. Where she walks, he follows. Who she loves, he loves too. What she says, goes. I do believe his “Sissy” is the most influential person in his life. I couldn’t have predicted this. I couldn’t have known that my children would be soul mates, but I should have guessed it. I do feel a little like the main character in The Notebook, when at the end of the book she finally realizes she only has moments to enjoy being back in her normal state. How much time do we have? That is to say, how long until the fights start, and the I hate you’s begin, and the get out of my rooms take over? I have made a conscious choice to enjoy this, for as long as we’ve got.

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IMG_4368I had a wonderful time photographing the Acquaviva Family, this past weekend. It’s a very lucky day when you get to combine your work with your friends.  It’s even more lucky when you get to photograph identical twins, who happen to be as sweet as they are cute.

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twins 1 CollageWe photographed the family in the warm evening light, on the farm where Devon grew up.

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A few weeks back I stole a Saturday and drove out to the country to take Gracie’s Fall Photos, for this years Christmas card. She was a good sport and a sweet little model- while I dragged her form one side of the farm to the other.IMG_3007 IMG_3072 IMG_3093 IMG_3096 IMG_3097 IMG_3106 IMG_3108 IMG_3119

 

I’m not sure which picture will make the card this year- but I cherish these photos of her so much. She’s somewhere between toddlerhood and womanhood and it’s my favorite phase so far. Gracie Fall 3

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I can tell you this next one is closest to my heart at the moment…

 

 

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A special thanks to my favorite four year old for all of her help and sweetness.  

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I had the extreme pleasure to produce and edit Brennan + Danielle’s Wedding Film.

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I hope you all enjoy their trailer as much as I have enjoyed editing it.

While working on my photography and films I often find myself trying to walk away with a feeling, rather than a single goal. I often know when shooting photographs or editing films, when I’ve hit that thin red line that connects each of us (emotionally) to one another. It doesn’t happen every day, but when it does it feels a lot like…love. For those of you looking for a little inspiration, I find Ira Glass very helpful.

 

Congratulations Brennan & Danielle. Thank you for choosing Little Love Stories to capture your best day.

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