Four Legged Success

October 2, 2013

This is the fourth time that I have photographed the four legged baby of the family…Kate! However, this was the first time we went outside…and it was by far our most successful session with Miss Kate thus far!

Kate is a sweet pup, but she has a big body that she swings around with wild abandonment. I think, when we were in the studio, we were always afraid of what she might take out in one of her romps around the room, so we kept a tighter leash on her.

Outside, she was able to romp and play as much as she wanted. So she’d hold a sit for a minute, long enough for me to capture a couple of images, and then she’d take off at a run…chasing moths and flies and anything that caught her eye. Then we’d start all over…back to her position with her two legged siblings.

I’m sure it would have been entertaining to watch, but the main thing…it was a successful Kate session!

Siblings Forever

November 5, 2012

The first time I met Xander and Faith, Xander was 7 Months old and Faith was 7 Years old. It is so much fun to have them come back to me every year for annual sessions. The changes over the years have just been amazing!

There’s the obvious changes of size, growth of hair and overall maturing of features, but there’s the other changes as well…from developing personalities, to maturity and ability to follow directions.

But the biggest one of all has to be watching the growth of their relationship. While neither of them will be the first to admit that they love their sibling, the love is definitely there. Xander has the uncanny ability to make Faith laugh…whether she wants to or not. Faith is almost a second mother to Xander, and not just in the nagging, controlling way, but with a sweet and caring eye.

At the end of the day, I know that they will always have each other’s back…and each other’s love!

Missing Steed

October 25, 2011

The only thing missing from this fun barn, hay, cowboy boots and denim session was a trusty steed! Although, with Miss Posing Faith and Mister Wild Man Xander, I’m glad I didn’t have to worry about controlling a crazy steed as well!

All in all, we couldn’t have asked for a more entertaining session! Awesome outfits, with some great boots! Perfect temperatures, crisp but warm. A small breeze with a few big gusts that we were able to wait out. A slightly overcast sunset, that kept me on my toes. A bunch on knock knock jokes that made no sense, whatsoever! Uncomfortable hay bales that poked and itched. AND a brother and sister that, despite their age difference and their personality differences, really do care about each other!

Best Friends

June 11, 2011

To celebrate their graduation from eighth grade, and the fact that they will soon be moving on into high school, these four best friends, Faith, Becca, Sara & Ashley, came to see me for a session.

Though each unique, with their own quirks, hobbies, habits, personalities, and traits, these four came together in a very fun and solid way. As we were attempting to get photos of the four of them, I had a peek into the laughter and joy that comes out of this friendship. There was joking, pinching, laughing, mothering, disciplining, listening, laughing, poking, caring and most of all loving…and all of that was just between the four of them…I was just an observer!

Wherever this next stage of life takes these four girls, they will all be able to say their lives were shaped by knowing and loving each other!

For the Fun of It!

March 5, 2011

As a kid, how much fun would it be to pick out your own clothes, style your own hair, add on just the right accessories…and then top it off with your very own portrait session!

Coming up on Sunday, April 10th is our Bed Head Kids event, where all kiddos, ages three and older, will have the opportunity to do just that!

In anticipation of the upcoming event, Faith, Xander and I had a test run! Not only did we have fun during the session, but just looking at these images makes me smile!

This is completely representative of their personalities! Xander looked great, with his laid back sweatshirt, t-shirt and jeans (and don’t miss the KU pendant…a very important accessory)! Faith had fun with a sassy zebra dress, an adorable hair accessory and, of course, the “a little bit crazy” knee-high, converse boots!

No Teeth & New Teeth!

October 7, 2010

Xander has lost a mouthful of teeth! He smiles his big smile and I seriously have to take a double take, because there’s a few teeth here and there, but none of them match! I absolutely love this stage! I know it looks crazy, but it so marks the change from little kid to big kid, on their way to teenager! It’s that last chance for you to look wild and crazy, but yet not be self conscious!

On the complete other side of the spectrum, is Faith’s brand new, perfectly straight teeth! After a few years of braces, multiple visits to the orthodontist, some pain and a mouth of metal, this is the pay off! I think it was worth every penny! They just look so beautiful and they shine so bright!

The differences in this brother-sister duo’s smiles are enough to make me smile!

Steppin’ Up!

September 26, 2010

I first have to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined us at the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk this past Saturday! For our second year of hosting our own team, I could not be more proud! We had a cool two dozen walk participations…that’s right, 24 awesome folks walked with the Photography by Brandi team to help us promote awareness and acceptance of people with Down syndrome.

Not only that, but as a team, between registration and donations, we raised $2,030…you rock team!

The day could not have started out more perfect! Blue skies, no wind, nice temperatures! Though, the clouds to the West seemed ominous, and everyone wondered if rain was on it’s way, we stayed nice and dry. The sun was in and out a little bit, but the wind stayed mild, with just a nice breeze to keep us cool.

There was ice cream to be eaten. Popsicles to be devoured. Hamburgers, brats, fruit and chips to fill up bellies! Rock walls were climbed. Bouncers were conquered. Success was seen at the bean bag toss, when it wasn’t being used as a lounger!?! Fun, smiles and laughing were in abundance!

Yes, that’s me with my Starbucks. Thank you Tracy!! That definitely helped with the 5 AM wake up…to be out the door by o’dark thirty!

During the one mile stroll around Arrowhead, Tanner kept our team moving! He held onto our banner and marched us straight ahead. Setting a great pace that kept even the adults moving!

Of course, about half way through, Tanner felt that he had successfully led his team to victory and it was time for a victory nap!

Lily made it the entire mile with only her two little feet and lots of adult encouragement!

Riah got to ride on Daddy’s shoulders more than once!

Baby Liam even joined in the walk! Though I think he had the best deal. He successfully slept through all the noise and excitement of the walk, while being carried by Mommy!

I could not have asked for a better day, a better group of people surrounding me or a better organization to be supporting! Thank you to everyone!!

Daddy’s Girl

June 10, 2010

Whether she’s two, three or thirteen, she’ll always be Daddy’s Little Girl! The relationship between a father and a daughter is one of a kind. She’s that beautiful princess that quickly has her Daddy wrapped around her finger. He’d do anything to protect her, to take care of her and to love her! From the time she’s little, she looks at him as her very own super hero, knowing he will defeat all evil!

With Faith and Todd, it’s no different! From the minute I got them in the room together they were smiling and laughing, goofing off and having fun!

You can tell she adores him and he’s still her super hero. He’s her Daddy and he can do anything! Including catch her when she does a running leap (with no warning) onto his lap, even though she’s thirteen – not two anymore!

No Sun, But Gorgeous Colors

November 14, 2009

It was another one of those crazy October days, where it was mostly cloudy, but the sun would poke out every so often. There was definitely a chill in the air…but it could have been SO much worse!

With just a hint of sunlight and a secluded area where we couldn’t feel the cold breeze, Xander, Faith and I set out to take their fall portraits.

At six years old, Xander is the perfect age for pestering his bigger sister, Faith, who just turned thirteen! I have to give Faith credit, she put up with a lot of pestering, and never once (during the session) did she pester back!

Except for having to remind them both to sit up and not slouch every few seconds, the session went great!

She’s a Teenager!

November 6, 2009

For Faith’s 13th Birthday, Mom thought she deserved her very own photo shoot! We had it all planned…she was going to get her hair done, she got to pick out whatever she wanted to wear and then she was going to come see me all on her birthday!

Unfortunately, not only did Faith spend her birthday being sick, but the next two weeks were off and on sick days for her! The photo shoot plans were forced to change a bit.

After her outdoor fall session, with her brother, for their holiday cards and gifts, Faith and I were able to spend some one on one time inside. She wore her favorite accessories…zebra stripes! I even turned on the fan which gave us that great, windswept model look!

We had a ton of fun, and now Faith (and her Mom) have some great images to remember turning into a real teenager!

Happy Birthday, Faith!!

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