The thing about cliches is that they exist for a reason. Before having kids I heard people say over and over “Time flies” “Children grow so fast” and “Don’t Blink” and while I thought I understood, I didn’t. I’m not sure I fully understand now even how fast time truly moves. My kids are 4, 5.5 and 8 this summer. We’ve had an amazing summer getting into that sweet spot of parenting and I’m seriously loving our life, the freedom and independence the kids and us parents are feeling. But holy cow my kids are totally different from the people they were at the end of the school year. We’ve lost teeth and learned to ride bikes on two wheels. Swim lessons (through the city of Loveland at Winona pool) have given us a chance to breathe when the kids are around water. Mispronounced words are becoming more clear and kids are reading signs as we drive around town. Bodies are stronger and longer and leaner and tanner. Time flies. Children grow so fast. Don’t blink.
Photos have a beautiful way of slowing time down and freezing a moment (again so cliche but so true!). But there are some memories that just aren’t as clear in our minds and fade over time, even with a photograph’s help. Video has a whole other power of preserving the way your children move and laugh and play. I love hearing those little voices and mispronounced words. Seeing the change in a mother and child’s faces as they look at each other. Watching how a child fits in their parent’s arms and how those stretching growing lanky limbs still wrap around Daddy.
I met up with the Bailey family at one of my favorite spots along the Poudre River just north of Fort Collins this summer to play and explore. These sessions are a perfect little time out to focus on family, step back and enjoy the moment, and take notice of all of the changes that have snuck in over the long days of summer. Alexis and Kyla had a blast playing in the water and could hardly wait to get to the river. They were excited and having fun the whole hour we spent together and when it was time to go I don’t think anyone really wanted to leave!
What changes have you seen in your kids this year? What little movements and words to you never want to forget? What is your favorite thing about your kids RIGHT NOW? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below <3
Sweet little Emmett was born at 6lbs 15oz and was one of the best sleepers I’ve ever photographed. I loved seeing him at home with his proud new parents and getting to capture him at just 9 days old. Scroll down for some of my favorites from his session and click on the video if you want to see what a full newborn session looks like.
Dear Kate Studios offers in-home newborn photography within the first 14 days of life. Services are offered in Fort Collins, Loveland, and greater Northern Colorado. Currently booking for due dates September through December 2014. To keep up to date with Dear Kate Studios, follow me on Facebook! www.facebook.com/dearkatestudios
Class of 2014, summer is rapidly coming to an end! Are you ready to start your senior year?! I have a last minute opening Sunday, August 18th for senior portraits for a Loveland, Fort Collins or Windsor girl from the Class of 2014! Jacque is all set to do your hair and makeup. Contact me at Kate@DearKateStudios.com or by pressing that little coral button up there ^^
Kayleigh’s senior photo session started out with the celebrity treatment of professional hair and make up with Jacque. I really love including hair and makeup in all of my senior sessions. I love the extra hour of getting to know each other before we start our session and I love that Jacque knows how to accentuate natural beauty and really make features pop on camera. When hair and makeup were done, Kayleigh and I looked over her outfits and narrowed it down to 3 favorites. She did a great job with a variety of dressy and casual and accesorized each outfit with the right shoes and jewelry. Those things can really make a picture pop! While shooting her senior photos, we talked about high school and growing up and all about what Kayleigh was doing for the summer. Kayleigh chose to bring her mom along for her session and it was so awesome to watch her tear up a little at a peek at the back of my camera and the thought of her baby growing up. The summer before your senior year is a great time to take your senior portraits. The weather is gorgeous, everything is green and blooming and your photos will be ready in time for the yearbook. Email me at Kate@DearKateStudios.com or go to the contact page for more info and to book your date! I’m still offering an early bird special!
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Click play to see a little more of Kayleigh’s senior portrait session. I love the addition of a little bit of video with each session. How fun will it be to look back at who you were when you were a senior?
I'm my happiest when the warm sun is on my face, my children are growing and playing and learning, and I'm sitting back with my camera in hand photographing all of the little nuances of their personalities and relationships with each other. You'll see that throughout this website in both the words and pictures. I'm so happy you're here and I'd love to get to know you! Find me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/dearkatestudios and let's chat!