Redwood Family Portrait | Happy 15th Wedding Anniversary

Do you know those old sayings ” A Happy Wife, A Happy Life” and “If mom isn’t happy then no one is happy” ?  Well this family took that to heart.  Happy 15th Anniversary to Josie and Remi.  The only thing Josie wanted for her anniversary was to do a family shoot and they came out adorable.  All I can say is that these images make me giggle because this is a family that truly laughs together.  In my opinion your on the right track and it looks like the first 15 years worked out great.  Congratulations and here is to another 15 more.  I’m sure the family photo will look a lot different then.

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These Boys What a Threet They Are! |Family Beach Portraits

No there is no typo in the title. The last name of this family is Threet and I knew their father, Jamie,  as a kid growing up. Being the best friend of my nephews intertwined him in to our family. When he showed up after years of not seeing him at our annual family camping reunion, it was a nice surprise. In fact, one of the twins is named after my nephew and my son. A combination of their first names to make the name Timothy Cole because of the special relationship those two cousins have together. For this very reason is why there has always been a special place in my heart for kids I never even met. So this summer was a treat to finally meet the Threet boys. When Jamie asked, “Aunt Jill could you snap a few pictures of the boys?” How could I say no? And how if you know me could I just snap a few? This was a chance for me to spend a little time getting to know these boys.  What better way then a mini shoot?

All three of them are full boy and full of energy. I loved seeing the difference between the twins and the difference of the younger brother. One of the twins just liked to be silly, the other one was very accommodating but you could tell he wanted to get it over with.  The baby was all about the cool, serious guy shot. Despite the differances you can tell they are brothers. Having four brothers of my own and two boys there is just a special bond between brothers. Most of the time it is unspoken bond.  But for some reason most brothers and hopefully these boys as well will always understand their brothers like only brothers can. When I look at these photos I see things that are timeless: childhood, summertime, brotherly fun.

At the beginning of the session none of them really wanted to get their pictures taken. There was so many other fun things to do at the campground and dressing up in your wedding clothes a day early for pictures was not what they had planned. But after a bribe of ice cream and a fantastic sunset swim the boys actually enjoyed themselves. In fact, the best compliment for me was that after the session they all wanted to become photographers. That night they sat around the campground pretending to be photographers. Taking time to direct the others and funny enough get in different positions as they pretended to take photos. It brought such a smile to my face and a warmth in to my soul to know that their session was so fun they wanted to be a photographer. I hope one of them keeps the passion.  Hopefully, I will get to see these boys again sooner then later. And maybe one day they will be taking my picture.

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The Pups turned “1″ !| Fluffy Children

Just a quick little post today about our fluffy children Maxx and Finn. These two brothers turned 1 in the month of August and have brought us much joy in a time when we needed it. They great me every morning by jumping in our bed like our kids did when they were toddlers. The exception is my kids tongues stayed in their mouths! But waking up to such happiness can only help put you in a great mood. But as you can tell from the pictures that some days they think our bed is the rink for WWF. This is not such a great way to wake up.

They are my office mates, and my kids playmates. As frustrating as puppies can be sometimes these two fill our lives with joy. They are the best of buddies and completely different in personalities. And believe it or not they are both Golden Doodles. Yes, same breed of dog but each taking on strong characteristics of either the poodle or the golden retriever. This post is a little late but just wanted to show off their one year portraits in one of the many spots they watch and guard.

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Environmental Portraits of a Gymnast

As I promised here are some of the portraits we took of Zak at his gym for his senior photos. I know these aren’t the typical images of a senior portrait but they are more of a glimpse in to how many hours and years he has dedicated to this sport. Being a gymnast like any sport is a lot of dedication and sacrifice. You really have to love it since it is an all year round sport. The training never ends.

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Senior Portraits an Era Has Ended| Zak and Jonah

For those of you who don’t know I’m the youngest of 6 children. When I say youngest I mean much younger then my siblings by 11-17 years. So in some instances my nieces and nephews are closer in age to me then my actual siblings. In fact,  I have 19 nieces and nephews and on top of that I have 11 great nieces and nephews. Since the age of 7 I’ve been known as Aunt Jill.  Another fact,  I think I’ve been Aunt Jill longer then anything else in my life.  The title of Aunt Jill has taken on its on identity it has sort of become a nick name instead of just an honorary title, it seems at times I’m everyone’s Aunt Jill.

So because of that huge lineage (that I hope I didn’t bore you), I’ve been photographing my nieces and nephews senior portraits since 1994. Just last month I photographed my two youngest nephew’s senior pictures. It felt kind of odd to know that an era has ended. Its been 20 years in the making and I’m all done.  They are all grown up and some have babies of their own. The last of the grandkids on both sides are my kids but they just don’t fit in to the same category as these other kids in my life.  Thankfully, I have 3 more years before I even have to worry about  taking my own children’s senior photos, and trust me I think about how little of time I have left with my guys on a daily basis.

Recently, I spent a weekend in Denver and captured this coming of age moment in the baby nephew’s lives. That moment between man child and man.  Every one of my nieces and nephews hold a special place in my heart. Being their aunt is a special joy in my life. It has been a great honor to photograph so many of their milestones.  This particular one is always a celebration of accomplishment wrapped with a little sadness as they say goodbye to childhood and enter adulthood. But on the other hand I’m always excited to see what adventures their lives bring. So Congratulations class of 2015!

*(disclaimer I’m not done photographing high school seniors just high school seniors in my family).