I haven’t ever had a family session end with a family dance-off until the Dahlin family. And I hope that changes – I hope more of you will show me your moves with your kids! How stinking fun is that?! Especially for the kids! I was told that this family hadn’t ever had a real photography session, but you wouldn’t know it by the outcome. They were the ideal clients. From the moment they arrived to our (lovely) location – mom and dad just focused on their kids. They all played – the boys ran around like little boys do. The whole family checked out the trees and grass and they played — together. And by playing together the kids were encouraged to explore and just have FUN! I’m gushing over this because that is what I love to see.  We parents are so busy sometimes – by work, by our phone, by housework – lots of things. Sessions are a wonderful time to play with your kids and make memories :)

I love how our session began with a slightly grumpy, slightly shy little guy who wasn’t excited about me in his face with a camera. I love how you see how he came alive during our session and especially at the end with his boogie fever! :)

And yes – this was from fall! Eeek!! I’m a little behind on blogging. I’m trying to get more posts up!

xx,
~Rachael :)

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I am so thankful for all of the families who allow me to swoop in and capture some of the most precious moments with you and your families. I don’t think you could ever regret having too many pictures!!! And I have been learning, myself, that I need to be in more of my own family photos. I am forever behind the camera and although I’m totally fine with that, I’m realize that my daughter has oodles of images with her and her dad and a handful with me. Not cool, Rachael! I am going to make that different in 2015. Maybe that’s food for thought for some of you reading this, too :)

Thank you all for making 2014 so wonderful!!! I hope to see all of you again next year! Sunset sessions, woot woot! Having fun with your kids and getting photos taken as you do it – it’s win/win!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Safe travels and full bellies! <3

Rachael Myers Photography

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I always struggle to find any kind of a cute title for blogs, lol! Gauge here is about to turn 2 years old – and this marks the 3rd year in a row I’ve gotten to see him! Fall seems to be when I see most of my regular yearly clients and it makes me feel so grateful to have families return year after year. There is no bigger compliment than to have you all back again and again!!

Gauge was enamored with his little tractor – and being the visual lady that I am, I was stoked that it was such a fun fall color to boot! :) Lots to see at this park for a little guy who loves nature – a stream, trees, leaves, the river! What a beautiful day we had!

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I was so happy to meet and photograph new sweet baby Charlotte a few weeks ago! She has just the best, most loving family. Especially her big sister Cadence whom I also met when she was just a newborn! Watching families grow is the best part of the job! The pictures tell more than I could – so enjoy, and watch for pictures of Charlotte as she keeps growing in her first big year!!! <3

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This little slugger was a ton of fun to play with. He is so enthusiastic when it comes to baseball – he kept saying “Come on Dad, let’s go!” and sliding into imaginary home plate! I just love his fun spirit! Jacob is going to make one heck of a big brother – and I can’t wait to his new little sister any day now!

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