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Home is Exploring their Chicago neighborhood & watching trains || Chicago, IL

los angeles family photographer
los angeles family photographer
los angeles family photographer
 
Home is exploring the city streets. It is watching trains & memorizing The L’s colorful lines.
It is piggy back rides & making each other belly laugh.
Home is dancing to your favorite song in the kitchen while baking cupcakes.
It is playing guitar together & then making our own parade as we march around the house.
Home is adventure, happy, innocent. It is musical. It is love. It is safe.
This is the Pokornik family. This is home.
 
 
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Home is Playing in bed & ice cream dates || Chicago, IL

los angeles family photographer
los angeles family photographer
los angeles family photographer
 
Home is morning routines & traditions. It is a warm cup of coffee & greeting you when you awake.
It is playing in bed, making silly faces, & giggling together.
Home is walking along the bustling streets of Chicago for an ice cream date.
Home is bright, filled with joy, & rainbow sprinkles. It is silly. It is dessert before lunch.
This is the Medanich family. This is home.
 
 
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Home is Bare feet & Chocolate Chip cookies || Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Family photographer
Minneapolis Family photographer
Minneapolis Family photographer
 
Home is making chocolate chip cookies together in the kitchen. It’s eating sugar straight out of the bag.
It is tangled hair, bare feet, & sitting on the kitchen counter.
Home is inviting, warm, completely authentic. It is giggles. It is together.
Home, the place to tickle each other until it hurts, speak in british accents, & snuggle together on the couch.
This is the Pelton family. This is home.
 
 
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Meeting Olivia || Kansas City, MO

Documentary newborn photography

song credit: The Careful Ones Paper Knees

& then they were four.
these are the precious moments when little Gracie met her newest family member, Olivia Noel.
counting those tiny toes. sharing her new little bunny. countless little kisses.
it will be so sweet to watch these two grow up side-by-side.
curiously exploring their surroundings.
being each others first best friend.
& navigating through this messy, beautiful life together.
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The Watters Family and their Kansas City Loft || Kansas City, MO

the watters family photographs
the watters family photographs

little dancing feet across the wooden floorboards.
baby laughter & toddler giggles filling each room.
makin’ valentines. sharing bear hugs. endless amounts of snuggles.
a glimpse into the beautiful, simple life of the watters family.

“Like most people, I could say [the most beautiful moment of my life was]…my wedding, the birth of my children, the purchase of our first home, making love for the first time, etc. & while all those things were great & beautiful, they are not the ones I think of first. The ones I think of first are: living in Cedar Falls on Main St. & going to half price martinis at the Stuffed Olive every Monday night & just talking about life. Or walking on the beach in Mexico with my family as Stella dips her toes in the water & continually talks to herself about which way everyone should walk. “Stella go this way, Dad goes this way, Baby Brudder go this way, & Mom go this way.” Or even riding bikes through the English Gardens in Munich with Amanda; stopping to have some awesome sausage, sauerkraut, & a giant mug of beer. These are the moments most beautiful to me, because they are ours & no one elses.” – andrew

“andrew & i have a little saying, “T.I.H. {this is home}” we whisper it in each other’s ears when we feel most connected to one another, most at home. it is one of our many ways of saying “i love you” & tells the other person that we are feeling happy, cozy, calm, & loved. so to me, home means family.” – amanda

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The Andres Family & their new home || Kansas City, MO

lakeside portraits on the shalomimaginative.com
lakeside portraits on the shalomimaginative.com

this is Alisha & Daniel
& the start of their third year together.

Alisha is an insanely incredible writer …
these, her words on this season of their life:

 

“we never planned any of this. we found each other the way waves find the shoreline; a wild wayward journey spent searching until at last crashing upon the inevitable found home of sweet sand & rock.

we are still wild together, yes. we beat on against what life continues to give us: moving away from family & friends, losing dear people in our lives, the struggle to maintain certain dreams while putting others on hold, & the constant fluster & muss of the everyday weight of responsibility.

often, we are discouraged. but more often than not, we pull each other back to the good & honest truth; to the great mysterious wonder of our days that are filled with the smell of his strong coffee in the early mornings, the feel of our warm winter mittens as we explore the city in the black of cold nights, the sound of soft music playing & crackle as we read by the fireplace inside our new home, & the plain fact that we are each other’s compass pointing north. the intrinsic feeling that this city, this house, this family, was never by chance.

december marks our 2nd year together & everything in us feels the readiness of the new year to come. by the pull of the moon & the whipping of winds, the tide will continue to rise & fall & recklessly swirl in a calculated dance. & so will we.” {the song below, part of her inspiration as she penned these words.}

 
 
 
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