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Documentary newborn & family photographer || Meeting Olivia

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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Documentary Family Photographer || this is home || the watters family

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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Kansas City Family & Lifestyle Photographer ||The Andres Family & their new home

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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