This is a follow up to the maternity session with Jen & Charlie… now they are a family of 3!!… well, four if you count their fur-st baby Gina!
Little Ollie was born in December and is now a whopping 3 months old! I got to catch up with this cute little family and captured bath time, which Ollie absolutely loves. He was kicking, splashing mom & dad, and having all the fun he could have. He is an adorable little man in the making! And his big fur-sister Gina is adjusting quite well to the family addition!
The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing…
bath time //
How does a photographer con her husband into a ‘just because’ photo shoot where he has to dress up a little and look dapper? Include whiskey and a cigar!!!
Rob was a
great sport about it, and he’s just so handsome I can’t help but want to take his photo… like, a REAL photo, not a cell phone snapshot. Now the real question is: should I order prints or a photo book of these images?? LOL
“I got a shotgun, a rifle and a 4-wheel drive. And a country boy can survive.” Hank Williams, Jr. (Country Boys Can Survive)
2016 was a huge year for Jen & Charlie: they became first-time homeowners and had a bouncing baby boy, Ollie!!
Their maternity session was super fun – they crafted, they played guitars and sang a song they wrote together! I mean, could they BE any cuter?!? And I cannot forget to mention big sis Gina… although her furry face doesn’t show it, she’s excited about her new little human!
Congratulations to Jen & Charlie on their adorable little family!
BIG things are happening in the Gulling family!! Ryan and Heather are welcoming their 4th child this December, and after having 3 WONDERFUL boys, they are being blessed with a sweet baby girl.
And how fitting that the current baby of the family got to share the news that he is finally joining the ranks of ‘Big Brother’ while the older bros got to help announce that they are finally getting a sister!
There can be no better companion than a brother. There can be no better friend than a sister.
pregnancy reveal //
gender reveal //
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While most family activities are captured by the latest cell phone camera technology, with some cool filters and stickers to play with, most likely the images will just be of your kids, not of your whole family (eh-hem, that means you, moms and dads!).
While you think ‘Whew! I dodged the camera bullet – I’m a sweaty mess!’, your kids just see you as mom and dad, and love you just as you are. These images are not just for you to look at and remember a fun family day, but these are keepsakes for your children to possibly show their kids… so why wouldn’t you want to be in them?? Get over yourself, and get in those pictures too!!
How do you take the stress of enjoying the moment while trying to capture it at the same time?? That’s what I’m here for!! You might think it’s weird to hire your own paparazzi, you will more than love the moments captured that otherwise could not be, and that you have evidence that your kids are yours and that you were really there too. (lol)
I had the opportunity to follow the Gulling family to the Scioto Mile water fountain park on a hot July day, and let the family play and enjoy themselves while I took on the stress of dodging random kids, the squirting fountains and all the chaos that comes with taking 3 kids to a public play space. While Ryan was only able to sneak away during his lunch break to meet Heather and the boys for a short while, it a great day for a water park, ice cream and a pizza picnic!
family fun //
Austin’s introduction to the water fountain park with the whole family! For an 18 month old, he sure was skeptical about the water shooting up and he needed to observe the other children’s behavior. He analyzed the situation on how to approach and engage, but he totally got into it.
lunch time //
While Caleb and Elijah raced to see who could eat their pizza first, Austin just sat back and savored the flavors… and saved some for later… Okay – time to go back and play now!!
splish’in and a splash’in //
Since no one is actually swimming, we opted out of waiting 30 minutes before returning to the water 😉 It was time to cool down again – the shade we found to eat under didn’t help much with the heat. This time, all the boys were ready to get wet (i.e. sprayed in the face).
all good things must come to an end //
With the boys wore out from playing in the sun, it was time to wrap up our day together. Before heading home for a snack and some well-earned naps, it was time for them to head to the library to get books for summer reading. These boys definitely had fun in the hot, humid Ohio sun, and, best of all, Heather got to enjoy time with her boys without worrying about getting pictures and missing moments, or dropping her phone in the giant puddle we were in, and Ryan gets to see how much fun they had while he was at work (drying off after getting some major splashes from random kids LOL).
Back in spring 2014, my husband and I went to visit his grandmother in Illinois with his sister and her husband. Since our hotel was close to Schaumburg, we decided to have dinner at Medieval Times one night… rather ‘experience’ dinner’. After waiting around for all our fellow diners to arrive to fill in the castle’s interior stadium, for far too long for this ADD girl, we were finally seated and the dinner wenches made their appearance. (yeah…l got a souvenir tank that says ‘wench’… LOL) Speaking of souvenirs… these amazing little light glow-in-the-dark swords were being peddled… so when in Rome! …$32 later we had 2 swords that we whacked each other with all night. We had sticker shock (who would spend that kind of money on kids? What if you had 3?? $48 for some damn plastic swords??) but I have to say in the long run, it was a great investment because 2 years later, they still work! Granted we haven’t really used them, but they’ve been moved and tossed, and are still going strong!
Any who… I took my camera with me (my previous camera, so it didn’t do so well in the darkness)… and only a few pictures turned out, but the most important ones did: the photos of The Blue Knight!!!! The Blue Knight is a doppleganger of one of our long time friends, but looks like him from high school! And that wasn’t all that recent… LOL All four of us busted out laughing when we saw him – the doppleganger game was so strong we all saw it at the same time!
So here is my ode to Medieval Times, and to The Blue Knight…. and to The Sonny Shroyer.