A Unique Love: Grandma & Grandpa Louderback

A couple of weeks after my grandmother passed away, I had a unique session that, looking back on it now, meant a whole lot. I’d done large family shoots before; sessions with parents and kids, but I’d never done one like this – a grandparent shoot. With his mom and dad away for the weekend, Henry got to spend some time with Grammy and Pop, both visiting from Pennsylvania. Living across the country apart, I could tell that how precious these visits must be, for both parties.

“Isn’t he one of the cutest babies you’ve ever met?” Susan, aka Grammy, gushed.

“He really is,” I told her, hearing my grandmother’s voice in my head.

And she continued to look on lovingly at Henry, as he ran across the sand, climbed up the jungle gym with Pop and laughed as he hopped up and down that tiny playground bridge.

These were the most pictures she’d ever had taken of her, Susan told me. As corny as this will sound, what a privilege, I thought to myself. I just helped Henry, his grandparents and his parents, add to their collection of memories.

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Fire It Up: Jacob’s 2nd Birthday

A pizza delivery truck…in the form of a firetruck…with its own oven. I could say it a dozen times and it still wouldn’t suffice what a unique party Jacob’s birthday was. Cloudy though the day was, the afternoon was warmed by all the kids’ excitement. There was a firetruck there for pizza’s sake! And a bubble activity area. Firetruck + bubbles = PARTY TIME!

And to make the day even more special, Jacob helped his mom and dad tell everyone that he was going to have a baby brother! What an awesome moment that was! I’ve never never witnessed a baby reveal before, and despite being hired to record the day’s events, I couldn’t help but be touched and started welling up when Jeannie (Jacob’s mom) started crying. Absolutely wonderful day!

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A Magical Age: Leah’s 3rd Birthday

No longer a baby, but not quite a big kid – that’s what 3 years old is, and as far as I can remember, it was a pretty fun time. Adorable little Leah is the epitome of fun. At this unique indoor playground with full-sized contraptions of all sorts, Leah jumped and climbed on and over all of them, the swing being her most favorite spot to hang out. This gal is an absolute ham, and I have enjoyed watching her grow up to be such a wonderful little tot, just like her older sister, mom and dad (who aren’t tots, but they’re wonderful just the same).

Leah took after Abby Gadabby for her third birthday celebration, with pigtails and a friendly smile to match =)

And one more thing – her party favors? A fish for each kid, home and care instructions included.
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