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The Hatzenbuehlers: Portland, ME

As I mentioned before, Steph is a super talented Maine photographer! She left a career in social work to spend more time with her awesome kiddos and to pursue photography full time (you know how I love it when people put their fears aside and jump in to their dreams…it always gives me chills to think about!). Be sure to check out her site and spend a moment on her blog- her writing is real and beautiful and funny and inspiring! Seriously. Add her to your reader!

So you might imagine how flattered and excited I was when Steph contacted me about doing a session with her family! It’s always a gigantic honor to have clients invite me into their homes and their lives and trust me to capture who they are as a family- ALWAYS. And to add to that honor recognition by a peer…well, it just doesn’t get more exciting!

We had so. much. fun. Eva is so outgoing! After a brief moment of shyness, she invited me into her room to read books and do crafts! I love love love an independent spirit in a child- especially little girls! (no offense fellas, I just have a special place in my heart for a little girl power!). I swear, you could literally see the wheels turning in her head as she moved from one idea to the next! And then sweet, sweet baby Miles. He just kicks back and takes it all in, accented with the occasional huge smile. Their personalities are perfect compliments and I’m already so curious to see how that interaction deepens as the kids get older!

But enough of my chatter!! On to some photos!!
Miss Eva!
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
Miles!
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
Seriously, how often do you get to jump on the bed without consequences!?!
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
This little piggy…
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine6
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
Oh how I love squashed baby faces!!!
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
Eva, gettin’ down!
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
Did I mention that Steph and John grew up next door to one another? And played on the same rec league soccer team as kids (oh yeah. And the team picture is hanging along the stairway to prove it)? Ummm…can you say A-W-E-S-O-M-E!?!?!?!?!
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
Eva was ready to get outside! I can hardly blame her, the day was incredible!!
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
Went a little vintage with this one! I love her hand in her pocket!
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
2 little wee ones and he still looks at her like that when she smiles like this. Oh, how I LOVE love!
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
I just love this one for some reason…
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
Steph wanted to grab a few headshots to use in her marketing materials, so we had a little fun just the two of us! Does she not have the most INCREDIBLE skin and eyes! Gorgeous!!
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
I can’t get enough of this shot…I love the framed photos behind her and the way the light is hitting her face…
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine
Family, Child, Photographer, Portland, Maine

Thank you thank you thank you guys for a SUCH fabulous morning!! You are awesome!!

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StephanieApril 12, 2010 - 6:59 am

Girlfriend, you are SO talented! Having this pictures of us is such a gift. I love them!

AmyApril 12, 2010 - 2:54 pm

I’m a big fan of Stephanie’s and think you’ve captured what I know of her beautifully. Really compelling wonderful sweet insightful work. Bravo.

SandraApril 12, 2010 - 8:36 pm

Closest thing to perfection I have ever seen. Exquisite beauty and talent!!!

Sneak Peek: The Hatzenbuehler Family!

Steph, talented Maine photographer and Mom-extraordinaire to two gorgeous kiddos, invited me to come and take some shots of her fabulous family last weekend while I was in Portland! I love shooting families! I love the ruckus and the laughter and the craziness that kids bring to a session! I don’t want to say too much here…I’ll save my gushing over this awesome family for the big post! In the meantime, here’s a little snack!
Baby, Child, Family, Photographer, Portland, Maine
I LOOOOOOVE this shot!! Everyone is laughing and looking at each other! The only one looking at me is the dog, as if to say, “Yup. It’s always like this around here.”
Baby, Child, Family, Photographer, Portland, Maine

Can’t wait to show you the rest!!

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StephanieApril 9, 2010 - 7:47 pm

I knew I could count on you :) Can’t wait to sneak a peek at the rest.

Nylah: 6 months old!

It always amazes me how early you can start to see the personalities develop in children. I know that psychology and biology are always asking the question “nature or nurture?” and I have to believe that both factors play a huge role in the people we all eventually become. But the “nature” factor is just undeniable when you see a newborn begin to develop distinct personality traits in mere months! One of the things I love best about my fabulous job is that I often get to watch the progression over that first year, get to see the changes and growth every few months. Nylah, of course, is no exception! Watching her change from newborn to 3 month old and now to 6 month old, the difference is just amazing!! She’s so thoughtful, just looking around, taking it all in! You can see the wheels turning and I would be willing to bet the farm that she grows into the kind of person who carefully weighs every option before making a decision, who notices the small things in the everyday.

We were lucky enough to catch a break in a big fat rainstorm to capture these images at Umstead Park!
Baby, Child, Family, Photographer, Raleigh, Durham, Umstead Park
Baby, Child, Family, Photographer, Raleigh, Durham, Umstead Park
I just LOVE Nicolette’s smile!!
Baby, Child, Family, Photographer, Raleigh, Durham, Umstead Park
Nicolette’s sister came down from Kentucky to take part in the session…I love how Nylah just kept looking back and forth between them!
Baby, Child, Family, Photographer, Raleigh, Durham, Umstead Park
Baby, Child, Family, Photographer, Raleigh, Durham, Umstead Park
Baby, Child, Family, Photographer, Raleigh, Durham, Umstead Park
Baby, Child, Family, Photographer, Raleigh, Durham, Umstead Park
Nylah wasn’t at all sure what was going on with the whole basket thing…
Baby, Child, Family, Photographer, Raleigh, Durham, Umstead Park
Baby, Child, Family, Photographer, Raleigh, Durham, Umstead Park
Baby, Child, Family, Photographer, Raleigh, Durham, Umstead Park
Her little dress!! LOVE it!
Baby, Child, Family, Photographer, Raleigh, Durham, Umstead Park

Thanks for yet another awesome session, you guys!! We’ll force Shawn to join us next time, basketball game or not!!:)

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