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Kalamazoo MI Family Photographer | The Harkers

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Kalamazoo MI Family Photographer | The Harkers

It's been about a thousand years since I blogged, but I couldn't resist sharing the highlights from last night's family session. My sweet friend Erica, the gorgeous mama in these photos, took our incredible newborn photos a couple of months ago, and last night I was able to repay the favor with a fun family session. We played and laughed, fed fish, picked mulberries, roasted marshmallows, and caught up on life. It did my heart good. And on the way home from her session, since I was kid free for the first time in a LONG time, I cranked the radio in my minivan, opened the sunroof, and let the wind blow through my hair. (Totally wild & crazy, right?!)

I love this life, and I love that I get to document other's lives along the way. Enjoy!

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Kalamazoo MI Family Photographer | The Harkers

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Kalamazoo MI Family Photographer | The Harkers

I love this family. 

I love how they love eachother, and how they put God and family time first. They have their priorities in line and they support eachother. I met Erica a few years ago through a mutual photographer friend, and I've learned so much from her in that short time. Like, for example, that it is possible to balance motherhood with a photography business (if you keep your priorities straight), and that you can homeschool your children in a way that works for you while doing so. She has always been a godly example as a wife, mother and business woman, and she truly believes in community over competition. I was lucky enough to watch her in action last year during one of her studio newborn sessions (I now affectionately call her The Baby Whisperer, and you can check out her amazing work here). 

This session did my heart good. The sun kept peeking in and out as the time came closer to their session, and then just before we started it completely disappeared behind the clouds. But that had zero affect on the way they loved on eachother. Sometimes cloudy day are even better in my mind, since the emotion is in the forefront of the photo rather than competing with rays of sunlight. And the emotion in this session is so true and pure and real. 

Thank you Harker family for allowing me to document this time in your lives. <3

Enjoy.

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