It was months ago when my Uncle Jack first mentioned to my dad (his brother) that he’d love for me to take some family photos of the Koch clan. (Bit of trivia for you— Koch is my maiden name and back home, we pronounce it K-o (long o)-ff. Basically, nobody outside of my immediate family pronounces it as such, which explains why, for 24 years, I got a lot of “Gail Kotch” and “Gail Koke” from teachers, waitresses and doctor’s offices.)
Back to my family: Months after being asked, I got together with my aunt, uncle and cousins to make that family portrait session happen on a gorgeous fall afternoon perfect for the occasion. It was great to see cousins I hadn’t seen in ages, family I used to spend far more time with when I was young and lived a few miles away. Nowadays, they all have their own busy lives too — new additions to the family, new homes being built, new jobs on the horizon — so taking the time to stop and document where they’re at right now in this crazy ride called life made the visit all the more precious. On that note, meet a few my cousins :)
My cousin Troy’s son TJ (at left) and my cousin Nathan’s oldest son, Evan (at right) SO CUTE!
Nathan and his wife, Andrea, had just welcomed their newest little addition to the family. This is baby Camden!
This is my cousin Neil and his wife Kara (who just happened to have the wind catch her hair at THE epitome of perfect timing for this photo!)
My Uncle Jack and my Aunt Mary. I know my aunt had been looking forward to getting these photos taken for a long time and it warmed my heart to do something like this for her and my uncle — both of whom have done so much for our family over the years
My cousin Troy and TJ (somewhere at my parent’s there is an awesome shot of Troy and I at 6 and 7 as Prince and Princess at Harlan Days, the summer festival our town would throw every year – haha)
I had this crazy idea of using a couch on this shoot and bless her heart, Mary said, “We can do that!” So Neil, Nathan and Troy lugged the couch from the den so I could have the fun of capturing them all together like this in front of the big family barn. I think it was totally worth it!
Do I even have to comment on how much I adore this series? :)
I love this one. I feel like I’ve captured my cousins’ personalities perfectly here.
I saw this little hill behind the barn and was all, “HEY YOU GUYS … I HAVE AN IDEA!!!!!”
My Grandma Koch came down for part of the shoot. She’s my dad and Uncle Jack’s mom (my only remaining grandparent). She’s 93! And, well, I’m biased here, but one of my favorite people on the planet. Thanks for being such good sports about all the ideas I had for the shoot you guys! Love you bunches!!!
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