It’s funny …. April and I recently got to talking about how our friendship started. I know it was through finding one another on Facebook (I can still remember commenting on like, every photo April posted of her son, Jack’s, bedroom), but we couldn’t remember exactly how that connection happened. We’re pretty sure it came from a mutual friendship/admiration for my wonderful, dear friend Bobbi (she’s been kind of my own Kevin Bacon when it comes to making some AMAZING connections over the years) but however it happened, I’m so so SO grateful it did. And, in that time since, you all might remember me documenting April’s family a time or two (I think this image from our last session might be the most popular shot of mine to ever make its way to Pinterest …and I mean, with that gallery wall, it’s not hard to see why, right?) So, when April asked if I would document their family again this year (after a rain date and my late pregnancy kept me from our shoot last year), I was TOTALLY in. Did I mention that this ever-stylish/design-savvy friend of mine had redecorated her bedroom and wanted us to shoot in it? NOT TO MENTION SHE NOW HAS A DAUGHTER WHO IS SOOOO SQUISHY AND PRECIOUS? I couldn’t WAIT to get to Lafayette to make this shoot happen and meet Matilda!
April, you know I love your family. Like sooooo much. Your friendship is such a gift to me. I hope you love these photos every bit as much as I do. And I hope they make you giggle at the crazy ball of moving parts that is your family at this stage (After our session, April sent me a link to a photoshoot where this couple had two older girls who were delicately cradling their newborn baby sister, totally peaceful and blissed out, and was like, “For what it’s worth, this is kind of what I originally had in mind.” I laughed and wrote her back, “Yeah, sorry that never happened!” Her response made me laugh all the more: “We would have needed horse tranquilizers to make that work!” Hahaha…
I just have to start off this series by introducing you to April and Dustin’s middle son, Finn (great name, right?) He’s 3 and hilarious. Oh, and maybe, just maybe a bit ornery? ;)
Big brother Jack is SO sweet with Matilda. I swooned BIG time over these two that day. These next photos are ALL so perfectly imperfect to me; I’ll let them do the talking :) Matilda’s face here …. I DIE. It’s a look that says, “Big brothers…what are you gonna do?” You guys remember that one time Jack was a little boy? YEAH ME NEITHER.April, you and Dustin …MAN YOU MAKE CUTE BABIES. Finnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!! Soooo, let’s talk about the real star of the show here: BABY MATILDA. I wanted to eat this girl with a spoon. She is all adorable smiles and sweet natured personality and precious, dimply rolls. And I am just SO happy for April that she gets to have a daughter. I was holding Matilda for a while, telling her how cool her mama is, whispering things like, “Your mom is going to let you raid her awesome wardrobe and take you on cool trips to places like New York City”. I know those two will have such an incredible mother-daughter bond. I mean they already do….. By the way, what’s cuter? Matilda’s smile or that headband? I know, it’s a toss up! As much as I love April, I love her hubby, Dustin. He’s such a great guy with these kids. Those two are high up there on my list of favorite couples who are awesome at life. (Also, all that red hair?! I love it!) These next photos I just….I can’t even handle the cuteness factor. That photo on the right is one of my all-time favorite family portraits I’ve ever taken (no surprise, a lot of the others also involve the Smiths. They are CRAZY awesome people to photograph!) Now’s about when April took Matilda off to feed her and I got to snoop around April’s awesome bedroom and take some shots to show off her UNBELIEVABLE flair for design. I mean, how cool is this room?! Got questions about stuff? I’m sure April will share links if you ask! (I do know the hanging pendant lamps are from Urban Outfitters and the canvases? April made them in Photoshop — clever!) We decided to move things into Matilda’s nursery and you guys, if you didn’t believe me when I said that April has a TOTAL knack for this decorating business, well, check out the sweetness that is this nursery (and leave April some compliments urging her to go into business as a decorator…I’m SERIOUS!) April loves books EVERY bit as much as I do. She’s gifted me some amazing books for Dean and I loved taking a peek at Matilda’s bookshelf as well. This photo is perfect because I’m pretty sure April plays like this with Matilda ALL the time in here and I’m overjoyed to have captured a shot where baby AND mama are both in it! SO sweet! To wrap things up, we decided to check back in with the boys (andddd who are we kidding … we had another awesome outfit change for Matilda. April is definitely soaking up all the ADORABLE girl clothes that she gets to dress this cutie in) …. I must say, I was obsessed with Jack’s flannel (CrewCuts, J.Crew’s kid’s brand, is so great!) Dustin’s face here? SO great. He’s so funny (and good humored when it comes to family portraits ;) ) Ending things where it all began — with those SWEET boys of theirs. Oh Jack and Finn, what an awesome childhood you have with these parents and this farm to roam! April and Dustin, ’til next time! xoxo — G