Thirteen | Idaho Teen Photographer

We have a teenager in the house. Well, we have had one for six months now, but we’ll not talk about me being behind on posting sessions again. Mkay, moving on. She’s always been pretty mature for her age, yet there is a childlike quality about her too. Thank goodness! Don’t grow up too fast sweet girl. She’s not afraid to be silly, and I hope she never loses that quality. I can take myself too seriously sometimes and that is not a trait I want to pass onto my kiddos. She loves to make me laugh and always seems to sense when I need a hug. Her love of learning continues and we’re excited to see where that takes her. We’ve had some fun mother/daughter trips during the past year. I cherish these experiences and memories we’re making together.

We had fun during her special birthday session last fall. She added some new hardware to her smile and a few inches to her height. I’m pretty sure she’s going to outgrow her dad and me! She loves showing cattle and does a good job. She entered the 7th grade and seems to be handling the transition like a pro. We enjoyed watching her run cross country, play basketball and now tennis for her school. We try not to put too much pressure on her, but really appreciate how responsible and helpful she is around the house and with her younger siblings.

We’re so thankful for this kind, caring and hard working young lady. Each birthday that passes is just a little more bittersweet. So grateful for healthy and happy kids, but each day they get a little closer to being on their own. Of course, that’s our main goal, raising children who are kind, generous, productive adults. But, they will always be my babies! I would be lying if I said I didn’t wish time would slow down, but I really try to enjoy and appreciate each stage my children are in. There are hard times and blessings through it all!

Sometimes the tween/teen years get a bad rap, and for sure there are growing pains. But, it’s also a time for kids to delve further into their personalities and figure out a little more about who they are. I don’t want to miss capturing this stage of my own kids or others. Kids need to know what gifts they are. I want them each to recognize their God-given talents, learn to make good friends and be a good friend, be able to make and learn from mistakes in a safe environment, and remember how truly special each one is. Kids tend to grow up too fast already; a lifestyle portrait session helps capture these moments in time. And I must not be too uncool because there was minimal eye rolling during this session, ha!

You can enjoy the rest of the images in her YOURStorybook.

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Miss B ~ 4 Year Old | Outdoor Children’s Photo Session | Idaho Child Photography

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We had a blast during this outdoor children’s photo session with my littlest. I love me some golden light! I also love the curiosity and spunkiness of this little girl. She definitely keeps me on my toes for sure! This is such a fun age to capture the expressions of little ones. Their personality just shines through. This one is not lacking for any; that’s for sure! She started preschool shortly after this and just loves it. She’s a little mix of her siblings in looks and personality, but also her own little person. (Yes, if you’re keeping track, I’m several months late in blogging these.)

Whether kids are shy or outgoing, I always get down on their level and get to know them a little more before putting my camera in their face. This little miss is no stranger to the camera, but some kids definitely need more time to warm up. And making their outdoor children’s photo session the best experience possible is my main goal. I want kids to walk away only remembering how much fun they had.

Big sister tagged along as my assistant, and I love this sweet image I captured of the two of them. I’m so excited to give Miss B the YOURStorybook I created with these images too. My kids love looking at their photo books, and I love having a way to remember their birthday milestones along the way. The days are long, but these years are flying by! You can see more of this ray of sunshine here. They don’t stay little very long, so it’s definitely worth investing in capturing these memories.

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On the Big Stage ~ National Western Stock Show

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Love those fluffy ears! This was the last show for this heifer. The pair had a successful show season, but now it’s time for her to be
a mama cow and have her first calf. We’re very excited to see the calves she produces.
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In the Yards

Experiencing the view of the pen and carload cattle in the Yards.

On the Hill

Last week we made a trip to the National Western Stock Show. It had been 10 years since I had been to the show, and I was excited to get back to Denver, see cattle friends, take in the trade show, hang out with family, and watch the shows. Our oldest was only 2 years old during our last trip and this year she would be competing in the Junior Angus Show for the first time. Our family has exhibited cattle here several years and won the coveted “Super Bowl” of cattle shows in 1999 and 2011. My parents were able to join us for the week and to see MJ show for the first time. Sometimes it’s hard living so far from my family, but we cherish the times we’re together. We enjoyed watching our daughter compete with her three heifers, walking through the barns, visiting with friends and congratulating other competitors. Everything on display—from the cattle on the Hill and in the Yards to the amazing vendors at the trade show is always top notch.

In the Yards

There is so much history to this show—it began in 1906. The Denver Stockyards were where cattlemen all over the West would bring their cattle by railroad to market at auction. Walking along the catwalk high above the pens shows quite the view of the cattle and the entire complex. I love the history of it all!

I have many memories of attending my first NWSS in college, as well as a few more times through the years after I was married and we started exhibiting our cattle here. This year was no exception. It was even more special to share the experience with our oldest daughter. I will always feel grateful for the opportunities we have to raise kids and cattle.

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