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“We teach children about life, but they teach us what life is about.”

There is so much I could say about my time with this family. I am happy and blessed to have been able to spend some serious quality time with these munchkins before heading up to Alabama for the October Baby promotional tour.  It was my Godson Elias’s (the oldest) 5th birthday and I was invited to join them in celebrating the little man’s birth. After almost two years of being away in Switzerland and unable to make something work to meet up, I could finally visit my long time sister-in-love and her family at their Orlando home for a few days. Because I knew I had some time, I tried something new with my photography.

For the past few weeks I’ve really admired the work of a particular photographer named Leah Zawadski who is currently concentrating on taking portraits of her children in their completely natural environment. Spending time with a dear friend, her husband and their three boys helped me get into a place where I could watch life happen a little differently than what I’m accustomed to and then document what I saw. It was more or less an exercise in seeing life through a different lens you could say. These first set of these images are part of my experiment to capture them as kids being kids while using the available light I have in the most creative way possible.  With only my Nikon body and a cheap 50mm lens to work with, I was limited in some ways but liberated in others since no time was wasted changing lenses.

It was a gift to have time with them for almost a week. I will cherish this trip and remember the way the light lit up their innocence with the freedom to be themselves.  Towards the end of my visit I took the family in the sun for a more typical golden hour photo session which was a session I’d been dreaming of for years.  I found much joy in looking back over these photos and watching them live out their childhood as uniquely as they are to me.

Miranda - March 11, 2012 - 2:21 pm

Oh! These melt my heart. I only wish that we could have gotten some together…and maybe that it was warm enough to wear a skirt :)

You are so fantastic. I’ll be hard pressed to find someone as amazing as you!! We miss you already and are SOOOOO impressed with how the photos turned out!! We love you!!

Molissa Snell - March 11, 2012 - 2:35 pm

Absolutely beautiful Rachel! You areso very talented. God has blessed you! Use your wonderful gifts to Glorify His Name!!

Christina Veit - March 11, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Rachel, these pictures put the biggest smile on my face. You captured the family truly being themselves . Your work is magical, thank you for sharing these photos!

Colleen Trusler - March 11, 2012 - 6:08 pm

Rach, you captured them perfectly! I felt so honored to have been able to be a part of your visit with them and get to know this beautiful family!

Audrey - March 11, 2012 - 6:32 pm

Oh wow! These took my breath away! Rachel, you are one super talented lady!

carolyn western - March 12, 2012 - 9:13 am

racheal the pictures you took of miranda and jon ,boys are just beautiful.when you get back to dothan gove me a call in chipley i love you this is miranda,s grandmother carolyn western

Anissa Western - March 12, 2012 - 2:34 pm

Rachel,this is Miranda’s aunt. I met you awhile back. These pictures are truly beautiful.Just keep using the talent that God gave you to be that witness he has called you to be. And they are a very special family indeed.

Eleanor Whitaker - March 13, 2012 - 7:16 pm

Rachel, Thanks for sharing such Beautiful Pictures of Jon,Miranda, and our precious Grands!! It has been nine months since we have seen our Babies!! They have grown and changed so much! I can’t wait to smother them with Kisses & Hugs in June!
May God continue to Bless you! I send my love!
Eleanor ( Jon’s mom & my third daughter’s mom)

Kate Wicker - March 13, 2012 - 7:29 pm

I loved catching a glimpse into the lives of Jon, Miranda, and the boys. The love is palpable. So is the energy and spirit in those boys. Then there’s Miranda. What a beauty.

These photos are amazing. And so are their subjects.

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Leia - December 23, 2012 - 7:06 pm

Great blog! Is your theme custom made or did you
download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few
simple tweeks would really make my blog jump out. Please let me
know where you got your design. With thanks

Szilvia - January 13, 2013 - 2:50 pm

This photos impressed me. ;) Best wishes from Hungary! Szilvi

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