I am going to have to start this with a little bit of a backstory…Frankie and I go to Target frequently (probably an understatement) while Liam is at school and it is too cold to go outside for our fun. It gives me a chance to do my grocery shopping and I try to make it fun for Frankie too. Along the way we met Alex, he is the Visual Merchandising Leader at Target and Frankie quickly adopted him as her best friend…then came Joni who is the an Executive Team Lead there and she quickly adopted us too! Thus starting a Target addiction that will not soon be cured!

This year Alex started giving Frankie a sticker name tag every time we came in and it quickly turned into “Frankie needs her own REAL name tag” so it wasn’t long before one was ordered and she started wearing it into the store every time we went. When we go to Target and see Joni or Alex they always get their “walkie” out so Frankie can call and find the location of the other one. Needless to say EVERY Target employee now knows Frankie by name…she is the little girl they hear on their walkies and the only little girl who has been designated “cutest team member!”

About a week ago Frankie and I saw Joni and Frankie called Alex on the walkie, Alex found us, but this time he came with a large gift bag and a card that screamed “Frankie,” check out the photos below:

As if that wasn’t enough, the bag contained Frankie’s very first Target uniform! So, what does this docu photographer do? Yep, you guessed it…I documented Frankie’s first day of work yesterday and I have a whole list of things I had no idea were required of Target employees:

    • A Starbuck’s “coffee” is the only way to start a shift off right
    • “Walkies” require quite a bit of training on your first day
    • Cart testing is perfect for the littlest of employees
    • A call to Santa to give your Christmas wish list is a normal everyday occurrence this time of year
    • You must kiss and love on all of the lonely stuffed animals without a kid to call their own
    • You are supposed to try every loose pillow to make sure they are customer ready before returning it back to the shelf
    • The only way to ensure that the floors are clean is to lay down on your belly and test them for yourself
    • You only have to count all of the “shiny” (Frankie’s current favorite color) nail polish for inventory
    • When things get a little boring, hide-and-go-seek in the dressing room is a must
    • Most importantly…HAVE FUN!!!

I bet you didn’t know either, did you? I am pretty sure though that we all want a job at Target now…and I am also pretty sure that this little girl is the luckiest girl around to have a Target to call her own and she has been blessed with the bestest of friends a girl could ask for!

I spent a blizzardy Sunday morning with the Fosters this last week and although the weather outside was frightful (see what I did there!:)) we had so much fun documenting their Christmas traditions! We spent a large portion of our time putting together their traditional Christmas Lego set, but then had time to venture (BRIEFLY) into the bitter cold to get a couple of photos in the snow…then came in and they got into their traditional Christmas PAJAMAS (I kept calling them pj’s and Brady was quick to correct me every time) and we took some photos of them all cuddled up in what must be the most comfy PAJAMAS I ever did see!

I happen to be a mom to three boys so I know exactly what to expect when photographing a boy dominant house and Paxton and Brady certainly did not disappoint! I had so much fun watching these two bicker and goof off! Seriously bring on all of the spitting, hitting, farting, burping…I could go on forever, but it truly makes my heart so happy to be able to document such a short lived (although difficult) time! Amy and Brett are definitely used to it and I think their photos turned out so beautifully real, which is always my goal! I do hope that you enjoy their album as much as I enjoyed documenting it!

Make sure to check out their video below with all of the photos from their session as well as some live video!

I have been so anxious to share this lovely album of my visit with the Jackson’s! When Kristin first told me that her family lived on acreage and she wanted to do their session there I was super excited, but I never could have imagined how amazing it would be! You see they live on their families land along with Chris’s parents and grandparents, and soon his brother too! We packed so much in, from throwing hedge-apples in their pond, to feeding chickens, the whole time I was there was magical.

This is what documentary photography is all about…taking your beautiful life and making art that will last a lifetime. Kristin described life with twin two year-olds, Lewis and Becca, 4 year old, Elliot, and 6 year old, Nora, as a permanent child’s birthday party…I completely understood what she was saying and I knew I would just adore her and her family from the get go, I just thrive in a little bit of crazy!! 😍 She was absolutely right, we did not stop for the entire hour and as a photographer I am so pleased…I just love so much of what we were able to capture in a short hour! I am so happy that I got to document this crazy time in their lives because it really will not last forever…despite what they may be feeling right now! Ha!

I hope you enjoy their beautiful photos below and their gorgeous video below that!

When I first talked to Laura she hesitantly said you do know we have 8 kids don’t you after I told her how excited I was to photograph their family. I, of course, was excited for the challenge that comes along with the chaos of all of those kiddos…AND anyone who knows me knows that I would have 13 if I had my way! (Too bad the husband doesn’t feel the same way:)) They were everything I could have hoped for and more, and I almost brought a couple of them home with me!

I just love the happiness that shines through in these photos and the love that these two have for each and every one of those babies is so evident! The littlest, Liam, was celebrating his 2nd birthday and carried his new airplane book and airplane everywhere and those siblings doted on him the entire time! I love being able to capture something that is so important but will also pass quickly!

I hope you love their album, it really was so incredibly fun to capture their personalities and play with them for an evening and I hope our happiness that evening shows! Make sure you scroll to the bottom to view their video!!

Dear Evelyn,

I got to take photos of your beautiful mother while you were still in her belly just 9 days before I got to meet you. I came to the hospital when you were just two days old and still learning a lot about life. You and your mama were working hard at getting the feeding thing figured out and you were not the happiest while I was there, but while watching your mommy and how gracefully and patiently she calmed you, I just know that you two will have it figured out in no time and it will all be a distant memory. This is one of the reasons I love documenting little one’s like you, everything changes so quickly and before you know it you will be doing things on your own!

After my small time with your mommy and daddy I know already that your mama will be the calm one, the one that cuddles you when you’re scared or hurt and wipes away your tears gently when you are upset and you daddy is going to be the funny one, the one that will push the limits of fatherhood while you’re mama nervously laughs at him. You will be so loved by these two beautiful people who are so perfectly paired that you will get the best of both of them, gaining your mother’s grace, strength and beauty while also being gifted with your father’s carefree attitude and humor! You are so blessed in so many ways and I hope you can one day look back at these photos and see that it started from the moment you were born.

 

Much love,

Adrienne K.

 

 

I have been nearly crawling out of my skin in anticipation to be able to show off this session. I met Bryan and Kaley a little over a week ago at their house for their photo session and everything about it was magical! Their sweet puppy hid from me making the photos with her included so sweet. Then Bryan took us to his grandparents property in Belle Plaine and the magic just kept on coming. These two are so beautiful and obviously so, so in love and it was so amazing to be able to capture this fleeting moment in their lives before two become three.

I had the pleasure of photographing their Fresh 48 today and also got to show them the slideshow below and needless to say poor Kaley was quite emotional. I know that hormones were a bit at play this morning, but I also can’t help but get a little teary as I look at these photos…there is really so much to love; Kaley and Bryan, their beautiful connection, the amazing property that we got to explore, the gorgeous night we had…all of it really was so dreamy! I hope you enjoy their session as much as I loved documenting it and stay tuned for their Fresh 48!

 

What can I say about the Potter’s? They are one of the sweetest families I have ever met. They have been through more than many go through in a lifetime with Brooke battling cancer after being diagnosed while pregnant with Adelyn, to an unexpected miscarriage after beating cancer…their story is one of courage, strength, and above all else undying love. I was so honored to be able photograph and get to know this family.

It was so amazing to watch the bond that Adelyn has with both of her parents, but it was clear from the get go that she was quite the Daddy’s girl! She LOVES going to work with Reece and riding in the airplanes, so of course it was an obvious place to document them doing what they love. Adelyn is everything you would expect from a nearly three year old, she is spunky, outgoing, opinionated and so, so ACTIVE. I love that I got to document this threesome before the addition of the littlest Potter, Emerie!

I do hope you love the Potter family’s documentary session as much as I do! As always, make sure to scroll to the bottom to see their video with even more photos. 🙂

Dearest Layla,

I spent just a short hour with you and your sweet family and let me tell you, it was so evident how much love you are surrounded by in less than 30 seconds of being there. Your mama and daddy were pretty exhausted from their hospital stay but their excitement from your arrival was still so evident in their tired eyes! Your big sister Ilona is not your biggest fan right now, but she has been the one and only for quite a while and I am just sure that she will soon realize that having a sister is the BEST thing ever!

I do hope that you can look back on your photos one day and see the love that I saw, and understand just how lucky you are! Welcome to the world baby girl!

Your first paparazzi,

Adrienne K.