country life, photography, Uncategorized, Wyoming

Sorensen Family – Southeast Wyoming Family Photography

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These handsome little cowboys, their smiley sister and awesome parents live just down the road from us.  We’re happy to be neighbors and friends with this beautiful family, as I was flattered when she asked me to take their family photos.

I love watching these boys in action.  Big Brother is quiet, methodical and kind.  He has an old soul.  He is so patient and sweet with Wyokiddo.  He even helps out here on the bird farm occasionally, putting men four times his age to shame with his work ethic and natural abilities around livestock.

Maddog, as little brother is affectionately known, is trouble in cowboy boots.  He’s adventurous, bold and the right blend of orneriness and sweetness that will have girls eating out of his hand here in another ten years or so.  He’s always up for a good time, and will tell anyone who will listen how brave and strong his dad is or how nice his mom is.  Wyokiddo is in awe of him and is always coming home from preschool telling me Maddog stories.  It’s no surprise, really, because that’s how I remember his dad from my days showing pigs in 4-H and FFA…as the ornery little brother who didn’t take anyone’s grief.

Little Sister is always all smiles and light.  She’s not walking yet, but given time, I have no doubt she’ll do everything her big brothers can do, just maybe in pink and pigtails.  And have daddy wrapped around her finger in the process.

Together, these kids will no doubt keep their parents on their toes.  But if anyone is up for the job of wrangling these three into respectful, hard-working and down-to-earth, it’s their parents.  I can’t wait to watch these kids grow up and get to know this awesome family better.

Teresa

*This great storyboard is the work of the Rita at http://www.thecoffeeshopblog.com/.  It’s a great resource for photographers just learning the power of Photoshop.   Check it out!

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photography, Uncategorized

Fall Mini-Sessions

Part two of raising some money for my daughter’s preschool involved shooting Fall Mini-Sessions.  With the help of another mom from the school, we created a super fun themed “pumpkin stand” for the kids and families to use during the shoot.

Ok.  That was a total lie.  Jess did all the work.  I showed up with a pumpkin and a wagon.  The rest was entirely her.  I told her she was permanently hired as my set designer!

So two re-purposed pallets and a giant bowl of candy corn later, we were ready to roll!  I spent two Sunday afternoons taking family photos for preschool and community area families.  It was hard work, but wonderful on so many levels.  I got to meet some amazing families, work on some photography and editing skills, and get to know some of the other preschool moms better.  And we raised about $600 for the school.

In all, it was a great project that probably benefited me as an aspiring photographer more so than it did Wee Pals Preschool.  But it was sort of exhausting.  Almost a month later, I uploaded the final edits for the last “client.”

Bring on the wine.  That’s fall themed, right?

Teresa

family, photography, Uncategorized

Grace Under Pressure

Wilson Family 2.jpgI’ve known the Wilson family before they were the Wilson family.  Erin was the older sister of a friend in high school and fellow CFD Dandy and state FFA officer.  Fred was an agriculture education teacher when I interned with the Wyoming FFA in college.  And they were one of the first to say “welcome to the neighborhood” when we moved back to Eastern Wyoming.  So it was a pleasure to be asked to take their family photos.

What an evening!  Their boys had me in stitches the entire time.  Wyokiddo had to tag along, and their daughter was kind enough to play with her between photos and entertain her when I couldn’t.  It was fun to photograph their family and see the MANY different personalities come out.  What struck me most, however, was the sheer love between them.  This is a family that sticks together, backs each other up and looks out for one another.

Fred, Erin and the whole crew have seen their share of difficulties in the last few years.  Things that would rock any family to its core and send lesser folk running for the hills.  But they aren’t bitter.  They don’t whine.  They don’t complain or moan “why us?”  They rely on their faith, their family and a level of grace I can only hope to achieve someday.

I pray for this beautiful family daily.  May 2017 be their year to soar.

Teresa