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When I first started to fall in love with photography I was obsessed with perfection. I loved the perfect pose with the perfect smile with the perfect background. I was obsessed with how images looked. Fast forward three years. Add two babes to my life. & it’s just so different now. Life is moving at such a rapid pace. Everything is blurry. It changes every day. & I am learning to value such different things than I did before babies. Sure, perfect photography is nice. Everyone looking at the camera and smiling is nice. But these days, I care less about how images look and more about how they make me feel.

Back when I first read Deb’s post about the perfect time, I knew I needed to take it to heart. There never is a perfect time. Life isn’t perfect. It’s wild & crazy & busy–and beautiful. What do I want to remember about this crazy ride? That I forced four people to smile at the camera in stiff clothes until they got “the shot?” No. Not so much.  I want to remember it just as it is. Bare feet. Squishy-ness. Giggles. Sweetness. Love. & all the crazy too. I want to capture US. Just as we are.

Enter Kate. I first found her through Michele & knew she was someone special. She has a certain quiet grace about her. She is kind & smart. & crazy good behind the lens. I knew she’d be the right person to shoot my family right now. So we made plans. & she came. & we laughed. & we sweat. & I never even put on shoes.

It was perfect. MY version of perfect.

Albeit totally sleep deprived. Wearing jeans held together with a rubber band. & I forgot to put on my sweater. Whoops.

& Kate, as I sat watching the slideshow with tears rolling down my cheeks I was grateful. Grateful for YOU. You have given me such a precious gift that I will treasure for years. I can’t wait to plaster these all over my home. I don’t know where they are all going to go…but they mean the world to me. You’ve got a gift, girl! This is definitely not the last we’ll be seeing of each other. :) Thank you.

For more of Kate’s beautiful work & to see the rest of the images from this session in the slideshow, visit:

Kate L Photography

(currently booking in Rochester, NY & San Antonio, TX)

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  • Carrie - Awww! These are great! I love the “real” pictures so much better than any “perfect” pictures – your personalities really shine! They are lovely :)ReplyCancel

  • Kendall - Love!!!!! I’ve been looking for someone who is great at this kind of lifestyle family photography in Dallas. Let me know if you have any suggestions!ReplyCancel

  • Krista - What beautiful pictures! Kate did a great job of capturing your growing family, these will be treasured for so many years to come!ReplyCancel

  • A. Berkoski - These are amazing. What a wonderful family you have. And this bears mentioning you do NOT look like you just had a baby, seriously amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Tori - Those are beautiful! What a gift!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - i love the toes. awwww. sooooo cute!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Renea - Dearest Shawna,

    Your hair and your boobies look absolutely AMAZING ;)ReplyCancel

  • Morgan @ A Bright Idea - You’re right, these pictures ARE perfect. Just beautiful…and totally create the moments that make your life what it is right now.ReplyCancel

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