As I started to write this blog post, I searched through my email history to remind me of what Ryan’s (the momma) first email said. I was expecting something from March of 2019 but thennnnn I saw that her first email to me was actually from 2012; “I’m originally from Indiana, so I’ve been following your blog for some time now (you guys rock!)” She was looking for recommendations for a photographer closer to where she lived in Columbus, Ohio.
Whoa! Ryan! When we photographed your session I had no idea that you had been reading my blog for 7+ years at that point! If I had known I would have been feeling the pressure! Phewwwww!
The end of her 2012 email closed with this: “I hope to get my family to Indy* some day to have pics taken by you!”
Needless to say, Ryan is a woman of her word! Seven years later, we made it happen! Our second string of emails in 2019 started with, “I’ve always wanted to see my family through your camera… you have such a knack for capturing happiness and love.”
And with that, I bring you the Pfahl Family, a session truly full of happiness and love.
*I was living in Indianapolis at that time.
My favorite thing about this image: Jackon’s little green foot kick!
Meet Sawyer, he’s 8. Five words used to describe him (according to his parents): athletic, serious, kind, friendly, leader.
I always love reading someone’s “five words.” I love even more when I can tell that someone really put some effort and thought into it. All of that to say Ryan’s & Kyle’s adjective perrrrrrfectly describes these kids.
I always love Megan’s tight individual shots while a family is looking my direction.
Harper, 6. 😀 In five words: hilarious, sporty, smart, sweet, determined.
YESSSSS TO ALL OF THOSE WORDS!
I have no idea what mom and dad were doing to my right to get these perfect smiles but whatever it is, I wish I had a video of it because these expressions are priceless!
This was actually my first ever paid* session in my new hometown of Louisville. Funny that my first family session in Kentucky is actually a family that lives in Columbus, Ohio.
*In 2016 I photographed Stephen (my husband) and my (now) step-kids in Louisville and I also did a $0 session of those same incredible kids with their momma. I also photographed a free workshop session in Louisville back in April. 😀
Jackson, 4 years old. In five words: intelligent, loving, curious, affectionate, chatty.
In 2040, when I come out of wedding photographer retirement so that I can photograph these kids’ weddings, I promise to recreate that photo on the left every time. Notice little Jackson has taken off his shoe?
Rowan, 6 months old: happy, smiley, adorable, patient, sweet.
Ryan: motherly, caring, loving, organized, fun.
Kyle: smart, musical, funny, athletic, driven.
I love that this sweet baby’s name is Rowan because she is the SPITTIN’ image of her momma Ryan! 😀
Side note: I had always wanted to name a daughter Ryan (or Elliot) because well… I love me an androgynous name. Signed, a girl named Bobbi. 😉 Also, high fives to Ryan’s parents for giving her a fantastic name!
I can’t thank you enough for driving to Louisville, for investing in me all of these years later, and for just being a downright incredible family.
Much love friends!