Happy 2nd Birthday Ellie!
I think the Heinzekehr kids have it out for me.
I joke. I joke.
But seriously, these kids have a thing about glaring at my camera lens at every photo shoot we try to do. (And I see pictures on Facebook of them smiling away. So I do know it’s possible).
On Saturday, I met Hannah, Ellie and baby Conrad at the park for another photo shoot. This time featuring Conrad who is turning 6 months old. I am actually amazed that things went so well, what with Conrad knowingly smirking at me and the horde of mosquitoes that attacked.
Maybe eventually they will warm up to me. In the meantime, I am glad that we did get a couple of good ones.
A year ago I met 1 year old Ellie. Let me tell you, she was not interested in smiling for the camera. (Check it out). Yeah, she was not impressed. Yesterday, I took her 2 year old pictures. This time, we did get her to smile thanks to the help of balloons and a very fun park.
Last weekend, I found myself driving to northwest Ohio to take photos for my dear friend Laura and her soon-to-be husband, Israel.
I met Laura in college. It was our first year at Bluffton University. We were sitting in the hallway for some sort of required RA check in, when she asked me, “Hey are you Aaron Yoder’s sister?” (Turns out my brother had interned at her church the summer before).
From that moment on we were linked and our general connection eventually grew into a beautiful friendship and continued for four years, living as “neighbors” just down the hall.
I often miss living that close to my Bluffton friends, but am so grateful that my friendship with Laura has gone beyond the bounds of Bluffton.
It was actually quite amazing. The summer before, I had gone up to Pettisville, Ohio to visit Laura. We were hanging out in the pool when she told me about this guy from her gym who wanted to take her out on a date. She wasn’t so sure.
Fast forward a year later and I found myself taking photos at their wedding.
It’s funny how life works out.
I was grateful to be a part of their day.
A couple of months ago, I was asked by Becky, the owner of Prairie Harvest in Newton, Kan, to take photos for their new website. Here are a few samples.