Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Cumby Family

On December 17th I had one of the biggest photography jobs yet:  taking pictures of the Cumby family!  We knew Mr. and Mrs. Cumby through our old church, and we knew their daughter, Jamie Collins, through church too!  Mrs. Collins contacted me in November and asked if I could come do their family pictures when they all got together for Christmas.  I was, as usual, nervous to be handling so many people (some whom I’d never met) and I prayed constantly that everything would go well.  (I can be a bit of a worry-wart. :)  Anyways, as soon as Daddy and I walked into the Cumby house my nervousness started dissipating!  Mrs. Cumby, after a hug, told me to do whatever I wanted (perfect!) and Mrs. Collins got everyone together.  :)
The first pictures I took were of Mr. and Mrs. Cumby’s son, Matt, and his girlfriend with their two dogs.

So cute! :)

Then all the grandkids came out and we assembled them on the steps:

I must say that everyone (even the little guys!) did a great job appearing perfectly comfortable for pictures when it was bitterly cold. :)

 Such a beautiful group!

All the girl grandkids!

The men… :)

We also took family pictures!

The Johnson family.

 Brittany and Lew.

The Schlothauer family (left) and the Crowe’s (right).

Mr. and Mrs. Cumby!

 The Collins!

Carson (left) and Sarah (right).


 Emily (left) and Abigail (right).

 Mrs. Cumby with the Collin grandbabies. :)

And one last picture of the littlest Cumby grandchild:

Thank you, Collins and Cumby family, for trusting me with your pictures!
Kimber :)

Boaz: 3 Months Old

My family and I were very privileged to meet the Jackson family this past August.  We actually met them through an ad for a cow they were trying to sell (we had been looking for a cow for years)!  Before we met them we found out that they had 11 kids (one of them, Boaz, being in utero)!  We have rarely met a family bigger than our own so we were excited to meet them!    Anyways, to make a long story short, we bought their cow and kept in contact.  Over the months it has grown from dinner together, to meeting some Sunday nights for popcorn and a movie, and, most recently, 3 hours of exercising together! :)  Yep, my sister, Hannah, and I, spent about 3 hours with the Jackson ladies (and Elijah) biking, jogging, sprinting, stretching, climbing, etc. last Saturday.  Let’s just say I was sore after that experience! :)
After the exercise session was over I got to take pictures of the youngest Jackson:  Boaz!  (Wait til you meet this litle guy….he’s such a cutie!!)   This photo session was so easy and laid-back (my favorite).  Mrs. Jackson gave me full rein to do whatever I wanted with Boaz so I could let my creative juices run wild. :)  Also the girls, Kyra, Ciara, and Gabrielle were extremely helpful in getting Boaz to smile, holding him, etc.  The first 30 minutes I took pictures Boaz just wanted to nurse and sleep but the last few minutes the girls eeked some beautiful smiles out of him!  (I saved those pictures for very last just to torture you. :)  
So enjoy looking at precious, little Boaz (and some of his siblings)!!
I forgot to tell you that Boaz has the biggest, blue eyes!!  Love them!

 

Telling his woes to his Mama.
This is his sleepy smile. :)

 I love baby feet and hands!!

Happy…
…and not so happy.  :-D

The Jacksons had their Christmas tree up between two windows.  The Christmas tree and window light made for a beautiful photo spot! :)

Getting some love from Tobias.

 

Ciara (left) and Gabrielle (right) holding their little brother.
Out of 11 children the Jacksons only have 3 girls, so we got a “girls + baby” picture!  Left to right: Ciara, Kyra, Boaz, and Gabrielle.
Boaz was much happier when he was freed from his diaper and clothes! ;)

 Elijah (left) and Zane (right) with Boaz.
Tobias and Boaz (again!).

 I try not to be partial but Tobias was so cute that he had to get his own picture! :)

Asher and Boaz.  (The picture on the right cracks me up every time I look at it. :)

Such a little cutie!!

The evolution of a smile:

Love it!!!
Thanks so much, Jacksons, for letting me take photos of Boaz!  He is so precious and I enjoyed every minute together!
Kimber :)
Me and Boaz.

The Church Family

Last Saturday I had the great opportunity to photograph the Church’s.   One of  my favorite things about the Church’s is that we’re related!  The matriarch of the family, Aunt Megan, is my Mama’s sister!   Uncle Kevin and Aunt Mae-Mae are so much fun to be around and their children, Cadence, Justus, and Asher, are all absolutely beautiful!
This is Cadence, the oldest child in the family.  Don’t you love her little hair bow?
I would tell Cadence where to stand and she would immediately give me this huge smile!  She’s so precious!
See what I mean?
Justus is the “middle child” (for now ;) and a little shy but very sweet too!  He’s come up to me several times, gave me a hug, and then told me he loved me.  I don’t think he could get much sweeter!

This picture cracks me up!  Aunt Megan and Uncle Kev were telling Justus to “smile pretty” and this was the result. :)  
When Mae-Mae started pretending she was going to “get” Justus he really started smiling! :)

 And this is Asher, the youngest member of the family.  He loves being rocked and will be your cling-on as long as Mama isn’t around!
 
I love baby eyelashes. :)
 Look at those eyes!!
The three little Church’s!

I want to know what Asher’s thinking…
 So, completely precious!!

Once again, Mae-Mae is pretending to come and “get them” in this picture.  I love how genuine these smiles are! 
Some people want their kids to look directly at the camera for all pictures but I’d rather have genuine smiles than “forced” ones any day.  Oftentimes kids don’t give a genuine smile when placed in front of a camera and told “Say cheese.”  The most genuine ones come when they’re out playing, or, in this case, being entertained by their Mama.  Yes, it’d be nice if they looked at the camera but, still, I’d rather have genuine smiles than forced ones. :)

Daddy and Mama with their big girl!
Daddy and his boys!
 Such a good lookin’ family!!
I had to go around and find some pretty photo spots near our house for these pictures.  Most of the colorful Fall leaves were gone and I didn’t want scraggly, brown trees in the background, so we went to our neighbor’s rye field.  The green grass made for really vibrant colors!

I love how Asher and Cadence are looking back at me in this picture!
I was so amazed I got one picture with everyone smiling and *almost* everyone looking at the camera!  If you’ve ever tried to take a family photo for someone you know how difficult that is!!  (Part of the credit for all the smiles in this pic may have been due to my sister who came along to help. :)
 Walkin’ with Mama.

I had to get some photos of Uncle Kev and Aunt Mae-Mae!
 Aww….look at you two!! 
I think a silhouette is a perfect way to end this post! ;)
Thanks again, Uncle Kev and Aunt Mae-Mae, for letting me do your family photos!
Kimber :)