On Friday, March 18, 2017 our oldest graduated with honors from Boot Camp at Fort Sill, OK. I couldn’t be more proud! Not only did she graduate the top 10% of her class but her platoon also graduated with honors. I have spent the last couple weeks trying to find the right words for this post but honestly there aren’t any. I am beyond words. For years my daughter has expressed her desire to join the service and she has made me and her family so proud with all she has accomplished these last few months.
Before saying our final goodbyes on graduation day, we wanted to take some family photos with our soldier. Sunsets in Oklahoma are absolutely beautiful and the field across from Geronimo’s grave made fore the perfect back drop.
Joining us for this special day was her grandfather who retired from the Air Force as Master Sargent after serving 24 years and her Uncle who will be retiring later this year from the Air Force as Technical Sargent.
I have to give a huge thank you to my brother in law for being my human tripod so we could get one family photo together.
And of course I can not forget my brother in law with his kids and their grandpa.
The night before my daughter left for basic training, I took a photo of my girls together and of course they wanted to take the same photo again on her special day.
Oh and my absolute favorite of my girls as they said their final goodbye
I’m going to close with my favorite photo. We are so incredibly proud of our daughter and can’t wait for her to come home.
Impromptu photoshoot with these 3 beautiful ladies. Once again weather man was wrong and we got some unexpected snow and it made for a perfect excuse to go out and play. Needless to say it was a tad bit cold in mid 30 degree weather. Girls were troopers and rocked their shoot. The frozen horseshoe shaped pond made the perfect backdrop.
After our session I asked the girls to pick out their favorites.
Right off the bat, this was in instant favorite for all 3 of them.
Big sister looking annoyed as little sisters are grinning ear to ear.
Sisterly love without a doubt is undeniable with these 3 and it shows.
Last but not least, a couple individual portraits to complete our day out.
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First there were 2, now there are 3. I have had the pleasure of watching these little guys grow up. I met the two oldest 5 years ago when they were just wee little ones. Each year these little guys sure have a way of making me smile.
A couple of years ago, while at Minnehaha Falls, these two big brothers started an annual tradition of walking with each other down a path together blabbing about about what ever it is brothers talk about. Last year when it came time to take that leisurely stroll with their little brother, they did so pulling him along in their wagon on their grandpa’s farm. A year later no wagon was needed as they took a stroll through Cliffon Regional Park in Plymouth, MN. I love this!
I love how these little guys interact with one another.
So what do you do when you find a teepee on on the trail? Play in it of course.
and who doesn’t love climbing a rock? I’ll admit it wasn’t easy keeping them still. Luckily momma was a wonderful help.
Rain decided to start coming down again while these little guys were enjoying themselves. On our way back to the parking lot though they decided it was time to play in the leaves which was as cute as can be. Who do you think came up the most dirt?
There is no doubt this little one stole the show on our session. How can so much personality be wrapped up into one little adorable person?
I may be a little bais but these guys melt my heart cuz they are so cute!
Fall in MN is here and gone in a blink of an eye. Unlike the gradual transition I am used to seeing in CA, our fall season in MN tends to only last just a couple of days. Bunker Hills Regional Park is gorgeous year around but I must say that fall by far is the most beautiful as all the trees are changing colors.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting Bunker Hills for a family session. I must say, there was so much adorable cuteness.
Its amazing how quickly children grow up. I have been blessed with 3 beautiful and awesome daughters. They have taught me so much over the last decade and a half. I have learned to love unconditionally from the first second they came into my life and they have given me courage to do things I might not have been able to do otherwise. My girls are my life.
I have heard children will change your life forever. I can say with a warm heart that is so very true. If you don’t take the time to pause to just sit back to watch and listen to what they are doing you will miss out on some of the funniest and silliest stuff they do.
Over the weekend the weather decided to cooperate long enough to take my girls out for a mini session. Its been almost 2 years since I updated the photos on my wall and long overdue. As a photographer let me tell you it can be quite difficult picking photos for yourself when there are so many cute ones to choose from for various reasons. I can’t help it, I love the shots that show off their personality just as much as I love the others that in my humble opinion are simply perfect.
I had so much fun hanging out with Mariah, her mom Becky, and brother Mikhal.
Since her brother was home from the Air Force for a short visit and about to leave we decided to do a family session along with some of her senior photos so she could get some photos together with him and her mom.
The outtakes from our session were too cool not to share. We had such a blast and laughed so much which you can clearly see.
A little over a week ago I made a quick trip back to Northern California and had a chance to meet up with a dear friend for a mini session over in one of my favorite locations, Old Downtown Petaluma.
It was a little over 3 years ago when we first met for family photos. Although over the years we have stayed in close touch and developed a friendship, one thing or another has prevented us from getting together again for family photos, be it schedule conflicts, illness or my moving to Minnesota. Luckily Becka Lynn Photography has a way of bringing back to NorCal quite often and this time our schedules worked out so we were able to FINALLY have another session together.
One of the best parts of my job is seeing families grow and change. As I was looking through the photos from 3 years ago, I am amazed how much these two have grown up.
I have been anxiously waiting to share photos from a VERY SPECIAL session I did up at Harris Beach in Oregon.
The week before I moved from California to Minnesota I got a chance to spend several days camping with my 3 girls and a very good friend of mine and her two kids. I have NEVER been camping before so the whole experience was way cool and we all had a blast.
We spent the day driving up to Harris Beach to go camping which is just a hop skip away from the Oregon/California state line. The weather was absolutely gorgeous!!! One our last day we finally took a break and got a chance to take family photos down one of the paths that headed from our camp site to the beach. Let me just say that I was in photographer’s heaven. Here are a few of my favorites.
Oh my gosh, a boy and his stick took on new meaning. He found this stick within a few minutes after arriving at our camp site and it never left his side.