Saturday, October 30, 2010

You've got HOW many people?

I have to admit, when I was asked to do a family beach session for 22 people, the majority being children, I was BEYOND nervous. You would think that I would feel just a teeny bit better because I knew some members of the family, but instead, it just doubled the anxiety because I so badly wanted to please my friends.

I met Butch through my 'day job' and just loved him from the start. He is easy-going, genuine, and hilarious! I knew before I had ever met his wife, Mari Kae, that she must be really special to have ended up with this sweet, crazy, funny guy. And I was right. Together, they are the life of the party and I just love them both.

So, it was no surprise to me when I met the rest of the family, and they were just as mellow, funny, and good-natured as Butch and Mari Kae. Not to mention... what a gorgeous family! There are six adult "kids" - 2 guys and a gal for Butch, and three gorgous ladies for Mari Kae. Collectively, they have TWELVE grandchildren (and one more on the way, I believe!). Needless to say, it was a challenge to get a decent shot of that many people, but we did it! :)

After, we spent a lot of time on the beach getting all the seperate family/kids/etc. shots.

Here is my absolute favorite, and I couldn't think of a better family to attempt this shot with. Love it!

I loved the grandkids, too, and especially fell in love with the littlest ladies of the bunch.

Here is another favorite shot. I love how the three (so-adorable-it-ought-to-be-outlawed) rough & tumble little boys are just pounding through the sand, while their beautiful little sister delicately skips along, trying to keep up. Just priceless.

Thank you, Butch and Mari Kae, for being awesome people AND trusting me with your beautiful family. I had an amazing time with you all!

"The advantage of growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions." ~ Robert Brault

Monday, October 25, 2010

Chris ~ 2011 MCC Senior

One of my early sessions was with a senior named Micheal. You may remember seeing his awesome photos on the dairy farm and his beloved snowmobile.

This year, Micheal's brother Chris is a senior at MCC, so I had a chance to hang with him as well. Luckily for me, it didn't mean side-stepping around cow patties in early August. :)

We started out downtown for a little urban action,

then headed down to the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, where Chris rocked out his beach photos.

These next two are probably two of my favorite beach photos from all the sessions I've done. Chris' bright yellow shirt looked amazing against the perfect, cloudy sky.

We finished up Chris' session with a few fantastic studio shots,

and called it a day. Though Chris' session was a little less adventurous than his brother's, I'd have to say it was a success!

Thanks, Chris, for being such a great model, and thanks to mom Tina for trusting me with her boys!

"Just about a month from now I'm set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars." ~ Richard Halliburton

Two perfect little models

I had the pleasure of having Makenzie and Morgan in my studio on a model call a few months ago.

This was one of the most fun sessions I've ever had. Makenzie was SO mature and cooperative and allowed me to doll her up in various outfits. I loved it!

Morgan was precious as can be,

and did a great job with her cake smash, too.

Thank you, girls, for being your precious selves! And a big thanks to your mommy for letting me borrow you for a dress-up session! :)

Monson Photography currently is open for the following model calls for early 2011:

* 6-9 month old infant girl; studio session. Must be able to sit
up on her own.

Models receive a complimentary proof book and an 8x10 portrait of their choice. If you are interested, please contact me at

Girls are giggles with freckles all over them. -- Author Unknown