Pankratz Family: Hudson’s Being Promoted to Big Brother!

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Oh man, this kid cracks me up. His joy and unceasing happiness is contagious.

All of his expressions had me laughing out loud as I edited his photos so I just had to put together this little animation to document all the little moments in between.

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See, now don’t you love him too? 🙂

A small reason I got to take his pictures this day was just because I hadn’t been able to get him in front of my camera in such a very long time. But the second reason, the biggest reason, was to make this announcement to the world….!

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But as a bonus to the announcement of Hudson being promoted to big brother, we just had to document this adorable chunky stage of his life. Thanks little guy was letting your mommy and me dress you down, make you lay in grass, and even stick you in a crate. You gave us some funny faces, looks of confusion, but you were a great sport. And you better get used to this craziness!

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Oh, Hudson… I’ll eat you up, I love you so!

With all my love, your crazy Auntie Sammi xoxo

Jeannette’s Newborn Photos, Family Photography

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It’s always amazing to see friends you’ve known for forever become parents. Brittany and I have known each other since we were seven years old and little Brownie Girl Scouts! She met the love of her life just after Andy and I got married in 2007… and if you have been following my blog for a few years now, I took their engagement photos and posted about Brittany’s wedding and just recently, her “Bebe Soiree,” French themed baby shower.

And now, here is their little bundle of joy, their princess, Jeannette Marie! She was so itty bitty during her newborn photoshoot at only 6 days old. What a little love. I miss her so!

Hope you enjoy some of these darling photos of the little miss!

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Baby Jeannette was resting peacefully during her photos, the below photo shows her in her bassinet that used to be her grandpa Mike’s when he was a baby! What an heirloom!

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Baby Jeannette is her daddy’s little twin. So precious.

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DJ’s Senior Photos, Murrieta Photography, and Graduation Announcement

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Let me introduce to you the cousin of one of our very best friend’s… this is DJ, a senior who graduated this past June in Southern California. We ventured around Old Town Murrieta for our little mini session, capturing photos to remember this very special time.

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And I even got to design the announcement!!

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Thank you DJ for being such a great sport with your mom and me! And congrats on graduating! So exciting!

A Johnson Family Christmas, Cleveland National Forest

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As I looked back on last year’s Johnson family photos, I laughed that I had noted that posting in February was late. Well now it’s almost May and I am just now sharing some of my favorites from this session with them from this past Christmas. I discovered these lovely locations with Reed and Hedder just weeks before I met with the Johnsons and just knew I had to go back as soon as possible.

Hope you enjoy these photos of one of my favorite families in the whole wide world in my favorite field ever!


 

We must start with the youngest star of the family, in all her dimple grin adorableness!

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I can’t even fathom how many photos I have of this lovely lady… thousands and thousands, I’m sure!

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Ugh, I love her.

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The brother…

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And the sisters…

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And we can close with a photo of all the ladies…

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Baby Hudson’s Newborn Photos

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Well now that this little guy is over 3 months old, I guess its time to post his newborn photos that we shot back in December. Goodness, I am so behind in life….

Let me introduce to you the newest little fella to my family of friends (I swear, I have the cutest collection of nephews in the whole wide world!!)…

Hudson Ryan Pankratz was born the weekend before Christmas. We all waited patiently, checking our phones constantly, to hear when this little love had arrived. And we all jumped from our chairs when Grandma Kelly came running back from the delivery room with Hudson’s first photos. And then we all fell in love.

I’m so proud of my best friend! I will never forget that wonderful night…

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He still sleeps just like this with his arms out flashing those macho biceps.

 

 

 

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A few days later, Andy and I drove up to visit and take some more photos of him for his birth announcement.

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Told you it’s been awhile….

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Even more proof that I am quite behind… here’s little Hudson this past weekend at his Auntie Brittany’s birthday. Love that little grin!

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Oh Hudson, your Auntie Sam loves you more than you will ever know. Thanks for blessing us so much and being such a joy to your mommy and daddy. Looking forward to our big trip to New York later this month. Prepare for 4 months worth of cuddles jammed into one single week. Love you forever and always.

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Lauren and Kellen’s Autumn Oak Glen Mini Session for Christmas

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I’m sure you all remember the Wagoners. They’ve been featured here quite a few times!

Lauren had come with me to help with the beautiful Ryan family’s photos in Oak Glen. And of course, she fell in love with the beautiful setting. So we planned to come back a few weeks later to take her and Kellen’s photo for their Christmas card.

Here’s a few of my favorites…

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This one became their Christmas card! <3

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Before going to the next location, we snapped a photo of Lauren with her Origami Owl! She started selling the jewelry last fall, check out her site!

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But finding this rocky riverbed was my favorite.

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Lauren, thanks for getting some battle wounds in our adventure down to the riverbed to take these photos <3

The Ryan Family’s Fall Christmas Photos in Oak Glen, Outdoor Family Portrait Photography

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This family. Oh, how much do I love and adore them. Pretty much some of the nicest, most genuine people that I have ever met.

Meet the Ryan family… Shane, Kyrene, Hudson (3), and Parker (1).

You’ve definitely seen them around here a few times though, if you’ve been here before. I did their wedding invitations, first ones I’ve ever designed besides my own! Plus, Parker’s newborn photos… and a few other fun things, like Disneyland trips and birthday parties!

After starting the photo session with my favorite family shot, we just had the boys run around and play while taking more lifestyle-like photos. From Hudson’s adventurous spirit to Parker’s deep contemplative stares, I had a hard time narrowing down my favorites!

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