A beautiful and continually inspiring group of ladies and I have been doing this favorite five on five blog circle for years and it continues to give me such remarkable joy – I’m not sure where I’d be without it! Every month we post a small selection of favorite shots from the previous month, add a little bit of commentary and link on to the next gal in the circle. So, be sure to head over to check out Audrey’s beautiful work when you’re done here – thanks for looking!

Oh, summer. So full of color, of motion, of adventure, life and love. July did not disappoint in this regard. Not in the least. Today I’ve got a little taste of the last month – some personal work, some amazing couples and a new little one brought into her family. I hope you enjoy!

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Alison Bents is a Minnesota photographer specializing in Family and Senior portraits and Wedding Photography. She lives in Rosemount with her husband, two children and dog who have all put up with her lens pointing their way for a long, long time. Alison is now booking 2018 and 2019 weddings and portrait sessions on an ongoing basis. Serving Minneapolis, St. Paul and the greater metro area, she is also available for travel nationwide.

It’s another installment of what will hopefully be many monthly letters written to our children. It’s a part of a memory-keeping attempt to capture these glimpses into the everyday and the not so ordinary moments that pass by so quickly as children grow. This is an ongoing series.


My sweet son –

This morning you really wanted to play a game on my phone. Really wanted to. We had a number of things to do before you were going to be able to, and you quickly jumped in to the tasks. You ran downstairs to get a diaper and some clothes for your sister, helped me “fold” a little bit of laundry, played some peek-a-boo to keep her entertained while I finished a couple of things, and you were finally rewarded with a little game time. Is it motivated by getting what you want in the end? Absolutely. Does that make it any less sweet that you tell me just why you chose the onesie and diaper that you did for your sister? Absolutely not.

So, so much,
Mama

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Smiling, shining girl –

You were so interested and so we started you with a bit of solid food just in the last week or so. As with your brother, we started out with some rice cereal, and have also added applesauce, peas, Cheerios and puffs. This evening, though, this evening was a winner. Bananas. Hoo-boy, your mouth snapped open when I’d start to bring the spoon in close, your little hand clumsily grabbing onto the handle and shoving the whole business into your mouth, smashed up bananas smearing up into your nose. Bananas, I’m telling you. Although, the second time I tried to give you peas, you were definitely less than thrilled. My hopes are high for these, but I’m not holding my breath – ha!

So, so much,
Mama

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Alison Bents is a Minnesota photographer specializing in Family and Senior portraits and Wedding Photography. She lives in Rosemount with her husband, two children, and dog who have all put up with her lens pointing their way for a long, long time. Alison is now booking 2018 and 2019 weddings and portrait sessions on an ongoing basis. Serving Minneapolis, Saint Paul and the greater metro area, she is also available for travel nationwide.

A beautiful and continually inspiring group of ladies and I have been doing this favorite five on five blog circle for years and it continues to give me such remarkable joy – I’m not sure where I’d be without it! Every month we post a small selection of favorite shots from the previous month, add a little bit of commentary and link on to the next gal in the circle. So, be sure to head over to check out Audrey’s beautiful work when you’re done here – thanks for looking!

June was chock full of all of the summer feels – sprinklers, sunglasses, outdoor music, flowers, color, family getting together, and a bit of harmonica serenading <3

 

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Alison Bents is a Minnesota photographer specializing in Family and Senior portraits and Wedding Photography. She lives in Rosemount with her husband, two children and dog who have all put up with her lens pointing their way for a long, long time. Alison is now booking 2017 and 2018 weddings and portrait sessions on an ongoing basis. Serving Minneapolis, St. Paul and the greater metro area, she is also available for travel nationwide.

It’s another installment of what will hopefully be many monthly letters written to our children. It’s a part of a memory-keeping attempt to capture these glimpses into the everyday and the not so ordinary moments that pass by so quickly as children grow. This is an ongoing series.


My dear boy –

We keep getting these glimpses of bigger kid you. These photos demonstrate it so well, I think. The first is so little boy: hat on a bit crooked, trying to carefully pull snacks out of your cup, insisting on wearing your shirt backward because you like the crocodile better than the alligator, and knowing that mere seconds after this was taken that lidless cup of snacks was all over the lawn. The first is edging more toward bigger kid: newly trimmed haircut ruffling in the breeze, pursed lips, eating an apple like a grown up, that glance over your shoulder, focusing on what’s away from you, perhaps on what’s coming to you. (A note: the second photo is taken at one of our new favorite spots – right smack in the middle of the airport watching the planes taxi, land and take off. It’s the absolute best – it just kind of looks like a prison in this photo – ha!)

We’re seeing this little/big dichotomy in your personality too. You’re feeling like you need naps and extra snuggles and at the same time insisting on privacy in the bathroom and to wash your hands. I’m thrilled with the person you’re becoming and a bit sad that we’re leaving this little boy behind. As obnoxious as it may be for me to have my camera around a lot, I’m so so glad I do and that I have this record of your growing up. You may be leaving little boy, but it certainly won’t be forgotten.

So, so much,
Mama

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Strong, darling girl –

You can roll, you have discovered that your feet are delicious, and you smile for darn near anyone who shows up in front of you. About 90% of the time, you are about the happiest baby I’ve ever met. Truly smiling all the time, giggling out of nowhere at your brother especially (seriously, the back and forth, completely nonsensical laughing at the lunch table is my FAVORITE), and contentedly going along with so many adventures. That last ten percent we’re still trying to figure out. It definitely happens in your “baby witching hours” and is worse when I’m not there. Parts of it seem to now be stretching into your sleeping times.

You were a great sleeper who loved being swaddled, but this rolling business has nixed the swaddle, and we’re all still trying to make the most sense of that and to figure out how to keep you sleeping the best. It’s all probably related. It’s also probably all going to figure itself out soon enough. For the time being, though, I keep knocking on wood because even with your “off” sleeping, you’re still doing pretty well. (The four month sleep regression hit your brother HARD and took about 14 months to finally resolve itself. So far, we’re doing alright, but I keep waiting for it all to hit the fan…)

I love seeing more and more glimpses of your personality start to shine through. Quick with a grin, and happy to see grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles, this strong and bubbly part of who you are is such a joy.

So, so much,
Mama

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Alison Bents is a Minnesota photographer specializing in Family and Senior portraits and Wedding Photography. She lives in Rosemount with her husband, two children, and dog who have all put up with her lens pointing their way for a long, long time. Alison is now booking 2017 and 2018 weddings and portrait sessions on an ongoing basis. Serving Minneapolis, Saint Paul and the greater metro area, she is also available for travel nationwide.

Admittedly, it’s been a while since Kaye and Johnny’s gorgeous October wedding at the Dayblock Event Center and I’m just finally getting around to putting together their lovely blog post. I’m telling you, though, the feeling of being completely surrounded by those who love them most in all the world has lingered. Their whole day really was amazing. Johnny and Kaye designed their details to be just exactly them – their custom Gillian Conroy rings, Kaye’s gorgeous gown from Dame Couture of Evanston, Illinois, their lunch-time ceremony followed by a delicious soup and salad luncheon, and above all, that perfect gathering of friends and family from across the country.

I think that’s probably the most amazing part of weddings. Sure, the couple is up there, pledging themselves to each other for all time – making the most private feelings public and holding themselves accountable to their family and friends. But in addition to that, those family and friends all choose to be there as well, vowing to do what they can to support the couple through thick and thin. Kaye and Johnny – these two, with the love and support of such a gathered group, are not only going to make it. They are going to soar.

On Kaye and Johnny’s wedding day, I was joined by Michele Jokenin of SisuPhoto as my second photographer. I don’t always shoot with someone else, but when I get the chance to, it’s awfully fun and so great to get the additional viewpoint on the day.

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Alison Bents is a Minnesota photographer specializing in Family and Senior portraits and Wedding Photography. She lives in Rosemount with her husband, two children and dog who have all put up with her lens pointing their way for a long, long time. Alison is now booking 2017 and 2018 weddings and portrait sessions on an ongoing basis. Serving Minneapolis, St. Paul and the greater metro area, she is also available for travel nationwide.