Getting your family photos taken is kind of a daunting thing. Picking a day that isn’t terrible for weather, everyone has gotten their naps, choosing what to wear, where to be, the list goes on and on. And then, when it comes down to it, we’re all just people, right? We’re going to be just who we are (and I wouldn’t want to photograph you any other way – seriously!). And toddlers and preschoolers, especially, are so so much of who they are. That is exactly what I love about this photo. Are there gorgeous, sun-soaked images of them all laughing, looking at each other, chasing around, playing, loving life? Absolutely. But nothing captures this moment in a young family’s life quite like this: toddler running off, away from what you may want them to do, but exploring, adventuring, discovering, and developing into the most amazing and curious human you may have ever met. Run fast, run far, sweet ones.

 

 

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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.

After quite a few years of posting some of my favorite five shots from the previous month on the fifth of the month, we’re changing it up a bit. Instead of just looking at our favorites, we’re looking for something particular. This month we’re seeking out some of our favorite reds. We’ll 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!

Truthfully, I thought I’d come across more reds in this month full of color than I did. The leaves were certainly colorful, but they really didn’t last very long. Instead, my reds came largely with my son and in a couple of sessions. Seriously, little boys in bright pops of red are pretty excellent.

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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 big and little three-year-old –

The threenager is really (really) setting in in full force. From a parent standpoint it’s been a huge learning curve for me to try to figure out the balance between getting things done my way and (somewhat efficiently) and letting you flex a bit of your independence. We’ve had some amazing fun this month exploring fall in our neck of the woods. We’ve also had some of our biggest explosions over what boils down to expectations and communication.

You’ve been completely rocking preschool – having so much fun, meeting all sorts of new kids, and impressing your teachers. You’ve also decided to pretty much be done with napping now (I really could have used another month or so to get out of this busy season!). You’ll still take one here or there, but mostly you just play quietly in your room during nap time (mostly… – see the explosions mentioned before 😉 ).

It’s been so amazing to almost see your brain and your world just expanding in so many ways. You’ve also started to become so limby – long arms and legs everywhere. You’re losing a lot of your baby chub and starting to look so so much like a kid. I suppose it’s time, but even looking back at photos and video from just six months ago, there’s so much change! You’re becoming such an amazing person, and I’m so so proud of you.

So, so much,
Mama

My girl-on-the-go –

I feel like every month you’re ramping up your developments. SLOW DOWN. Seriously, lady. You’re crawling. You’re pulling up on all of the furniture, you’re shuffling around that furniture, you’re diving straight past all of the toys and straight for the cords, the trash cans, all of the things that you really really shouldn’t go for. You got your first tooth last week and promptly bit me. Hard. So far, just the once though.

I had my first overnight away from you recently and you did so well for your dad. You ate like a champ and slept better for him than you usually do when I’m home – figures 🙂 I wonder if when I sit down to write this next month if you’ll have managed to start walking (way too early!)?

Always and always,
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, St. 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!

The fall busy season has really kicked in here, and it has been fantastic. I’ve loved being with so many families, events, seniors and gorgeous fall weddings! Our oldest also started his first year of preschool, and this mama managed to hold back her tears (just barely) at the first day of drop off. We’re looking at doing some change ups in the format of these “five” posts, so hold on to your hats – something amazing is a-brewing 😉

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  • seriously? You amaze me every single time you post. I love your work, the way you capture the world around you and the emotions/action that’s happening.ReplyCancel

  • STACI KENNELLY

    There is so much joy in each of these! I love what Gus wants to be when he grows up. I think we would be friends.ReplyCancel

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, clever boy –

We finished up the summer with a little roadtrip to visit our friends in Nebraska. As has pretty much always been the case, you were an amazing traveler. We stayed in a couple of Airbnbs and with our friends, and your adaptability has just been such a blessing. As long as we keep your routine fairly steady, it doesn’t matter a whole ton where we’re doing it. You and Bea got together and started bickering and complaining about each other, and then the moment you were separated, the chorus of “I miss Bea” and “I miss Gus”‘s started. When it wasn’t trying, it was completely adorable. We saw the eclipse in its totality, and it scared you, sweetheart. You insisted on going inside, saying that all you wanted was to have the sunshine and blue skies come back.

You also started preschool this year, and I have to say, it has come at the perfect time. You’ve gotten to the point where my company just isn’t quite enough for you, no matter how many outings we go on. You keep looking for friends all around, and anyone even remotely the same age is a prime target. Now that you’ve started school, though, I’ll be darned if you’ve managed to remember one classmate’s name to tell me – ha!

You’ve risen to these challenges with nothing but excitement and enthusiasm. You’re so eager to try these new things and to experience these new adventures that the only way we can tell that they’ve taken something out of you is that your afternoon naps still do you a world of good. Sugar, your dad and I are so ridiculously proud to have you for our son. We love you.

So, so much,
Mama

Dear, dear girl –

You’ve jumped the gun, my dear. Seeing all that your brother can do has shoved some of your gross motor skills into overdrive, and within the last month or so, you’ve decided that you too need to be mobile. Within one week, you began to crawl and pull yourself up on furniture all over the place. You continue to be just the happiest, smiley gal, and you charm almost everyone who takes a peek at you.

You did pretty well on our trip to Nebraska. This was our “big trip” this year because we weren’t sure just what kind of a traveler you’d be. I think, though, that you’re going to turn out to be pretty great as well. You so look up to your brother, and he’s a champion road tripper, so I’ve got high hopes.

Your sleep is erratic. We’re trying to get you (finally) to be more in your own room, in your crib, but when push comes to shove and I’m exhausted in the middle of the night, you often wind up by my side. It’s certainly not ideal, but we’re working on it. Heading off to sleep feel like such a gamble – just what am I going to wind up with tonight? Will I feel more or less human in the morning? Just how much coffee am I going to need… In all of this, though, I can see your brain expanding right alongside your world and it is amazing. Today, you learned to clap.

I love you,
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.