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.


Sweet, clever one –

Three is bending much closer to four these days. It’s like we’re starting to come out of the crazy emotional uncontrollable nature of three and heading toward something a bit more calm. You’ve been so upbeat, so clever, so kind and patient and loving.

We went to the zoo today to go to the annual Giant Sandbox. I’m always kind of prepped for big explosions when you can’t use the toys that you want, when your sister gets in the way of what you want to be doing, and especially when it’s time to leave.

But today there was none of that. You happily played with the things we had brought, politely asked others if you could use their diggers, and listened so well when it was time to move on. When we got home and were rehashing our trip, I asked you what your favorite thing was. “When that boy and I shared our trucks and we made a volcano together.” Of course it was.

I love you so, so much,
Mama

My little bouncing one year old –

How did that happen? I realize it’s terribly cliche, but it truly has gone by so quickly. You are very much by and large a super happy kid, quick to smile and laugh, and constantly pushing and testing your limits. You make these crazy excited lizard noises when something is particularly good. You get into absolutely everything absolutely all of the time – and if your brother is into it, all the better. The two of you feed off of each other, and it’s thrilling, joyful and fascinating. You’ve taken three steps, sweet one, and they were chasing after your brother.

We celebrated your birthday this month, and as we expected, you took to your cake with a good amount of gusto and all of your family sat around you, watching your every frosting-grab.

I love you so, so much,
Mama


June’s birthday cake from alison bents on Vimeo.

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  • STACI KENNELLY

    GAH! I love your words… but these images are stealing the show! So beautiful!ReplyCancel

After quite a few years of posting our favorite five shots from the previous month on the fifth of the month, the beautiful group of women that I’ve been posting with is going to be trying something a little different this year. On the 12th of each month, we’ll post 12 shots all photographed in one day – hour by hour. When you’re done passing through my day, I’d love if you’d head over to Jill’s blog to see what she’s been up to!

This month I started early because my kids don’t really care a whole lot for sleeping at night. 5:00am straight on through. Instead of going with a straight “Day in the Life” I tried to capture a day in a series of little vignettes, small still life shots throughout the day. I think that’s going to be my approach to this year of full-day photographs – an attempt to capture these days in a different way every month. So, here we go!

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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.

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  • Jill

    I love your grid notebook to-do with your lovely hand writing! I’m a list girl too! Beautiful little glimpses into your day. 🙂ReplyCancel

One of the greatest joys of this job is getting to be around to document some of the most beautiful and touching changes in the lives of the couples and families that I work with. I got to do a little maternity shoot before new little Arlo joined this lovely family. Then I got the extreme pleasure of getting to head back over after he made his appearance to photograph him and their whole new family of five.

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It could hardly have been a more perfect day for Meredith and Aaron’s beautiful lakeside wedding. These two met working on the campaign for marriage equality and now they have tied their own knot. They had sat down to decide on a wedding date – wanting to be sometime between August and October, Aaron pulled out the farmer’s almanac and found the date with historically the least rain and their Labor Day weekend wedding was set. Meredith, however, was so in her element once she was dressed and at the ceremony site, tweaking all of the little details to be sure that this amazing event went off exactly as she’d envisioned it. These two compliment each other so well, and that was completely evident throughout the entire wedding day. And as the dance floor was packed as the stars came out, it was obvious that the gathered group of loved ones was sure these two were meant to be. Meredith and Aaron – I wish you so much love, joy and laughter as you head into these new days in your relationship.

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This “Why I Love” is going to be a little different. First, no people, no real events, just a whole lot of lovely. Second, I’m gonna make you go somewhere else (and you totally will because you love me so ;)).

I have the great honor and joy to be a regular contributor over at the ViewFinders blog. We’re a group of female photographers from across the world who have come together in community to talk about and do some serious loving on photography. Being a part of that group and musing over there is one of my great joys in my photographic journey.

My recent post over there had me reminiscing on just why I love this photo so very much. It’s much more than just a lovely grassland sunset, I promise. Head on over to check it out. And while you’re there, grab a cup of coffee and stay a while. The images are stunning and the writing can’t be beat.

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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.