This is not the first time I’ve worked with this lovely family, but it is the first time that I got to meet little Jonah. Dad works to soothe him while mom is just out of the frame, and big sister works diligently away on her activity book, occasionally questioning whether this just here could be done in pencil or pen. And while this image is so much a particular image for this family – in their home, with their belongings around them, the exact traits and characteristics of each player on display – it’s also so universal. I see this image and also think of our own home when we brought our youngest home. Trying to learn what would best soothe her while also trying to keep our older kiddo happy. I know both of my kids knew that pinky in the mouth trick. I see this image and I immediately am transported into this moment, even though it’s not a big and shining event-type of moment. It’s exactly that everyday-ness that speaks the loudest. I really do love this photo.

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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 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!

I started at 7:00 in the morning and shot straight through 7:00 in the evening. This time around I approached the 12 by 12 as a day in the life kind of challenge. I tried to document a little taste of a typical day in our house – a little bit of everything from breakfast to bedtime.

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  • June is getting so big! I really enjoyed our new challenge this month.ReplyCancel

  • Jill

    I feel like I got to spend a day with your family, great little glimpses. I have to say though my favorite is the flannel self-portrait! Setting a goal for the next round to do a self portrait, its been a long time.ReplyCancel

To say that this year was amazing, beautiful, incredible beyond belief would have some truth to it. But I think we all know that it was so much more complicated than that. To say that I got to work with some of the most amazing, beautiful, and incredible beyond belief couples, seniors and families, however, would only be scratching the surface. So here’s to 2018 and all the newness it brings. May love win, may joy abound, and may laughter echo in your homes, your hearts and all across this great big world.

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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, sparkling boy –

Oh, three. You are constantly trying to push the boundaries we’ve set up in your life. Seeing what you can get away with, just how far we’ll let you test us. We had our first drawing-on-the-wall incident recently. A quiet moment during rest time, and I hear this odd sort of tapping/sliding along the wall adjacent to the living room. I gathered myself and calmly went into your room to ask you what you were doing. “Drawing,” you simply replied. “But where?” “On the wall…” a little more sheepishly. “Is that something you do? Draw on the wall?” “I drew a house for baby Jesus, Mama.”

We had a scary little croup episode, too. Being in the urgent care with you at 9:00pm while you are frantic because you can’t breathe well, having to hold you down to get a steroid shot, and then snuggling you in the most uncomfortable chair while you fall asleep watching Daniel Tiger on my phone.

I keep saying it, but it keeps proving itself over and over – you are so big and so small all at the same time. I think that’s what makes three so very tricky. You, especially, are very verbal, so you often seem older and farther than you really are. You don’t want a hug and kiss when I tuck you in, but then you call me back a few minutes later for a snuggle.

I could not love you more, sweet one. I am so proud of the person you are becoming and so proud to be your mama.

So, so much,
Mama

Smiling, giggling little one –

You change so much, it seems, every day. You can tell us here, hi, yeah, and sign more and all done. You are FAST in your crawling and creeping, and you move all the time. Your dad thinks you’ll be walking by new year’s. You love to have your hands on anything your brother cares about (and him, visa versa). You hand out smiles like candy at a smalltown summertime parade, and without fail, I am asked, “Is she always this happy?” to which I answer, “pretty much!”

You got your first two teeth recently, and have been working on the top pair to match. Diaper rashes, drooling, a little bit of crankiness, and a huge aversion to sleep. You know, who needs that anyway?

Christmas is in just a few days, and I think your mind is going to be completely blown. So much light and crinkly paper and happiness, family, friends, and just the constant activity of those couple of days. You seem to thrive on that kind of busy-ness. I can’t wait to watch your face just light up.

Your constant joy brings such happiness to our family – every single one of us is brightened by it. Never lose that, sweet girl. Never ever.

So, so much,
Mama

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After quite a few years of posting our 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 yellows. 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!

The last few months, I’ve found my pops of yellow – a little bit in clothing choices of my kids and clients, but most often when looking up. Our fall was kind of wonky with a lot of cold and rain, but we did manage a few of those brilliant and beautiful fall days full of amazing color. We find these gorgeous maple trees that just blaze yellow (red ones too, but this time, yellow 🙂 ).

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