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!

This is kind of a special favorite five for me. Tomorrow our son turns three, and my nostalgia’s running thick, so this month I’ve got to feature some of my favorite recent shots of this little guy. This age is so amazing – he’s both little kid and growing boy, baby, toddler and preschooler all at once. Each different part of him showing up at all sorts of different moments. A very happy birthday to you, sweet one! Your dad and I love you so so very much.

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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.

  • Jill

    Happy birthday handsome boy! Love seeing how you capture him growing up. 🙂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.


Dear sweetheart,

You seem to have grown so very much in the past month. You have (strong) opinions about pretty much everything, and if something isn’t met with your approval, boy, do we hear about it! At the same time, you can be wonderfully polite, often impressing store clerks and relatives with your pleasant demeanor. You’ve been asking us to tell you about what time it is pretty often lately… and getting up earlier than necessary. Ha! Something we’ll be working on for a while.

In just the last couple of days, we’ve finally gotten to get outside to play more. Thank goodness! All of our moods are improving because of it. I love how much your imagination runs wild when we’re outside. All of a sudden your play takes on new levels of inventiveness and it’s absolutely incredible. I can’t wait for more lovely days to spend outside with you!

You continue to be amazingly sweet to your little sister, despite how much of my and your dad’s time she takes up, you haven’t taken it out on her at all, and really only show your frustration occasionally. This new structure for our family is a learning curve for us all, and I have to say, you’re handling it amazingly. I love you, bud.

So, so much,
Mama

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Dear, little one,

How much you grow in a month! It’s incredible. Here you are, about six and a half weeks old. Your cheeks and thighs, wrists and belly are starting to chub up. In the last week or so you’ve been giving us real smiles, and that is a game changer for me. I’ll be honest, these early weeks of parenthood are really difficult for me, but those smiles are the first kind of tangible reciprocation. By the fifth and sixth week, I needed it pretty badly.

You’re starting to show little bits of your emerging personality, and watching your face light up when your brother comes around is pretty spectacular. You’re still a pretty snuggly baby – you’ve got your moments of trying to figure it all out, but then you collapse into my arms or on my shoulder, in my lap, and I try as much as I can to savor these moments. I know they’re fleeting.

I love you,
Mama

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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!

I missed last month’s five on five, but for good reason. On February 3rd, our new little one joined our family. June’s arrival has been a gift to us all – something that has certainly triggered some incredible transition for the whole family, but something truly amazing nonetheless. So, my favorite five shots are a few more than five this time, and all focused on my little family. I feel I’m able to take those liberties this time, for sure.

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  • Oh Alison! They are both so sweet and beautiful. Congrats again my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Jill

    Such a wonderful month! I wish I could hold that sweet baby girl! I hope you are getting some sleep. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Cathie

    Beautiful photos of 2 gorgeous kiddos Alison. 🙂ReplyCancel

As the hour of Matt and Sam’s wedding ceremony approached, the clouds threatened to open up and really let loose quite a rain storm. Little spits of rain hit here and there – enough for a few guests to run back to their cars for umbrellas, but in the end it held off. Whether it had or hadn’t ended up storming, these two were still going to be launched into their married lives together with such wonderful laughter and uncontainable joy. Matt and Sam, I wish you both all the very best as you head toward an entire lifetime of adventures together.

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Just a fleeting little moment in the busy-ness of all that is wedding. A hidden kiss, losing themselves in each other among the pedestrians, the cars, the shop windows, the patterns, the color. The bright red of the umbrellas, and then reflecting off the cars in the foreground creates a vibrant frame around them. The smirk on the groom’s face is one of knowing that this is the amazing person he’s going to get to kiss and hold for the rest of his life. It’s a rainy day, busy street bliss, and I couldn’t love it more.

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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.