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.

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 sweet son –

You are very three these days. One minute you’re minding amazingly, playing with your toys, showing things to your sister, eating your meal, sharing with other kids at school. The next minute you’re completely losing it, crying and screaming, throwing a fit often for reasons that seem almost laughable. In the moment it can make me crazy and really test my own levels of throwing fits. When I’m able to pull back and look at it, it’s totally you testing your limits, pushing your individuality and seeing just how far you’re going to be allowed to go.

Related – you will potty train on your own terms. I have to remind myself that it’s not worth any fights or power struggles, and that when you’re ready, it’ll happen well. We’ll get there. It’s tricky for me to remember that trying to get control of your body in that way is something you have to learn when it is so second nature to me.

I am so very proud of how you are with your little sister. You have never been anything but completely sweet and kind with her. You love to give her hugs and kisses, and making her smile can shift your mood entirely. So far it has been everything I dared to imagine for you in having a sibling. My sweet boy, you amaze me.

So, so much,
Mama

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Amazing little one –

You are such a ray of sunshine in our house and in our lives. You give such big smiles and you’ve started giggling both on your own and along with us. Really, by and large, you are an incredibly happy baby. When you get mad, though, it turns in a complete 180 and you are MAD. It often takes quite a bit of time to settle you back down from one of these major explosions. That has taken some getting used to as it’s so different from how your brother was as an infant. It’s also been tricky to learn your cues to try to avoid them. I’m getting a pretty good handle on it, but I also have the food advantage that your dad doesn’t have. We’ll get there – or you will – one will happen soon, I’m sure!

You love your big brother. Big time. You have these special room-lightening smiles that are just for him when he comes around. You love to watch him as he runs around and plays, spins and jumps. You can almost see the gears in your head trying to figure out just how he’s doing all of these things and how you can most quickly start to do them too!

Having two kids has certainly been a big change and a challenge for us all, but I wouldn’t trade our little family for anything. Not one single thing.

I love you,
Mama

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Weddings | Families | Seniors | Personal

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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.