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wake up in the house you’ve been dreaming of

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“wake up in the house of you’ve been dreaming of”

This sign was taped to my friend’s bedroom door the day she moved into her house by her father and its been up ever since. As you may have figured out, it’s fairly easy to make me tear up, so when I saw this, that’s exactly what I did. And then I anxiously waited for the day I could do a photo session with them.

I first met Alison when I moved into our neighborhood a few years ago. She grew up in our neighborhood and moved back here to raise her own family (our neighborhood kicks butt). Our families have a lot in common: Our kids (girl-boy-girl) are the same age and are buddies, we listen to a lot of the same music (you know–the good stuff), her husband (Shane) and I are military brats and both lived in East Asia, and I drool over their home (if you look out the window you’d see their boat and dock) and mid-century danish furniture (some made by her grandfather!). Oh, and we love VWs (although I am pretty sure Shane loves them more)! Besides all of that, they really are the nicest family and are one of the big reasons I love our neighborhood so much.

You can imagine how giddy I was when we finally booked this session. I was d-y-i-n-g to shoot a lifestyle home session with little or no posing–just capturing the everyday activities of a family at home–and I knew they would be the perfect family for that type of session. They gave me free reign and I ♥ them for it. Oh, and come on (!) how gorgeous are they?! This will always be one of my favorite.sessions.ever.

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lindy - November 18, 2010 - 8:38 pm

you totally rock at lifestyle photography!! beautiful.

Megan - November 18, 2010 - 8:39 pm

Oh. My. Goodness.

Jody.

I don’t even know where to begin, I fear I’ll write you a novel down here. I’ll just say that I think this is absolute perfection. Every single image is fantastic, and I am BLOWN AWAY with your eye. Your friend’s family is gorgeous, and I’m in love with their home. What an amazing and inspiring photographer you are!! <3

Kimberly - November 18, 2010 - 8:46 pm

Oh heavens. Jody. This is outstanding. I. love. every. image. xo.

Ashley Spaulding - November 18, 2010 - 8:46 pm

Jody…I’ve seen your work on CM, and I’ve always loved and admired it, but these shots just blew me away! They are stunning. Simply gorgeous. I would LOVE to have shots like this of my own family. Amazing work!!

Meg Sexton - November 18, 2010 - 8:50 pm

You are amazing Jody. Simply and truly a talented artist. These are amazingly stunning.

Cyndi - November 18, 2010 - 9:12 pm

love love love all the angles of this shoot! so creative!! great job lady!!

Susan - November 18, 2010 - 10:25 pm

JODY! WOW! WOW! WOW! Absolute perfection. You nailed the lifestyle girl. This family is gorgeous (as is their house). Your lighting is amazing. LOVE IT ALL!

Rebecca Gorham - November 19, 2010 - 8:26 am

The pictures are beautiful. I love that you captured the kids’ personalities so well.

Shelley - November 19, 2010 - 8:37 am

You are constantly expressing your talent in new and beautiful ways. I get such joy looking at your photography; if I feel this from looking what you have captured of strangers lives, I can’t imagine the rush of emotion they feel seeing the special moments you allow them to relive.

April Nienhuis - November 19, 2010 - 9:17 am

I absolutely LOVE this session! Do you know where they got their place mats? My sister would go nuts for those (my BIL is British).

cyn - November 19, 2010 - 9:53 am

you are so talented, my friend! unbelievable, in fact!

Brandie - November 19, 2010 - 3:21 pm

Oh, Jody, this is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!! THIS is what family photography should look like. Seriously, LOVE!

Jody - November 20, 2010 - 10:16 am

Thank you everyone! Your comments *really* made my day. :) I was so lucky to shoot such a beautiful/fun family and gorgeous home.

leah@lilyblue.com - November 28, 2010 - 11:56 pm

what a fun session! love the house…the family….and the shots. perfect!!

malina - February 18, 2011 - 1:27 pm

amazing house -love, love, love – and amazing family. Love your photos!

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