A Family That's Good for the Heart

I've had the joy of photographing this beautiful family since their first little boy was born and their regular photoshoots are one of my favorite parts of this business. Each shoot gets more fun and more of a workout, because let me tell you- these boys can MOVE. I'll know I've arrived at my fitness goals when I can get through a whole shoot without being short of breath.

Schulteis family, my heart and my lungs are grateful to you, for the joy and exercise you bring them. 

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The Price Squad

I've known this wonderful family for most of my life. (What are we at now, Danny? 20 years of friendship?) They're fantastic. Therefore it was so much fun to photograph them, despite the fact that it was 19 degrees outside that day. Let me repeat: NINETEEN DEGREES. 

They should all get Nobel Peace Prizes. Just saying.

Touch a Truck at Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A in Fair Lakes hosted an awesome event for kids this summer called Touch a Truck. There were firetrucks, a moving truck, a garbage trucks, police car, school bus, race car and many other fantastic vehicles. The event was sponsored by my wonderful church, Community Bible Church of Fair Lakes.

Enjoy some photos from that day!

Three Sisters

What does it look like to be sisters for over 76 years?
It looks absolutely beautiful, and a lot like a party.

I was blessed beyond measure to do this shoot with my Grammy and her two sisters. Someday my sisters and I will do the same, and I pray we'll have as much love and as many ridiculous stories as these three do.

"A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." Ecclesiastes 4:12b

An Italian-American Fourth of July

I am blessed with the most wonderful family in the world. This July we got to snatch some of them up and spend a weekend at Smith Mountain Lake. If I posted all the photos taken in just that weekend, your computers would explode. So here are some highlights. Amo la mia famiglia!

Cent'anni! 

 

Meyers & Co.

I had the wonderful pleasure of photographing the Meyers/Richards/Arnold family (hereafter referred to as Meyers & Co.) We were missing one family member, so the photos couldn't quite be perfect, but what a beautiful family!

I can't say enough how much we appreciate our servicemen, and Kyle (the handsome marine in the v-neck) is at the top of that list. Thank you for serving and protecting our country.

Mother Knows Best

She is a mother first, a hunter second, but that does not lessen her love for hunting. Now that her two boys are old enough to use guns safely, Jaime Covert teaches them how to hunt.

            Jaime Covert has been hunting since she was 19 years old, but her sons had the privilege of starting much sooner. At ages 8 and 10, they are already experienced with their first guns.
            The Coverts live on a family-run dairy farm in Prattsburgh with roughly 1,350 cows. Between the four immediate families that work the farm, there is a crew of 15 to 20 that deer hunt together, and Jaime is the only woman. “Not a lot of people approve of women hunting, but I love it and if I didn't do it my boys would not know how to hunt,” Covert said.
            Her husband, Joel, doesn’t shoot, so Jaime is teaching her 8 and 10-year-old sons how to hunt. One of the ways the boys are learning is by shooting pests around the farm. Starlings eat the cow feed, raccoons kill the chickens and groundhogs dig holes in the field that can wreck the farm equipment. Jaime has also had to shoot coyotes and foxes to protect the livestock.
            More than just hunting, Covert is teaching the boys gun safety. “My boys know that guns are deadly weapons,” said Covert. “They won’t just pick them up and play with them. They won’t even touch them without me being around. That’s one of the rules.” Safety rules in the Covert house are strict and taken very seriously. The guns are locked and stored separately from the bullets. There is not a loaded gun in the house.
            Being a mother has strongly influenced Covert’s stand on gun control laws. Family is her first priority, and she believes the upcoming regulations will limit her ability to protect her children. She says the new gun control laws in New York are an infringement on our constitutional rights. “People who misuse the guns are ruining it for everyone else,” she said.

It was such a blessing to photograph and get to know the Covert family. Enjoy the photos!

"Not a lot of people approve of women hunting, but I love it and if I didn't my boys would not know how to hunt."
-Jaime Covert

"It's important to know how to hunt because that's part of how we feed our family," said Jaime. 

Aside from pests and predators on the farm, she doesn't shoot anything they won't eat.