Back a few months ago I did a session with Lauren and her boys for the Operation: Love Reunited program.  Her husband Josh had been deployed overseas for more than seven months.  Last Wednesday he came home and I had the privilege of being there when his sons saw him for the first time in months.

This is my favorite capture of the day, with more to come later.  Out of nowhere, three year old Keegan put his hand on his Josh’s face and just stared at him, as if in disbelief that his daddy was really there.  I will never forget this moment for as long as I live.

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When two year old Mateo greeted me with a huge smile and a hug around my knees, I knew this was going to be a great session :)

Mateo and his big sister Raquel are two kids who thoroughly enjoy each other.  They were smiling and laughing the whole time.  If I asked them to hug, they would tackle each other and giggle hysterically.

What a gift, to have a brother and sister who love each other so much.  Thanks to all of you for making my day!

  • September 6, 2011 - 15:47

    rachael - love them! they look like such happy kids!!

  • September 6, 2011 - 18:56

    mary - Great job on these photos — such a warm, happy feel to them. And what a darling family!

  • September 6, 2011 - 20:00

    Lacey - These look like two very happy children (and parents!) and you did such a great job capturing that!

  • September 6, 2011 - 20:39

    Nicole - Wow, just look at those smiles! What a great session!

  • September 6, 2011 - 21:24

    Tori - I love the intimacy of these photos. The bond between the parents and the siblings shines through. Gorgeous work!

  • September 7, 2011 - 08:48

    Amanda - What an adorable family…and great family photos that they will have forever!

  • September 7, 2011 - 09:33

    Judie - Love, Love, Love these!!!

  • September 7, 2011 - 11:19

    Jenne Dunham - I adore these! You did what every good photographer should do – capture the emotion!

  • September 7, 2011 - 14:14

    Candy Howard - These are beautiful! I love that he gave you a hug right off!! Too sweet!

  • September 7, 2011 - 18:57

    Laura - Gorgeous family! I’m a sucker for a fun jump shot! <3

  • September 7, 2011 - 19:56

    celeste jones - Really nice work. Cute family. I love the jumping pic. Made me smile.

  • September 7, 2011 - 20:50

    Krista Lund - these are all cute! love the closeups of the kiddos.

  • September 8, 2011 - 19:51

    Alaina Frederick - Lovely family – love the one with the little boy close and the mom and dad in the bokeh area. Nice!

  • September 9, 2011 - 17:30

    Andrea - This is a beautiful family photo session!! Great job ;)

  • September 10, 2011 - 14:49

    Kelly - Beautiful couple and these two little was are so adorable.

  • September 10, 2011 - 20:21

    hope - seriously beautiful family. this session is so fun and full of life.

This photo is from a family session I did last week, a four year old sister and her two year old brother.  I just love it – these kids were so much fun, and obviously love and enjoy each other so much.  I had asked Mateo to give his sister a hug, and it turned into a giggling, tussling, spinning bear hug, where both kids were laughing their heads off and grinning ear to ear.  For me, this is a perfect capture of childhood.  It’s so innocent and sweet and carefree.

He’s here!

Two of my husband’s and my oldest and dearest friends welcomed their baby boy into the world this week.  I snapped this shot when I went to the hospital to meet him.

Welcome, little Will, I can’t wait to love you forever, just like I love your Mommy and Daddy :)

  • August 27, 2011 - 16:01

    JennyO - Awe, he’s so precious, what a very special moment you captured there.

What.  A.  Beautiful.  Family.

I met Amy, Damon and their adorable twins Cameron and Camille on a gorgeous afternoon at a park here in the Valley.  We chose a lovely spot under a tree and I got to watch the love this family has for each other unfold in front of me.  The babies are bright eyed and curious with the sweetest smiles.

Thanks to all of you!  I had such a wonderful time!

  • August 23, 2011 - 15:53

    Carolyn - Great family portraits! Those babies are so cute!

  • August 23, 2011 - 18:50

    amy - oh my goodness– they are just about the cutest things EVER! such a happy family– great job!

  • August 23, 2011 - 21:05

    Amanda - How cute are those babies?!?!?! Great work!

  • August 24, 2011 - 04:18

    candace Wilson - What a beautiful family and sweet sweet babies!! Great job on these!

  • August 24, 2011 - 08:32

    Stacey S - Such a beautiful family and love the expressions of those two little cuties!

  • August 24, 2011 - 11:41

    Kellie - What a great looking family! I love how sweet they are with each other :)

  • August 24, 2011 - 11:49

    Katie W - I bet they are thrilled with their family photos! I can’t get over how cute those babies are. Great work as always Miranda!

  • August 24, 2011 - 13:44

    Melissa M. - Such a fun family! Last image is my fave.

  • August 24, 2011 - 17:45

    Betsy - Great job, Miranda!!! Love how natural all the shots are!

  • August 24, 2011 - 19:46

    Lesley - I have to say…I can feel the love this family has way over here in AZ. They must be thrilled w/ the session. You absolutely captured true emotion here.

  • August 24, 2011 - 20:37

    Jennifer - Oh my, these are all adorable. What cuties!

  • August 24, 2011 - 22:06

    Deanna - Awww how cute are they! love them!

  • August 25, 2011 - 05:30

    Lena (Live Love Laugh Photos) - LOVE the images! I am sure the parents are THRILLED with them!

  • August 25, 2011 - 06:09

    Christy F - These brought a smile to my face – wonderful family portraits!!!!!

  • August 25, 2011 - 18:01

    Mel - awwwww.. I love these.. what a beautiful family

  • August 25, 2011 - 19:05

    robin - Precious twins, these are beautiful family images!

  • August 26, 2011 - 20:59

    Jenne Dunham - What a gorgeous family! You did an awesome job on these! Beautiful babies!

  • August 26, 2011 - 21:08

    Krista Campbell Photography - What a beautiful family and gorgeous images!

  • August 26, 2011 - 22:31

    Jenn Hoffmann - Cute, cute, cute! Love the second to last one- it has such a great feel!

  • August 26, 2011 - 23:54

    Trudie - These are fantastic. Great job!!!!!!!

  • August 27, 2011 - 05:18

    Kerri - Beautiful family and the babies are adorable. Great work!