One year ago today, my family said goodbye to San Clemente, California and set off on a three week adventure that took us all the way up the West Coast to Seattle and the North Cascades then over to Glacier and Yellowstone National Park. The time we spent on the road were some of the best days I’ve spent with my husband and our boys. Our adventures were endless and so meaningful. We still talk about our time and the memories we made stay with us.
My babies tend to be big babies. Actually the phrase “he’s a moose” was exclaimed by my OB when my last son was born. (Note…that is not what you want to hear as you deliver your baby!) He was 9 lbs 5 oz so yes, big babies are kind of what I’m used to. So when I get the chance to photograph a littler babe, I’m beside myself. I just love how sweet and tiny they can be. Precious little hands, ears, and so on. This beautiful girl was no exception. She was a petite girl and such an absolute doll. And so relaxed. She slept for her whole session. I could have stayed all day snapping away.
So it is spring, but someone needs to tell Kansas. It was spring for like 3 days. Now it is back to being winter and there is even snow forecast on Easter Sunday. I can’t. I love the seasons. In the winter, I want it to be cold and snowy and just as it should be. Now that it is spring, I’d like it to be on the warmer side, maybe not rain every other day, definitely not snow, and it would be nice to see the sun occasionally and perhaps some flowers. Apparently I’m being too picky. Anyway, regardless of the cooler weather, I was fortunate enough to work these two fun maternity sessions in on two of our warmer and somewhat sunnier days.
Oh my goodness babies always get me and when I get the chance to capture three sweet boys then I really get all the feels. I love boy households since that is how I roll at my house, surrounded by handsome young men. It’s such a gift when I am invited in to another family of all boys. I’m right at home with all the laughs, silliness, and energy found in these homes.
There is so much to reflect on when I think about 2017 and the changes and growth my business has undergone. From sunsets in California to sunflower fields in Kansas, this past year saw me saying goodbye to incredible families I’d gotten to know as I was invited to capture meaningful moments for them, and saw me given the opportunity to meet new faces and document new memories.
My first session in Kansas last month was such a joy! Between the stunning location and beautiful family, this was such an enjoyable evening. Kansas is known as the sunflower state and standing in fields with flowers everywhere you look, it is easy to see why.
Fall started a few days ago, but it still feels like summer here. Luckily, since I’m a big fan of the cooler weather fall brings, I have to only wait until tomorrow and then those fall temps will be more commonplace then the high 80s we’ve had for the last week. But the continued warm weather had me reminiscing on my California days and inspired me (or kicked me into gear) to update my blog with my last session I did in California before our move.
How fast babies grow never ceases to amaze me. The last time I had this family in front of my camera, their littlest guy was only days old. I was so excited to have the chance to capture this family again.
This session was one for the books in such a fun way! This session was planned and the day before mom mentioned to me that she was expecting and wanted to do some announcement photos as part of the session, then she says “And its a boy and my husband doesn’t know - I want to surprise him at the session.”
This sweet family has been one of the most fun families to work with! Last summer I had the chance to photograph them for a perfect California beach session and in April, I was so excited to have the chance to squeeze in one more session before we both moved on from San Clemente.
“Aloha” has come to mean “hello” and “goodbye” and is fitting in so many ways for this family session. I love the opportunity to work with families for the first time, and was thrilled with Danielle reached out and asked me to photograph her beautiful family. It was especially meaningful because this was their first family photography session, and also because we are both saying goodbye to Southern CA this summer.
Being invited into a home that has recently welcomed a new life will always be one of my greatest honors in the work that I do. When my neighbors asked me to photograph their beautiful new daughter upon her arrival I was thrilled and enjoyed each minute of our session. Mom and Dad are perfect first-time parents who are smitten with their daughter and really, she couldn’t be cuter.
I had the opportunity to photograph one of the most darling families I’ve had the privilege to work with at Calafia State Beach. After an unexpectedly early start to their little girl’s life, it was obvious how truly and deeply she is adored by her parents and even more so, how thankful they are for her good health after her early delivery and time spent int he NICCU.
Welcome friends to my site! I am so glad you’ve taken a moment to visit and check out Ryan Elizabeth Ward Photography. What started as a love of capturing my three boys and all the adventures three little boys can get into has turned into the amazing opportunity to connect with, get to know and share my love of photography with the most amazing families. I truly believe that it is my honor to be invited to document love between siblings, families, new parents and a perfect newborn and occasionally the couple starting out on their own incredible journey together. Documenting my boys has taught me that its the little moments that truly matter and they are what you will want the most to remember when that season of your life changes. It will be the way your daughter held your hand, the completely silly thing that make your son belly laugh, those first few days after you welcome a new life into your arms, the love you feel for your spouse as you watch them be the best father or mother they are to your children. Each family has a story to tell and it is my intention to use our time together to tell it. I am writing my own beautiful love story and capturing it as I go with my boys, and when I get the chance I am excited for the opportunity to be a part of and capture yours.