Jackie is getting ready to preserve her wedding dress. Mia is five. And Jackie had a brilliant, and unbelievably sweet idea. We got together and photographed Mia in her Mother's wedding dress before it goes off to be cleaned and preserved.

Mia likely won't remember the evening we spent together, and she won't see these pictures until her own wedding day, in about 20 years. On that special day, Jackie will give Mia a gift- a gorgeous album with images of the two of them together, when Mia was five and wearing her Mom's dress.  They'll sit and flip through the pages and laugh and possibly cry, before Mia walks down the isle herself.

And if that doesn't have all of you Moms-with-daughters out there shedding a tear or two, I don't know what will.

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Jen says:

Oh.my.goodness. I am absolutely in love with this idea and with all these images. What a treasure to give her daughter. Would you pretty, pretty please come out & do sessions like this for Zoe & Brynn?

(07.19.12 @ 12:07 PM)
Lindsey says:

So beautiful. And yes, I did cry! I think this is one of the best ideas ever!

(07.20.12 @ 03:49 PM)
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Watch out, folks. You're going to want to eat this darling baby boy with a spoon!

He is, easily, one of the most beautiful children I've ever seen.

And then Kelli throws him in a custom onesie with a tie, a baby fedora, and argyle babylegs.... Well, suffice it to say, his parents are lucky I didn't take that little man home and make him my own.

(John and Kelli, you're not bad either.)
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(You want to eat him up, don't you??)

Jen says:

Ummm yes. Yes I do. The one of him peeking over & gumming the side of the wagon slays me. What a fabulous session!!

(06.14.12 @ 10:40 PM)
Alexandra says:

He is indeed sooo adorable! Love all these photos, Rachel!

(06.14.12 @ 11:12 PM)
Lindsey says:

Oh my gosh!! I'm sure he has parents, but I didn't notice them anywhere because I was staring at him in every picture!! What a joy to photograph him! I especially love the one with his hands over the edge of the wagon, chewing on it. Adorable!

(06.15.12 @ 03:12 PM)
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I love these pictures for so many reasons.
1. I love this family.
2. I love the expressions and story they tell.
3. This is what I do-- these are the sessions that make my heart sing. I love it when a family, or couple, will just play while I document it.

This is what I do.

My goal is always this :: that when people look back at the pictures I take, they will remember the exact thing that made them laugh so hard, or the words that made them hug so tight. I want them to be able to look back at their images and remember the evening we spent together perfectly.

Jen, I hope you'll always be able to remember this evening. Love you so much!


Jen says:

RACH!!!!! These make me so incredibly happy. You have no idea...ok yes you have an idea, but THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I love them so so much. Tears. xoxoxoxo

(04.13.12 @ 02:20 PM)
Shuva Rahim says:

Beautiful pics of a beautiful family!

(04.13.12 @ 02:33 PM)
Jessica says:

Love these so much! My sister and her family are beautiful! Now I want beach family pics! You are incredible Rachel!

(04.14.12 @ 07:48 AM)
eydie says:

amazing photos of a beautiful family! you can see the love everywhere.

(04.14.12 @ 03:51 PM)
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I've written and re-written this post a handful of times. On one hand, I don't want to post anything that's so personal and special to me, and yet on the other, I do want to honor and recognize my son for making a big decision, a good decision. This past weekend was extremely significant and special for Elias, and for our family. On Saturday, Elias was baptized. I won't go into detail except to say that it was a sacred and emotional day for me, and for him.

A few weeks ago, I took him out for some pictures to commemorate this special time in his life.


Jen says:

Ahhh...love everything about these. So wonderful. Congratulations Elias!!

(03.26.12 @ 09:08 PM)
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You know what they say about the third child.

Well, okay, I'm not really sure what they say about the third child, but I do know that little Miss Maura (said MAH-RA, not MORA) is much more likely to be seen out and about missing one shoe, with her PJ's still on, her hair all crazy-like. She's less likely to get all 5 servings of milk each day (or whatever the recommendation is), and I'm pretty sure I'm okay if she stays in diapers forever, because I just don't have it in me to potty-train right now.

She's HAPPY, oh she's so happy. The happiest of all three of them. She's mischievous as can be (really? butcher knives? Sharpies? toothbrushes and toilets?). She makes me swoon. She makes me crazy. She's as individual as anyone could possibly be at two years old. She's witty, she's sly, she's kind, and I never change her pants when she doesn't say "thank you" afterward. She's a magnetizing child, and I love her to pieces.


Shari Chevez says:

This child!!! OMG, How adorable. I love the photos and the personality they deomnstrate. Fantastic job mommy. Take Good Care, Dr Shari

(03.16.12 @ 05:24 PM)
Rosanne Christensen says:

Oh my, she is a cute little button! I have enjoyed all the pictures of your children, Rachel, they are all very beautiful kids, but she looks like miss personality plus!

(03.16.12 @ 05:39 PM)
Mikael Squire says:

Those curls! She is adorable! You are so good at so many things, but making beautiful children is what you are best at.

(03.16.12 @ 06:09 PM)
Melinda says:

She is such a doll! We love Miss Maura

(03.16.12 @ 06:34 PM)
Jen says:

Oh my gosh I could eat her up. She is so delightfully delicious. Adore all of these images. And I love her personality that shines through. And you know in my head she & Andrew are already betrothed right? Yep. Because I said so. :) xo

(03.16.12 @ 06:41 PM)
Tasha says:

Oh man, is she ever cute! And those ringlets, swoon. I especially love the fourth set down on the left, melt my heart! Beautiful Rachel.

(03.16.12 @ 07:27 PM)
Lindsey says:

LOVE the one in profile, where she's leaning over the edge of the couch. Divine!

(03.16.12 @ 09:08 PM)
Lizzie says:

I love her! I love her gorgeous eyes and her amazing curls and her smile that reminds me of Wes. They are going to have so much fun together! (I am going to have so much fun with your kids!!!)

(03.16.12 @ 11:20 PM)
Aleasha Rhien says:

Oh my goodness...she is so adorable. I love her hair and her eyes are amazingly beautiful

(03.19.12 @ 05:48 PM)
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