Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Big Cottonwood Canyon {Family Photos}


Prepare for a massive overshare! And full disclosure: this will not be the only post where you get a heavy dose of our newest batch of family photos. I can't help it; I'm so in love with them all. I feel like they perfectly capture our adventurous little family in the mountains (nearly our second home). You can see the personalities of my boys' just shining through. I love the contrast of Liam's bright blue eyes with Finn's deep dark brown.

















For this shoot, we headed up Big Cottonwood Canyon to the Donut Falls trailhead. This is only about a half hour drive from our house. We've hiked here before, so the location was perfect. So was the weather, the night... everything. Finn was particularly smiley, which I was pumped about. That is, until he started screaming uncontrollably for no apparent reason. A minute later, I started getting a tingly feeling on my hand and leg. Then the pain kicked in. Stinging nettles!!! And sure enough, Finn's legs were covered in welts! I felt so bad for him. We took a little break to see if he would recover, and fortunately he did. However, he very skeptical about being put down in the tall grass after that. We distracted him by heading down the stream. Once I saw the log laying across the rushing water, I knew we had to all get in! The water was far too cold for Liam to keep his toes in for long, but he was all about balancing across the log!































 A huge thank you for Kali Poulsen for being patient with my family. Getting the best smiles from my boys. And somehow capturing the magic that is this current time in our lives.

  And another thanks is probably due to my sweet friends who responded to a ridiculous amount of texts regarding outfit selection. I love the white floral dress I decided on! I think it all came together perfectly with the scenery.

37 comments :

  1. What a beautiful photoshoot! Your family looks so irresistibly happy, and I love that beautiful white floral dress. It's so important to capture special memories like these. I've never heard of stinging nettles, but they don't sound fun. So glad your little one made a full recovery with that cute little smile!

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  2. Laura, these photos are stunning! Just gorgeous!

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  3. These are amazing! I absolutely love that you took these in the woods, definitely your second home! I also love that you got a few of just you and Conor. I want to make an effort of doing more of that!

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  4. These are so perfect, seriously, I feel like they truly capture the essence of you and your family [and I've never met you , haha]. So fantastical, lady!

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  5. These photos capture your family perfectly, I love them all so much!!! And that dress is gorgeous mama!!

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  6. Love, love, love! Such a beautiful family. And I hope you don't mind, but I'm buying that dress. Thanks for the link!

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  7. Oh my goodness. There are not enough words to describe the beauty in these photos! Everything is perfect!

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  8. Laura. These are phenomenal!! Each capture is absolutely gorgeous and perfect.
    And the outfit coordination! Love how it all turned out!!

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  9. Poor baby with the stinging nettles!!!! Ouch!!

    The pictures are truly gorgeous, and all of them frameable I couldn't imagine not putting all of those up ha.

    liz @ j for joiner

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  10. Oh Laura!! These are so gorgeous, SO PERFECT!! I feel like they are very natural and genuine, what a fun capture of this time of life. :)

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  11. Oh Laura, they're gorgeous! And so, so YOU. I think my favorites are of you and just Liam and Finn!

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  12. I just love every single thing about these photos!!! Gorgeous!!

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  13. Beautiful pictures, beautiful location and beautiful family! XOXO

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  14. How will you ever choose which ones to frame? You'll need a whole wall. You are such a gorgeous and sweet family. It's so good you are capturing these moments :)

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  15. Everything about this is wonderful and beautiful and perfect and so you guys. Couldn't love it more.

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  16. Laura, these are so gorgeous!!! What a beautiful setting, dress, and family!

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  17. Seriously so SO gorgeous!!! I LOVE them all. You're going to have a hard time deciding which ones to frame! I vote... all of them!

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  18. Yes!! Your dress was perfect and the setting was gorgeous!! I love everything about these from your sweet little blonde boys to that killer hair! ;) I'm dying to see more!! XO

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  19. Beautiful! All of it. What a sweet dress (and I have never heard of them. Thanks).

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  20. These turned out so gorgeous!! Nothing makes me happier than great family photos :) I think I would get them taken every three months if I could lol!

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  21. These are so beautiful, as always! You guys are so photogenic! And you had such a pretty setting. Love the log pics!! :)

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  22. Just the most gorgeous, photogenic family there ever was!!! I love your dress, the setting, your little blondies...it's all just perfect!

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  23. Swoon!!!! Do you have any wall space left in your home?! I would hang each and every one of these!

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  24. I cant' believe I never noticed Finn is a strawberry blonde, and in the best way I've ever seen! I am dying for his hair color! I love this session too. It's so natural; just exploring and having fun. She caught the perfect moments every time!

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  25. These are gorgeous!!! Such a perfect backdrop for you and your family! I look forward to seeing more :)

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  26. you have the most gorgeous family ever, for reals. love all of these photos. poor Finn though :( ouch!

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  27. These are all gorgeous! I love them all and don't know how you'll ever be able to choose a favorite! If I had pictures as sweet as these, they would all be hanging all over my walls! Maybe I should get some taken, just so I can hang them on my wall. Love them!

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  28. beautiful photographs.. I love love love your dress

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  29. Oh my gosh the photos are absolutely stunning! Your dress is GORGEOUS! I love that you guys are barefoot in some of the photos ♥

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  30. These pictures are all so beautiful! Love them! So sad about the stinging nettles, but I'm glad he recovered fairly quickly!

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  31. There are no words to adequately describe the beauty that was captured in these photos! Every single detail is beautiful! Xo, Stephanie

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  32. Laura, you have a gorgeous family! These photos are beautiful. Your dress is perfect! Love them all!

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  33. I'm so behind in blog reading but I couldn't pass this one up!! They are sooo beautiful. Although I am 400% sure somebody would have fallen in the water from that log ha. I really like the one of just the two boys. Might be my fave, but too hard to pick!

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