So, I went a little overboard…I know.  I just had the hardest time choosing what photos to feature here of this shoot I did with Nicole Daniels.  When she asked to photograph me and my girl a few weeks back, I couldn’t say yes quick enough.  Ry and I have never taken photos together, just the two of us.  Well, other than the spur of the moment day to day one’s, usually in the form of an instagram (you know the kind!)  So you can imagine how excited I was to get these back.  They are photos i’ll cherish forever.  I’m always thinking about how fleeting life is.  I know it sounds depressing, but it’s true, right?  The special thing about photography to me is that it allows you freeze a moment in time….a moment you will never get back, but that you’ll forever remember because you can hold it in your hands and  look at it tomorrow, and every day after that.  It’s a memory that can be put in a book, and looked back upon when your kids are all big and grown.

When I look back at these photos, I’ll remember you at one and a half.  I’ll remember picking out our outfits and attempting to coordinate.  I’ll remember putting a bow in your hair and wishing you had a bit more of it by now!  But still kind of loving that fuzzy blonde head I’ve grown so used to.  I’ll remember your fascination with nature walks, and finding everything along the way a new brilliant discovery.  The way you gasp when you hear an airplane and the way to squeeze my leg when something frightens you.  I’ll remember your cute little strut and your goofy crooked smile. Your chunky legs and your petite little feet. I’ll remember the way you laugh (I live for your laugh), sometimes so hard it isn’t even audible.    And I’ll remember the way your sweet voice sounds when you tell me “i love you”.  Incomprehensible to most, but clear as day to me.  Oh one and a half, sometimes I wish you’d stick around forever.

Thank you for this gift Nicole!



  1. Sherri Murray

    “My Girl” With HER Girl! OH DEar! does that mean i am OLD… ahhh yes and so VEry thankful for these 2. Sweet Rylee Jean brings back moments with Kelli Jean that seem like yesterday. Flash backs of True Joy and thankfulness!! (tear)

  2. ashley

    i’ve been dying for that peplum top from anthro since i first saw it. these photos are absolutely gorgeous!

  3. Emily

    You two are absolutely perfect! Can I ask where you found that amazing colored denim?!

  4. Katie

    Oh my goodness! This is all just so beautiful, it makes me tear up! My baby girl just turned one and is as fuzzy-headed( maybe even less so!) as Rylee. Loving every minute and moment as a mommy :)

  5. Launa

    Stunning! And flawless as usual. You little mini is too much cuteness to handle! And the colors are fantastic!

  6. Kassandra

    Kelli these are so beautiful! It would be hard to pick a favourite! I love the little write up about what you love about Rylee right now, so sweet! Happy Easter!
    <3 Kastles

  7. Sara

    These are stunning images! So happy you can freeze this moment and what a beautiful moment it is.

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