Some new friends of ours that recently migrated South from Indianapolis, just like we did 3 years ago… Such a sweet family. :-)
This past weekend we did a little family outing to Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah. Jack had been asking to go to the zoo and “the farm” for a looooong while, so this was the next best thing since the closest zoo is all the way down in Jacksonville! It had been over a year since we visited the Wildlife Center, so it was fun to go back with Jack being older and super excited about seeing everything. We learned our lesson from the last time when we went in the middle of summer and roasted to death/got attacked by mosquitos!!! This trip was MUCH more enjoyable on a pleasant 70 degree day in February. :-)
The Center has an indoor area where you can view turtles, lizards, snakes, etc., and the rest of the experience centers around a trail that you walk through the woods to find the various wild animals. We were able to see a cougar, bob cat, red foxes, deer, wolves, bison, and an armadillo. They also have a variety of birds of prey (owl, hawk, bald eagle, etc.). Right in the middle of everything is a barn area with sheep, goats, a donkey, cow, pig, birds, and bunnies (I told Jack, “Look– it’s a farm!). At the pond area we were able to feed the catfish and turtles, which was fun.
Jack had an absolute BLAST running to see each exhibit and yelling, “MORE ANIMALS!!!” He just couldn’t get enough. Although I didn’t take pictures of the animals there, I did remember to bring my camera along to at least grab some shots of us as a fam hanging out and exploring!
I absolutely treasure any photos of me with the boys, mostly because I am usually always the one behind the camera and not in the images. This time I handed the camera off to James and had him grab some shots of me with the littles!
There has never been a time in my life when I treasure family photos more than I do right now! Now that I have my own family, I realize just how precious photos of me, James, and the boys truly are. Life speeds by so quickly with little ones, as they seem to change from babies to big kids overnight, which makes capturing those fleeting moments that much more precious to me.
That is why this year I have decided to offer a limited amount of family sessions each month, in addition to my weddings and engagement sessions. I scaled back on family sessions a few of years ago when things were just too hectic and I was trying to learn how to function in a new stage of life (moving across the country, super sick while pregnant, having a baby, etc.). I’m happy to say that two kids later, we are now in a new ebb and flow where I’ve been able to re-focus on my photography business and assess what areas I am most passionate about. :-) If you are interested in scheduling a family session this year, shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
Now, on to the real reason for this post… a super sweet, incredibly awesome family! This trio are dear friends of ours and I am so excited for the new addition they will be adding to their family very soon! They have decided to wait to find out the gender of this new baby, which makes the arrival all the more exciting. We didn’t find out with Joshua either and it was seriously the best surprise ever!!! I think these images capture such a special time as they close out being a family of three and move on to being a family of four. Also, Rachel is one gorgeous pregnant lady, am I right?!?