i heart this family. before their shoot, shauna (the mama) had sent me her favorite photograph of her mother that was taken before she passed away. it was of her in the middle of a wonderfully big laugh… the kind of laugh that spread across her face, squinted her eyes and just felt like home. that photo is how she loves to remember her mother and it was exactly the way i knew i wanted to photograph shauna. if you look at the photos below you will see that she has that same smile and i can also attest to the face that her laugh is very much contagious and has spilled out into the lives of her children and her husband that she loves to kiss oh so much. we started our shoot at my favorite little cupcake shop (cupcakery!) followed by a very fun little picnic (how adorable is shauna’s handmade “oh happy day!” banner!?) followed by some hugging in a field at sunset. and OH, what a HAPPY DAY is was.