a double rainbow in wisconsin.

it was a rainy few days in wisconsin when we drove through hudson earlier this summer to visit the kealy family.  darcy, the mama, is my studio manager, but more specifically she is my organizer/scheduler/encourager/therapist/superhero.  she is also a designer, a photographer and a children’s book author (yup, you need her book).  but more than any of those amazing on-paper things, she is refreshingly real.  she is genuine and gritty honest and fiercely loyal a little bit crazy and a wee bit inappropriate – which i find wonderful.  and her husband and kids are great.  the kind of people you want to have a bbq with every saturday (and sunday and monday too).

here’s the thing about photo sessions.  you feel like they have to be perfect – i mean, there is just so much to think about and it’s such an investment.  you want the day to be best case scenario/non crying kids/happy day with the spouse/joyful dancing in a cloud and dandelions kinda experience.  let’s just say that darcy wasn’t too psyched about the stress of it all.  i so get that and it’s pretty much the way i feel about getting on the other side of the lens too. but she knew i was coming into town and it was her one shot.  she told me that her husband made her do it, that if she didn’t that she would regret not doing the photos.  so we decided to keep it low key… we planned for biking to get ice cream downtown as they like to do as a family.  but then it rained  (all day).  but we went for it anyway.  there were some tears.  and there aren’t any perfect everyone-smiling-this-is-a-perfect-family kinda photos.  but you know what i see?  i see a real family.  a family that loves each other.  a family that fights hard for hope.  that yells loud but laughs louder and holds on tight instead of giving up.  days are hard and the rain comes.  but when you get out and chase happiness, sometimes a great big double rainbow appears.  i love these pictures.  they make me smile, they make me remember how much laughter our families shared over those few days in wisconsin and they remind me that perhaps the most lovely things in life are the ones we just can’t plan for.

p.s.  these photos are shown in backward order.  the ones on the bikes are my favorites so i started there.  you’re welcome.   ;)

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The Bonnice Family in Pennsylvania!

this session was a joy!  i photographed this family at their home in eastern pennsylvania and it was so very important that it be right there because of all the history and beauty on that land.  lindsey, the mama, grew up there on that hundred plus acres and lived her childhood running beside the pond and through the woods.  she left home to go to school but came back with her sweetheart and he proposed right there where they ended up building their home.  and now they are living their dream with their two little ones and a few sheep in the pen outside.  the day of the session also happened to be the anniversary of their daughter, libby’s, “gotcha day” (the day she was officially adopted in their family)!  there was laughter and daisy picking and cuddling and walking beneath the trees in the woods.  those big tall trees that will forever hold the stories of the most magical and dream fulfilled childhoods…2014-08-08_0001 2014-08-08_0002 2014-08-08_0003 2014-08-08_0004 2014-08-08_0005 2014-08-08_0006 2014-08-08_0007 2014-08-08_0008 2014-08-08_0009 2014-08-08_0010 2014-08-08_0011 2014-08-08_0012 2014-08-08_0013 2014-08-08_0014 2014-08-08_0015 2014-08-08_0016 2014-08-08_0017 2014-08-08_0018 2014-08-08_0019 2014-08-08_0020 2014-08-08_0021 2014-08-08_0022 2014-08-08_0023 2014-08-08_0024 2014-08-08_0025 2014-08-08_0026 2014-08-08_0027 2014-08-08_0028 2014-08-08_0029 2014-08-08_0030 2014-08-08_0031 2014-08-08_0032 2014-08-08_0033 2014-08-08_0034 2014-08-08_0035 2014-08-08_0036 2014-08-08_0037 2014-08-08_0038 2014-08-08_0039 2014-08-08_0040 2014-08-08_0041 2014-08-08_0043 2014-08-08_0044.5 2014-08-08_0044 2014-08-08_0045 2014-08-08_0046 2014-08-08_0047 2014-08-08_0048 2014-08-08_0049 2014-08-08_0050 2014-08-08_0051 2014-08-08_0052 2014-08-08_0053 2014-08-08_0054.5 2014-08-08_0054 2014-08-08_0055 2014-08-08_0056 2014-08-08_0059

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hello, i’m joy!  sunshine chaser, child of God, mama to four & wife to one good man.  we traveled all over looking for a place to call home and we found it.  we live a simple life out in the country with bare toes and happy hearts.

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