I met Lacey and her family last year when they asked me to take their family photos while they vacationed in Big Sky, Montana. Lucky for me, they came back to visit Big Sky this summer and I got to tag along for an evening.

We decided on a short hike to Ousel Falls to change up the scenery from last year’s photos and it was so fun watching the kids explore! Family photo sessions are one of my favorite types of sessions because I get to watch families interact and explore new places together, and the Grabel family is so good at this. Watching them traipse through brush to get to the river, picking up sticks and making games out of it, and decorating those sticks with grass and flowers was so fun.

For those who don’t know, my own father passed away suddenly last month, just 6 weeks after my wedding and 2 weeks after our reception. I’ve taken so much comfort in going through old photo albums (thanking God my mom always had a camera in her hand when we were growing up) and our wedding photos, and this experience has reminded me that, while the memories are the most important thing to have, photos of each phase of our lives together can help remind us of things that may have faded from memory. This has absolutely refreshed my perspective in documenting people’s relationships and I am so grateful that I get the opportunity to watch families grow over the years. So glad I met this sweet family that has become friends.

I’ve been having so much fun documenting families on film - scroll on through for a few favorites!