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Be still my heart. I adore how first year photos capture the brave, curious first steps that mark the subtle passage from babyhood to childhood.  It is such a sweet, nostalgic time that disappears before you know it, yet I love that photos can freeze just a little piece of it. Somewhere between the tousled blonde curls and crisp little overalls, this little Loic embodies everything that is whimsical and wonderful about being a little boy!  Clearly his parents are crazy about him and would heartily agree. (: Happy 1st Bday little Mr!


When I heard the news that my friend Rachel was expecting, I squealed with delight–and when she proceeded to tell me that there were TWO in there, I needed a little time to scrape my jaw off the floor…I can’t even imagine how she felt about that news. (;  Last week was their big ultrasound and we had the incredibly special privilege to be “in” on the big gender reveal surprise she had planned for her husband and kiddos!  That evening, we met them in a beautiful grassy field near their home.  My knees were shaking as Jeff and I stuffed the official surprise balloons into a vintage humpback trunk.  It was a combination of my heart feeling so THRILLED for them with my brain in simultaneous panic mode…It was SO windy–I was just praying that none would pop or blow away before they had a chance to open it!  I will let the photos tell the rest of the story…VanDykes_051613_01minneapolis-family-photographer-052113-01minneapolis-family-photographer-052113-05minneapolis-family-photographer-052113-02minneapolis-family-photographer-052113-03minneapolis-family-photographer-052113-06minneapolis-family-photographer-052113-04CONGRATS sweet friends!!  We are so thrilled for the new baby boy and girl on the way and so happy that Lola is getting a sister and Ian is getting a brother all at once!! Thanks so much for including us in this happy new memory for your perfect growing family!

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 2:08 pm

    Sarah - Oh my goodness. That is so very sweet – I teared up just looking at the photos! Congrats to them!ReplyCancel

    • Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 9:57 pm

      Jessica - Awwe–thanks so much Sarah! They are cute!!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 7:07 pm

    Katie - I LOVE gender reveals!!!
    and adore your captures of the moment – so sweet guys!ReplyCancel

    • Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 9:58 pm

      Jessica - You are so kind, Katie!! Thanks for your sweet words!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 9:46 pm

    Lizie - TOO CUTE! If I was pregnant again, I would for sure do a gender reveal!ReplyCancel

    • Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 9:56 pm

      Jessica - Thanks and Agreed!!! I’m not going to lie–I was a little jealous of all the excitement and wished I knew what was in my belly too. (; Oh well, the surprise will be awesome!ReplyCancel