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The Roberge Family's Golden Arizona Desert Family Session

The Roberge Family's Golden Arizona Desert Family Session

We seriously can't believe how time flies. Full disclaimer right up front...we might get a little teary-eyed while we write about this beautiful family because we have seriously watched them grow up before our very eyes. We're also gonna get on our soap box for a few seconds and tell you to love your dang kids when they're small because, before you know it, they're going to be gorgeous young adults and all those squishy baby cheeks will be gone. Seriously stop reading right here and go hug and kiss your kids.........Done? Now do that everyday because time is short and kids need our LOVE more than anything else in the world. Ok, end soapbox rant.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled beautiful family blog post...

Every single member of this family deserves their own blog post, because they are seriously that awesome. But alas, we don't have enough space to write all the wonderful things about them all that we wish we could, so how about a few highlights?

We have known this family almost from the first day we moved to Arizona, and we are so blessed because of it.

First off, Keith is a wonderful father and husband who constantly sacrifices for his kids and without a doubt puts his family first in everything. A true inspiration for other dad's out there...no joke.

Jenn is like super-mom...on steroids. She is constantly working, fighting for, loving, and caring for her four beautiful children. Not to mention she's totally gorgeous inside and out. She's full of power and grace and it's no wonder her kids turned out the way they did with mom like her!

Riley, oh Riley...what the heck happened?! Last time we saw Riley she was a brace-faced 12 year old with all the trappings of an awkward Junior High Schooler. Now she's going to be a beautiful freshman in college, a Volleyball rockstar, with a mind that loves to read, and a heart of gold.

Keaton grew about 12 feet since last we saw him...and ummm...well there's no easy way to say this...became a full-blown heart breaker?! He's left behind the Legos (well maybe...) and is growing into quite the fantastic (not to mention HANDSOME) young man. If he turns out anything like his Dad, he'll be a pretty awesome dude.

Jada is a ray of golden sunshine both inside and out. She loves to laugh, goof off, and gives JT a run for his money as the family clown. In some ways she really is following in her big brother and sister's footsteps, and in other ways she totally shines through with her own unique personality.

JT, is their youngest and being the youngest is tough! Especially when you have to follow in the footsteps of such amazing older siblings. Don't worry though, JT keeps up just fine and is blossoming into quite a fine young man. He knows how to rock the bow-tie like a boss and, despite being the youngest, might just walk away with the "Funniest Family Member Award" when all is said and done.

We've known this family for ten years or so, and we are really hoping to know them for at least another 10. You guys rock and if our kids grow up to be half as cool as yours, we'll consider that a win! We love you guys! 

Golden Hour Desert Family Session in North Phoenix

Golden Hour Desert Family Session in North Phoenix

We love the way the sun lights up the desert landscape. It makes everything glow with golden light that makes our photographer hearts sing for joy! It's even more awesome when we get to do a beautiful desert landscape family photography session in that gorgeous golden light! When I showed this Mama her photos she said, "I wish we could all walk around with the desert glow on us all day!" AMEN! We were so inspired by Mom and Dad and their love for each other. We got to have a few giggles with their littlest lady...she was such a crack up. She kept us all laughing with her all her silly faces! Their oldest was an absolute doll. She was absolutely fabulous in her adorable fluffy pink vest and definitely knew how to strike a pose! We even caught some sister sass on camera too!

Family photography is so important because families are what keep us connected. This special family was so beautiful inside and out and we were honored to be able to photograph that beauty and capture it on camera. They were so relaxed, easy going, and seriously made our jobs one thousand times easier! Thank you Messner family! You guys were such a joy and delight to photograph and we can't wait to do it again soon!

Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #17!

Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #17!

Happy pre-Halloween weekend! We aren't gonna lie...we kinda almost forgot Halloween this year. Mostly because well...parent mush brain? Does that work as an excuse?! If not, it does now so deal with it people! Thankfully, Walmart saved the day with a ridiculous assortment of licensed character costumes! Nothing says FUN! like dressing up in clothing made out of cheap plastic table cloth material for an hour or so and coming home with enough candy to send an elephant into a diabetic coma! We can't wait!

With Halloween comes Halloween parties at school! Megan (bravely) volunteered to help chaperone Olivia's First Grade Halloween Spooktacular. They had tons of fun playing games, doing Halloween word searches, and eating way too much sugar! It was an awesome time to get some "girl time" together, meet Olivia's school friends and teachers, and have a blast!

We also had Parent/Teacher conferences this week. Duh, duh, duuuuuh... (cue intense music). Ok they weren't that bad, but because this was our first time EVER doing them, we didn't really know what to expect. All we really knew about Parent/Teachers conferences is what we remembered as kids...which is basically these were a special time for parents and teachers to get together and conspire about how to make your elementary school life completely miserable for the remaining 6 months of the school year. You can understand our shock when, in actuality, this was NOT how these little meetings went. To our complete surprise, their teachers were totally normal, awesome people who love our kids and know all their little personality quirks ALREADY! We brought each of them a little package of Megan's (soon to be) World Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies because bribery never hurt anyone, right?! It was interesting to see the whole experience as a parent and we are proud to say, the kids are doing pretty awesome in school! However, we can't guarantee we didn't conspire just a little bit with their teachers to make their lives a little bit miserable. ;-) After all, that's part of any healthy childhood right?!

Finally, we had one of our first ever Premier Nights this week! We had so much fun with the Ward Family! It truly is one of the most rewarding parts of what we do when we get to sit down with a family and do their image reveal.  We really want this to be a special moment for each and every family we photograph. We love hearing their reactions, seeing the tears of joy, and helping them use their images to turn their house into a home! It really was a special time, and we are so glad they loved their photos...but we're even more glad that we got to hang out with them, get to know them, and help them celebrate their beautiful family! If you'd like more information about what we do, or what our Premier Night is all about, go ahead and contact us and we'd love to share our vision for photography, family, and how you can use your photographs to showcase your beautiful family!

Have a safe and happy Halloween weekend everyone! We'll catch y'all again on Monday!