Sunday, October 26, 2008

Montana

I love when parents decide to name their daughters and sons after places: India, Asia, Dakota, Cheyenne, London, and Brooklyn are some highlights I think.
But my new favorite is Montana; Tana for short.
Last week I had a shoot with a super, ultra cool and hip mom and her gorgeous kids. I met Summer through this shoot. Tiffany, Stella and Drake's mom, is Summer's sister. (I feel so flattered when my name is recommended to others especially family members; thanks Tiffany!!) 10 minutes after meeting Tiffany it felt like we had known each other for years. We had immediate connections and bonds; I liked her instantly. She introduced me to her sister and it was the same. They both have the most magnetic personalities. Thinking about them right now has me smiling and laughing a bit to myself. In fact, Gunnar just asked me what I was laughing at... Just thoughts of these two sisters who have become my friends. Actually, it feels like more than that. They are friends I would shoe shop with, share a yummy dessert with, even vacation with; I love it when you meet complete strangers and then they turn suddenly into girls you want to have around. That's how I feel about these two. Tiffany and Summer, when can we get together again?
Summer called me a few weeks ago to set up some pictures of her kids. She just had a baby about a week before me, in fact we were supposed to be in the hospital at the same time, but alas, Larkee didn't want to leave her wet womb. Anyway, the shoot had several purposes: baby, baby and Tana together, and all 4 kiddos together for a Christmas card. Summer has two older kids, and two youngers (on the phone she threw in real quick that they are all from the same marriage...). I think that is neat actually when a couple thinks they might be done but then realizes they aren't and they go for it. So, Summer and Bobby have two olders and two youngers. I asked Summer how she felt about being a "young mom and and old mom". She told me, "I have friends everywhere I go." She is super involved in their lives and is so stinkin' cool; I hope Chase, Abby, Tana, and Cooper know how lucky they are.
Enough with the prose. Let's see these enchanting kids...
Let's start with my new favorite name. Tana is the oldest of the youngest and she has SPIRIT!
Summer told me we had to work fast with her. Like most kids they start strong and then lose it fast. Tana did great!! She was bribed with loads of candy; that always helps.
Loved this series:
She was so much fun!
Tana got over pictures, like most kids her age, real quick. She decided she didn't really want anything to do with them.
I left her alone for a bit and loved on this new baby. Baby Cooper. Who is every bit as charming as the rest of them.
Every baby I meet right now is peaceful and mellow. Two adjectives that will never describe my littles. :) Cooper falls into the sublimely mellow and serenely peaceful category.
He is a love, and there is absolutely no hope for him, he will be as handsome as the rest of them.
I enjoyed listening to Summer talk to him. She was saying such sweet baby things. I loved it and even felt soothed myself, just listening to her.
He is sugar.
With maybe a touch of spice. ;)
Summer wanted some pictures of her two youngest together. By that time Tana had checked out and wanted nothing else to do with me or that big machine I held in front of my face.
The second oldest, Abigail Rilla, is a model. She has done some print work and most recently was in a commercial. I was in the presence of a star. This girl is something else.
She is so gorgeous, but has no idea of it. She was super sweet and carried a great conversation with me the entire afternoon. At one point she was missing, only to be found doing homework in her room. Studious too! Her mom said while I was there, "It's what's inside that matters though, right Abby?"
This gal has pretty insides too. ;)
Watch out for her in HandM, Gap, and other print work, and on tv. Her stage name is Rilla W....Such a glamorous stage name. I love it!
Abby, it was cool hanging with you.
Chase the oldest came home from school and his mother immediatly rushed him to wardrobe so we could get the family picture before Tana had a serious melt-down. Before we negotiated with Tana though, I snapped a few of him solo.
Chase just had a birthday last Friday, I think. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Hope it was awesome! He is officially a teen. Such a great time in life. Hormones, mood swings, angst...it's GREAT! I am teasing. Chase is what I hope Gunnar grows up to be: personable, helpful, kind, funny, compassionate, and stinkin' good looking... ;)
There is a 13 year difference between these bros. It won't matter; they will still be close. This family is just like that.
Chase, I hope the birthday was great and I hope all the girls that are in love with you will leave you alone for a while and let you get some rest. ;)
Something I do really like about shooting kids though is that they are captured, immortalized the way they are, right now. Last Christmas we had our family pictures taken at Disneyland. They were outstanding. Every image was phenominal, but every photograph either had Gunnar crying or pouting or being non-compliant. That was just the way he was at the time. I wasn't disappointed at all. There are several framed in our home. They will be great memories for him, and for us someday. May these be great memories for you someday too, Summer and Bobby.
Still a bit over it. Tana gets to be the star of this family picture.
I really liked this one actually. Not typical, posed, or expected, but a taste of each personality.
Before I snapped this Tana was jumping on the bed. Those are cute too. (They are in your gallery Sum.) I am telling you, that girl is good stuff. She needs to have her own show. The Tana Show. Everyone would watch, I assure you.
And...after many bribes...we got this...
Summer, Chase, Abby, Tana, and Coop-
Thanks so much for sharing some time with me. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and felt a little sad to leave. Your home is filled with such laughter and love. There is a warmth there that is non-paralled. Chase, may you be on winning soccer teams. Abby, may they give you all the clothes from your shoots. Tana, may your days and nights be filled with more Dora and candy. Cooper, may you sleep, at least 6 hours a night.
Summer, you are a gift to your family and to everyone you meet. I could have talked to you all day long and not been bored for one minute. ;) You are hereby invited to every party I ever throw; you would be the life of it. Thanks for the time and love you showed me. May you always live in technicolor vibrancy!! xoxo Kamee June

8 comments:

Micha said...

I love when you post your photography. Your work is amazing! And I have to tell you... (forgive me for beginning a sentence with a conjunction) every time I look at your pictures I am motivated to add more color and texture to my home because of how well it always works for you :)

*Lissa* said...

Wow! These are just fabulous -what gorgeous kids!

jereme, tiffany, stella and drake said...

summer just left and we are dying... we had the best surprise ever... we were sitting on my couch bored to tears when we found your new post.. we were glued to the computer reading ever word and staring at every picture... bottom line is we just LOVE you.. i am so happy we have you to capture our precious kids and their moments... it was so good to see you the other day and we are planning to pack the car up and head out to you asap.. thanks for all your kind words... xoxo

Shepard Clan said...

wow, these are such cute photographs! I know the Weavers are all beautiful, but your good! This is Summer & T's sister in-law, laura. I need to get your #!!! I'd LOVE to get some shots like this of my kids!

shahba-gahba said...

A quick funny:
I worked with a guy whose parents decided before ever conceiving, that they would name their child after the place it was born.
His name?
Freeway.
Seriously.

Sarah Castor said...

So lovely! Gorgeous children and the photos are spectacular!

~love said...

i adore this family just from your words and pictures! =)
great job, kam....they're beautiful.

Rebeckah said...

What seriously beautiful children : ). WOW! Adorable pictures!