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begonia family | lifestyle session at claytor lake state park

Hayley, Mark, and little Emilia were blessed with the absolute prettiest spring day for their session! Not too hot, not too cool – just the right temperature with a lovely little breeze and even a little sunshine glow before the soft cloud cover rolled in! It was the perfect afternoon to spend lakeside, walking and talking and working so hard for those baby smiles. (And the parents of littles who are reading this post all said “amen.”) 😉 Y’all, I never realized until I had my own little boy just how intoxicating those big smiles and sweet little giggles can be. I’ll make the most ridiculous face, do the craziest hand motions, and make the silliest noises over and over and over (and over, and over 🤪) again as long as Caleb keeps offering up those precious giggles in return.

Little Emilia was about a month shy of her first birthday when we took these photos, and she’d started taking her first few steps just days before our session! I had so much fun getting to swap new parent stories with Hayley and Mark … like realizing all the things you never thought you’d want double of, just so you didn’t have to walk up (or down) the stairs every time you needed one! HA! And also, I’m not going to lie. I was kind of relieved to hear that our coonhound is not the only senior dog who isn’t thrilled with a tiny human taking over the house. 🤣🤣🤣 But their Layla girl was super sweet with Emilia during our session, and I’m so, so glad they brought her because we definitely got some PERFECT family photos of all four of them! But why don’t I quit telling you about it and just show you, hmm? 😉

Enjoy my faves from my time with this sweet little fam!

Oh, the beautiful glowy light in this next shot!

Oh, both of these next two – SUCH faves!!!

Y’all know I love to grab a few romantic moments of just mama + dada during family sessions if I can, and I loved that these two were up for climbing onto the rocks so we could shoot in this next spot!

Another fave family shot (and another fave Emilia shot!) coming up next!

Remember how I said we do crazy things for those baby giggles? Up next on the left … Hayley was *literally* running around in circles to get these giggles!

Another fave family shot up next!

Another fave of Hayley + Mark coming up next!

Love, love, love this next one! (Peep that tiny bit of glowy light too!)

One more fave of just Mark + Hayley up next … I love the joy on Hayley’s face!

Hayley, Mark, thank you for letting me catch a little glimpse of life in this season for y’all. It was a joy to spend the evening with you and your family!

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