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Owen + Robbins Engagement

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Yesterday afternoon I didn’t need to travel far to capture this couple’s engagement photos. The groom lives around the corner and down the road from me and the bride is just up over the hill. If you’ve been a long-time follower of my blog you may recognize Ainsley from senior photographs I took of her back in 2015. We originally scheduled for last Saturday but it rained all. day. long. We decided to reschedule and then around 5pm the sun decided to come out and shine! Then when it was cold and rainy every day this week I was nervous yesterday wasn’t going to pan out but we were blessed with a most beautiful day, a mild temp, little breeze, and gorgeous sunlight. I am so happy we took the chance to reschedule; it was especially nerve-wracking because we are so close to losing all color on the hills. But it turned out perfect!

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We started the session at Bryan’s family farm. From corn fields to giant grain bins to tractors to water puddles to a creek that runs through the back yard, we made use of all of these great locations.

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One thing I loved is that they are currently building a new structure on the farm and it will be used for their reception next summer. Ainsley had the idea to snap a photo of them in front of it and it will be a good reminder of the changes and how far they’ve come.

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This adorable pup is “Maci.” She was great through the entire session and gets a few photos of her own.

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Then we took a (very) quick drive down the road to his grandfather’s property where many old barns stand. I probably could have done the entire session here, so many beautiful textures and backgrounds to work with. I especially loved this stone wall.

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Did I mention the light was perfect?

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And these two?!

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We finished up the session at Ainsley’s family farm which is a slice of Heaven on earth. Anywhere you look there’s beautiful landscape, adorable animals, and meticulously groomed outdoor spaces. And I do think we hit the tree colors just perfect, you’ll see why.

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I look behind me and see this… Maci waiting patiently. Or maybe she’s bored as heck. Either way, so cute watching her humans intently.

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So we go up the path/road a little ways to turn around. We pull into an opening to this field and I was just stunned by this view. This spot wasn’t necessarily planned but how could we pass it up? I kept going on about it. During the summer they hold bonfires up here, how amazing does that sound? Watching the sun set and the stars come out while listening to the fire crack and absorbing that warmth. Mmmm.

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We wrapped the evening up with a few more shots just as the sun dipped below the hill.

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Lastly they changed into matching T-shirts from the place where he proposed, we grabbed a couple photos and then I thought the shirt would make a great background for the ring shots. I was setting this shot up when a super sweet kitty jumped up on top of it. Thank goodness he was gentle, I would have felt horrible if the ring went flying! Then when I went to return my camera to my car (I had left my door open briefly) he was inside, must be needing to hitch a ride HAHA.

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The darkness started to close in on us as well as the chill so it was time to wrap things up. It was a most enjoyable time capturing some moments for this couple, and I wish you best wishes for your marriage, Ainsley & Bryan!

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July 1st Swelter [personal post]

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The first day of July is almost over and BOY it was a hot weekend. I guess you could say summer came in with a bang. We don’t have central air in our home, (only AC units for the bedrooms) so we had to get along with old fashion fans throughout the house. It was OK though, Grandma & Grandpa Barrett opened their pool yesterday and just in time too! RDP didn’t waste ANY time trying it out. I even got in half-way because I couldn’t stand to sit there in the sun and the water was actually pleasantly warm.

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She swam for the good part of an hour, and then went inside to try to stay cool with H2O and a bologna sammich of course! You can’t keep her down for long though because soon afterward she was back outside dancing in the street (it’s one-way and very quiet… I was right there too). Grandpa was trying to listen to some oldies but Rhilyn chimmed in: “Alexa, play Boomerang by JoJo Siwa!” And away she went twirling.

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You just can’t end a 99 degree day without some ice cream though and I have developed quite a fondness for a peanut butter extreme sundae at a local ice cream stand. Rhilyn enjoys a variety and chooses different each time but I can’t bring myself to do it.

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She has said a number of times now that she wants to be an author & illustrator when she grows up. I kinda hope that sticks, but for now I’m really enjoying watching her creativity flow. She brings books and a pencil with her almost everywhere and I’ll never tell her no. It was so adorable watching (and listening) to her write her story on the bench at the ice cream stand.

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We pull into the drive way and I look back… she’s still writing away. . . Perhaps maybe someday we’ll be reading something of hers.

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Summer Fun at the Farm [personal post]

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September was so busy for me but it treated us so well. The weather was fantastic pretty much all month long and we spent a lot of time at my parents’ little farm, one of my favorite places on earth. It’s been in the family for some time now, first my Uncle, then my Grandfather bought it, and then when both grandparents passed away my Mom bought her two brothers’ share and she lives there now. It’s a little slice of serenity and I feel blessed to be able to spend time there. So here are a few photos of just another day at the farm. Above is “Teddy,” one of my mom’s kitty cats.

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After a refreshing splash in the sprinkler it was time to dry off and have a little lunch at the picnic table.

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A perfect facebook ‘garage sale’ find!

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This was the mum my mom bought this year. It didn’t have one single bud open on it just yet so I choose to make it B&W. I kinda like how it turned out.

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She really is so good to me for the amount of photos I ask to take. But there is a trade off………………………………….

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If she was good for a few photos…………

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She could make as many silly faces as she wanted!

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Time to head across the road, down the right-a-way, which is an old railroad bed. A part of my mom’s house was the Wheeler train station of the Kanona-Prattsburgh Railroad. There’s a small building at the end of her driveway which was the ticket office, and across the road is a beautiful long pathway where the railroad used to lay and it’s so perfect for afternoon adventures.

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We headed all the way down to the end of the property where there’s easy access to the creek. We made Grandpa come with us so he could help us catch some crayfish.

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He caught one! This is just a still from video I took of his big catch 😉

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Everytime we walk down the right-a-way we are reminded of my Grandpa, my mom’s father and Rhilyn’s middle name sake. Rhilyn Dale.

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I handed my camera over to my Mom and I’m extremely thankful she’s willing to snap a few for me since I rarely have any with me in it.

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Truly beautiful.

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You know, just hanging around! These giant vines are so cool!

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And, it’s not very often that she doesn’t find a souvenir to bring back with her. This time? A tree branch.

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