Gannon {4 years} | Watertown, SD Child & Family Photographer

A Frosty Morning | Gannon age 4

 

Gannon... just saying his name makes me giggle.

He is the most kind-hearted, silly, goofy, quirky kid... with the absolute best smile that melts my heart every single time.

He's always goes 100%. When he's calm, he's really calm. When he's wild, he's really wild. He's a cuddler - absolutely loves to snuggle. He's also incredibly stubborn. SOOOOO relentlessly stubborn! If he doesn't want to do something - he won't, no matter what. He does not give in to bribes and always does life on his own terms. He's laid back. Maybe too laid back. He's the child that will ultimately give us the most grey hairs as he goes through school. But he is so so smart... although he doesn't want you to know that. ;)

And... thankfully, there's still that sense of adventure in him. He's always been my one child up for adventures with mama & I love that. <3

 

Here's a few photos from our day out in the frost last month. There's also a short one-minute film at the end! :)

 

And a short one minute film I put together as well. This was for my group project: 24 Frames. A Filming Project. January's theme was Video Portrait.

(To see more from this group project, check out #24frames_project on IG)! 

 

And if you want to take a walk down memory lane, here are Gannon's last two years blog posts:

3 years old 

2 years old

Clara {10 days new} | Watertown, SD Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Clara | Lifestyle Newborn Session

4 1/2 years ago I booked a newborn session - my very FIRST paid session as Amber Walder Photography. I was ecstatic! I hadn't intended to specialize in newborns (I actually had no clue what I wanted to photograph at the time), but I was excited and willing to try anything and everything.

I went into that newborn session not knowing what to expect. I grabbed a couple small props, some backdrop blankets, a little Pinterest inspiration and headed out to their house. Now, I'm not going to go into how the details about how that went, lol (about as good as you can expect for your first newborn session ever, I suppose - I'll let you picture the rest). ;) But nonetheless, it launched a love for newborn photography I never expected to have. 

Throughout the years since that very first day, I have grown and changed as an artist. I have found a style and niche I absolutely love. Newborns & families will forever have my heart. And bringing those two things together are what really make my heart sing.

A couple weeks ago the Wight family invited me into their home to capture their new, beautiful baby girl - Clara. I was able to capture their family as a brand new party of five. The adorable dynamic of a newborn with two big brothers. The adoring love of parents admiring their first baby girl. Her beautiful nursery. Those big blue eyes and tiny little toes.

THIS is how I want to capture you and your loved ones. 

Together, in the comfort of your home, with the ones you love most. 

Natural, honest, real moments.

 

Enjoy miss Clara & her family! <3

24 Frames. A Filming Project: December

Wow, I cannot believe a whole year has already passed since starting this project!

I honestly had no idea what to expect when this thought crossed my mind 12 months ago... What I did know is that I wanted to learn more about filming, push myself to practice more, and capture priceless memories in motion of my family. What I didn't know was how time consuming it would all be how much I'd stress over it because of the pressure I put on myself to hold up this "promise", to both myself and our group. But regardless...I pushed on. I missed a couple months, we all did, life happens... but. we. pushed. on. And in the end, I have about 9 short films and a whole lot of beautiful memories to hold on to.

So, was it hard? Yup.

Was it worth it?

Hell. Yes.

Am I going to do it again this year?

Absolutely.

So thank you for watching. And a HUGE thank you to the amazing ladies in my 24 Frames group who stuck with me and encouraged myself and everyone else along the way. I am SO excited to continue on with this group project for another year, and so excited to welcome some new faces as well :D

So anyway, here's December's film. "The Morning after Christmas"

I waited until the last minute to get footage for this month. The entire family was hit with the stomach flu the first two weeks of December, so by the time we were all on the mend again the craziness of Christmas hit. I took this just after Christmas. I wanted to capture the kids playing with their new toys from Santa. So much joy, excitement and wonder in them - I always say, Christmas was fun as a child, but I think even more so as a parent getting to see it through the eyes of your children.

So, probably pretty ordinary to an outsider, but these are the things I see as a mom...

Haddie's little voice and words - she speaks well beyond her young age.

Her "mommy"-ing her babies. She literally picks up absolutely everything she sees and hears - cleaning, picking up after herself, repeating phrases (appropriately), follows directions...takes care of her babies and her real family.

Gannon's "blue jammies" he will not let me take off - ever. Don't you dare try to get him dressed! ;)

Drew's robe he's lived in and obsessed over for months (looks like a little Hugh Hef) ;)

Grady and his basketball and football trading cards - the ultimate gift & his most prized positions.

The day we finally got snow but it was too cold to play outside.

The sight of Haddie's neck two weeks after surgery #2... but how amazing she is doing despite everything.

Gannon's love for Legos. So many legos...

And lastly, Drew trying to get Alexa to play sponge-bob squarepants all day... if you saw my Facebook post awhile back you'd understand the tears, frustration, and ultimate triumph and joy that came from this... His words and speech has come SO far. I am so proud of him daily.

Again, someone who doesn't know us may not see these things... but this short 1.5 minutes of a morning means the absolute world to me.

Because all of this I could never capture in a photo.

And that's my why.

 

Bring on 2018!

 

24 Frames. A Filming Project.

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Lena & Family | Brookings, SD Baby & Family Photographer

Lena & Family | Baby Plan 1 year/Family Session

I met this gorgeous family just a year ago at little Lena's newborn session. It's so crazy how that can seem so long ago and just yesterday at the same time. It was so fun to spend some time with them at their family session earlier this month. You can just see the love they all have for each other.. This evening also turned out to be one of the nicest October evenings we've had all month! Warm, sun shining, minimal wind... perfect <3 

It's been so fun to watch Lena grow over the last year. She's still just as calm as ever and still has the most serious expressions ever (LOVE). And those cheeksssss! Need I say more!? Hehe :) 

Enjoy Lena & her family. <3

24 Frames. A Filming Project: August/September

It has been awhile since our last installment in this project. Summer and Fall get quite busy and this gets put on the back burner. But I wanted to make sure I made time to do this - it's just so important to me. So I have combined August ("Vacation") & September's ("On A Walk") themes into one film, as I think this is fitting for both.

This footage was captured during our trip to Minnesota in August. We make it up to my mom & stepdad's cabin in International Falls each summer and spend some time on Rainy Lake, just playing on the beach. It's so incredibly beautiful and relaxing...we miss it already! I'm so happy I have these memories captured not only for myself, but for the kids as well... to look back on for years to come. Drew has already asked to watch it 100 times, smiling and talking about that week through the whole thing. Just that shows me exactly why I do this. <3

Please follow the blog circle and see what the other girls have to share for this month! Next up is Tasha and her sweet girl.