Family
The Rosendal Family

  • Photographer /

    Kristy Klaassen

  • Meet / The Rosendal Family

  • Location / Harrison, British Columbia
  • Session / Family
Jun 11, 2014
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What’s your best family memory? 

It’s difficult to pinpoint one with the amount of travelling we do but one that stands out is when we biked through the foothills in Kananaskis Country (Alberta). The boys would watch the beautiful surroundings and wildlife from their Chariot, chit-chat, eat their snacks, and go for a nap when they got tired. At night, we were staying in a tee-pee but there were signs warning us about a recently spotted bear so I was terrified. Needless to say, we slept in a hotel the second night but still laugh at the fact that I placed the space heater by the entrance and made Nick look through the flap every time something moved–as though any of that would have warded off a wandering bear, haha!

What’s your favorite thing to do as a family?

Early every morning, when the boys wake up, we cuddle in bed together or when one of us is gone for a work trip, we’ll call and all chat on the phone. As of late, Jonah (almost 4) even makes sure to include their yet-to-be-born sibling by touching my belly and telling him or her a story or singing a song. It’s our favorite way to start the day!

What is your favorite family tradition?

Our Saturday and Sunday activities have become a tradition! Week days are often hectic but on Saturday we make breakfast–occasionally Elliot (who is turning 2 this month) starts the blender without the lid on–and do something active together. Then on Sunday after church we snuggle on the couch with books, puzzles, cookies and tea, and make phone calls to family in Alberta or the Netherlands.

What’s the best thing about your family?

We love community! We believe that families, while being the foundation of society, should focus outward rather than inward. That’s why there’s always an extra plate of food, cup of tea, or mattress and pillow. In fact, Nick dreams of having a huge home where we can host anyone who ever needs a place to stay, just like we’ve had the privilege of spending the night at someone else’s home when on the road. And we are blessed by all the people that come and go!

What do you think makes a happy family?

Prayer, share, and serve together–it keeps us very close while reaching out to people around us and already teaches the boys that happiness isn’t about what you own or accomplish, but rather in living with and for others.

What three words best describe your family? 

Communication, contentment, and quality time. And if I can add one more: lots of hugs!

Family
The Russo Family

Jun 2, 2014
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Family
The Cosa Family

  • Photographer /

    Brian Evans

  • Meet / The Cosa Family

  • Location / Fullerton, CA
  • Session / Family
May 19, 2014
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From the photographer, Brian Evans.

“What do you do when you are asked to photograph a pair of photographers you really admire? First you have a small panic attack. Once you move past panic, you feel a sense of honor, which cannot be described. In this case the photographers, Sammy and Natalia Cosa, happen to be the amazing husband and wife team who captured our wedding day! Since our wedding, Sammy has taken me under his wing and become a mentor and great friend. Working with him has been awesome… he and his family are truly inspirational.

Sammy and Natalia have two beautiful daughter snamed Saylah and Audrey (at the time of the photo shoot, Audrey had not yet been born). They wanted the session to be a “day in the life” of their growing family. To truly represent their family, they also wanted it centered on their favorite part of the day… breakfast.

The Cosas do breakfast right! Natalia is a barista master and makes one of the best lattes I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Sammy makes eggs like nobody’s business, and Saylah is a pancake mixing champ. The life of a photographer can be a bit hectic at times, but it’s great to see a family take the time to enjoy each other’s company around the kitchen table. The rest of the morning was spent following this beautiful family around their home capturing the fun and love they share. Saylah has one of those smiles and laughs that lights up a room, which made my job easy and entertaining. They will soon welcome their new addition into this world and I am beyond happy for them. Photographing this family was an amazing way to spend the morning and I thank them very much for the opportunity.”  

 

We asked the Cosas:

What’s your best family memory?

Welcoming our 2 beautiful daughters into the world. Nothing compares.

What’s your favorite thing to do as a family?

Spend time with sand in our toes at the beach and going to local cafes – trying to enjoy warm lattes while also trying to make sure our daughters aren’t getting into trouble!

What is your favorite family tradition?

Thursday Beach Days and Saturday morning breakfasts in Downtown Fullerton.  

What’s the best thing about your family?

That there is never a dull moment. Both our daughters are at such unique stages in their lives and we are enjoying every second!

What do you think makes a happy family?

TIME. Patience. And most of all: LOVE.

What three words best describe your family?

Beach Bums. Lovers. Fun!

Family
The Reid Family

May 6, 2014
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We couldn’t help but fall so in love with thie nautical themed family session in Newport Beach. The romantic color tones of this session are so perfect we just had to share it with you guys. Kenneth Pfeifer Photography did such a wonderful job we knew we wanted to share it with our readers.

What’s your favorite thing to do as a family?

Going to Disneyland and exploring California together.

What do you think makes a happy family?

Time spent together, making time for each other no matter what.

What three words best describe your family?

Fun-loving, carefree and unified

Family
The Smith Family

Apr 25, 2014
The Smith Family

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We asked:

What’s your best family memory?  

2013: Disney trip.  The kids were so happy and we found it to be the most magical place!

What’s your favorite thing to do as a family?  

We love to be active!  Playing soccer together, family walks, and kid friendly games.  The kids really look forward to it.  It sounds a little silly but it’s amazing because it brings everyone together!  It’s exciting!  Everyone plays and grandma usually wins.

What’s the best thing about your family?  

The best thing about our family is we are strong in our values and we truly love each other.  We all work together to make it work in this crazy busy life we live in!

What do you think makes a happy family?  

Love, support, hugs, and a little bit of crazy!

What three words best describe your family?  

Loving, fun, and happy!