Rainy is an understatement.
A few weeks ago we had an extended family portrait scheduled as a 50th wedding anniversary gift to the parents of the group. The forecast had been calling for rain days in advance and there was no stopping it. It poured for 2 days straight. I called to talk about Plan B, but we decided it would be harder to re-coordinate 20 schedules than to make a go of it under shelter.
What an absolutely incredible family! There wasn’t a single complaint (at least nothing reached my ears). They were all so cooperative and pleasant despite the weather conditions. I had to rely on my flash much more than I prefer but all in all, I think we were able to get some great shots.
To the Michels family, you were such a pleasure to work with. I hope that I can work with you again sometime when it’s dry And an extra big thanks to Bud, Joel, and Logan for keeping me dry with your umbrellas when I was taking the window shots!
Shelly & Ryan are expecting 2 boys!
I’ve know Shelly and her family for 12 years. They are such a dear family to us. We can always pick up right where we left off with them.
I was honored to photograph Shelly & Ryan’s wedding back in 2009.
When I heard they were expecting twins I told them to let me know if they wanted any photos during the pregnancy. Shelly has been on bedrest for several weeks now so we decided to get the photos done sooner than later just in case she goes into pre-term labor. She is 31 weeks now which is a huge blessing. I’m praying they make it to at least 34 weeks.
I met them at their charming home in Milwaukee. My family came along because we knew we wanted to catch up. To our surprise, Shelly’s mom and both of her sisters were there as well. We cherished our time with them.
Ryan picked up a wheelchair for Shelly when she was put on bed rest so they could still go on walks together. As you can imagine, Caleb spent most of the time maneuvering around the house in the wheelchair. It was quite comical how long he really can sit when he wants to!
Shelly & Ryan, thanks for the time together and allowing me to document such a precious moment in your lives. Excited to meet your boys!!
Remember this past November when I participated in the Clicks2Bless Campaign? This gave you all the opportunity to nominate a family going through difficulties to receive a free portrait session, including digital copyrights, and a 16×20 canvas. The winner was the France family from Fond du Lac!
You can see a part of Jessica’s story in the following video. http://www.andygallun.com/video/?w=Long_v.2_FLV.flv
Obviously, this was filmed before their youngest was born. To catch you up from the video to present, Jessica has an inoperable brain aneurysm. She travels back and forth to Mayo Clinic for monitoring. Yet, despite her situation, she is full of life and joy. She is a total crack up and constantly on the go… just like her children. I had to pull out all of the stops to try to keep the attention of the youngest 2 (picture animal noises and flailing around like a monkey). Turns out that they would rather run than sit still, shocking right?
I honestly had a blast getting to know them and capturing them. When I told Jessica that via email she responded “Honey, you need to get out more!” That may be true. However, whenever I have the privilege of capturing subjects as they really are and their love for one another, it IS a blast.
Jessica, I admire you… your faith, your outlook, your ability to cherish each moment. I pray that you will have millions of more moments to cherish. Hope you enjoy my interpretation of your family. God bless!