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I said I would start posting recent photo sessions to my web page.  I'm going to do that with photos from Aug 2013 forward, but there are some photos from the previous year that I couldn't bear to scrap.

Here they come.

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(The photo above was not from an official photography session, but I love how it captures my mother-in-law and her sister:  eyes closed and all.  It's a real moment.  That, to me, is beautiful.)

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Last fall, my friend Kaila Wilcox needed headshots for her website; she is a therapist in Boston.

In executing this shoot, it was important to me to show how approachable Kaila is.  When someone visits her website, I want them to know that she is a kind and vibrant soul who is incredibly easy to speak with.

The photos, in my opinion, needed to be professional without being stiff; relaxed without being unprofessional.

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The second photo above is obviously too relaxed for a professional headshot, but I love it to pieces so there it is.   :)

A client of Kaila's recently told her that, in choosing between two psychologists for his child, he chose Kaila because of her photo.

Headshot WIN!

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Bethany O Photography_0105.jpg

My cousin James needed senior photos last year, and his high school's requirements were specific.  Gray background.  Black and white.  Chest and shoulders only.

BAM.  We got that shot, then had fun capturing James' love of skateboarding.

For what it's worth, my aunt told me the shot on the left is her favorite photo she's ever seen of James.  Because that's his real smile.

That comment--and the photo--make ME smile!  :)

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Last year, another of my aunts wanted to surprise my uncle with photos of their sons for Christmas.

The headshots above touch my heart.  These are their real smiles.  These are my cousins.

The photo below was my aunt and uncle's favorite of the three boys:

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Bethany O Photography_0108.jpg

And these were two of my favorites:

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That session marked my first canvas order.  The individual head shots look INCREDIBLE as square 16x16 canvases, and the 24x36 canvas of the three boys is a jaw-dropping focal point in their living room.

If I do say so myself.

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This spring, these two spring chickens celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary:

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Bethany O Photography_0112.jpg

As an anniversary gift, their three daughters (left) hired me to do a relaxed photo session of their extended family (right.)

I felt like a part of their family by the end of the day.  What fun we had!

The photo on the bottom right is now a 24x36 canvas hanging in their parents' house.  I received a handwritten letter (*happy sigh*) from their mother this summer, telling me how much she loves looking at that photo when she steps out of her bedroom every day.

Here was one more of my favs from that session:

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Finally, a family session this spring.

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Bonnie is one of the first Momma-friends I made when I became a mother.  We had been talking about doing photos together for a while.  I'm so glad it worked out this spring!

The photo below of Bon with her three kids is one of my favorites ever.  So real, so true!

She is one inspiring Momma:  let me tell you what.

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Bethany O Photography_0114.jpg

Two more of my favs from that shoot:

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Bethany O Photography_0116.jpg

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Sweet sauce!  Those are some of the photos I just couldn't bear to keep off the blog.

Up next:  some mini-sessions from June!

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Did you like these photos?  Any favorites?  :)