Gamble Family {Family Photos with the Dog, Utah Family Photograper} by Katie VanDyke

"Family is family whether it's the one you start with, the one you end up with, or the family you gain along the way." Meet this wonderful family, the Gambles! Jenni met Justin while he was working in Wyoming. Three and a half years later, they have just finished building their first home together and have officially moved right here in northern Utah. They love their blended family and  their beautiful dog, Rosie (Jenni calls herself a "crazy dog mom";)). These gorgeous fall colors were to great to pass up, so they had to have their family pictures done asap. I totally get that- the leaves this time of year are perfect for the photos on living room walls! I know I say this for almost every client, but this family was the most absolute sweetest family to work with. If it isn't obvious from the photos, they are a very tight-knit group. With each family I work with and meet, I feel that I take something away to learn from them. With the Gambles, it definitely was that it doesn't matter what your background is or where you've been, family is family and should be treated as such. Since this week is Thanksgiving, I just want to give a huge thank you to all of my wonderful clients for the experiences, friendships, and amazing things I have learned from each of you. 

Bayles Family (Cowboy Family Photo Session, Utah Photographer} by Haylea Thomason

I love family photos. Can I just say that ten million times? I love seeing the dynamics of different families, the craziness, the holding hands, the laughter, just everything. It had been 8 and a half years since the Bayles' had their family photos done, so an updated family wall was necessary. Gary and Debby met right here in Logan, Utah at Utah State University. Debby fell in love, got baptized, and a year and a half later married her wonderful husband. After raising 6 children in Millville, they now get to have fun with their 15 grandchildren! Oh and can you tell they love horses? I mean, look at all those cowboys! This hit right at home for me- I'm a country girl at heart, too. The Bayles' were so much fun to work with. Almost throughout the entire session, they were laughing and cracking jokes (which made those candid shots golden). I have said it multiple times, and I'll say it again: I LOVE MY JOB! I love getting families together to make memories that will last a lifetime. 

Hawthorne Family {Logan, Utah Family Photographer} by Haylea Thomason

This family. My gosh, this family has one of the sweetest bonds I have ever seen and felt. The love they have for each other was apparent when I was with them and is apparent in these photographs. Plus, they have the cutest story as well: Clint and Shaylen had an early morning calculus class together at a community college in California. Clint would "quietly" teach her how to play pool every morning at the institute building. They went to an Family Home Evening together and the rest was history. After getting married and graduating from BYU-Idaho, they moved back to California where they soon found out they would be expecting a little girl. Now they are here in Logan, Utah with their beautiful daughter, Emma. Clint went to school for graphic design and his dream was to start a t-shirt business- that's what they are pursuing right now and are loving it! Shaylen wanted her pictures to have meaning and "capture the magical moments." She wanted the beautiful quilt that her and her husband received on their wedding day, in the photos as well. Clint and Shaylen are a perfect example of what it takes to find happiness. It isn't always easy, in fact, all of us mamas know how difficult some days can be, but it is so worth it. I think it's sometimes difficult to remember the joyful times when life throws a curveball at you. Those are the times I look back at the memories, and carry on in the pursuit of happiness.