I’ve got to tell you, I was beyond flattered when Bonnie contacted me about doing Missoula family pictures in the spring with her partner, Josh, and 6-month-old baby girl, Ro. Bonnie’s a fellow photographer and journalism school graduate (she attended Berkeley’s j-school), and does beautiful work – both photographically and written. She and her darling little family were going to be in Missoula again to visit (Bonnie had an internship with the Missoula Independent a couple years ago and we met through mutual friends), and I was so excited to see them again, especially with the newest addition to their family, little Ro!
I seriously cannot say enough about this sweet family. There’s something so special about seeing people you know become parents, and getting the opportunity to document even just a little sliver of their new lives together is pretty magical. It came as no surprise to me at all that Bonnie and Josh are such fantastic parents. They love their little girl to the moon and back (easily more than that, I’m sure!), and laugh with her and love on her with such ease and happiness, it kind of makes my heart ache in that swelling-so-full-it’s-gonna-burst sort of way. I loved seeing them smooch Ro’s oh-so-smoochable cheeks, tickle her little baby toes, and then steal glances at one another with such love in their expressions as they watched each other play with their baby daughter.
It goes without saying that we had SUCH a blast making these images. Ro, it turns out, loves my wacky dancing especially accompanied by the excitedly-said word “BUS!” (And I love wacky dancing for her when she giggles and bestows smiles upon me like the ones you’ll see below – oh my heart!!!). So we danced, we basked in the golden sunlight filtering through the trees, we sang diaper-changing songs and we explored some massive dandelion fields together.
Bonnie, Josh and Ro – thank you again for such a beautiful, wonderful session. My heart grew a few sizes getting to see you all together, and I’m so grateful I got to capture just a smidgeon of that joy. So much love for you all! Come back and visit again soon!
On the docket:
Portraits and weddings! Stay posted!