It's finally the off-season so that means we get to take a vacation for some good 'ole family fun! Josh and I had been mulling over where to go this year, but since we wanted to keep expenses low we decided to head out to Colorado to visit his parents, and spend a few extra days driving home through South Dakota. In the 16 years we have been doing the drive out there, we have never taken this route home. Jokes on us! We've been missing out on some serious scenery this entire time!
The fall colors are finally starting to show themselves around the cities so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get a couple of shoots done with 2 families that are very dear to me. The first one I did was with my brother and his bunch. They wanted to get some shots of the four of them as well as some additional ones with my sister-in-laws family. We went to a trail located behind their development to start off and ended up at their house towards the end. I knew I was going to have my work cut out for me as my nephew is on the autism spectrum and absolutely hates the camera. He's not talking yet and expresses himself emotionally so it can be a challenge to figure out a good way for him to smile for pictures. I don't usually shoot family scenes in shutter priority but since time was of the essence, I didn't want to waste potential moments with manual mode. This seems to have paid off and I'm super happy with how the pictures turned out even though the group shot was a bit of a struggle (as seen above)!
If you live in Minnesota, chances are you either have a family cabin that you frequent or you have friends that do. We are fortunate enough to have one of our own that my grandparents purchased back in the 60's and we still go to to this day. It's nestled about 3 hours north of the cities on a serene lake that really doesn't see all that much boat traffic. It has it's fair share of pontoons and fishing boats but nothing like the traffic you can see on some of the lakes in the city. Which makes it the perfect getaway for the weekend, where you can breathe in that fresh country air and see stars like you've never seen them before! We've also seen some pretty awesome wildlife up there in our day. One time we had a family of black bears in the tree right out our front door!
Over the weekend, my sister-in-law gave birth to our newest nephew, Jaceon Jeffery Clark. He is a spittin' image of his older brother, JJ, and as sweet as can be. When I got to the hospital about 12 hours after he was born they said that he had yet to cry and was the most laid back of the bunch so far. JJ has already claimed him as "his baby" and I have a feeling they are already best friends. Josh and I are headed over to their house again later this week and over Memorial weekend is JJ's birthday party so we'll definitely be getting our baby fix! That's the great thing about being an aunt and uncle. When the crap hits the fan and the kiddos start screaming their heads off, we can just head out to our peaceful little abode!
Hey there -
I'm Bri! Lover of food, wine, and photography that is currently traveling with my professional bass fishing husband along with our cantankerous rottie, Kigen. When not traveling you can find me living the lake life off the shores of Lake Mille Lacs in Isle, MN. Pour a drink, pull up a chair and join me as I journey across the country documenting it all along the way!