A couple of months ago, we did a family photo shoot with the truly talented Rachel Humphrey of Rachel Andrea Studios. Since then, I’ve been bursting with excitement to share the pictures with you. We did the first shoot at the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden of Kansas City. Trying to get Cam to stand still or smile for more than a split second for a picture was a challenge, to say the very least. There was obviously way too much exploring to be done to act silly.
So we did lots of hunting for ants,
and splashing in the fountain,
and working our butts off to get him to crack a grin.
But he just wasn’t having it.
A set of twin babes took a break from their own photo shoot to give him some attention.
He got to show his flirty side.
We wanted to throw some extended family pics into the mix as well. Cam relishes in his time with his uncles, auntie, and grandparents so it was important to us to capture this special time in his life with them.
Mike’s mom, brothers, and sister-in-law came to see us for our babies’ baptisms, and we knew it would probably be the last time both sides of our family were all in one spot.
And we had to get a shot of the five Canty boys together. As the guys gathered for the photo and Rachel adjusted her lens, she looked up and said, “I was going to tell you to give your best male model stance but you’re all actually doing a really good job already.” Hmmmm….they definitely haven’t spent much time practicing. Ahem. Knowing these four bros, my sister-in-law and I looked at each other and couldn’t help but laugh out loud. Love them!
I adore this photo from our second shoot. It just perfectly depicts our life right now–Cam running/hopping/skipping/floating ahead as we chase after him with Kate attached to my hip. She’s emerging as our little people person (happy as long as she’s being held) while Cam has always been our little explorer.
He loved running up and down the boardwalk and throwing rocks into the lake. Typically, the park is filled with geese that will eat right out of your hand, but we couldn’t find them that day.
Such a photogenic guy.
And Kate was in great spirits, too. Don’t you just want to take a bite out of those dimply thighs?
I loved the park shoot because Rachel was also able to snap some great family shots. It’s always tough to get candid photos of the four us without Cam wiggling to get away or sticking his finger in his nose. He was such a good sport.
I know I won’t be able to capture our approaching journey with the same artistic touch as Rachel, but these snapshots definitely make me want to document often. It’s hard to believe two months have passed since we took these pictures and that a full year has sailed by since we navigated our way back to Kansas from North Carolina. With as quickly as the time has flown here, I can’t imagine the speed a New York minute will bring.