Jonathan c/o 2017 / Ocoee High School Senior Photography

I am in SERIOUS denial about this blog post. I have NO idea how this has happened, but somehow my nephew is old enough to be graduating high school this year. I knew it was coming, but  . . . HOLY COW–Jonathan is a SENIOR!

In my heart and in my head I still see him as the little sweet boy building Lego sets. Clearly, I need to get it together, because he graduates in less than two months!

Final decisions about what to do post-high school may still up for discussion, but I know that no matter what he decides to do it will be what’s right for him. Whether it be college, EMT school, or the Navy to serve our country, I know his heart will guide his way. I am so proud of the young man he’s grown up to be. His loving, quirky spirit has brightened our lives so much and I can’t wait to see what his very bright future brings!

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Gwendolyn Turns 7! / Winter Garden Family Photography

Seven years ago I met Gwendolyn for the first time. She was barely four pounds and the tiniest little girl I’d ever photographed. Today she is a spunky, hilarious little girl who loves to sing and make crazy faces:)There is never a dull moment on our shoots and these images are proof. I hear she gets her dance moves from her dad and her sass from her mom!

Happy (belated) Birthday, Gwendolyn–may the next seven years be just as adventurous as the first seven:)

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Catching Up w/Amanda & Family / Baldwin Park Family Photography

How do you know too much time has passed since the last time you’ve seen a friend? Well, let’s just say that it took us far too long to calculate the last time we’d done family pictures–which basically means it’s been FAR too long all the way around. In fact–it’s been so long that Amanda’s sister, Ashley made a tiny human and that tiny human is about to turn ONE–that’s how long it’s been:(

All of that to say, it was wonderful seeing Amanda, her two sweet boys, and her husband, Cameron. A fantastic bonus is that I also got to see her parents, her sister Ashley, and the newest member of the family, Miss Cora Ray. She stole my heart about five minutes into the shoot! Next time we need to get all the sisters together–that way we will have a complete family picture:)

Here are some of my favorites from our morning together. Narrowing this down to a reasonable number of images to share was NOT an easy task:

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Levi has grown up so much:)

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Jackson, too has grown up so much since the last time I saw him–his eyes sparkle exactly the same though:)

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What’s a photoshoot without a little hair pulling?

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LOVE ~ LOVE ~ LOVE this image!

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Laila Stoppler c/o 2016 / West Orange High School Senior Photography

One of the best parts of being a teacher (as well as a photographer) is that I get to see my former students grow up and do great things beyond their crazy middle school years. Another distinct perk is that I get the chance to document their senior pictures:)

As in most cases, when I got the email from Laila, I was in total denial that she could be graduating already. Somewhat my defense, she DID fast-track herself to early graduation, but STILL . . . where does the time go?!

Laila will be graduating this week, six months ahead of schedule, and I am THRILLED to be sharing her senior pictures just in time for the celebration. I am so proud of all that she’s accomplished and all that she will be working towards (as soon as she returns from her celebratory trip to England).

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Merry Christmas from The Benson Family / Redtail Golf Club Photography

Christmas wouldn’t exist in the Ihnenfeld Photography world without this family! Amanda, Nathan, and Allyson have been with me for almost eight years. Through the years, I’ve taken thousands of images of this beautiful family. Amanda is always scoping out new locations and ensembles for their annual holiday pictures and this year she didn’t disappoint–Redtail Golf Club had the most beautiful lighting and I fell in love with this location the moment I arrived.  Just when I thought last year’s pictures were my all-time favorite . . . along comes this year’s and, for dozens of reasons, these are now officially my favorite! I have NO idea how we will top these:)

 

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