Takin’ it Easy | LYYP Summer Status

“We may lose, and we may win. But we will never be here again.”

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Where have I been? What have I been doing? Maybe you’ve been wondering. Maybe you haven’t. Anyway, I’ll tell you — I’m taking it easy for the summer.

LYYP will be mostly closed for the summer months. You can still keep up with me here on the blog, where I’ll be getting back to sharing about a gajillion spring sessions, and possibly penning an occasional thought on life and photos and whatnot now and again. (If you’re having a baby in the summer, don’t be shy about contacting me, as new life is my one exception to the “Closed for the Summer” policy). Summer, for me, is a time for recharging the batteries, working on the business side of things (including a NEW website — wait till you see!), and spending good quality time with my family and friends. I’ll be back in late August, ready to hit the ground running for a crazy fall.

Details of my fall Weekday Mini Sessions will be announced soon in the LYYP summer newsletter — you’ll want to sign up for that, if you haven’t already, to make sure you get your chance to book one before they’re gone.

Can’t get enough of my LYYP ramblings and this summer pace just isn’t doing it for you? Well, if you’ve got travel plans, you’ll definitely want to have a look at this article I wrote for the National Association of Professional Child Photographers about how to take photos on your trip that you’ll treasure forever. And you should also check out the free dowlnoadable guide I wrote for taking better photos of your kids, “Freeze Ray Basics.” And whether you’re traveling or staying home, take a second for a refresher on my favorite crazy-time-of-year advice — It’s become a bit of an LYYP tradition for me to share this twice a year at Christmastime and the start of summer. So many people have told me they’ve enjoyed it and taken it to heart, I’m continuing the tradition. (You know you’re curious. Go ahead, click on over. You won’t regret it. Promise).

And one more thing! My personal photo-diary of sorts lives on Instagram — come on over and follow me there for a behind the scenes peek at what McLaughlin summertime looks like.  (Spoiler alert – I’m collecting skies this summer).

Thanks for stopping by, friend!


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Breakfast for Seven

A family with five kids move into a brand new (to them) house.  They spend their first Saturday morning making pancakes with daddy.  And showing me their new rooms.  Breakfast for Seven_0001Breakfast for Seven_0002Breakfast for Seven_0003Breakfast for Seven_0004Breakfast for Seven_0005Breakfast for Seven_0006Breakfast for Seven_0007Breakfast for Seven_0008Breakfast for Seven_0009Breakfast for Seven_0010Breakfast for Seven_0011Breakfast for Seven_0012Breakfast for Seven_0013Breakfast for Seven_0014Breakfast for Seven_0015Breakfast for Seven_0016Breakfast for Seven_0017Breakfast for Seven_0018Breakfast for Seven_0019Breakfast for Seven_0020Breakfast for Seven_0021Breakfast for Seven_0022Breakfast for Seven_0023Breakfast for Seven_0024I’ve had the honor of documenting this family’s story since baby number four was a newborn and the three oldest were not much older than that.  Next year’s session is already on the calendar and I’m already looking forward to the fun (times seven!)

Thanks for looking,


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Moments of the Month | May 2016

Whoa, May.  So busy, and yet nearly eclipsed by the busy-ness of June.  So glad I’ve stayed in the habit of remembering by taking these photos and sharing these posts (even if it’s only for myself!  May 2016 Moments of the Month_0001May 2016 Moments of the Month_0002May 2016 Moments of the Month_0003May 2016 Moments of the Month_0004May 2016 Moments of the Month_0005May 2016 Moments of the Month_0006May 2016 Moments of the Month_0007May 2016 Moments of the Month_0008May 2016 Moments of the Month_0009May 2016 Moments of the Month_0010May 2016 Moments of the Month_0011May 2016 Moments of the Month_0012May 2016 Moments of the Month_0013May 2016 Moments of the Month_0014May 2016 Moments of the Month_0015May 2016 Moments of the Month_0016May 2016 Moments of the Month_0017May 2016 Moments of the Month_0018May 2016 Moments of the Month_0019May 2016 Moments of the Month_0020May 2016 Moments of the Month_0021

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