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the Hantke Family Lifestyle Session

There is something about a way a family exists together, participates in the simple life activities that fascinates me: how they play, eat dinner together, drive to the pool, walk, read books before bedtime. And a family’s natural habitat: their rooms, toys, the couch they always snuggle on. It’s fascinating and having the chance to step back and observe with a camera to my eye is pure joy. I don’t think it is often that we do this in our lives, that we step outside of where we are and just observe.

The Hantke family gave me the opportunity to do this with them and I was so excited to spend part of a day with them. I came over in the afternoon and played, the children gave me tours of their rooms and all their treasures, and then we went to the pool and walked around the pond, ate dinner and after they had gone to sleep I went home. It was truly a wonderful experience and I can’t wait to do something like this again. Something about the way a child looks at you when they are comfortable, natural…and when they know you truly think they are awesome…it’s those natural expressions that melt my heart.

As they progressed throughout their day I caught moments and expressions and the realness of their lives at this time. Young families are sweet and it is such a short time that life is like this. This family is definately pretty awesome: cool decorated rooms and a home with style (and tidy! I am so amazed at all these moms with lots of kids and clean homes…my place is NOT like that…ha!), their kids are so unique and so full of personality, and they just love doing the simple life things together. When you spend time studying people, and looking at who they are and their mannerisms and then spend time editing the images…you fall in love with them…and I think I am quite smitten with this family right now.

John, Allison…thank you. I loved this day so much and sitting and visiting with you both at the end of the day is such a treasured memory for me.


Her spunky spirit…LOVE IT! Look for her wrestling moves:)

  • Karen Currie - September 16, 2011 - 8:15 pm

    Gorgeous pics again, Damara!! Thanks for sharing… it was great to see the Hantke family again. Beautiful kids…. and the parents aren’t too bad either. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Johnny 5 - September 17, 2011 - 9:30 am

    Wow! Damara these are absolutely incredible! Thank You Thank You!!!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - September 18, 2011 - 5:25 pm

    These are SO wonderful! You have truly captured a beautiful family 🙂ReplyCancel

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