ethan and gavin

i absolutely adore this family…we are like a team…like a ninja photo team…they make me feel like we are in this together and we are so in sync our time together just flows…we get each other and all they do is ooze their love onto film, what can be better than that? ethan and gavin are in my heart…we talk about all kinds of things like sports camp, how water is so good, how much we like graham crackers, and ethan said he wanted to come to my house….he is just beyond preciousness.  i have been photographing these boys since gavin’s birth and it is my favorite thing to watch them grow up. we truly catch up on all the happenings when we see each other, i feel like the auntie that pinches the cheeks…and i mean come on look at those cheeks! they are beautiful inside and out and that is what life is all about. love in the biggest, kissiest, easiest, oozing, most loving kind of way.

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July 5, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Audra Bender Photography - a family i adore now resides on the blog! new post on the blog!

July 5, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Audra Bender - a family i adore now resides on the blog! new post on the blog!

July 5, 2014 - 8:28 am

Heather Turner Photography - I love the angle of the two where they are swinging the babe. I love the perspective. Nicely done on this set.

July 5, 2014 - 7:59 am

Jennifer Langley - What a cute family and gorgeous photos!

baby edgar {9 months}

you know the feeling when you meet a person and you feel as if you have known them forever…well times that by three and this is how i felt when i met this family. instant connection and instant friendship. i absolutely fell in love with little mister, with his soft, round head, baby cheeks, his precious four baby teeth, his soft hands and precious baby skin. i had to stop every so often and just touch his little belly and give him a tickle. they are the sweetest, most loving family. they only have eyes for one, and he happens to have the most meltable brown eyes. we had so much fun and edgar is the best little baby. even though we had only met, my world feels a little happier with them in it. april and i were so connected, edgar wore a grey and white outfit and the chair i brought was grey and then april had on a beautiful teal dress and the quilt i brought had teal accents….that is what i call on the same page. which is so rare and cherished when it comes along. the other page we share is wanting to kiss on cutie patootie little buddy edgar. how could you ever help yourself? well just see for yourself…..

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June 17, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Mary Wood-Leonard - Cute cute cute family!

June 17, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Audra Bender Photography - check out the baby boy preciousness on the blog and leave them some blog love! new post on the blog!

June 17, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Audra Bender - check out the baby boy preciousness on the blog and leave them some blog love! new post on the blog!

June 17, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Audra Bender Photography - check out baby boy preciousness on the blog and show them some love! new post on the blog!

June 17, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Audra Bender - check out baby boy preciousness on the blog and show them some love! new post on the blog!

June 17, 2014 - 11:41 am

Emily - So cute Aud!

June 17, 2014 - 6:48 am

Joanne Richland - You cannot help but smile looking at these. So cute!

June 17, 2014 - 6:41 am

Jan Lindsey - These are so beautiful and I do want to pinch his cheeks! Great pics!

happy father’s day

i can tell you that we have the best daddy for my kids in our house that there is. what makes him so great is that he tries, he tries so hard and is willing to put 110% in to each of our kids, even with working full time and getting his masters degree at night.  i thank you paul for the sincerity in your fathering. for calling emme princess every day and for teaching our boys what it is to be a man, a good man through your actions and words. as much as we feel we are drowning at points with all on our plate, we pride our self in our parenting and our kids. they are first and they are our everything. i so appreciate that in him.

i feel that a daddy is someone who makes you feel like you are the most important, the most loved, the most protected, the most special, the most “seen”…the one who validates who you are….the one who is so proud of you and whose eyes sparkle when you walk in the room. the one whose arms are so soft but strong when you fall, figuratively and non. the best dad’s tell you they are proud and that you are their princess, and they call you their princess even if you are forty years old. they would never abandon you, it would not be possible. there is an emotional connection, no matter who comes into his or your life, he will not let it be broken. if anyone hurts you…well, they are speaking to daddy…and they better run….like fast. for the best of all best, they show their emotions, they show their affection, their commitment to you and their respect of your relationship by spending time with you and just you , putting you first and taking the time to look you in the eye and sometimes flipping you upside down or chasing you in the yard or just taking a walk with just you. their actions speak so loud you can “feel” that they love you. the one who is at your college track meets routing you on, or maybe even just being there because he would not miss his baby girl’s race. you will always be his baby girl no matter what. God has big plans for daddy’s and the good ones are so blessed, blessed with kids who grow up loving them like no one else and wanting to take care of them when that time comes. i hope we instill this into my three boys that we are raising.   i have seen all of these things take place behind my camera over the past years. here is a little tribute to the daddies for whom i have photographed over the last five years. happy father’s day to you….

here is a quote from the book “captivating/unveiling the mystery of a woman’s soul” by john and stasi eldredge…”every little girl was made to live in a world with a father who loves her unconditionally. she first learns who God is, what he is like, and how he feels about her from her earthly dad….she knew that her father cherished her. she was his princess. he was her knight in shining armor. he wanted to spend time with her. her father protected her, her mother nurtured her and she was enjoyed. every little girl should be so loved, so welcomed—seen, known, treasured…”

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July 5, 2014 - 8:29 am

Heather Turner Photography - Nice body of work. You are a great photographer

June 17, 2014 - 6:58 am

Beth Swanson - Simply GORGEOUS!

June 15, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Audra Bender Photography - a tribute to fathers in photographs! happy father’s day on the blog!

June 15, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Audra Bender - a tribute to fathers in photographs! happy father’s day on the blog!

August 13, 2013 - 5:37 pm

Tara - Although it has been a long time since I looked at your blog, I am always impressed by not only your talent as a photographer but the words you express. this post was pure joy!

June 19, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Joan Ingram - This father’s day tribute is beautiful and so touching. You express feelings in your writing very poignantly.

June 17, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Susan Jacobs Waters - Audra, you capture the love of kids and Dads so well. Bravo on another excellent bunch of pictures.

June 16, 2013 - 11:51 pm

Audra Bender Photography - fathers day post on the blog!

June 16, 2013 - 11:51 pm

Audra Bender - fathers day post on the blog!

June 16, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Emily - Beautiful moments caught all the way down the page. So lovely.

June 16, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Dianne - Audra, you need to be a writer as well as an amazing photographer. Your words come out so heartfelt, they go so well with your amazing photographs. I love that quote and that book!

June 16, 2013 - 4:52 pm

Joanne Richland - Really beautiful photos

June 16, 2013 - 7:44 am

Audra Bender Photography - happy fathers day! a special tribute in photographs to my daddy clients over the last four years….

June 16, 2013 - 7:44 am

Audra Bender - happy fathers day! a special tribute in photographs to my daddy clients over the last four years….

June 16, 2013 - 6:51 am

Jan LIndsey - Simply gorgeous!

aliza and twins on the way

so i cried in this session, boo hooed, got really choked up…tears flowing and here is why….there are a few things i know about “things”, just a few…and one thing i do know for certain is three year olds like to do things at their own pace ,on their own time, especially those of the female variety. having two three year olds myself, including one baby girl, i know that i make “suggestions” to her many  minutes before i really need them to happen and then at her own time, in her own way, she does it. so aliza and emme have this in common. we kept suggesting to aliza to kiss her mommy’s tummy {there are twins in there you see!!} so we kept asking her to hear the babies, kiss the babies, love on the babies, talk to the babies and well, on her own time, at the place she wanted, she went over and put both of her precious hands on mommy’s tummy and touched those babies, she used both hands, one for each baby and it was the most touching thing in the world. she then put her head in her mommy’s lap….i had tears, i got the photos thank goodness, but yes, i had tears. i realized in that moment how she is smarter than all of us, and there are two babies in there for her to love and it brought me back to my boys touching my own tummy and talking to their little sibblings and how much they totally love them and dig them when they were on the inside and now on the outside too. i have grown to love this family and have been photographing them for several years and it just brought me to the feeling of their family being complete and aliza loving and playing with her siblings to be. it made me so happy inside and the perfect thing about photography is that moment can be relived over and over and over.

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July 5, 2014 - 8:29 am

Heather Turner Photography - Love the storytelling and the set of photographs.

June 11, 2014 - 9:26 am

Emily - Pretty pics Aud!

June 11, 2014 - 7:11 am

Heather - Adore the story and the photos!
Best, Heather Turner Photography

June 10, 2014 - 10:30 pm

Tory Bashara - You look amazing, Ayns! I miss you..xoxo
Tory and Maddie too

June 10, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Audra Bender Photography - new maternity post on the blog! check out the new “in the belly session” with twins!

June 10, 2014 - 3:19 pm

Audra Bender - new maternity post on the blog! check out the new “in the belly session” with twins!

June 10, 2014 - 10:29 am

Jan Lindsey - You captured this so perfectly, all aspects of the little girl and the love of family and things to come. Amazing!

June 10, 2014 - 10:12 am

Jennifer Langley - Oh my goodness, the story and then the photos to match, what a gift! Lovely.

reese and liam

some things in life are so simple…and something that is so simple to me is the fact that i adore this family. i have been photographing them since reese was a little tiny baby and when liam was a baby as well, so all in all about four years now. i get so excited to see them and see how much the kiddos have grown. reese was having really bad allergies during the session so we cut it short, so there will be a part two with more of the kiddos together, but for now i wanted to share the special moments we did capture with them just being a family. and such a cute family at that….stay tuned for round two….♥

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May 30, 2014 - 4:28 pm

janyce sheehan - Totally love these pictures. What a wonderful and special family.

May 28, 2014 - 3:19 pm

Jan Lindsey - LOVE these!

May 28, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Audra Bender Photography - new post on the blog!

May 28, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Audra Bender - new post on the blog!

May 28, 2014 - 9:28 am

Jacqueline Moore - So cute! Precious family photos.