When my daughter Rosie got to be 18 months or so I began reaching out for a little social network of toddlers and like-minded moms and dads to spend some time with during those looonng days of taking care of a child full-time.   And our little pocket of Baltimore (Hampden) did not disappoint!   It did not take long to really connect with a solid group of parents of crazy city toddlers.

And there seemed to be one bright center to this social circle.  Stay at home dad extraordinaire, Wouter!  That guy was everywhere and everyone knew who he was.  He started community playgroups, he led family friendly yoga, he was at every toddler event within walking distance and he had more energy than any parent I had met.  He and his family had only moved to Baltimore from the Netherlands a year prior but he somehow seemed to connect so many people in our community.  It was always refreshing to get to see Wolter, his wife Tjitske and his girls Nyne & Lyse.

Just last month this incredible family, that I am honored to call friends, suddenly moved back to the Netherlands.  (Hampden is still recovering from the shock!)  And days before they moved I gave them the only going away present that I could give .. to follow them around their beloved neighborhood and document one of their final afternoons in a city they had made their home.  This is the Bokhove family exactly as I will remember them.  Riding their bikes, saying hi to LITERALLY everyone on the street, playing at the park by their house and basically just being full of life everywhere they went.

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Last year we took a trip out to Minnesota to visit family and I opened up a few photo shoots.   During that trip I got to meet and document the Coleman family who had recently become a family of 4.

Since Meghan sent me the sweetest note after she received her images I will just let her words introduce you to the post.  This is my exact goal during every one of my photo sessions….

“I am absolutely in love with our photos! They all show what a fun night we had with you.  Having great family photos a priority for John and I, so we’ve worked with a few different photographers before. Honestly, Stevie, you captured our family in a way no one else has before. You picked up on the details and those small seemingly insignificant “everyday” kind of moments that I know I’ll cherish forever when I look back at these. You truly captured us. I especially love how you caught little glimpses of Grace and Henry’s personalities! And thank you for getting a few of just John and I, too 🙂  In John’s words, ‘I’m pretty sure we haven’t had professional photos taken of just the two of us since our wedding.  Those photos right there made the whole session worth it!’ ”

Sidenote .. I will be heading out to Minnesota again April 20th-25th and I’m considering opening up a few photo sessions again.  If anyone is interested let me know!!

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