i love this photograph. 

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i love these expressions and that awesome hat.

they are just so rat-pack- frank sinatra-esque and i am a sucker for anything found in that arena.

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i love this face because he knows what’s behind him.

p.s. mom said it was totally cool to take this…

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i love single moms because theirs is the hardest job on the planet, especially a single mom of two boys.

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and i loved being a part of summer vacation travel plans.

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kimberly got in touch with me while planning her summer vacation. she and her boys are from minnesota, and were headed to the west for some sun, sand, and surf. i was thrilled to be included on their list of things to do and people to meet.

i was the lucky one, meeting them. i was so inspired by kimberly: educated woman, working mom, entrepreneur, hockey chauffeur, and tremendous supporter of two very handsome young men.

kimberly has her own photography business in minnesota, simply be photography. she specializes in children and families, and is swamped with work, a tribute to her many talents and skills.

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it was easy to note how much love she has for her boys. i can’t even begin to wrap my mind around the sacrifices she has had to make to raise these two. they are a tribute to her though and her hard work. i was so impressed with both of them: they were respectful, listened and engaged in our conversation, and were gracious when we left. they are a tribute to their wonderful mother and her patience and love.

drew is the oldest; he belongs in an abercrombie and fitch magazine.

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love this one:

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and this one too:

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ryan, super mellow and sweet, went with the flow and was a total pleasure to be with.

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love this one:

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love the light here, the look on his face, the moment, the quiet, everything about it. 

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another favorite. he looks like he fits right in with the california flow and lifestyle.

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i have never met an andrew or a ryan that i didn’t like. seriously. my first love was named andrew and i seriously crushed on 4 ryan’s in college. no lie. i knew i was going to like these two right after i heard their names.

love. love. love this image!!

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the tone of their family was so mellow, just easy going, and carefree. 

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love:

so happy. so real. so geniune.

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another favorite. a distinctive spin on a family portrait.

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kimberly, andrew,and ryan, thank you for including me on the california itinerary. may you always enjoy the sand and surf or dreams of it… especially when you are bundled up in the winter. :) may you always just be, simply happy. ya, don’t cha know…thanks again for the great time!!

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