This family- I just simply adore them! I have had the pleasure of seeing them grow as a family from the time Nicole was pregnant with their oldest. They really are a family that I hope never moves away, and that I hope to document for many years to come. They are always so laid back and fun, and truly love just loving on each other.

Each year we try and document them in a new location, and Nicole puts so much thought and planning in outfit choices, and in communicating their wishes with me. I love that each year has been so different, but still that same thread of love and connection throughout. I love that this year they chose a mountain location for their family session.

Fall family session in Las Vegas using the mountains
family session on Mt. Charleston outside of Las Vegas
father and son playing during a Las Vegas family session on the mountain
Shawn Barker playing with his son during their 2019 family session.

Each of their two children have the most adorable personalities, and seeing those grow has been so much fun. Van seriously has the best smile ever, and has since he was a newborn. His smile just makes you smile, and his personality is just so fun, and outgoing.

Wren, is silly but reserved. She loves her mama and does not get too far from her. She makes me work a little harder for those precious little smiles, but that was definitely easier this year as she has gotten bigger and some of that stranger danger has melted away.

individual images of son during a family session on Mt. Charleston with some silliness
mom and daughter playing and connecting during a family session in Las Vegas
Dad and two year old daughter playing during a Las Vegas family session
Nicole Barker playing with her daughter Wren during their 2019 family session

This has been such a big year for them with Shawn retiring from military service after 20 years and joining the workforce as a civilian. They have big things coming their way, stay tuned until the end to see more of the excitement in store for them in 2020.

Nicole Barker playing with her son  Van during a family session on the mountain.
mom playing with children during fun and relaxed family session in Las Vegas
mom and daughter dancing during family session in Las Vegas, NV
dad and son together on Mt. Charleston with the wild horses.
family session on Mt. Charleston outside of Las Vegas fall colors

The day before their session, Nicole texted me to touch base about our session, meeting spot, and snuck in a little secret. I just about died. They had planned on being done with children, but life had other plans. I am so excited for them and what lies in store for 2020, and yes I will be documenting that! This will be the second birth I have shot for them, and I seriously can’t even wait.

announcing pregnancy during family session

So stay tuned for more from this family in 2020.

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