My Family Unit
Family is a huge part of my life. Not only in my personal life but in my profession. It’s what makes my world go round and gives meaning to a life well lived. I’m one of the lucky ones that can say I’ve got a pretty darn good family. Our little farmhouse kitchen is full most every Friday evening and if you were to peek in the windows you’d see all sorts of family and friends playing games, telling jokes and maybe having an adult beverage or two as we sit around the table enjoying each others company. The people I spend many a Friday evenings laughing with are all very special to me, however I’d love to share a bit more about the two people that have my heart forever. My husband, Andy, and our own little piece of perfection, Will, (who just celebrated his 2nd birthday) are my world.
Although toddlerhood comes with its fair share of challenges Will is the biggest loveable goof around! His heart is full of light and life, he is the epitome of pure joy and moves at about a thousand miles an hour. He is my instant sunshine on a cloudy day and his laughter is infectious to everyone within earshot. I can guarantee you that it is his daily mission to try and get people to laugh. This little guy is ALL boy! With his daddy, grandpas, and uncles all in the mechanic, trucking, and farming business, I believe Will's destiny will be a similar one. His first word was “tractor” and these days we can’t hardly get down the road without hearing the word “memi” (semi) at least 10 times. Upon a visit to the studio you may catch a glimpse of him romping in the garden with daddy or waving out the front picture window. He can be a bit unsure of all the other littles that come to visit, and steal his mama’s undivided attention, but rest assured a little wave and a quick mention of a tractor or Papa's pigs and you will have a new little buddy! Our Will Bear, he's just the best!
Andy is my jack of all trades, behind the scenes, knight in shining armor. Without his unending support and willingness to push (and sometimes pull) me towards my dreams, I can truly say Andrea Mae Photography would still be just that, a dream. You may be surprised to know that Andy can pick up one of my cameras and use it with ease, he has a trained eye too. Beyond knowing how to use a fancy camera and take a photo that meets my standards, he knows my equipment better than I do - ALL OF IT! From computers to cameras and every tiny piece of equipment in between, Andy is my 24/7 on call tech support specialist, he has put many hours into researching, learning and making sure the studio and all the gear I use works to it’s best potential. The garage would still be a garage if it weren't for Andy and all his tireless hours of turning it into what you see today. I couldn’t have asked for a smarter, funnier, or more supportive husband (and handsome I might add too). I swear his goal in life is to make me smile, he’s always leaving me silly notes to start my day off or hiding stuff in random spots (like a toy spider in my shoe). In serious times he is my rock, the logical thought I didn’t have that brings me back to reality. Calm and steady, just like his hands when he’s working. So next time you think Andrea Mae Photography is a one woman show remember that I am fortunate enough to have a guy behind that studio door who has helped me every step of the way!
These days when we aren’t busy working we are basking in the glow of young family life. We love watching movies, especially kids movies (Pixar is a hit in our household). We like to bowl, take trips to the Chanhassen Dinner Theater or when things are slow we may sneak away to a quaint little town for a weekend getaway. Our summers are filled with gardening and nightly golf cart rides around the property with Will as our navigator. We dance and play tag constantly. The walls of this little house are filled with the sounds of our happy little family. And as evening comes and it's time for Will to rest, Andy picks out a few books, snuggles up with our little guy, and settles into the most perfect version of fatherhood.
And last but not least I have to introduce my fur-babies. Addy, Bella and Mr. McGruff who mean just as much to me as the people in my life. I talk about my kitties just about as much as I talk about Andy and Will, thus deeming me the crazy cat lady in the neighborhood, a title that I carry proudly!
And with that I hope I’ve given you a glimpse into the extraordinary ordinary life I live, the ones I love, and the moments I know I will cherish for a thousand lifetimes.
Family Photos credit goes out to the fantabulous Angela Archer Photography