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Family Session @ the farm


Family Session @ Auer Farm

Last weekend we had the pleasure of photographing our besties, their kids, and the rest of the family.  We were super excited when they reached out to us for some photos.  They are like family for us, so it was an extra special session.  We had such a fun time capturing the kiddos running around and being silly.  The kids are adorable, little subjects, and the light was beautiful for some early fall photos.

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Family Session @ Holcomb Farm


Jen, Abe, and Matthew

Holcomb Farm

I can’t believe it has already been a year.  We were quite excited to see these three again.  Matthew is another year older and even more adorable than before.  He was such a great sport.  He hopped in the tall grass, ran through the fields, and giggled his way across the farm.  His infectious smile kept us laughing and snapping photos.  It is so much fun to watch kids grow from year to year and gain even more personality.

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Family Session @ Westmoor Park


September 2017

Family Session @ Westmoor Park

We met this family for the first time on Sunday at Westmoor Park.  From the moment we met, we loved them.  I am personally smitten with these children.  They are positively adorable and sweet.  I can’t stop smiling each time I look at their precious, little faces.  They were expressive and excited for the camera.  It was such a was a beautiful and warm evening at the park.  We took advantage of the sunlight and all the park had to offer.  We walked, ran, smiled, and laughed all throughout the park.  We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do.  And we hope this is the first of many sessions to come with the awesome family.

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Family Session @ The Beach


We love when this family reaches out to us for their annual photo session.  Not only do they give me an opportunity to put my toes in the sand, but they are always prepared for fun photos and a swim in their clothes!  This kids are just too cute.  This year there was another new addition to the family.  The little cousins all have such a blast together.  This year they even did a dance party for us on the beach.  For us, it is so rewarding to see families year after year.  As usual we had a great time with everyone and really appreciate the beautiful evening on the beach.

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Family Photos @ Home


Braden is just the cutest baby ever.  The expressions just make me laugh and smile each time I look at the photos.  We had such a nice evening at the family home capturing everyone together now that they are a family of four.  Big sister Robin showed off her new balance beam skills and beaming smile.  The kids were truly a pleasure to capture.  Braden gave us the best smiles and everyone seemed to really enjoy their time together behind the camera.  We always love sessions at home where everyone can be relaxed and feel themselves.  It offers the perfect opportunity to capture real candid moments of joy, happiness, and the nature of being a family.  We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do!

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Family Beach Session


Jake and I headed to the beach for a gorgeous night along the Connecticut shore.  I love it when a photo shoot has me barefoot with my toes in the sand!  This family has their summertime get together at the family cottage; and we love when we get to be apart of the festivities.  Everyone was relaxed and sun kissed.  As usual we had a great time with everyone.

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Family Session–Backyard Party


Every year the family has a party on Father’s Day.  This year they asked us to join the festivities with our cameras!  This was a year when father’s day had even more meaning as there were many new dads in attendance.Since last winter there have been 4 new additions to the family and one more coming in September!   Jake and I had the privilege of photographing a few weddings for the family, and now we get to watch it grow.   The first generation of cousins are all close in age and they are brining up the next generation the same way.  It is such a special and fun thing to see.  We have loved every family gathering we have been to, and we hope to see everyone at many more.

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Family Photo Session

I cannot describe just how cute this little one is.  Mason just turned 1, so it was the perfect time to have some family photos.  He is happy, easy going, and incredibly sweet.  Like any typical one year old, he is curious and active.  He did necessarily want to sit still, but he was not shy with his smiles.  We had such a fun time at the park with the family.  It was great to reconnect with Jason and Allison.  We had not seen them since there wedding six years ago.  They recently returned to the east coast, and we were super excited when they reached out to us for photos.  It was such a pleasure to meet and photograph this little one.  We certainly hope it is the first of many sessions!

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Family Session–Granby, CT


Family Session

Granby, CT

Our Outdoor Studio

We have had TWO glorious days of sunshine, and it feels amazing.  I still can’t believe that it is June.  Most days this spring it seems like the rain will never end.  In fact at the start of this session, the rain was coming down outside.  Everyone was incredibly patient and decided to wait it out and let it pass.  Fortunately it was all worth the wait.  Once the rain stopped the sky opened and the sun was shining.  Once we let the kiddos outside they wanted to run around in the grass.  Not only is it hard to stay inside, but it has been difficult to be cooped up for weeks.  We had a fun time playing outside with everyone.  Enjoy of few photos from this session at our “outdoor studio” and enjoy the weather!

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Baby Dan!–Lifestyle Session


Welcoming Baby Dan

At Home Session

This gorgeous family was on our blog this past summer.  However they had one less member at the time.  Daniel Jr. was in Sara’s tummy and Liliana was celebrating her second birthday.  It was nice to catch up with everyone again and to meet the newest addition.  We love these in home lifestyle photo shoots.  It helps the kiddos to feel relaxed and happy.  And it gives us a glimpse into life that we can document for families for years to come.  I know with our own kids, it is nice to have photos of our earliest interactions.  They grow so quickly.  To have each stage documented is such a blessing and a treat to look back on as the kids get older.

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Family Session–Westmoor Park


Family Session

Westmoor Park, West Hartford CT

Thanksgiving weekend is a time for family and celebration.  This was a big year for the family to celebrate.  Mom and Dad just had their 50th wedding anniversary!  This life’s tremendous milestone was cause for all the kids to come home from all over the country.  They came from Florida, Pennsylvania, and Hawaii to cook together, eat together, laugh together, and take photos together.  We were very honored to capture the family gathering for this funny, sweet family.  We especially love when the photos involve some fun props.  Despite the cold temps, we had a fun time walking around outside in the fresh air.

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Family Photo Session–White Plains, NY


Dan, Courtney, and Sam

At Home Session–White Plains, NY


This was such a fun and special session for Jake and me.  We photographed Dan and Courtney’s wedding almost five years ago.  We love meeting the little ones of past couples.  It is so nice to visit with the couples who we watch begin married life together and see how life has grown.  Sam is such a cute, little boy.  He was a little shy to start, but thanks to Jake’s willingness to do anything to make a kid smile, he managed to break him out of his shell.  Sam was very happy to take out his little guitar and strum away for us.  I can’t get enough of that little face and those curls.  He has caught the music bug, and I hope it stays with him.  I certainly hope this was the first of many visits for us.  We can’t wait to see how Sam grows!

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Fall Family Session


Natural Learning Children’s Community School
Fall Mini Sessions

J.Koteen “Outdoor Studio”


Our two daughters attend NLCCS in Simsbury.  This spring we had the idea to offer mini sessions to families at school.  We thought it would be a great way to meet more families in the community.  It has been even better and more fun than we could have imagined!  As I mentioned in the last blog, we are really focused on creating an “outdoor studio” at our North Granby property.  This blog is another great example of how one location can look so very different.  Each session is unique despite all photos being taken at the “outdoor studio.”  It is an excellent demonstration of how light moves and changes throughout the day.  We work with the light that we are presented throughout the day, which keeps us moving to different locations.  In addition it always offers different and equally enjoyable results.  We hope all the families at school love these photos as much as we do.  We had a really awesome time seeing everyone and documenting your family.

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Family Session–Granby, CT


Family Session
J.Koteen Outdoor Studio

North Granby, CT


Here are a few photos from this fun mini session.  The family joined us on our property last week.  It was a sun filled morning and nice day for photos.  It has been so nice to use our property for sessions.  It is amazing how in the end each session always looks unique and different despite the same location.  We have grand plans for this “outdoor studio.”  We really appreciate everyone joining us for photos on site since we are seeing all the things we love about the land and the areas we want to expand upon it.  Thanks everyone for coming out and letting us take you photos.  We really enjoyed meeting everyone!

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Family Photo Session


Nodbrook Park
Avon, CT


We have met a lot of kids throughout the years.  Photographing families is my favorite part of our job.  As parents we know just how important it is to capture all the precious moments and stages of a kid’s life.  Even the stages that aren’t your favorite are nice to look back upon and realize that it passed by too quickly.  We tell parents all the time that any emotion or behavior during a session is ok with us since it is just capturing life’s real moments and fleeting stages.  And to be honest sometimes it is just too funny to catch not only a silly moment but moments of discontent.  Kids are cute no matter what they are doing.  HOWEVER this little man was amazing for us and the cameras.  He laughed.  He smiled.  He ran all around wanting to explore.  And most importantly, he loved to look at the camera on command.  He was the best!  It isn’t easy to for a two year old to be entertained, happy, and cooperative for a hour, but he did it.  It was such an amazing session with some amazing results.  Thanks everyone for a great time!

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Family Photos–Westmoor Park


David, Ashley, Theo, and August


We had a perfect evening for stroll and some photos in Westmoor Park.  The sun was close to setting, so we took a walk through the grass trails through the park.  Last time we did photos the whole family wasn’t with us.  David wasn’t at the session and Auggie was still in Ashley’s belly.  This time we got the whole family together for a fun time in the park.  Theo was his usual adorable self.  He knows how to turn on the charm for the camera.  August was incredibly alert for a baby only a couple months old.  Not that you can’t tell in person these two cuties are brothers, but you can really see the resemblance in photos.  Both boys were a delight to photograph.  We can’t wait to watch how they grow and change.  David and Ashley congrats on your beautiful and expanding family!

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Granby Family Session


Family Session

Granby, CT

J.Koteen Outdoor Studio

Matt, Kim, Naomi, and Ben are not just clients, they are long time friends.  We went to high school with Matt and Kim and now we are watching our kids play together.  So we couldn’t have been more excited to take some photos of their family.  The kiddos are adorable, and they both did such a great job behind the camera.

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Family Photos At The Beach


Family Photo Session

Westbrook, CT


I can’t believe that summer is coming to a close.  As usual it went by in a flash. Although we have been lucky with a sunshine filled summer for plenty of activity, it just never seems like enough time.  Jake and I headed to Westbrook to take some family photos on the beach.  It was the first time we stepped in the ocean all summer.  It was a glorious night along the CT shore with perfect weather.   It was so nice that, clothes and all, the family decided to get in the water for some photos and fun.  We love a little adventure and spontaneity in a photo shoot.  And we could not have asked for better light to finish off the day.  It was wonderful to see the whole family again.  We have been apart of a wedding and first year photos.  We certainly hope this just one of many family photo sessions to come.

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Family Session–Simsbury, CT


Last Sunday this sweet family decided to brave the funny weather and meet us for a photo shoot.  It was a day of rain with pockets of sunshine.  Just as they were meeting us the raindrops started to fall.  They were good sports walking through the grass being shelter by umbrella.  However just as we came to the clearing the rain stopped, and they were able to toss the umbrellas to the side for a few photos before it started again.  The kids were super cute and cooperative with the camera.  We are very happy everything worked out for some great family photos.

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Celebrating 40!–Private Party in Oxford, CT


Jake and I headed back to Oxford, CT last weekend for an amazing backyard party.  Instead of hiding from this milestone birthday, Sandra put on a party dress and invited over her closest friends and family!  I couldn’t be more in awe of her attitude, her handwork, and her amazing details for the day.  Everything was beautifully put together in her signature vintage, rustic  style.  Her mom came in from Puerto Rico and set out an amazing spread of homemade food.  Her husband, Jason helped bring her vision to light with his DIY building magic and hands on help throughout the day.  All the kids, little and big, enjoyed a clever soda making stand.  Just the “big kids” enjoyed their own version of make your own drinks with a mimosas table.  I can attest to the fact that they were fantastic mimosas!  It was wonderful to see the whole family again.  We were excited to celebrate with Sandra, and commemorate the day with lots of family photos, party candids, and some gorgeous portraits of Sandra.  I think everyone should take a page out of her book and embrace each birthday with light hearted fun, lots of photos, and some great drinks!

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At Home with Vijay, Supriya, and Arin


Vijay, Supriya, and Arin

At Home In West Hartford.


Preparing for a new arrival!

It seems like just yesterday that we were photographing Arin for his first birthday.  Now this little man is soon to turn two and preparing to become a big brother!  The newest addition with join the family in about a month.  So we headed over to get a few photos maternity photos of Supriya and document the last time they are a family of four (dog included).

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Jacob’s 1st Birthday


Jacob’s First Birthday

Southford Falls, Oxford, CT


Jacob made his blog debut a year ago as a newborn.  It is amazing how quickly a year can go by and how much a little one grows.  We were excited to see the family and document Jacob as he exits his baby life to his toddler stage.  He is such a sweet and happy little boy.  We could see how much love mom and dad have for him and vice versa.  He smiled and clapped and practiced his walking and standing.  I have no doubt this little man will be cruising all around soon.

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Lisette…a year later!

We met Lisette, Kylene, and Jim a little over a year ago.  We took photos of Lisette to commemorate her first birthday.  We love getting to see families again and again and to watch kids grow.  Lisette was even cuter than before.  She gave us a tour of her back yard and some of her favorite things, and Owl, her most treasured posession.  We even got to meet Jefe the dog.  Their backyard provided so much fun that we got a good sampling of Lisette’s favorite activities.  She showed us her driving skills in her Barbie Jeep, swung high on the swings, and took turn with Dad on the slide.  We had a fun time with the family, and we can’t wait to do it again soon!

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Wickham Park Family Photos

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Mike, Michelle, Olivia, and Tyler
Wickham Park, Manchester, CT

We had such a great time getting together with Mike and Michelle and their kids.  We were a part of their wedding a couple years ago, so we were quite excited to meet the whole family.  Olivia and Tyler are adorable.  Olivia was made for the camera.  She walked around the park following all the directions and smiling beautifully for the camera.  We found it only fair to reward her with a little time on the playground at the end of the session.  Tyler did great as well.  It isn’t easy at the age of one to stay focused and still for the camera.  These two kids are just adorable.  We can’t wait for the next session!

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Family Fun At Home


Revisiting families is always the best part of this job.  We love seeing the kids grow and getting the opportunity to document their stages along the way.  We were back at the family house last week to commemorate the start of the school year for Madeline and Ben.  The whole family joined for the occasion.  The grandmas were there for a visit and the family dog made his first camera debut.  Believe or not this large and gorgeous dog is still just a baby.  Jake had fun playing the trampoline, and I had a great time running through the yard.  For us it is always part photography and part play session.  It is a good thing we are still just big kids.

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Sophia’s First Birthday–Elizabeth Park


Sophia’s First Birthday

Elizabeth Park, Hartford, CT

Sophia turned one yesterday!  Jake and I had the privilege of spending time with this adorable little one on her birthday.  We laughed and played throughout Elizabeth Park.  It was a sunshine filled day perfect for being outdoors.  If I didn’t already have my hands full with two small children at home, I would have scooped up Sophia and run away with her when Mom and Dad weren’t looking.  She is the cutest!  She giggled for us and put on a show.  She practiced her standing and walking and loved being behind the camera.  She was an absolute blast to photograph.  We were so honored to have been a part of her first birthday celebrations.

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Arin Is One!–Family Photos In Elizabeth Park


On Monday Arin turned one!  It was a big milestone for this very adored son, grandson, and nephew, so we documented it with some  photos of this handsome little man.  His grandparents came from India and Texas for the big occasion, and his Aunt and Uncle made the journey to CT as well.  Arin was in great spirits and did excellent cooperating for the camera.  It is hard work to stay focused, energetic, and excited when you are only one, but he did a great job.  The park is always a great spot for kids to explore and have some fun.  It was another great session for us in the beautiful Hartford park.

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Molly–First Photos For Her First Birthday!

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May 24, 2015

Northwest Park, Windsor, CT


We headed out memorial day weekend for our favorite kind of photo shoot, a kid shoot!  We caught up with Colleen and Jason, who are the proud parents of 1 year old Molly.  Jake and I had the privilege of photographing their wedding a couple years ago.  So we were very excited to meet their little girl.  Molly is adorable.  After a little while, she forgot all about being shy with us and started enjoying playing for the camera.  We had a gorgeous day for the park.  We took a tour around to see the animals, play in the grass, and enjoy the playground.  Molly practiced walking and took a turn at feeding the sheep.  It was a fun session with a sweet family.  Molly was a delight to meet and photograph and super cute!  We hope to see everyone again soon.

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Family Photos At Elizabeth Park

Liana, Natalie, and Lindsay

Elizabeth Park

May 12, 2015


The weather is finally warm and the trees and flowers are in bloom.  It is the perfect time to get outside for photos.  Liana wanted some nice photos of her with her daughters.  As usual Elizabeth park was a great location for lots of color and different natural backgrounds.  We always find it fun to shoot in the park since each time is always different.  Different flowers are in bloom and different areas of the park offer more for photos at different times.  We are constantly finding new and interesting places for photos.  The ladies were fun and willing subjects.  They followed us around the park having fun as we snapped away.  They joked and laughed among themselves as we documented all the little moments.  We had a great time with the ladies, marshmallow included!  They were fun subjects, and it was a pleasure to spend time with all of them.  We hope they all had as much fun behind the camera as we had taking the photos.

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Newborn Photos–SNEAK PEEK


Alessandra’s Newborn Session

We had the pleasure of meeting this sweet baby girl the other day. She was an absolute joy to photograph. We had such a great time taking her first official photos. There are more to come soon!

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Lisette Turns One–Family Photos


Boundless Playground
South Windsor, CT Community Center

I know her mom and dad can’t believe it has already been a year, but Lisette just celebrated the milestone of her first birthday! As parents’ of a 20 month old, Jake and I can attest to how quickly the time goes, how much a little one changes, and how much fun the age is to watch. We had a great time documenting this little one for her one year photos. She is adorable, sweet, and did amazing behind the camera. She loved playing on the playground, and we were so excited to be able to capture it all to be remembered. Little ones change so quickly, so it is nice to keep just a little piece of her frozen in time. Lisette did awesome and mom and dad had a great photo session as well. We hope you enjoy checking out this cutie. Happy Birthday Lisette, we hope to see you again soon!

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Sandra & Jason–Engagement Shoot


Sandra & Jason
June 24, 2014
Engagement Shoot & Family Photos
Location: At Home & Southford Falls

Sandra and Jason are not only joining their lives together in marriage, but they are joining their families together. They each have two children and together a son. It is a true blending of families, and we could not be more excited or happy for this couple. The are warm and welcoming duo. From the moment we met them, we felt like we had known them forever. And that feeling was reinforced when we met up with them for photos last week. Sandra’s daughters and their son were present for a few family photos at the house. Like any children, they wanted to ham it up for the camera. After some group photos, we stole mom and dad for a few photos of their own. We headed over to Southford Falls with Sandra and Jason for some beautiful photos to commemorate this joyous time in their lives. We can’t wait for the wedding in just a couple weeks!

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Olivia’s First Photo Shoot–Wickham Park

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Olivia’s Turning One!
Family Photo Shoot At Wickham Park

We were in Wickham Park the other day for our favorite kind of photo shoot…kids! This photo shoot was especially sweet for us since Olivia’s mom and dad, Stacy and Jason were a bride and groom whom we photographed a couple years ago. We did their wedding photos in Wickham Park, so it was a fitting location for Olivia’s first photo shoot. Part of the fun with photographing kids is the truly unscripted nature of the session. We understand this even more having a toddler. We are ready and expecting all types of reactions, emotions, and behavior. Olivia did amazing! She lasted through a walk, a drive, and a lot of posing in the park. She is adorable, and we loved documenting her for her almost first birthday. Next week is the official day, and we hope it is filled with fun and sweets. Enjoy the photos…

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This Family is “D-Baum”

Family Photos
At Home in South Windsor

It has been a while since Jake documented this adorable family. Keira was still only a year old and Taya had yet to arrive on the scene. Time sure flies. Keira is now an energetic big sister. Taya is 6 months old with a big smile and amazing disposition. We couldn’t get over how amazing she did behind the camera. since we have a baby, we know exactly how difficult it can be to get one to cooperate and look at the camera. But not Taya. She smiled and focused on Jake as he snapped away. We had a great time with everyone. It was wonderful to see how much Keira has grown and meet Taya for the first time. We can’t wait to see everyone again soon!

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The D Family–Another Milestone

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At home in Somers, CT

It is hard to believe how quickly time flies. Jake started with this family at Chris and Liz’s wedding. It didn’t seem that long ago that he photographed their daughter’s baby photos. And now life has brought two kids, a puppy (yes the dog is just a puppy!), and the first day of school. We were very excited to be a part of documenting another milestone for this sweet family. The kids were dressed in their new school clothes with backpacks in hand as they posed for their “first day of school” photos. We followed them around the yard as they ran, jumped, swung, laughed and played. It was a beautiful end of summer evening, and the perfect time for some new family photos. As usual we had a wonderful time with everyone. The kids were awesome subjects and so much fun to photograph. We even made Chris and Liz pose for a photo of their own. It isn’t very often that parents remember to pose together for photos. Once the kids arrive it is all about them. I thought is might be nice for them to put a photo other than one in wedding attire on the wall. We still can’t believe how big the kids have gotten. We look forward to the next round of photos.

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An Annual Meeting–Family Photos on the Beach

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Family Photos in Clinton, CT

Jake and I headed to the beach 4th of July week to meet up with this sweet family. We have deemed it our annual meeting, although it is really this family’s annual get together. Last year at almost the exact, we joined everyone for Amy and Jeff’s wedding. I can’t believe it has already been a year. Time is moving so quickly. Everyone was looking great and having fun together as usual. It was a beautiful evening on the CT Shore, and it was a fun way for this family to end their day at the beach. Thanks everyone for inviting us to join in on some of your annual family time. It was wonderful to see everyone.

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