Beth Fletcher Photography » Natural Light Photographer

He was born on the best day. I only say that it was the best day because he made it the best day. This gorgeous, sweet little baby was ours. Watching him grow has been amazing. His personality is like none I have ever seen. He loves to play, he loves to laugh, he LOVES adventure. At the age of 5, he rode on roller coasters even his older siblings wouldn’t ride on. He creates. He explores. He loves and appreciates new food. If he hears a child say he doesn’t like something and Eli hasn’t had it before, he’ll try and he usually loves it. He’s so smart and uses his hands when he talks, his expressions are so amazing and he’s thoughtful.

Eli has a soulful way about him. He’s thoughtful and he loves and he looks into your eyes when you talk to him. Sometimes you’ll be talking to him and he’ll grab your cheeks and tell you how much he loves you.

He’s also very smart.

Obviously, I think he’s amazing. But you can see for yourself. I interviewed eli last night for our annual interview (below)2016-03-29_0002.

Hi eli! Hi

What’s tomorrow? Tomorrow is Tuesday.

What else is tomorrow? My birthday.

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How old will you be? 6 years old.

Are you excited about that? Yeah. Why? Because it can not fit on one hand, you need two hands.

That is very exciting!

What do you plan to do tomorrow? Go to sky zone and go to school. Mom and Dad are coming for lunch. What will you be eating? A salad from Panera.

Do you like salads? Yes.

What’s your favorite colors? Blue

What’s your birthday party theme this year? Blue.

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What’s your favorite food? My favorite food is tomatoes.

What’s your favorite fruit? Strawberries

What’s your favorite vegetable? Snap peas.

What’s your least favorite vegetable? peas.

What do you enjoy doing? Sitting, riding my bike, playing basketball with Noah and playing knockout. Um, I like to excavate and look for bugs.

Do you like bugs? Yes. Why? Because some bugs don’t bite and some bugs do bite and I think that’s really cool.

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What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a lot of things…like a computer worker, a chef, and I want to own a car store and I want to work at Disney World.

Eli, do you love school? Yes, because I love to learn and school is fun and I have the best teacher in the world because she’s nice and gives us hugs.

Do you want to be a Daddy? Yes. I would like 2 kids.

What do you like most about Clara? Um, that she is sometimes silly and she’s cute and that’s all.

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What do you like most about Anna? um, um, that um, she gives me hugs and she plays with me sometimes and she loves me.

What do you like most about Noah? That Noah plays knockout with me, he plays minecraft with me, he teaches me and he makes me feel safe. And he lets me sleep in his room.

What do you like most about your Mama? She loves me, when she puts me to bed, she sings and she rubs my head and she kisses me like an old man. And I love my Mom’s food. yumyum.

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What did you do when you were five years old? I played with my babysitter, I went to Florida and Alabama and I played with TreyB. I also two teeth.

Who is your best friend? I have a lot of best friends.

Wow, I think that makes you pretty lucky. Yeah. I am pretty lucky.

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The thing about shooting at the beach is that it looks different every single night. So upon approaching each session, I keep an open mind on what to expect, sometimes the sun is bright, sometimes the sky is blue and gloomy, sometimes it’s fuzzy and pink. It’s my goal to always capture it the way it is, which means, no photoshopping, no adding overlays, just simple beauty, because it’s just that…beautiful.

This particular session had the best weather, cloudy but bright, no wind and the beach was empty. And that beautiful log…it was there, just for us.

I have been photographing the Blakeley Family since they were a family of three…a few weeks after this session, they moved to Indy but THEY PROMISED to come back and see me. I hope you enjoy these images and this wonderful family.

For information on family sessions, click here.

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There’s something about this girl that made me a Mama. She’s always had a great personality, and she’s always been a bit stubborn and has certainly challenged us several times in her life. But lately she’s just a little different, she’s more calm, she’s more patient, she’s helpful and a good listener. She’s excelling in school, she’s becoming the most amazing big sister and she makes me laugh nearly every single day.

She’s just becoming more….selfless.

I can remember when she was just four months old, looking at her and talking to her and thinking “she has so much personality, she makes me want to have ten babies just to see what they’ll all be like!” (little did I know I was pregnant with baby #2, whoopsie!)

I don’t dread her teenage years. I can’t wait to experience them with her. I know not every moment is going to be pretty but I can’t wait to parent her through them…I know she’s going to do amazing things. Of course I sat down with Anna the night before her birthday to ask her a few very important questions:

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Hi Anna. Hi.

What’s tomorrow? My birthday.

And how old will you be? Thirteen.

You’re telling me, that tomorrow, you’ll be a teenager? YES.

And are you pretty excited about that? Yes. Why? I don’t know, maybe because I’ll get to do more.

What grade are you in? 7th

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This is your first year in middle school, do you enjoy it? meh. What do you like about it? I don’t know, maybe my friends.

Do you have a favorite class? Yes, band, because it’s fun and awesome.

And do you enjoy choir? Yes, it’s fun. Do you notice a difference between choir 6th grade and 7th grade choir? Yes, one, now choir is a period and not an after school activity. You actually get graded on your performances and you take tests

What a some things that will be new to you now that you’re going to be 13? I get to start wearing a little bit of makeup, I get to have data on my phone and I think Harper will love me more.

What are some things that interest you right now? Well, I’ve decided to learn swedish on my own and I still love geography and weather.

Do you love having a little sister? Yes, because she likes to climb on me and she loves me and I like it when she wants me and I like to play with her.

What do you like about Clara? She’s funny and cute.

What do you like most Eli? He’s smart and he’s funny and cute.

What do you like most about Noah? He’s smart and funny and nice.

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Do you enjoy the five days when you’re both the same age? I guess, it feels like any other day.

Do you have any crushes? No. well, yes, Evan Peters and Harry Styles.

What’s your favorite vegetable? I like corn, cooked carrots, green beans and peas.

What’s your favorite fruit? APPLES.

What’s your favorite meal? Pasta

What are your favorite things in life? Food, Jenna and music.

Who are your best friends? Emily Case, Mady, Cordie, Angela, Kelly, Emma Kitchen and Julia.

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What’s your favorite book right now? That’s hard, that’s not a good question. It really isn’t.

How many books do you read per month? 7

How were grades this grading period? Good, I got all As and Bs and made Principal’s Honor Roll.

What do you love about your Mother? She’s awesome, nice, pretty, funny and the best Mom ever.

Do you like that you are the one who made me a Mom? Yes. Because it’s an accomplishment, I should get a medal for it.

And finally, what words of advice do you have for your younger siblings as they navigate through life? Listen to your mother, listen in school and sleep.

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DSC02978 A few days after losing James and Jake, I remember sitting on the couch in my living room. I believe I was with my sisters and my mom and I know I was very upset. Tears fell relentlessly down my cheeks. I remember this beautiful four year old, crawling onto the couch, into my lap and facing me, he wiped my tears and said “I got you, Mama.”  He laid his head on my shoulder.

At that moment, this boy taught me that simple words and simple gestures, and the power of just following your heart, can provide comfort beyond measure to a grieving heart. I learned this from a four year old boy.

Noah is wise. He’s patient. He is a teacher. He is a thinker. He understands the value of family. He is loyal. He is brave.

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This past year, Noah played baseball. His first at bat of the season and this boy walks up, and turns around and breaks down. He was yelling at me. He was yelling at his Dad. “I DON’T WANT TO DO IT. I CAN’T DO IT. PLEASE DON’T MAKE ME BAT.” Mind you, this boy NEVER yells at anyone, let alone his parents. The fence stood between us. The umpire was watching, his coach was next to him, both teams stared. I pointed my finger at him and quietly said “you are going to bat and you are going to bat right now. We don’t walk away from things because we are scared.” I turned around and sat down and he walked up to the plate, tears in his eyes and he walked.

It was the most amazing walk I had ever seen in my life. Later, he went to bat again and he hit the ball but was out at first, but what a thrill.

And at the end of the game, the coach gave him the game ball. He received the game ball four times this year. For great plays, for great hits and for being a great kid.

This boy teaches me. He makes me better. He is such a wonderful gift.

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Last night, I asked him some questions for our annual birthday interview, it’s hard to believe this was our 8 birthday interview.

Hi Noah.  Hi

So, what’s new?  I’m turning twelve tomorrow.

Oh, wow, that’s exciting. Are you excited?  Yeah.

What are you plans?  I’m going to school, which will be boring but fun and I’m going to Industrial Revolution and open a few gifts and eat cake.

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What’s your favorite thing about school right now?  uhhhh…lunch because I get a break from all of the extra school work that I have to do from being abset for four weeks.

And what’s your favorite subject? Math.

Do you actually enjoy math?  No, I just like numbers.

And who are your best friends? Ethan, Aaron, Joel and Conner

What’s your favorite thing to do with them? Play games outside, we usually make up games.

Do you like winter?  Kinda, because well, when it’s snows, it’s the best and I don’t like that it’s so cold and we can’t go outside a lot.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the warmer months? I like tag or basketball or riding my bike.

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What’s your favorite game on the ipad right now? Minecraft, Clash of Clans and watching you tube video about Minecraft. I like the commentary.

What’s your favorite color? Orange.

What’s your favorite thing about Eli? He’s funny and he likes to play games with me most of the time. Do you like that he’s your brother? Yes, because I like having a little brother.

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What’s your favorite thing about Anna? She’s really funny and smart.

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What’s your favorite thing about Clara? She’s friendly and cuddly and soft.

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What’s your favorite thing about Harper? She’s so cuddly and soft and pretty and rough.

What’s your favorite thing about your Mama? That she doesn’t give up on he dream of photography and when something bad happens she doesn’t give up and she always doesn’t quit.

What do you want to be when you get older? Maybe a chef.

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What’s your favorite meal? Lasagna, mostaccioli, chili, naked burritos, chicken tortilla soup, chicken noodle soup. spaghetti and pizza.

What’s your favorite book? Holes by Louis Sachar

Do you have a favorite sport? Basketball, I like shooting baskets.

If you could spend an entire day doing what you wanted, what would you do? Playing outside with all of the sport equipment that I wanted.

Are you a happy fellow? Yes.

What makes you happy? My family, my friends, my hobbies and food.

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 Noah and Clara

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  • Stillmary - Great post! Amazing pictures! Precious interview!