Authentic You Photography Blog

April 26, 2010


Filed under: family — Char @ 11:35 am

Family photos in an orchard?

Yes, please. I have been wanting to shoot in an orchard for some time and was so excited for the opportunity when Mary June lined it all up.

Let me introduce you to Patrick & Mary June and their lovely family…


This family is spontaneous…always have been. In fact, Patrick and Mary June dated five weeks before he popped the question. Twelve weeks later, they were married.

It has been that way ever since… living life by the seat of their pants. Life is short, why not live it with all you got?

Mary June expressed her passion for life and her family so well, so in her words….

“I LOVE glam, but gotta get my “boots” dirty now then to. High heels and cowgirl boots…I would live in them if life allowed. Love me a good sweaty rodeo but not anymore than a high class restaurant. I love people and hope that those who come in contact with me see my Maker through me. My passion is that woman would know they are beautiful because of who created them…that they can embrace their beauty instead of letting the enemy destroy them with lies.

Patrick is very “BIG” in everything he does. You meet him once and you remember him and I’m not just saying that cuz I am his wife. Smile. He knows how to get what he wants and has a gift of convincing others that what he believes or has, they need! He claims when he first saw me, he said I was the girl he was going to marry. Eleven months later he did. Our date night may be shooting target or getting all gussied up and going out. Either way, give me a night with my hubs and my love tank is full for awhile!”


“Portia is the oldest. She is a ‘cut and dry’, no fuss kind girl. Let her climb trees higher than the boys with her bare feet and braids and she’s as cool as a cucumber. But pink is still her favorite color. She is very, very competitive. When I was training for my marathon, she was worried that I was not running to win!”

“Bridget is the baby. We just call her ‘Pistol” and she has the curls to go with it. She’s got spirit and I can’t wait to see what life has for her. She tries hard to keep up with the rest of the littles. But she can put a doll to sleep in no time…she rocks and sings like there is no tomorrow.”



“Will is full throttle 100% of the time. Either he is very happy and strumming on his guitar or as mad as a hornet. He is all about justice. From little up, when there was someone who he thought had been mistreated (even Daddy)…he took it upon himself to correct the evil he witnessed. He’s very passionate and it’s so cute when ‘hugs and kisses’ are the mood, but not so much when it’s the ‘punchin fist’ mood.”

“Ben is the quiet, cuddly one. He has the craziest sense of humor with the best ‘one-liners’ ever. He loves to come up with jokes to see me left in stitches. He comes alive outside in the woods and has the biggest imagination out there. He comes in with dead snakes and lots of stories.”

“So we have four fairly high-strung little ones. I am not sure where they got it, since their parents still have theirs. Smile. We love to go camping, to the shore, and all fight for ‘date night’ with Patrick. We live for the weekends when Daddy is home and we can all let loose. As the kids get older, we have a dream of renting a villa in Europe for a year and seeing it all at once. Hey, why not dream big! Oh my, I could go on and on about my little crew…love them bunches and am blessed beyond words. God has been so good to us and we give Him all the credit.”


Mary June made the girls outfits and the boys shirts in the photos above!




I typically love and prefer color, but somehow the orchard setting created great black and white photos.

It has a story, but to sum it up….Patrick surprised Mary June with this tattoo….her name name across his arm….




Another set of outfits….we ran out of light before we could get all the kids in the second outfits.


Quite often I walk away from a shoot blessed. This was one of those times….I felt blessed just by meeting and working with this family.

Happy Monday to you.


  1. Beautiful family Patrick and Mary June! We need to hook up again. Love the hat Patrick!! Great shots Char!

    Comment by Larry — April 26, 2010 @ 11:56 am

  2. Love the orchard idea!!!! Char you did a great job, it was fun reading about the Miller family!!!

    Comment by Hannah Martin — April 26, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

  3. lovely. MMMMMMMM. I am inspired by these pictures!

    Comment by Angel — April 26, 2010 @ 7:00 pm

  4. Very cute!! Loved the comments…

    Comment by Deanna — April 26, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

  5. These are absolutely amazing Char!!!

    Comment by Mel — April 27, 2010 @ 5:47 am

  6. Awesome Job Char! This family is beautiful! What adorable children they have! <3

    Comment by Misty Martin — April 27, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

  7. what a beautiful family! i love the group shots on the couch :)

    Comment by Missy — April 27, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

  8. Beautiful. :)

    Comment by Stacee — April 27, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

  9. o i love them. the orchard idea turned out perfectly. i like the chair in here too with the little girls dresses. perfect.

    Comment by diane — April 28, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

  10. Char another terrific job! I sit here in awe of the fabulous work that you do. I also give credit to family in the pictures! They also did a super job! So inspiring to read about their family!

    Comment by Janelle Horst — April 30, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

  11. great pictures char!

    Comment by ellie — May 3, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

  12. ok pretty lady ……. you just out did your self once again !! Awesome pics and gorgeous family. Keep inspiring the world around you ! You have an amazing talent….keep it up and blessings will be brought upon you. love ant ko

    Comment by Kolleen Seibel — May 3, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

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