his. hers. ours. a blended family love story

I met the Doughty’s a few years back, working out in the gym. As I interacted more with Deek and Nikki, I grew insanely jealous of their overly-affectionate love for each other. Even in the gym, the PDA was full force. On the treadmill, lifting weights, there was no question who these two belonged to.

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Nikki and I’s daughters played together in the gym child care room, and I grew to adore her spunky (and very flexible) little girl, Presley.

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At first glance, her muscled up husband is intimidating. I was actually surprised to learn he was a dad, two girls and one boy, and a loving, affectionate one at that. There is nothing I love more in life than being pleasantly proven wrong in my initial judgments about people. Which is why I strive to keep them to myself, the wrong words taste gross when you have to eat them.

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Photographing people has changed me for the better. Observing people during a one-hour photo session teaches a person so much, if you’re paying attention. The body language, how they treat each other, how much fun they’re having. I’ve learned that a “perfect family” only exists on Facebook, in movies, and in that (misleading) part of our brain telling us we’re not measuring up.

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But happy, imperfect, doing their best and laughing with and at each other? Those do.

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Successful families take his and hers and call them ours.

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Thank you Doughty Family for letting me tell your beautiful story!

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One thought on “his. hers. ours. a blended family love story

  1. Omg, that made me tear up! Beautifully written, thank you for capturing these beautiful photographs of our family. You are a true talent!! ((Hugs))

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