I met up with the Ollison clan this weekend in Jefferson City. When I arrived, I jokingly divided them into “units” for the photos — and the name stuck the rest of the shoot!
But let’s start with the two that started it all — Becky and Dwin Ollison!
Dwin loved that hat. He didn’t get to wear it for many photos, but we compromised and let him wear it for a couple!
These two have been married for 38 years, and together for more than 40! Their love is still going strong — even after raising their 4 beautiful children!
Below, you’ll find the original Ollison unit. The OGs, if you will. 🙂
They’re all grown up and with families and significant others of their own. This shoot was a special time where all the family was together for Thanksgiving, one of them all the way from Florida!
Let’s start with Ollison Unit 2, AKA Christy and Jim! They’ve been married for 17 years!
Christy just graduated this summer with her BSN in nursing! That’s awesome!!!
We found this gorgeous yellow tree around the Governor’s Garden area near the Capitol. It was the only tree left with leaves! We really lucked out!
Ollison Unit 3 is Jodi and Chase. They’ve been together for 9 years! They have two boys, Cyrus and Canton.
If Canton was smiling in a photo, Cyrus was givin’ me a pirate face. If Cyrus was smiling in a photo, Canton was givin’ me the cold shoulder. Jodi said she loved the “moments,” though, and this is definitely one!
Cyrus loves “PJ Masks,” “Paw Patrol,” and “Power Rangers.”
One way we were getting all the kiddos to smile was asking them to say different character names, like “Mickey Mouse!” and “Chase!”
Canton loves “Finding Nemo,” trains and cars. He was in the middle of chompin’ a mint in this picture, but it was pretty close to a smile! 🙂
Next, we have Bethany, Dean, and their son Lincoln.
Lincoln had the perfect little hair coif right in front! He wasn’t a big fan of givin’ me cheesers, but his grandpa sure could draw them out!
Lincoln loves Elmo, all kinds of animals, and bouncy balls! Who doesn’t though, right?
Moving along with our fun “units” (they seriously giggled every time I used the word), we have Zach and Christy! These two are both seniors at MSU. They pointed out that the family colors used for the shoot even matched their school colors. #fate
They graduate in a few weeks! I did go ahead and hint that, you know … Kansas City Photography does weddings, too! But, I know, graduate first!!! 🙂
But, what would a shoot be with this many people without a funny story to include? A few weeks before the shoot, Jodi was at the gym. She must be Mighty Mouse, because she was lifting a 45 pound weight. That’s when that weight fell onto her foot. Now, that part isn’t funny, but the fact she had to walk backwards down a hill with the help of her siblings because of her injury … was a little funny. 🙂
Sibling love, amirite? I actually went to high school with Jodi and her hubs, although they were both in different grades than me. But, our school is very, very small. So, everyone knows everyone. I’m so glad you booked me for this shoot, it was awesome to see you and your fam bam!
I am sure grandma and grandpa were also stoked to get photos with their grandbabies!
And getting all four siblings together is always a treat. Thanksgiving is the best!
Even if I did make you walk up a big ol’ hill for some pics!
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