One of my favorite parts of being a mom is following my little explorers around, and watching them take the world in for the first time. I remember the first time Jude noticed where the bird’s song was coming from. I watched his sweet eyes turn toward it, his face light up, and his little arm go up in excitement as he tried to reach for the bird. As I am photographing children, this continues to be what I am drawn to. Their adventurous spirits, and those eyes taking it all in. These sweet blonde boys kept me on my toes! The reason they are all smiling is because my little guy Jude was telling them “jokes” (the 6-year-old version), and Jesse (the one in the big cover photo) was exploring. Checking out tractors and fire pits, clovers and dandelions. He dove into the tee-pee, rolled around in the pillows, tackle hugged his little brother, and stole the show.