It is that time of month again that I get to team up with some friends that I started this journey with. We get to watch each other grow, challenge one another and support one another. We get to take on new projects and one we have been working on this month is Independence. This is such a strong word and has so much meaning behind it. As I watch my boys grow, I want them to learn and be confident to stand on their own and know that I support them in every experience, growth and choice they make. I will do my best as a mommy to instill the values and morals in which will influence their pathways of life but I want them to learn and know that it is ok to stand alone, to stand up for their feelings and thoughts and to grow as an individual each and every day.  Do your own thing and be your own person!  Please make your way around our circle of awesome photographer friends and see how my talented friend Nadeen has shown Independence this month!



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It’s time for my mid-month blog circle with my fabulous CCC photographer friends. I am so happy to be continuing on this journey with them and so thankful for the friendships that continue to grow. This month we wanted to show motion in our images! Thanks for looking.

These were taken on our yearly trip to Florida to visit my family.  Man, what a blast this year, as always. Cayson loved “surfing” and just had so much fun playing at the beach. The beach NEVER gets old, EVER. The second shot is of my brothers at sunset. They are always quirky and so much fun to be around. I love them dearly!

Also don’t forget to make your away over to my awesome friend Emily to view her share on motion for this month!! Be sure and leave some love around the circle!


Now make your away over to my awesome friend Emily to view her share on motion for this month!! Be sure and leave some love around the circle!

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  • Motion- CCC Blog Circle » Melanie Hood Photography - […] are blogging together and staying connected.  Follow the circle around to see how my friend Courtney Karban photographed […]ReplyCancel

  • nadeen - I could sit by the ocean watching the waves for hours. Love these!ReplyCancel

  • Bria - Great shots, Courtney! Your “surfing” shot is so awesome, it just captures the fun Cayson was having!! And, you’re right, the beach doesn’t EVER get old!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Courtney, these are so much fun! Love them!ReplyCancel

  • Trace - Courtney, what a beautiful capture of Cayson. I love the beach and how you captured him coming in along with the wave of water. That silhouette one below is AH-mazing!ReplyCancel

  • Erin Konrath - Courtney, I adore your captures. I can’t believe how big he is getting. And the silhouette shot is awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - I know you all needed that warmth after the winter you had! These are beautiful, Courtney. I really love the B&W!ReplyCancel

  • Kim S. - Courtney I love everything about that b&w. These shots make me want to head to the beach!ReplyCancel

“Letters To Our Children”.  I love this time of month. There are so many things to say, but where do I start?

My dearest Cayson, in just a few weeks you are going to be 4 years old. I can say that I am saddened, excited and if I am being honest, a little bit scared. There are so many memories that I hold closest to my heart from these last 4 years, that my sadness comes from not wanting to let them go.  At almost 4, you still love to hold my hand and need your mommy for encouragement when you feel reluctant to try something new. At almost 4, you say the cutest things that I record just so I can remember how sweet and innocent you are, despite the fact that you already have the “I know it all” mentality (a trait your dad says you inherited from me…I don’t think he knows what he is talking about. hehe).  The other day when we were playing outside in the dirt piles, like you always LOVE to do, you told me you had to go potty. We were pretty much across the street from our house and I suggested we run back home to go to the bathroom but you had another plan in mind. With all of the construction going on in our neighborhood and bathrooms out on the street for the workers, you insisted that you would use the “quarter” potty really quick. I asked you what you were going to do, just to make sure I heard you right, and again, you said “Mommy, I will just use the quarter potty really quick, ok?” All I could do was smile.

At almost 4, you still have such a big heart and really want to help out any way you can. You love to mow the lawn with daddy, landscape with your own shovel and wheel barrel, fold laundry, put away dishes, organize your toys, vacuum, clean the windows, dust, feed your brother, and most recently take pictures <3!  There is just no limiting what you want to help with whenever you can. It may take mommy and daddy longer to do some of these things than we would like, but we sure love spending the time with you, especially if it makes you happy. I also can’t help but adore the sense of accomplishment just beam from your body when you work hard and finish your task at hand.

At just about 4 years old, you are so impressionable and an observer by nature. You are the one who sits back and takes in all that is around you. Carefully, you process how everyone is doing everything and I believe this is the way you learn. Lately, your favorite movie is the The Sandlot and last week you had your first baseball game. You did so awesome at hitting the ball and playing in the outfield. In fact when it was your turn to play in the outfield you stood there with your glove high in the air. As I sat there watching, I debated if that was something daddy told you to do, then it hit me, you were doing what the little boy “Smalls” on The Sandlot did. It was so cute and I just love that you observed and made the connection of how it worked for him.  Cayson you amaze me everyday with your brain and your stories, your love and your smile. At almost 4, your baby giggle still comes out in your little boy laugh and it just melts my heart.

Beyond 3 there will be new adventures, new friends, and so many new things to learn. I am here with you every step of the way as you create your journey in life. My wish is that you continue to evolve as the fun loving, kind-hearted, caring little man you are. I love that your confidence is growing but hope that you will still always be humble when someone tells you, you are awesome and accepting when they tell you that you are wrong. I believe in all that you are and all that you will become. I am so thankful to be your mommy. I tell you every night that “you are perfect just the way you are” and I always want you to remember that.  I love you sweet baby boy!




If you dare, grab a kleenex (sometimes it is needed) and make your way around our circle to my extremely kind, fun and ever-so-talented friend  Kristen to see her letter this month.

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  • So much love: A letter to my son - Harry Maye Photography - […] Like all my letters, this post is part of a blog circle. Please keep it going by reading Courtney’s letter! […]ReplyCancel

  • Dana Foley - Four is such a great age! Loved learning a little about your sweet boy!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - So wonderful Courtney! Love getting to know your little guy through your words and beautiful images! It is so bittersweet as they grow up, isn’t it?! I just wish I could slow it down!ReplyCancel

  • BRITTNEY - This brought tears to my eyes. How cute!ReplyCancel

I am so ecstatic and honored to be joining a blog circle with some incredibly talented ladies called “Letters to Our Children”. You know all those thoughts you think about your kids CONSTANTLY and only wish they knew how you felt?! Well with this blog circle I can get some of my scattered brain thoughts jotted down for my sweet boys to be able to have one day. This month is going to Canden.



My sweet sweet little love, you have already sprouted so much that everyday I ask you, “when did you get so big?” It seems like just yesterday I was bouncing you on the exercise ball for hours on end just to keep you content. While those times were exhausting, they will always be some of my favorites. There you were, another piece to our family puzzle, our story, our place on this earth. Here you are now, 8 months old.  I am so inevitably excited for more of your “firsts” as you approach your first birthday. Somehow I assumed your firsts would be like your brothers, that you would see the world as he did, but I was so wrong. While all milestones are similar, your interpretation of each step is unique to you and only you. They are YOUR steps, you are your own little being, creating your world. I promise to always be a part of your journey and hope that you will always share your life with your mommy. It brings me so much happiness to experience all of the ordinary miracles that I would otherwise take for granted because of how you see them. It won’t be long before you are walking but I love watching you crawl to chase your brother to play with him. The love between the two of you is incredible to witness first hand. Your face lights up just at the sight of him and you are the first person he wants to hug and kiss when he has been gone all day. I know that you will be the best of friends and share the unconditional love for one another. There are so many things that I love about you and the little man you are becoming.


1. The way you say mummmmmmaaaa and leap from whoever is holding you for me. You want to be with me all the time! <3
2. Your adorable dimples when you smile.
3. Those BABY FEET!!!
4. The way you look up to your brother.
5. Your insanely cute little giggle!! (You think it’s hysterical when your brother is crying and he doesn’t appreciate it too much. )
6. The concentration on your face when discovering something new and figuring out how it fits into your world.
7. Your eyelashes and little button nose.
8. The way you run your fingers through my hair.
9. The way you shove your blankie in your mouth for comfort and just suck on it until you fall asleep.
10. That your favorite toy at the moment is one of your big chunky knob puzzles. It is so fitting because you are constantly figuring out how your discoveries fit into your puzzle of life.

I will always love you for all that you are, no exceptions! You are perfect to me. Even though I am excited for you to grow and experience all life has to offer, I really want to keep you little and hold you as much as I can, for as long as I can. As you grow older, I fear you will need me less, while I will need you more. Canden; you are so strong, determined and lovable. This independence you are gaining is coming faster than you may know, faster than your mommy and daddy are ready for. .

I love you sweet Canden. I’m so in love and thankful to be your mommy and experience your life…. as you fit the pieces together.



Please make your way around the circle, and leave some love, to the talented Cassandra in this months “Letters to our Children.”


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  • Danika - What a sweet little guy <3 I love the sentiments of your letter and the stage you've captured in your shot! Can't wait to read your letter next month 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Court, you are such a good mama! This is beautiful! Brings tears to my eyes as I think about how fast each day goes. I need to start these “letters” to Connor. So sweet! LOVE!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - what a beautiful letter!! almost made me cry because my youngest is already 2<3ReplyCancel

  • elaina mortali - aw this was so sweet to read!!! What a great picture too!ReplyCancel

  • Letters to our children: May » Sunshine Lane Photography - […] I can’t believe it’s time for another blog post in my Letter’s to our Children circle! Here I’m joining with a few fabulous ladies to join our blogs as we share our hearts  – our hopes and dreams and little bits of moments to cherish –  with our little ones. When you are done reading my blog, check out the lovely and talented Courtney Karban Photography. […]ReplyCancel

I was on a quest to photograph a new beginning. With all of the snow, cloudy days and rain here, I had to dig deeper. He is 7 months old and entering the new phase of crawling. With this new beginning comes so many open doors. As I watch him learn, grow, evolve and have a new beginning each day, perspective is captured as to what my true purpose in life is; my boys. I am so lucky to experience and document these new beginnings with him. I love you little love!

Now please follow our circle to my ever so talented friend Ann to see what a new beginning means to her!

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  • Ann - Awww, what a BIG new beginning that is when they start to crawl! I love your take on this Courtney! <3ReplyCancel

  • Melanie H. - Oh how I miss baby toes!! Boys are so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Nadeen - This is so very sweet! I love the perspective, and I cannot believe how big he is getting! Precious!ReplyCancel

  • Bria - How sweet, Courtney!! Learning to crawl is one of my favorite stages! Great shot; I just want to tickle those cute little toesies!ReplyCancel

  • Magda - Simply adorable!!!ReplyCancel