The Siders | Family | Manhattan, KS | Rose Wheat Photography

I've been photographing the Siders family for few years now, covering Sarah's maternity session, John's baby photos, and a handful of family shots as they've grown and developed. Last month I got yet another opportunity to photograph them, with the present milestone being little John's second birthday this past November. That, and this little man was going to be granted a haircut post session (even if it didn't happen for a couple weeks), which is kind of a big deal when you've never had a haircut before. Let me tell you, this little dude went from a free-spirited flower child to a straight-edged dapper dan. I can't say he necessarily lost his free-spirit, but it was certainly a 180. Sorry I can't provide you with documentation, but I can, most certainly, show you the before, coupled with all the quirky happiness of his parents. They're a beautiful set, and I hope you enjoy staring at their shining faces as much as I enjoyed shooting them.


Not only is Sarah a rockin' mom, pastor's wife, and social worker, but she's a phenom in the writing department. She posts her most recent musings over at

Sarah Siders, her personal blog



Josh is both father and pastor, check out his teachings and find out more about

The Well



We let John run free for a moment, so I could snag a couple shots of the two of them as a couple. It's easily over-looked during family sessions, but it's one of my favorite things to shoot. Professional photos as a pair doesn't happen often once kiddos come along, so I leap at the opportunity to give them something extra from their session.