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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Thanksgiving has always been a special time of year for me because of my Grandma Jessie. She was born on the 22nd of November 1920. We went to her house nearly every Thanksgiving growing up, surrounding by Aunts and Uncles, Cousins and dogs! I don’t think my Grandma ever had fewer than 3 dogs at a time! Being a new dog-owner, I don’t know how she did it! ;)

Anyhow I hope you don’t mind this break from the photography posts to have a decor post! It makes me happy to beautify my world! I like to add to my decor piece by piece. I love how rooms evolve, and holidays evolve. I especially love when the decor holds meaning. I have always loved Sunflowers! They are amazing botanical creations, sunflowers not only look like the sun…they follow it. They follow the light, and that’s what I try to do in my life as well! You might notice a general color trend in all my decor – Turquoise! It’s not just cause it’s a fashionable color this season. It’s because of where I was born – Taos, New Mexico – and a bit of my own heritage. Being so close to a pueblo, we had a lot of the Native American culture growing up (plus I am 1/8th Native!), so turquoise was everywhere! So I’ve just always kept that in my life and home! Both my husband’s grandmother and my Grandma Jessie, loved owls. The wooden owl seen here my husband brought back from England for his Grandma Athalee. When she passed on, he kept it to remember her by. It usually resides in our curio cabinet, protected from the kids! But I thought it should come out and bless us with remembrance! The two white porcelain owls on either side are a new addition this year, in honor of my Grandma Jesse. The “Give Thanks” banner I made years ago with a group of girls from Activity Days with our previous ward (LDS congregation) in Provo.

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When we moved into this house we started a new Thanksgiving tradition; Our Gratitude Tree! We all write the things we are grateful for on leaves. While the trees are going bare outside, we fill ours up inside! The kids love it! And I’ve definitely seen a change in the things they are grateful for, it started out with toys and video games and lately reflects more on the Savior and His gifts to us! it’s a tradition I hope to always continue and I hope my children will continue it in their homes as well!

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I hope each of you hold close those that matter this holiday season. Take time to tell them you care. Happy Thanksgiving!

O-R Family Session

November 14, 2014 at 11:28 am

Talk about being encircled by Fall! This mom wanted a session done with just her and her daughters. She told me about this amazing location and I absolutely fell in love with it’s bright fall colors!! I love how these came out and how much fun it was working with these lovely ladies!

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By the way – the mom is in purple….I know it’s hard to tell! ;)

B Family Session + Extended Session

November 14, 2014 at 11:14 am

I was pretty excited and honored when my friend contacted me and told me that they were coming in from Texas for a wedding and wanted me to take their family portraits! I worked with her years ago before they moved away and it was really fun seeing her again especially meeting her two youngest for the first time! This session developed from a regular outdoor session into an extended family session, when her in-laws heard they were getting their portraits taken! Even though the weekend would be full of pictures due to the fact that one of the siblings was getting married! They wanted a family portrait with everyone for their wall…without a wedding dress in it! It’s always a perfect time for an extended family session when everyone is in town at the same time!

This session was pretty magical, especially once the deer came for a visit! I love this location because of that!

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As I’ve always said, everyone should have a great portrait of their parents (grandparents)!

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J Family Super Session

November 11, 2014 at 4:19 pm

This family may look a little familiar if you’ve been following along. I had the pleasure of taking their extended family pictures earlier this summer. They had a great idea for their session, they opted for a wardrobe change: Superheros! There’s a special little man in this family who really is a Superhero – or more so a HydroHero!

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Little T was born with Dandy Walker Syndrome which causes Hydrocephalus. It’s surprising that DW isn’t more well-known since it’s, unfortunately, not very rare. Every 1 out of 2,500 births are diagnosed with DW. They have a saying on their website that says “That’s A Lot When Your Kid’s the One.” Please take a moment to read about these syndromes and donate to it’s cause if you can! There’s no cure…yet!

I know T has his bad days (what kid doesn’t), but this kid sure knows how to enjoy life with such passion and exuberance! This kid loves The Price is Right and seems to have about 5 times more energy than the average 4 year old! His siblings are such peaches when playing with him. His parents…complete angels! This is one “Super” Family!

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Mrs. J’s Maternity Session

November 10, 2014 at 9:23 pm

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I loved this session and my subject! After all, she is family! This is my husband’s cousin; she is amazing! I was super excited when she told me how she wanted to take her maternity pictures! She has been dancing informally since 4, and her formal training started at 12. She currently is a teacher, but ballet is still a big part of her life, so naturally she wanted to take her maternity pictures “en pointe!” I was more than happy to oblige! The results are breathtaking, if I do say so myself!

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Miss A Portrait Session

November 10, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Sweet Miss A turned 3 months not long ago and I had the opportunity to take her sweet pictures! You may recognize her as a dragon from The B Family Portrait Session. This family is always up for an adventure and Miss A is following suit and fitting in quite well! Careful, proceed with caution, it’s easy to get lost in those big, beautiful brown eyes!

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The B Family Themed Session

October 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

I love when my clients give me a challenge! When Mrs. B said they want to do a themed session in their costumes, I was super excited but knew that it had to be in the right setting! Their costumes: How to Train Your Dragon! I loved the idea! So a city scape wouldn’t really work in this situation. And we had already used the amphitheater rock background in their last session a couple years ago when they dressed up in their armor (Check that session out here!) So, here they are: vikings and dragons – and super cute dragons at that!

Challenge Accepted, Challenge Conquered!

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The M Kids

October 21, 2014 at 3:38 pm

This year I found a most wonderful field of long grass; just see for yourself. The day was amazing with storms rolling in the background. These kids are perfect subjects for this backdrop! Don’t you agree!? Mr O turned the big 1 and it was a great time to have an awesome session of these gorgeous kids!! This is my new favorite spot and I’m going to try and get our own family portraits taken here too! But that’s another blog post!

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Halloween Spirit

October 21, 2014 at 2:57 pm

In getting into the Halloween Spirit, I thought I’d share my mantel – which is another name for my shelf since I don’t have a fireplace in this house. It’s the one place I know that I can safely decorate without the baby getting to it! It’s probably our family’s most favorite holiday! My husband was born near Halloween so it’s always been his favorite! And actually he drew the pumpkin man in the center of the display when he was a kid! I framed it years ago and just adore it! Every year I change things up or add a new piece but that is constant! Anyone else find it a difficult balance to decorate creepily yet not scar the kids?! See the little green doll? My mom gave me a bunch of toys from when I was a baby…that was one of them. I want to look at it and remember all the great times and happy moments my family gave me…but years of scary movies overrides those happy memories and the closing/opening eyes just creeps me out! So I figured its new home was with our halloween decorations.

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This year’s new addition is this cute Halloween Subway Art by eighteen25. It’s a free printable and comes in different colors or just black & white. I scaled mine down to save on space but it will print as large as a 16×20!

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Happy Halloween to all you and your monsters, big and small!!

The D Extended Family Session

October 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm

The D family was referred to me by another client, it’s her family actually! They were a blast to work with! There was Grandma, Grandpa, 4 Adult Children + Spouses and 16 Grandchildren, which included one set of triplets! It was fun – I really mean that! I haven’t laughed so much at a session! Smiles were all around and easy to catch!

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