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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!






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!


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.


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!


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!

IMG_2202 IMG_2271 IMG_2309 IMG_2382 IMG_2412Smiles came easy, when Moms and Dads were holding babies, but what happens when you need to get a shot of them with just Grandma and Grandpa and there’s 16 of them?! The older ones certainly helped, and to get them looking…..we had a little help behind the scenes! If you were to put sound to this it would go a little something like: “The wheels on the bus go round and round YAY!”
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Don’t let your hard work go unnoticed!

October 1, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Contact me soon to schedule a time to capture your little ghouls and goblins. We can do a Petite Session at a discounted rate or a full session. And depending on their costumes we could really have some fun with capturing them in the same environment as the costumes represent!


Mr A’s Smash Cake Session

September 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm

This was the first Smash Cake Session I have done, it’s only appropriate that it was for my own little guy! I planned on having a professional make the cake for us, but funds were running low and I just couldn’t justify spending $40 on a gorgeous cake that my baby was just going to smash up! Plus, it’s full of sugar that he doesn’t really need right?! He ADORES watermelon and I had thought at one point to sub a watermelon in the place of a cake. Though the more I thought about it….I was worried that it wouldn’t have the same impact, or that the watermelon wouldn’t be easily grabbed at, then he’d lose patience and the shoot would be over. That kids LOVES food and if it’s in front of him and not getting in his mouth one way or another, he certainly lets the world know he is unhappy! I mean look at that chunk!! It takes a lot to maintain it! So I ended up with a cake after all. Maceys Groceries actually will make free 5″ cakes for your 1 yr old! They will decorate it though, which was great but I wanted a certain color theme. My little guy loves the color orange so I wanted an orange and blue theme. In came my mother-in-law to the rescue! She makes amazing cakes for each of our birthdays. I didn’t want to ask her to make it because she was getting ready for a songwriter’s conference in Ohio. But she volunteered to make the fondant dots for me and put them on and even added a layer!! (Awww! Sweet lady! She’s the greatest Mother-in-law ever! I’m very lucky!)

Cake = Check, 1-year = Check, Photographer = Check! Venue….I was nervous enough about having to clean up a baby from all the cake…cleaning cake out of my carpet just didn’t seem fun! My studio flooring might get stained. Shower curtain? Perhaps….but I thought with these gorgeous days why not just do it outside! So we found this great little spot with this whimsical hill in the background! And the following is what we got from all that! The cute plush props and hat were given to my baby from his Auntie in NM! I just LOVE the little plush camera! It’s perfect!

I definitely had a blast with the Smash Cake session! I adore my kiddos!


J Family Portraits

September 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm

I love meeting new people and getting to know them and their families! I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful family this week! They all were so fun to work with. I very rarely get to work with teens, but they were so awesome to work with! One little highlight of this session was that they brought their dog, Mia! She was a peach! But didn’t like when we took pictures without her! The light was absolutely gorgeous throughout this entire session! I really look forward to working with this great family again!



A Family Portraits

September 4, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I’ve said it before; one of the best compliments you can give me is to keep coming back to me for your family portraits! And I am honored to be able to provide this beautiful family with their portraits again! It’s so fun to see these kids getting bigger and bigger every time we get together!


Fall Petite Portrait Promotion

August 26, 2014 at 10:46 am

HappyfallIt’s getting to be that time again! Crisp air,  leaves turning, bon fires, and getting beautiful family portraits of your kids to offset those boring stick-straight school pictures that will be coming home. Did you know that you can opt just to get the class photo and NOT buy the packages? That’s what we do! That way we don’t end up with 30 wallet-sized and 17 5x7s that we have no idea who else to give one to once we’ve given them to the grandparents?  I don’t mean to take away sales from those hearty souls who forge their way into the schools and somehow get 200+ students through their shutters. Well, actually, let’s be honest, that’s exactly what I’m trying to do….and for good reason! For YOU and your family’s sake! To provide you with beautiful portraits for your walls, both physical and virtual! To help you with the cost of life and living I’m holding my Fall Petite Portrait Promotion! Space is limited and this is only happening 1 day so schedule soon! If this date doesn’t work for you or if you would like a full session, contact me and I can set up another time for you!


Mr M turns 7!

August 22, 2014 at 11:15 am

I literally bawled when I found out I was having a boy! I didn’t think it was possible! My mom only had girls, and my sister only had girls, most of my cousins are all girls and they’ve also mostly had girls. So there are few boys in our family. I was ELATED to have a little boy! He’s been my koala-baby, my video game enthusiast and my bug/rock collector! He’s my blue-eyed wonder and my karate master!

From Newborn to Age 7