After much begging and pleading, I took my two oldest boys to see the new Avengers Endgame movie. I’m not super hyped on the Marvel movies. Don’t get me wrong. They’re super fun, but I can wait for them to get on VUDU to watch on my couch. My boys, on the otherhand, would not have that, and so I took them last week with not much excitement to see it. I was wrong.Read More
“When we cultivate a mood of calm repose in our homes, we are scooping out a space of reflection and wonder, for contemplation and reverie. Our children are exposed to incessant commotion in the world that exists beyond our walls. Let home be the place where they can find the peace and quiet to make sense of it all.”Read More
Kids are wonderful little people to photograph. They have their unique quirks, big emotions, and endless supply of energy. It’s very simple to take a quick portrait shot of children, having them smile at the camera, and call it a day. Yet, I like to go beyond that. I simply do one basic thing; I talk to them. I talk before I start firing away. I try to see what their interests are, and I try my best to be genuinely interested. Nothing makes a little one happier than realizing that someone is listening to them, and showing an interest in their little joys.Read More
I went to Deer Springs Park with my sweet fellow mama friend and her kids. The spring weather was beautiful amidst the crazy winds that come with it. That day, we were blessed with a gentle breeze. I noticed the trees there, and how much they had grown since I first came to this park years ago. They were begging to be climbed.Read More
Three things about me:
Wind. I love the wind. I live in a desert valley, and experience wind throughout the year. Not the horrendous strong winds that we get, but the soft windy days that make the trees come alive.
The more mobile my daughter gets, the more she is on a warpath to destroy, leaving a trail of items all over the home. My bottom dresser drawers are constantly being emptied onto the floor. Sometimes, I just can’t get to all of the messes, as someone always needs something from Mom. That saying of cleaning a home with kids is like shoveling snow while it’s snowing…so very true!Read More
It’s Friday! That used to mean big party plans when I was in college, but as a mom now, it just means cookies and movie night with my kiddos.
I’m going to share three things about me on Fridays. I just thought it would be fun:)Read More
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”Read More
I have something wonderful to share with you today. When I’m not taking pictures, I love to play piano and compose songs. Granted, I haven’t composed any new songs in a long time due to the busyness of mothering, but I was blessed last December to compose a song. It’s a song that was inspired by the suicide epidemic that is plaguing our world today. So much sadness in precious souls ending their lives.Read More
I am so blessed to photography such beautiful friends. This is Sarah, and she loves her family very much. I've been lucky to do pictures for her for quite some time. She wanted to do a session with just her children, a tender 'mommy and me' shoot. I think those shoots are so important and sometimes forgotten. This was a celebration of life and savoring those loved ones in your life. I'm so glad she did this, and I'm so grateful to document this time in her life.
This little girl just melted my heart. She's so darling in her little outfit from Little Lorraine Co! You must check this site out. I had to move fast, as she wasn't too thrilled to stand alone for a quick shot. I improvised and had her stand in front of her mama, holding her hand tenderly. It helped calm her little heart, and I took a few shots as fast as I could, which is how you work with very little ones. I just love this:)
Hello, there! Last week, I was blessed to do 'school pictures' for my homeschool group. I was able to play around with my beautiful friend Nichole and her kids for some tender shots. She is such a loving mother with a rambunctious clan of boys and one girl. She's busy, loving, and a blessing to me. I love this moment with her son so much. Have a beautiful week, everyone!
My dear friend Janna from my home school group is moving, sadness for me, and wanted some family pictures done in her home before they say goodbye to it. It's hard to leave a home that you've lived in for 9 years. It's a part of you. Well, they have put their heart and soul into this home, and have a beautiful garden that I constantly drool over. It was such a treat and privilege for me to serve them through pictures. I'm so thankful. Here's a few for now, and will post more soon!
On every family photo session, I always think it's important to get an updated 'engagement' picture for Mom and Dad. Such a treasure!
Let's take a moment and enjoy some beautiful morning sun spilling into our hearts. The joys of a girl in her pajamas waking up to play with the flowers. Another test shot from my new Fujifilm TX20 camera. Have a beautiful week!
Hello, friends! My curiosity over mirrorless cameras was peaked recently, and I began researching like a mad woman, gaining lots of insight on this 'mirrorless revolution'. So many pros about these cameras being lighter in size and weight than DSLRS, yet delivering just as beautiful images, to which made me think 'Oh, really?'. Well, I was blessed to sell some old camera gear, and purchase a Fujifilm xT20 with a 35mm 1.4 lens, equivalent to the great 50mm lens on Canon. Now, the learning exploration truly begins.
I have no intention of leaving behind my Canon DSLR and lenses, but I'm intrigued to dabble with this new little friend, and see what it can deliver. I have questions; how is the bokeh on the Fuji lenses? Do they match up to the wonder of 85 1.2 lens, and other portrait lenses? How are the colors coming out of the pictures? Is it really worth it to leave DSLRs and go with mirrorless? Only time playing with this camera will tell, but it's fun to have something light and small to travel with and document more of every day life.
I had my first photo session with the Fuji camera with my daughter in the early hours of the morning, the best weather in hot Las Vegas summers. I'm exploring different ways to edit color, trying to find what makes my heart sing. I used a VSCO filter here, and I love the softness of this image. Soft focus, soft colors, everything.
Looking at the final result, this pictures speaks to me. First off, I love that my girl adores flowers and being tender with nature. When I look at this, I am reminded how important it is to slow down and notice the world around me. Take time to see and touch flowers, to hear a bird singing its morning praises to the rising sun, to see the light filtering through the leaves of a tree. All these things remind me how important it is to be alive, and how blessed I am to have another day here on earth. There's a wonderful song by Avi Kaplan called "Quarter Past Four" that has a beautiful line:
Thankful every day I get to rise again
When my eyes start to open as the sunlight warms my skin
That just sums up everything I feel! Just simple and beautiful. Go and explore the world in some small way today.
My beautiful friend, who is growing up into a lovely young woman. I've been so lucky to take her pictures now for some time. It's always humbling to me on each photo session, as I see the growth and think about how my own children are growing fast. Time just goes by too quickly. Hooray for pictures that can save a moment a little longer for us to treasure.
Nothing like getting a picture with your best friend out in the beautiful mountains! Mt Charleston sure is a great place to go in the fall for a photo session. These girls dressed so darling:)
A few more from Janna's family photo session. She dressed her family amazing! Love when a family comes together for a historic picture that will last forever. I also love the times when they are not looking at the camera, but reflecting in a peaceful moment. This makes my heart sing:)
This is Janna, and I just think she is wonderful. Every time I shop at Costco, I see her working hard in the customer service department. She always has a smile on her face, and is working kindly with everyone. Customer service is not always the most fun place to be, but she inspires me with her loving example. She loves her family so much. She is beautiful, and I'm so thankful I got to do a photo session for her:)
I cannot even begin to describe how blessed I was to be apart of this photo shoot. This is my dear friend Kamey and her fun loving family. This was a reunion of mother, sisters and friends. Laughter and tenderness everywhere, and just being goofballs, too:) I loved this day.