Oh how I love love love this session. Mom wanted a session with these two adorable girls in their ballet outfits, so we decided to combine the sweet and soft femininity of ballet with the hard edginess of the downtown urban area. They had so much fun dancing around and showing me all the different poses they had learned in class! Inanna and Lakshmi are such beautiful little girls, and I so look forward to our next session!
I know that it's still October, and we haven't even gotten through Halloween or Thanksgiving yet, but we all know that the winter holidays will be here in the blink of an eye. So, it's time to start thinking about family pictures and Holiday greeting cards!
I will be doing 1 day of Holiday Minis this year, on November 8th.
These are short and sweet sessions that last 20 minutes.
You will receive 5 images to choose from, 25 holiday cards, and an online ordering gallery.
Each session spot is good for up to 4 people.
The exact location will be given out on November 3rd.
Full payment is due at the time of booking to reserve your spot.
There is a very limited number of time spots available, so please do not hesitate to grab yours before they're gone!
As a Photographer, I spend most of my time looking at life through a viewfinder. Whether I am capturing the special moments and milestones in the life of a client or friend, or I'm catching that amazing shot as my son scores another goal for his soccer team, I see it through my camera. I am behind the camera so often, watching this amazing life around me and trying to preserve all these special days, that sometimes I forgot to make sure I'm actually a part of those memories being made.
One day, in 20 or 30 years, my grandchildren will be going through our photo albums, looking at all the pictures of a time before them.
They will see my son having fun on a skateboard at the park.
They will see my oldest daughter playing on her cello for all the neighbors to hear.
They will find images of my youngest two girls splashing about in a puddle of water as the rain falls down around them.
They will even find pictures of my husband, surrounded by all of our children, curled up on the couch, reading together.
But where am I in all these moments? I was there of course, taking the pictures, making sure those little moments live on forever.
But is that enough? Is it enough that I was there, camera in hand?
No, not really.
So, I am making a conscious effort to remember to be a part of those captured memories I so cherish.
I remind myself that my children do not care that I feel those extra 10 (or 30) pounds makes me look awful on camera. They do not care that my hair is a mess, or I have no makeup on, or even about that stress pimple in the middle of my forehead.
They only care that I am there, with them, loving them, laughing with them, and being a part of their lives.
I remind myself that my camera has a timer for a reason.
And so, I will use it. And I will get in front of the camera.
It's been a year since I had adorable twins Knox and Kruz in front of my camera, but their session is still one of my favorites ever! These two sweet guys had me moving all over the place and laughing nonstop. I know they keep mom on her toes!
There's this beautiful redheaded girl I know.
She is two weeks shy of being 13, but she seems worlds older.
She's smart, funny, and crazy talented at just about everything she does.
I'm insanely lucky, because I get to call her daughter, and I get to watch her interests and talents grow as she does.
This year, she joined Orchestra, and now, she plays the Cello. And I can not think of an instrument better suited for her. ♥
Time for a little Throwback Thursday!
It's so hard for me to believe it's been almost 2 years already since I first photographed Angel and Dustin. They were so much fun! They obviously adore each other, and have such a silly, quirky sense of humor. Easily one of my favorite couple's sessions ever! And now, they're expecting their first baby! I'm sure they're going to be such fun parents. ♥
When I was 5 years old, I loved to sing, and dance, and draw, and do things that most 5 year old little girls love to do. I also wanted to grow up to be a pink flamingo. No, that's not code for some kind of weird dancer or showgirl. I wanted to be a bird. I practiced standing on one leg every chance I got. My favorite color was pink. And the only pair of jeans I would wear during that time had little rollerskating pink flamingos on the back pockets. Because the flamingos made them more comfortable, right?
Today, I still love to sing, and dance, and draw, and do things that most 27 year old girls love to do. I'm also still pretty in love with pink flamingos. While I may not have been able to grow up to be one of the beautiful, awkwardly elegant birds, I can still surround myself with their awesomeness.
And lucky for me, I have a pretty amazing husband, and four pretty amazing kids who support my love of the roseate feathered fowl. Any stuffed pink flamingo found is immediately bought and gifted to my ever growing collection. Necklaces, drawings, wire figurines. My first tattoo even, a small flamingo on the upper left part of my back.
I can't say what it is about these blush-colored birdies that I find so intriguing in comparison to any other avian creature, but there is something special there. ♥
So, there's this boy.
He's 11 years old, he wears his hair long, loves classic rock, cats, and soccer, and he has an amazing sense of humor.
He's kindhearted, sensitive to the feelings of others, and will talk your ear off, if given the chance. He loves his video games, as most preteen boys do, but he is just as happy to curl up and spend the day reading through a stack of books.
He hates being in front of the camera, but when he smiles, it makes his eyes light up, and you just want to smile with him.
He likes his blackberries and strawberries sprinkled with just a little sugar, and he could eat hamburgers every day.
He's going to grow up to be an amazing man one day, but for now, he still likes to be tucked in and kissed goodnight (2 kisses and 2 hugs for every year old he is).
And the most important thing?
He calls me mom.
And that makes my whole world.