October 3, 2017

Summer Break/School Starts

I didn't think it would take this long to get past settling into life here. For those of you who don't know we moved to Montana....I never would have dreamed Montana but here we are. Our life here is evidence that you never know where life is going to take you.  I don't think I've ever had a plan for my life that has played out the way I thought it would.  It's all just one big adventure that never seems to end.    

We had an amazing summer full of settling and exploring this new place we call home.  We hiked, went swimming in the lake, picked wildflowers, built a shed, had a few picnics, played at the park, went to the zoo, explored Scheels, and tried to teach the dog how to walk without pulling us everywhere she goes.  We did fireworks with some old friends, made new friends,  had our introductions to public school, painted, drew, and made books.  We had two visitors and loved every minute because it doesn't happen every often.  We went to Utah for my family reunion  and went boating with Paul's parents.  I was not ready to be done.  I felt like I had forever and the months went by so fast.  Before I new it I was buying school supplies and new clothes because my little girl grows like a weed.  I had nights of sobbing in the closet because I was unsure if I could let her go off to school.  What was my purpose now.  Yes, she gets home at 2:15 but we have been inseparable since she was a baby.  It took me a long time to finally have that little girl so I was going to hold on to every moment.  

Finding a new purpose is hard....especially when you don't want to.  I ultimately decided that I was going to be involved as much as I could in school and then I would continue with photography and teaching voice lessons.  I don't volunteer in my daughters classroom because I don't want to become this overbearing Mom that can't let go of her child.  Instead, I volunteer in 2nd grade.  The kids call me Mom and are always so excited to give me hugs in the morning.  A lot of them come from difficult backgrounds and need a little extra love.  It has turned out to be exactly what I need.   It feels so good to do something good!

Now that you know my life story over the last few months I'll get back to the purpose of this post.  It's time to get back to photography...I'm ready to edit and take images that speak to me.  So if you're ready for a fall session, a session in your home documenting your day, or cute pictures of your kids in Halloween costumes... let me know.  I'd love to capture the fleeting moments for you.


May 22, 2017

Saying Goodbye

I am so behind in the blogging world.  I just moved across the country and I'm just getting around to having a computer and finishing up some of the shoots I did before leaving Texas. Instead starting where I left off I'm choosing to start where I am...it might be a little less overwhelming.   

It was so hard to say goodbye to Texas.  It has touched my heart and taught me so many things; hard things and good things.   It's going to take some time for me to call Montana home and I'm sure it will take time to forge new relationships.  

I don't know what I would have done without Danielle down the street.  I get misty eyed thinking about all the times she showed up or texted right when I needed it.  She'd take Audrey and watch her when she felt like I needed a break.  She was there for me through the loss of an almost adoption.  She was my shoulder to cry on and truly one of the most loving people I have ever met.  The amazing thing is that I know I'm not the only one who was touched by her acts of kindness.  She reaches out everyday to those around her and I will forever be inspired by her example.  

I love you Danielle!  Thank you for letting me take your family pictures.  

March 29, 2017

Great to be 8

In my church you have the opportunity to be baptized when you are 8.  I remember making the decision myself at that age.  You can read more about that here if you are curious.  I teach these kids almost every Sunday and I love it.  I love that they are ready and willing on Sundays to listen to stories about Jesus Christ and about how they can return to be with him again someday.  

We have a little event where we talk about baptism and eat refreshments and the parents get to talk about their kids.  We decided to take photos of each of them for a display for that evening.  I loved taking part in this and I love these kids with all my heart.  I will miss them!  Happy 8th birthday Y'all!


March 1, 2017

Twins

This morning I took pictures of twins.  It had me thinking about my little sisters who aren't so little anymore.  They were always inseparable and have always had the best relationship.  They may have had their disagreements but in the end they always come back to each other. You can't put a price on a friend like that.  It makes me wish I was a twin all the time.  I hope these little girls stay close like my sisters.  Happy Birthday little ones!

February 22, 2017

The Glass Slippers

This little girl was the cutest.  Sometimes I wish Audrey would just smile at the camera, but I guess you can't get both candid and a child that wants to smile at the camera all the time.  Instead, with my girl it's like I'm pulling her teeth.  I have to be really sneaky about how I get her to smile.  

I love that this little one made everything so easy for me and check out her beautiful dress!  I had to get a picture of all the details because it was so cute.  I secretly wish that I could dress up just like this and have a night out on the town.  I love being a girly girl and I'm glad that Audrey is the same way.  Maybe someday we'll do it together.  :)

February 13, 2017

I Love Babies

The title is true.  I love babies.  There's something about holding something straight from heaven that brings so much peace.

 I also loved spending time with Shannon.  She is such a beautiful person.  I met her sister before I met her and I'm convinced that sweetness runs in the family.  I love them both.  Not to mention that they have the best baby sitters around.  

I'm hoping that I can be just as good as a Mom and just as good as a person.  It may take time.  :)  

February 6, 2017

Valentines Day Mini

I was so excited to do these.  I'm never done a holiday mini session for kids.  I loved every minute of it.  I think that this is where my heart lies.  I love taking pictures of kids.  They seems to be a lot more comfortable in front of a camera.  

As we become adults something about life pushes us down and tells us we're not pretty enough, we're not skinny enough, we don't have the perfect smile, etc.  Everyone has something they don't like about themselves.  When I get down on myself I think about years from now, and how none of it is going to matter.  The most important things to me will be the memories I have made and family. I hope that all of us can look past our flaws and learn to love the differences in ourselves.  

Love others and love yourself.  Make memories and be proud of them no matter how imperfect they are.    


December 6, 2016

Seasons

How could I refuse a shoot in Utah with some of my favorite people.  I love these too and their new doggy addition.  He's so fluffy and so cute!  I miss Utah so much.  You can find a good backdrop anywhere you go.  In the big city it's a little harder.  I miss seasons, especially Fall.  I bet you don't know that Fall has a smell.  It does.  It's funny the kinds of things you pick up on when you've been away for a while; the crunch of the snow when you step on it, how you don't want to sit back in your seat while driving anywhere in the morning because it's so cold!  

Oh, and let's add this one now that I'm a Mom....when your little girl begs you to build a snowman you cringe at the thought knowing how cold you're going to get.  You agree because she deserves to build a snowman once a year and then she gets the stomach flu the day you plan to take her out.  I would say it was a win, but I actually was kind of looking forward to it by the time it came around.  Oh well.  cuddles on the couch watching Disney Jr.  was a good substitute.  :)

November 18, 2016

A Family

My little girl cried today because I told her she couldn't marry her Daddy.  I tried to tell her that he was already taken and that someday she would find a handsome man just him.  Then she let the waterworks loose.  She told me she didn't want to marry someone else! I shouldn't have told her that she would eventually grow up just like me, get married, and move away.  She couldn't handle that.  Through her sobs she told me she never ever wanted to leave her Mom and Dad.  I felt so flattered.  I really wish she could be my baby forever!  She finally settled on getting married, but only when she was ready (wise words) and that she would live with us and her husband.  I smiled as I agreed knowing that someday she wouldn't feel the same way, someday she will be excited to start and new life with someone else. As sad the growing up part makes me, I'm grateful that I get to watch her grow and be there for her through it all.  I love my sweet girl!

I was thinking about this conversation when I photographed this family.  These cute little kids with their grandmother and their parents.  Life happens so quickly, and I'm happy that I have photography to slow it down a little bit.    


November 1, 2016

A Story To Tell

I love this family.  They are some of my dearest friends. Spending a couple hours with them on a Saturday didn't feel like work at all.  I found myself laughing more than not.  I wish I could put a caption on every picture and tell the story that I watched unfold in front of me, but I can't.  

Instead I'll tell you some of my favorite moments.  A little girl who really likes to stick her tongue out at the camera when she knows it's pointed at her.  A little boy who wanted so badly to be playing with his siblings instead of getting his hair done. I also loved the reading stories with Mom and Dad, pillow fights, brush stuck in hair, "here take a bite of my chip", moments.  My favorite might have been when Mom thought her son flipped off his brother.  I might have laughed till tears came to my eyes.  

I love being a photographer!

October 26, 2016

A Windy Day

I love it when I show up to a location and it's completely different than when I visited it a week ago to the day.  Wind and lighting...all of it.  Oh the joys of working with what you have.  I couldn't think of a better family to do it with though.  They are such beautiful people inside and out.  They make me look good.  :)

Speaking of change, I don't deal with it really well.  I could put it on the long list of things that I'm terrified of.  Not all change, just the things that slowly change me into the person I want to become.  Doesn't everyone want to do things the easy way?  Easy is always comfortable.  Hard is always painful at least to some degree.  In the end I should never be afraid of it.  The reward for hard things is always greater.  The joy is always longer lasting.  So here's to change, and doing hard things.  It won't be the last time.  

Above all I want to teach my little one by example that she can do hard things, uncomfortable things, things that she never thought she could do.  

I would tell you about the hard things I'm going to be experiencing over the next year, but that doesn't lend itself to mystery at all.  Doesn't everyone love a mystery?


October 17, 2016

A Box Problem

Paul helped Audrey build a box house months ago. It's been sitting there crowding the play room and to be honest she doesn't play in it unless someone else is at our house. I finally told her that the box was going to get the boot. After all, she has this beautiful tepee that serves the same purpose. I mentioned it in an effort to prepare her. She has a hard time letting go of things that I would consider trash.

Well, this last week I was going through baby clothes and all sorts of things. I had a lot of stuff I was going to get rid of and a bunch of stuff that I was going to throw away. Audrey asked if she could have one of the boxes to draw on. I was happy to give it to her. I knew that she would have hours of fun ahead of her coloring and making the box her own.

Well that box stayed in my living room for days until I couldn't take it anymore and put it upstairs in the playroom. Later that day when I went upstairs to help Audrey clean up. I now had two boxes in my playroom and I couldn't do it. A playroom is for toys...right?  I told her if we kept every box that we wouldn't have any place for her toys anymore.

It will be fun, I said. We'll take pictures of it, I said. You will remember them forever, I said. She agreed. I started taking pictures.  She wanted some of herself playing in the house, and then as I ripped the tape off to take pictures of the inside.  The crying began, and it didn't stop. Mom, I made this with Daddy, she said. I love this house, she said. We can't throw it away, I want to keep it forever, she said. And then my Mom heart couldn't take it anymore. I struck a bargain and we threw away the smaller box and kept the box house. I'm itching to throw it away. For now it's safe, but only because I love this little pumpkin more than anything in the world aside from her Daddy.

Watch your back little box house!

October 10, 2016

Hello Handsome!

This little boy is practically my nephew.  I love him!  There are few places I feel right at home and his Mom's house is one of those places.  I love being there.  There's something about it that makes me feel like I'm in Utah with my own family.  I go and I can let go of all the terrible things that may have happened in the week and spend time with my Texas sister.  

Thank you for letting me snap a few of this little guy while I was visiting!  He truly is a keeper.  


October 10, 2016

A Baby Crush

Is it possible to have a baby crush?  If so, I think I have one on this little guy.  Isn't he so cute?  I don't think it's a coincidence that he has beautiful parents.  Happy Birthday little one!  Thanks for being so sweet.  Oh, and thank you for sharing one of your birthday cupcakes!  It was the best piece chocolaty goodness I've had in a long time.  

I love talking pictures of toddlers.  I wish I could go back in time and take even more of my little girl.  They are just so darn cute and mischievous at this age, and they find interest in the simplest things.  This little guy has a love for the remote and my little girl was the same way.  I have this really fabulous video of her and the remote that I will forever be grateful that I captured.

September 28, 2016

Bama Here We Come!

We went on another trip.  I'm so happy we did. We headed to Alabama a couple weekends ago.  I've been hearing that it has the best beaches within road tripping distance...if you call 8 hours short. :) It was long, but totally worth the hours in the car.

Audrey was a champ and surprisingly we had so much fun on the way there and on the way home. We crossed three states, watched movies, played trivia, searched for ABC's, read books, and talked about life. It was a much needed break after begin through so much together in the last couple months.

When we got there we were all so excited to head to the beach in the morning. Instead we welcomed a lot of rain. We were a little bummed, but it was fun to visit the local Ron Jon and other random surf shops. In the afternoon we got a short break in the rain and spent an hour at the beach before we got poured on. I had to take a mental picture of the moment in my mind because it was kind of hilarious. Everyone around us were huddled under their big umbrellas looking at us like we were crazy. We didn't have much, so we were scrambling to get everything picked up while we were getting slammed with water. We were dripping by the time we got back to the hotel.

That evening I had reserved a sunset dolphin cruise. It wasn't exactly what I had imagined but it was worth every penny. I guess in my mind I pictured a Sea World Dolphin show in the wild...kind of sounds stupid now. :) We got to see so many dolphins. Their fins would poke out of the water every now and then and toward the end of our trip we got to see a few baby dolphins play with each other, which was exactly what I was hoping for. The captain of the boat was so nice to Audrey and let her drive the boat. Audrey felt like she was sailing the never seas with her crew and she was Jake.The whole experience was priceless and the bay was beautiful!

The next day I was determined to have a beach day. I bought a really big beach umbrella and we spent almost the entire day at the beach. It rain a little bit, but over all, was a really nice day. Audrey gathered a bucket of sea shells, she made a sand castle, we had lunch on the beach, we swam in the ocean, and had a good time on the boogie board. It was the kind of fun that makes you never want to leave a place.

Audrey learned what salt water tastes like and that sand starts to hurt your unmentionables when you've been sitting in it all day.

We went out to eat, we had late night ice cream runs, we bought cheesecake from the iconic cheesecake bakery, we watched a couple hallmark movies, and saw the hotel's pet alligator. It was sad to say goodbye to the ocean.Someday we'll go back, and next time I'll stay a couple more days.

September 20, 2016

6 Months

I took newborn photos for this little lady.  I can't believe she's already six months old!  She was so funny.  Every time I put the camera up to take a photo she gave me a serious face.  I wish I had a video camera behind me to document her wide grin to serious face. We had a good laugh.  Can't wait for one year photos!  


September 12, 2016

Road Trip

We decided to take a spontaneous trip to Austin a week ago.  I love road trips.  There's something about the road extending out in front of you forever, listening to tunes, eating junk food, and playing the ABC game.  

Unfortunately Labor Day weekend was probably not the best time.  I may never take a vacation on a holiday again.  A lot of traffic, hard to find parking spots, and no vacancies all made for a very eventful trip.  We did enjoy so many things about the trip though, and I'm so glad we took the chance to go.  I love making memories with this little family of mine.  

While we were there we visited this little park with hiking trails and peacocks.  It was so beautiful and the weather was perfect.  I couldn't have asked for a better morning.


September 5, 2016

Baby Boy

This is the first time in a long time that I have taken pictures of a baby boy. He was so sweet.  I might try to change my daughters mind on a baby sister.  She's been telling me for two years now that she's going to get a baby sister someday, but a baby brother sounds so fun.  What can I say I'm a sucker for bow ties and little ball caps, little trucks and race cars.  I'm sure my husband would love nothing more than to have a little mini me running around.  :)  Someday.  

Here are just a few of the beautiful baby boy for your viewing pleasure.  

 

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