On This Day 2 Years Ago

On this day last year, my ❤ proposed!

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He waited until the sun was almost all the way down before popping the question – the suspense was insane! I had a really good feeling this was coming, just like I did 2 days before when we went on a helicopter tour of Kansas City. The entire time we were circling KC, I could hardly breathe from excitement, thinking this is it!. Nope! When I told him this after he proposed, his response was “gotta keep you on your toes”. I gotta say, it worked 🙂

My life changed for the better 2 years ago and I’m so happy it did!

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New Opportunities and Favorite Memories

I have totally neglected my website as of late and I feel terrible! I have good reason, though:

I’m a nanny! This is my first week caring for the cute kiddos, so I’ve been trying to fall into a routine. I get to hang out with a toddler all day and read Frozen books, swing, color and decipher babble. 😉

I’m also a fresh part of a really cool new app called KKTalkee, which helps people in China learn better English through live video broadcasting. Basically, I deliver a bunch of content and then answer any questions and encourage them to speak. I’m really loving this because those who know me well know I’m a total stickler for grammar and spelling, and I’m also following in my grandma’s teaching footsteps – just in a modern way.

It’s been a week of firsts! Glad to have the nerves shaken off and ready to grind 🙂

When Moo.com has a sale, I always take advantage. It seems like these sales happen right as I’m running out of business cards – win! Anyways, I was taking advantage of this sale last night, which meant perusing my photo catalog to pick out my favorite photos from the last few months, so I can print them onto my new set of business cards. It sounds silly but I hardly ever look back at my work, so going through all of these photos totally brought back memories. And made me homesick.

In no particular order, here are a few of my favorites from last fall:

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Seriously missing Clair and our pho dates. Nobody understands my obsession with Cilantro like this beauty.
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Are they the absolute cutest or what?!
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This is hands down one of my absolute favorite shoots, ever. I had so much fun documenting their love. I don’t think they could be anymore photogenic!
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There are so many amazing shots from this session, it was incredibly hard to narrow it down even this much!
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Can you tell I love sun flares?
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There are few things in this world that bring more joy than teaching one of your favorite things to a group of young ladies who are dedicated and determined. Oh, and absolutely hysterical. This is the 2015 RHS Varsity team. Shout-out to my JV & JV2 girls also ❤
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I could do an entire pack of cards with just volleyball action shots (like I did last time). Hard work pays off and it shows.
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These ladies also clean up pretty darn well 🙂 Kadyn asked me to take her senior photos and they turned out beautifully, with her bubbly personality shining right through!
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Speaking of seniors, my brother is one and graduates in a few months! WHAT?! Time seriously flies, people.
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What happened to the little cutie playing rec basketball? He’s 6’4″ now, an entire foot taller than me. It is so cool, yet so weird, watching siblings grow up.
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Kassidy and Kate are the cutest sisters ever. We had a ton of fun during this shoot!
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Sisters by birth, friends by choice, together for infinity.

 

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This is easily my favorite photo from their photoshoot. I don’t know what it is about this one but I just love it.
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Last but not least, this little ham! I’ve been taking his photos since he was about 3 months old. It was so special for me to be able to see him grow and to document it. I even got his first steps!

I think I’ll look back through my work more often. This was just what I needed to cure my homesickness ❤ I can’t wait to start networking here so I can get some more amazing clients!

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Throwing it back to the beginning of October, when I photographed these two love birds. This is still one of my favorite sessions ever – the happiness is just oozing from them and we got so lucky with the weather!

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Freezing Time

When I think about it, my job is really to freeze time. To capture a fleeting moment that we’ll never get back, and then turn it into a memory that we can relive over and over. I had plenty of opportunities for just that with Clair and Hayden, so here are some more of my favorite moments frozen in time.

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Their love is absolutely tangible. Don’t these just make your heart smile?

Baby Carter’s Sneak Peek

Remember these newlyweds?

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They’re expecting! AudreyAnn will be here in early January.

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Little things like this really make me love my job:

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They still have a few months to wait, but these love birds are so excited to meet their little one!

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January 2nd can’t come soon enough!

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Am I crazy or do these two look like professional models?

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I hardly had to direct these love birds – they couldn’t keep their hands off one another and are insanely photogenic to begin with.

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Absolutely no fake smiles here!

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And don’t even get me started on their dancing!

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(I love that the cement in these shots looks like glittering gold.)

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Everything about this session went perfectly, especially the weather! Thank you, Oregon, for cooperating 🙂

More of Clair and Hayden to come! I’ve also got a maternity shoot today, and the second half of Kadyn’s senior photos. So many fun, fall photoshoots!

What a perfect Saturday evening!

Clair and I have been planning this photoshoot for over a month now, and it totally surpassed my hopes! These two decided to go off the grid for a month and communicated only through hand-written letters (awww!). Here’s their first look.

 After Clair hid in the bushes, I directed Hayden to his spot and then brought Clair out to join him.

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Hayden read Clair the last of sweet letters he wrote her, hand delivered this time.

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And then finally, hugs ❤

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Lots and lots and LOTS of hugs!

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Neither of them could stop smiling. Heck, my cheeks hurt too from their contagious happiness!

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We got some incredible shots tonight – this is just the beginning! I can’t wait to share more tomorrow 🙂