Mom’s Day

HAPPY MOM’S DAY!

In celebration of moms across the universe, here are my favorite shots of the incredible moms I’ve had the privilege of photographing. Happy Mother’s Day to each and every one of you ‚̧

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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. ūüėČ

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā 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!

Uzi The Presa Pup

First off, shout out to Abby for opening her home to Bobby and I ‚̧ She’s been amazing letting us stay with her and her pup, Uzi!

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I can’t get enough of this face.

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Uzi is a 9-month old Presa Canario puppy, full of energy and so much personality!

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She weighs about 70 pounds already, so you can imagine how huge she will be. Just look at those paws!

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Bobby and I have been spoiling her rotten with love and play time. I think we need a puppy of our own! ‚̧

The Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching! I absolutely love this time of year, but it seems like every year it’s¬†harder and harder to get excited for this special time – what with all the huge corporate¬†sales, celebrations starting before Halloween and the ever-increasing pressure to spend even more money. It’s absolute insanity. I decided to write this post as a reality check for myself: to remember the real reasons my family celebrates the holidays.

‘Tis the season..

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To celebrate family & friends,

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To introduce new additions to our old traditions,

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To watch the amazement and wonder in a child’s eyes,

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To decorate a tree with new memories,

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For giving gifts of time, love, laughter and peace.

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‘Tis the season¬†for tradition and family, holding your loved ones close, celebrating the little things and remembering where you came from. This holds especially true for me this year, being away from family during the holidays for the first time. But it’s time for new traditions.

What do the holidays mean to you?

Turning Dreams Into Reality

I came across this nugget of inspiration on Facebook this morning.¬†It really hits home, so I thought I’d share it with you.

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When I realized I wanted to be a photographer and then shared these dreams with friends and family or anyone who asked, I heard every word on that wall, every which-way you can read it. For every person who told me my dreams were in reach, there was another negative voice there to tell me they were worthless:

“You need a¬†real degree!”

“What if you can’t pull it off? What are you going to do then?”

“Don’t you have a backup plan, like nursing? Nursing will¬†always be needed.”

The best reactions were the back-handed compliments meant to make me feel guilty:

“You’re too smart for photography, why don’t you do something useful with your life, like practicing law?”

“Women have ample opportunities these days! You’re wasting it away to be a starving artist!”

“You graduated with honors! Any university would be lucky to have you!”

I’d be lying if I said those words didn’t affect me. My first year of college was tainted with these questions that made¬†me second-guess myself and my dreams, my passion. Did I make the right choice? Can I actually, really,¬†honestly, do this?

I had an “a-ha!” moment when my uncle, who also photographs for a living,¬†told me I wasn’t a¬†“real” photographer because I hadn’t taken some BS online test that “certifies” one is legitimate. I was shocked and absolutely broken. The rest of my family and my closest friends supported me, pulling me out of that dark place¬†where confidence doesn’t exist. After emerging far enough to remember that I don’t take “no” for an answer, and realizing how utterly pissed off I was,¬†I hustled forward more determined than before.

Why should I care about the opinions of the ignorant, the disbelievers? I knew right then that what I am doing is exactly what I should be doing, what I was meant to do, and what I will continue to do – despite what anyone says – because I love what I do.

Eleanor Roosevelt said it best:

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Throwback Thursday

Cassie and Mark

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen two people more in love.

It was such a pleasure photographing them Рtalk about photogenic!

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Wishing you two and baby Lorelai the best ‚̧

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 These two love birds are engaged!

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Along with a gorgeous ring, Greg gave her a beautifully restored Ford Bronco.

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I love it when I can add unique, personal elements like this to photo shoots!

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And their cute little family wouldn’t be complete without their pup, Sherman. He’s such a sweetie!

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Can you tell they’re in love?

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All the happiness in the world for you two ‚̧