Throwback Thursday

Let me just start with this:

I love these two ❤

I just can’t get enough of Bentley’s grumpy old-man face and Kenna’s intense eyes.

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This photo shoot was supposed to be one of jumping in puddles and playing in mud, but the Oregon weather surprised (again) and blessed us with sunshine instead.

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I chased these rascals around for a couple hours and came away with gold.

That belly!! And the grumpy face! AH – too much cute!

Not to mention this little doll blowing sparkle into life like a fairy!

I’m missing these 2 cuties ❤  These will forever be some of my favorite photos!

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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!

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!

Happy Monday

A new dawn, a new day, a fresh chance to follow your dreams.

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My New Views ~

It turns out the desert is not deserted, and is actually quite beautiful. I finally explored the area beyond our backyard and caught some of its beauty on camera.

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I’m used to the lush green of NW Oregon, where there are enough trees around to make one feel borderline claustrophobic. Here in Arizona, there is space.

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Until I arrived, I didn’t realize how much I missed the huge expanse of open sky that dominates the southern US. My thirst for change and different scenery is quenched – for now.

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This area of Arizona does see plenty of rain, but only during Monsoon Season when violent rain and thunderstorms plague the mountains and valleys below. The rest of the year (or so I hear) is pretty dry. In fact, it’s not as desert-y as I expected: there are lots of little reminders of home!

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I don’t have to look far to see the sun burst through a colorful tree – this beauty is just beyond our temporary backyard. I wonder if it will ever lose its leaves?

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There are even a few pine trees (Pinyon Pines) to make me nostalgic for home. It’s been nice to see these pine trees here this holiday season; they are everywhere in Oregon, especially around Christmas. The smell, the cones, the needles everywhere – it all reminds me of going to a tree farm and picking out the perfect tree to bring home and decorate with memories. A very popular tradition in Oregon that is nearly impossible here in Arizona.

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There’s nothing like a little taste of home, no matter how simple and small it may be 🙂

Magic Hour

Ahh, our first clouds here in Sierra Vista in almost a week! I’m not complaining; the sunshine has been wonderful, but our sunsets have been a bit bland until tonight. The skies here remind me of Kansas – so incredibly wide, a complete 180* view uninterrupted by trees and mountains. That effect also makes the clouds look close enough to reach out and grab.

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Magic hour is incredible in the desert.

June Photo Challenge: Day 17

Magic Hour

Photographers often refer to the last hour before sunset as “Magic Hour”. The light falls so prettily on everything and you can get some really neat shadows and effects with the sun. It’s one of my favorite times to shoot portraits, but I was lacking a model so I figured I’d finally take pictures of my car!

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I love the lens flare in this shot! I think they make pretty, colorful accents to photos, especially ones taken during Magic Hour.

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This is also a great time to capture the eastern sky as well as the more obvious western sky, as it is usually very blue. If you’re lucky enough to live on the East side of Portland, you can probably see beautiful Mount Hood if you look east!

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I missed that view like you wouldn’t believe!

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I’m thinking I’ll name my car either Farrah or Fawna. Now that you’ve seen her, what do you guys think?