All Dressed up – Sneak Peek!

ThESe tWo!!! I’m always sad to come to the end of a shoot, but that just means I get to come home, open up the files and uncover gems like these. I love all the different styles that came out of this gorgeous formals session! Now I just need to figure out how to convince them to renew their vows every year so I can do this again and again! Here’s a few to browse through while I finish editing the rest. 😉 Until then, which do you like best? The engagements, or the formals?

Love is what makes life and those who live it, beautiful

If you’ve been to my blog, you’ve seen at least one of these faces before. I’ve been photographing this amazing girl since she was about 13 or 14, I think. So imagine my excitement when she texted me to book engagements & formals! I know she’s not mine, but I’m still so proud of her. Watching her is like a preview for what’s next in my own family. It’s like watching a movie trailer that ends with the screen telling you when the show comes out: “Coming in the next 5-or-6 years.”
Any light – any location – any age – any stage of life, I stand by what I’ve said before – the prettiest girls are the happy girls! Love looks great on both of you!!
Congratulations, Abbie & Wade!!

“Laughter is the firework of the soul”

Laugh, laugh often, and only sometimes alone.
This family of all boys knows how to laugh! And after cooking lessons and ironing shirts, the day when sending the oldest off on his mission came all too soon. I’m so happy we got to record a few moments of this family all together before it was forever changed by time. What an exciting thing, this life, and its so much more worthwhile if you can laugh about it along the way! Keep laughing, Roach’s! I’m sure your adventures are just getting started.


You know the song- the one by Colbie Caillat? Its one of the songs my daughter has taught herself to play and sing, which I love. I love it because I love seeing her grow through music and the message of the song is a balm to girls of every age. It it my firm belief that everyone should have a picture of themself that they love. That picture may or may not come via my help, but it’s a goal every time I shoot. After once hearing a little girl say she hadn’t really thought of herself as pretty, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. How can we show each other and the little ones watching us how pretty they are? What it is that makes them so pretty? The simplest answer comes from another well-known phrase from the oft-quoted Audrey Hepburn – “Happy girls are the prettiest . ..” And I believe it! I hope you do, too!
For this set of shots I was going for a clean, simple fashion feel. I wanted the shots to really focus on each subject. Not too busy, no distractions, just bright eyes and sweet faces.
So, how lucky am I that I got to spend 45 minutes with some of the very happiest people around??

Personal work

Its amazing to me what I’ve felt since I’ve started shooting again. I took some time off for my family and for a break & decided to get going again once I realized I missed it. I really missed it. Something I’ve wanted to do came together and now I’m working on a few things that have been floating around in my head. Not solid, well-defined ideas, but the sort of things that develop and begin to take shape along the way. I love what I’m working on right now. This is part of it, and the great thing about personal work is that if you don’t love it, it’s okay. You don’t have to. But I do. 😉

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