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 Be still my heart.   I think I need to hang this image in MY home.   This rocking chair was made for Eryn’s mama and belonged to W when she was a little girl.  So beautiful.  Of course, the wooden horse was just the compliment to the gorgeous baby girl.

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A note about outside shots!  First, the desert was UNUSUALLY green this September due to what might have been the 100 year flooding this month.  It doesn’t usually look like this in March, much less in September.  Additionally, “there is no such thing as a free lunch”.  The green came with a price.  Mosquito Fest 2014!!!!  I have never felt more sympathetic to my midwest and southern friends.  It has been unreal around these parts and as much as I raved about the green, I am so over the mosquitoes.  I have lived in Phoenix since I was 4 years old and I have NEVER had to wear bug spray until this month.   Crazy town.

We were waving blankets over the baby continually when not taking shots and had spotters watching for the little pests on her the whole time.  Dad, Mom, and sisters though…they just got bit up (along with me and Amanda).  I think I scored at least 20 on my legs.
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Above picture was taken in my backyard.  I LOVE it when my honey neglects our yard.  :)

 

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Precious mama, precious baby.  I love this image.
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Like her sister Brinley, Eryn was an amazing sleeper and let me get quite a bit done during her session.  Even under the best of conditions, babies don’t always allow for outside images due to their sleeping and eating schedules.  Eryn though, made life easy on her mama and me (for which we were very grateful!).
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It was so good to see you again J and W.  Congratulations on your third, amazing baby girl!!!!

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I love newborn lifestyle sessions!  Shooting in client’s homes allows for more relational images and who wouldn’t love that? Nothing better than morning cuddles with mama.

 

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And…lifestyle images allow for photos of the nursery.  It is so fun to see how parents decorate baby rooms.  Precious.
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Little Connor had the most beautiful skin and was so serene during his session.
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Look at those eyelashes!  They actually had some adorable curl to them.
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Such a precious little guy.

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Babies are such incredible blessings and J and A received their amazing gift 3 days after this session.  Whew…got that done just in the nick of time!  In fact, tomorrow I will be doing baby’s newborn session.   I have not yet missed a pregnancy session because baby came too early but this one was pretty close.  It was a beautiful morning when we had this session and we were only mildly bothered by the mosquitoes.  I had a terrible fear of mass bugs in the wash due to all the rain we have had in Phoenix (they are saying it may be the 100 year flood year) but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had predicted.

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All the rain has greened up my washes so beautifully.  I have been very grateful for that sweet favor.   Beautiful mama + green field = GORGEOUS.

 

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I am a sucker for cuddle shots.

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I really didn’t think we had a great chance for a money shot with 3 furry kids but all three gave me this one moment of looking towards the camera.   So proud of the puppies.
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I am anxious to see if baby will get mama’s amazing blue eyes.  Beautiful.

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Can’t wait until tomorrow J+A!

Land of the Free

August 30, 2014

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I finally did a session for my own babies this year!  I thought a summer patriotic theme would be sweet and I wanted to shoot it in the desert.  The AZ desert has been so picturesque post monsoons!  Desert shoots can have their challenges but also a very unique beauty.   Mosquitoes have been out in full force (and we are lucky that us desert dwellers don’t typically have to fight with bugs very much) so that was a bit of a nuisance but other than that…pretty smooth sailin’.

 

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My four precious ones.  Tanner age 13, Ty age 10, Tori age 6 and Troy age 3.
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Two great things about this spot.  It’s walking distance from Papa and Sweetie’s house and our home is in the foothills of those mountains.

 

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He’s growing up before my eyes.  So beautiful and so sad for mama.
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Always gigglin’.

 

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Good view of a six year old smile.  :)
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I did the above session at sunset but decided to get the kids up really early the next day and do a couple more at sunrise in a different spot.  We had to walk up a hill for the view I wanted.  By the time we got to the top, we were so swarmed with mosquitoes that we were miserable.  The kids were doing a frenetic mosquito dance as was I making pictures impossible.  I took this first shot:

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And then seconds later…

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I don’t like to be bested by much but the mosquitoes won and I called it quits.  I giggle every time I look at above shot though because that is a great representation of my daughter’s pout.  Perfect.
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And my nephew reciting the Pledge seems a good way to end this post.  :)   I love this!

 

Katelynn

August 29, 2014

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Back in June, my cousin Katelynn came out from Missouri for a visit with the family.  Our kids LOVE with Katelynn comes to visit and we managed to get in a few days at the beginning and end of her trip (we do have to share her with everyone…unfortunately).  Katelynn graduated from college this year and I thought it would be fun to take a few downtown pictures of her while she was out.  Little did we know, that Comicon was the grand event downtown on the weekend we showed up.  I am sure our expressions reflected our shock and awe as we watched hundreds of costumed folk gather into downtown Phoenix.   What an adventure!   And later, I wanted to KICK myself for not getting pictures of what we were witnessing.  I was in photographer mode I guess and was feeling anxiety over how on earth to get shots of K without superheros and such in the background.    Due to the crowd, excessive walking to avoid the crowd, a six year old, and the heat…we didn’t get a whole lot of shooting down but it’s a memory we will never forget!

Loved having you visit K!!!  Miss you!   XXXOOO