Darin + Jodi + 3

December 15, 2014


Some of my very favorite people in the world!   We did a quick shoot for Christmas up on the hill at Papa and Sweetie’s.




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My beautiful niece Karsyn – 9 years old.  She looks so much like her daddy but her expressions are all mama.
My Cooper – 4 years of age.  Love the lower left shot.  Typical toddler.

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Snazzy Ryker – age 6
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LOVE this shot of my brother and sister.
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Shaking all their silliness out?   Don’t think it worked.  :)


I love it when babies are born around Christmas.  Adds such a sweetness to the holiday (and give me opportunities for Christmas props too which is fun!)   Ryder, like older brother Gunner, was a little darling with a mind of his own.  He REALLY loved his pacy and he was wishing I would just include the pacifier in the session.

Congratulations C + L and G on your amazing and precious Christmas gift.



This is Maddy and her horse Larry.   Beautiful combination of child with her beloved animal friend.


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Maddy loves her Ford truck!  (I was pretty impressed with it too!)   She posed herself in the bed of her truck and I thought it too adorable.


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The AZ desert really makes a beautiful backdrop for celebrating families.
Gus was able to make an appearance in this year’s photo session too!
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That is an arm she will be clinging to her whole life.
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And Maddy especially wanted this shot…(we had to recreate it from a baby shot we took of her).
That is a grab your heart type of grin right there.
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 (No worries, Maddy’s Daddy was in the not heavily trafficked street as well blocking any potential traffic for her short ride).


So glad I got to see you all this year!!!!



This post is going to be filled to the brim with adorable eye candy.  Last weekend, I, along with my two assistants (Zandi and Karsyn), went up to a private ranch in Prescott to do a DOUBLE session with two families that I dearly love.



It was a COLD and WINDY day and above kiddos had to put up with the elements AND a 3.5 hour session since both families were included.



A little tape measure goes a LONG way.  Hee hee!

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This is (almost) 4 year old Hudson.  Huddy let me know early on that he really was not planning on doing pictures, didn’t know how to smile, and just generally wasn’t up for it.   So…..with the help of his Dad…I followed him around.  Turns out, he DOES indeed know how to smile…quite professionally in my humble opinion.   Love this darling boy.   Sometimes I get bummed at sessions when I am working the whole time because I get so fascinated by these little ones that all I really want to do is sit down and play and spend time listening to them.  I am confident that an afternoon with this trio would be too fun.
I have to give major props to Andy here.   Crisis jump starts a dead imagination and that has proved true during sessions many times.   When Hudson “lost his happy”, Dad just started playing (and yes, he did take a corner a little too tightly at one point as well LOL).  Play time with Dad is a sure way to turn a frown upside down.

We don’t really get a “fall” in Phoenix but we arrived on just the right day for fall in Prescott.  The leaves were beautiful (and oh so blessedly entertaining too).
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Kylie expertly managed the wardrobe for the entire 12 person crew.  She did an awesome job.
And this is Jameson.  He was just a baby the last time we did pictures and has grown so much.   I’d say he rather enjoyed his day.
And little Miss Amelia June with the beautiful dimples.
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Not sure what all that swagger was about but it was too cute.
This is a tad out of sequence in the way I briefly arranged it but I loved this story.   Huddy happily playing in leaves (top left), Huddy gets an idea (lower left), Huddy dumps leaves on Amelia’s head (top right), Amelia cries and tells her Daddy (bottom right).   This scenario is going to play out in about a trillion ways over the next 10+ years.  Ask me how I know this.  :)

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Sisters, sisters
There were never such devoted sisters
Never had to have a chaperon, no sir
I’m here to keep my eye on her
Caring, sharing
Every little thing that we are wearing
When a certain gentleman arrives from Rome
She wore the dress and i stayed home
All kinds of weather
We stick together
(Doni continues to sing.  If you don’t know this song, you have missed out on a holiday classic and I feel sad for you).



I thought Ty was tall since he is in the 97% percentile and is 5 foot at 10.  Mason here is 5 foot at 9!  Wonder where he gets it?  ;)
Love these happy and beautiful four!  With Mason 9 and Mylie 6, mom and dad have photo sessions made in the shade now!
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Sweet, sweet kiddos and just a pleasure to be around.   Tori can’t get over how pretty Mylie’s outfit is and kept wanting to see more pictures of her.   Of course my boots loving girl would consider this a “to-die-for outfit”.
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Shot above was Mylie’s idea and I loved it.
I don’t know how we got so lucky to get the full colors of fall.  AZ photographers dream come true.   Right time, right place (and throw some God loves me in too hee hee).
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Thank you all for a wildly entertaining day filled with love and laughter (and a tape measure thrown in (I have to say it….) for “good measure”.  :)

Emma is growing too fast!  It seems like I just did her baby pictures.  For that matter, so it Thomas!  I really though Thomas might end up a ginger after his newborn session but he is a blondie at 4.
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Oh how I love parent snuggle shots.  My favorite.
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Thomas has the best dimples ever.  I HEART them!