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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

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Mackenzie is my sister Brooke’s niece.  So that makes me a bit of a surrogate Aunt too right?  I have known this beautiful young lady since she was born after all.

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Believe it or not, Mackenzie was very nervous about her session.  While driving to our spot, she was downright fluttery.   She had no need for apprehension either.  She is such a natural.  Mackenzie is a real and completely authentic young woman.  No pretense.  Her energy, zest for life, and infectious joy spilled out over her whole session.  In fact, with the exception of Ty, Mackenzie may have the most joy filled spirit I have encountered.  The glass was half full on every topic (and Mackenzie and I can chat up a storm so we covered an abundance of topics both the mundane and significant).  I left feeling like I had been given the gift of the evening.  Time with Mackenzie is very well spent.
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Sometimes the wind can drive ya a little crazy.  Sometimes it is AMAZING.

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And we were even blessed with a beautiful Arizona sunset.
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See what I am talking about?  She is radiant and her joy is contagious.

 

Much love to you sweet girl.  Wishing you the very best in this new and amazing season of life.  XXXOOO.

Jenna

July 25, 2014

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My beautiful and wonderful cousin Jenna.  :)   Sometimes you just need some girly shots and Jenna was the perfect model.  If you have had a newborn session with me, you  have probably met my talented newborn assistant.  We had a fun time together back in May down at the river.

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Jenna and boyfriend Austin.
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Jenna and Jacqueline – Jacqueline’s senior shoot isn’t too far out.
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Yes – I cut this picture in half on purpose.  :)  I wanted to get a good look at her beautiful green eyes.
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 Jenna Lynn – I have been so blessed to have you working with me over the last five years.  You are so great at what you do and I would be lost without you.   Love you so very much! XXXOOO

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Doesn’t Payton have that classic All-American beauty look?

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Payton’s mom (Vicky) and I were friends in high school.  It has been years since I have seen her so it was fun to get to chat a bit (wish we could have had more time to catch up – there is just never enough time these days!)

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It was so nice to meet you Payton!  Wishing you a wonderful journey as you approach graduation and then off into the big wide world.  What an adventure!

Dear Belinda,

As I was processing these shots of Kaylee, sappy me got choked up a few times.   My mind was going back to yester-year.   I saw you in elementary school, remembered our talks when you were in junior high, just recently saw a video of you and Brooke singing together that year (that made me smile), high school years, standing with you at your wedding…

I remember the questions we had.  Wondering how life was going to be.  The blessings and the challenges.  The tragic things and the triumphs.  Your dedication to do the things you had to.  Our pride in you at how incredibly you did it all (and still do).

As she stood  in front of my camera, I saw your beauty standing behind hers.   God knew what He was doing.   I am so humbled by how incredibly He works out all things…

And Kaylee?   We couldn’t have hoped for more!  The beautiful outside is just a dim reflection of the treasure inside.  I have loved getting to sing with her this year.  Watching her grow into who she is, hearing her passion for what she loves,  following her relentless pursuits of what she loves…what a gem she is.

I am so glad we included parts of her music memories in these portraits.  When I was a kid, I dreamed of hitting the stage.  How many Halloweens in a row did I dress as Amy Grant?  (And I love her STILL for the record!)   By late junior high I had the maturity to acknowledge one important fact.  I lacked the true passion to EVER have the discipline to pursue music in a real and tangible way.  (Heck, my piano teacher was certainly delighted when I quit after four years – what a train wreck that was).   Kaylee is different.  She eats, breathes, and sleeps music.   Her heart and soul are tangled up in it.  She puts the time, effort, and discipline into all that she does.  (Congratulations Kaylee on your Show Choirs wins last week!)  I think she will love the music program at GCU and I am excited to see where that takes her.

Love you and love your baby girl who grew up too darn fast.

Doni

XXXOOO to you both.