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


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.


XXXOOO to you both.

Meet Kacey.  Kacy is a senior attending school up north and drove all the way down into the valley for her shoot.    Her shoot was scheduled the day after Anthem had gotten some snow (shocking I know) and I was FREEZING.  Not this girl.  Hailing from Heber, she was far more acclimated to the cold than I.   Poor girl probably got sick of me begging her to put a jacket on between shots.

When Kacey and I were having our pre-session consult, she told me that she felt the word “Courageous” described her.  After this shoot, I completely agreed.   The cold was not the only element she braved through.   We wanted some grass shots but I had under estimated the condition of the lawn next to the pond where a large gaggle (I love that word) of  geese made their home.   As I frantically searched for an acceptable spot, Kacey determined that we were out of luck, just bit the bullet finding the cleanest spot she could.  Way to cowgirl up.  :)  I love girly girls willing to take one for the team when circumstances necessitate it.

She has a beautiful smile doesn’t she?

It was fun spending time with you Kacey!  Good luck on all your future endeavors and hoping you get SPAIN.

Year in Review – 2011

January 29, 2012

Tonight I decided to recap 2011.  I thought it would be a quick recap because it seems in my mind that the main event of 2011 was the birth of our fourth child.  Once Troy was born in June, the rest of the year became a blur.  As I worked on this project tonight, I realized that I had the opportunity to spend time with a lot of precious families (primarily in the first six months of the year BEFORE baby came).  It was fun to remember these shoots and these super cute little ones.  Since the last six months of the year were all about Troy Everett, I think I’ll post another recap of Troy pictures.  :)   I am a mama first you know.

Jenna Lynn

September 16, 2011

After a recent newborn shoot, I snapped a few of my beautiful assistant just for fun.  Beautiful isn’t she?   She was in a bit of trouble with me though because I had to find out about her new “in like” via facebook!  Shame on her.  :)    She is out of the doghouse now though because I have had enough Doni/Jenna time to get the full scoop.