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Our little Edie girl is due in TWO days!  Yay!!!  Can’t wait to see her and Aunt Sissy is hoping for another GINGER.  We need MORE!  These shots of mama Jamie were taking almost exactly a month ago (so Jamie was 36 weeks).

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Oh how I love our little Lucy (and I love how she calls me Aunt Cee Cee).  Sadly, my schedule and Shane’s schedule were not coming together so we weren’t able to capture Daddy in this session but Lucy stood in for him and she did a bang up job.   She had me laughing so hard.   Few toddlers have a personality this big.




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I think the shot above might be my favorite of Lucy (or as Troy says, “Woosy”).


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When I was 16, Jamie was born.  I had so much fun with her as a toddler.  Like Lucy, Jamie’s personality filled up the room (still does).  I would sing and play with her (I taught Jamie her first word – doggie), watch her movies (Little Mermaid over and over and over and over) and I thought everything she did was the most adorable thing I ever saw.   So….on our shoot when Lucy started singing frozen songs for me, I was over the moon.  I decided to “run and gun” this as she danced and sang because I knew that I was going to get some pretty fantastic moments out of her.  Oh so funny.  Not every 2 year old will perform but Lucy loves an audience.   Just so you know, she is singing Love is an Open Door from Frozen in all these shots.



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And…I gotta be honest…I just felt like my Jamie really needed to perform as well.  I think I had too much doing this session.


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“Love Is An Open Door”
(with Santino Fontana)

[Anna:] Okay, can I just, say something crazy?[Hans:] I love crazy![Anna:] All my life has been a series of doors in my face
And then suddenly I bump into you

I was thinking the same thing! ‘Cause like
I’ve been searching my whole life to find my own place
And maybe it’s the party talking or the chocolate fondue
[Anna:] [giggles]

[Anna:] But with you…
[Hans:] But with you

[Hans:] I found my place…
[Anna:] I see your face…

And it’s nothing like I’ve ever known before!
Love is an open door!
Love is an open door!
Love is an open door!

[Anna:] With you!
[Hans:] With you!
[Anna:] With you!
[Hans:] With you!

[Both:] Love is an open door…

[Hans:] I mean it’s crazy…
[Anna:] What?

[Hans:] We finish each other’s-
[Anna:] Sandwiches!

[Hans:] That’s what I was gonna say!

[Anna:] I’ve never met someone-

Who thinks so much like me!
Jinx! Jinx again!
Our mental synchronization
Can have but one explanation

[Hans:] You-
[Anna:] And I-
[Hans:] Were-
[Anna:] Just-

[Both:] Meant to be!

[Anna:] Say goodbye…
[Hans:] Say goodbye…

To the pain of the past
We don’t have to feel it anymore!

Love is an open door!
Love is an open door!
Life can be so much more!

[Anna:] With you!
[Hans:] With you!
[Anna:] With you!
[Hans:] With you!

[Both:] Love is an open door…

[Hans:] Can I say something crazy?
[Anna:] [giggles]
[Hans:] Will you marry me?

[Anna:] Can I say something even crazier? Yes!




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.


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!



I regularly get asked, “What do we do?  I am due in the middle of summer!”

Few pregnant mamas want to have a June, July, or August due date in the Valley of the Sun.  Hot, hot, hot!   I typically suggest choosing  one of the following:  1.  Do the session in your home.  Air conditioning is such a blessing.  2. If shooting outside, shoot at sunrise.  3.  Shoot near water.  4.  Consider a stay-cation.  That way you can quickly cool off AND have a beautiful summer background to compliment the session.

J and M chose a beautiful valley resort.  It was pure eye candy for this photographer.  It was a super hot day and this family (including two year old Genevieve) faced the elements bravely.  Tanner was assisting me on this shoot and we were both wishing we had reserved a room too so we could jump in the pool.   That evening a pretty wicked monsoon rolled in and I was oh so grateful that we beat the storm.  Monsoon season in these parts can get interesting.

Pray with me that I did not score yet ANOTHER photo radar ticket on this shoot.  I could really gripe long and loud about Scottsdale and Tempe on this point.


Genevieve was truly adorable.  She is one SMART little cookie and is going to make a fabulous big sis.  I keep wanting to get a playdate scheduled between her and Troy.  It would be too fun to watch.  At nearly a year younger, I think she would talk circles around him and I am convinced the two together would provide great entertainment.
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A certain little girl kept creeping into the background of several shots…and I loved it.  This is not a photo bomb – it is the real story.
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Such preciousness – she melts my heart.
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M you are such a beautiful mama!  Thank you for allowing me the blessing of capturing this amazing time.  (And for being a trooper during a hot, summer session too!)  We MUST do dinner soon!

Tummy Baby + Heart Baby

September 13, 2013



Meet Drew and Teagan (my cousins) and their TWO babies.



I have only a handful of pictures of my pregnancy with Tanner (and I am very sad about that).  I had the thought many times over that I would have loved to have had an adoption shoot done with the others to celebrate our anticipation of them but I never quite got that done.  When I found out last year that Drew and Teagan were starting the process of an International adoption, I knew I had to jump on it.  :)   I wanted to do a “globe belly” shoot.   God had even bigger plans in mind though and during their waiting, paperwork, processing stage, a tummy baby showed up too.  (As a woman who spent many years down the road of infertility, I now can’t stop myself from saying, “No it doesn’t always happen!”  Pregnancy while on an adoption list only happens a small percentage of the time but it gets a lot of attention when it does so it seems like it happens more than it actually does.   Always such a cool thing though!)

Tummy baby will arrive in October, and if all goes according to plan, Heart Baby may arrive sometime in 2014.   Because both babies were being “waited” on at the same time, and because Heart Baby may actually end up being older than Tummy Baby, we thought they both should be represented in these pregnancy portraits.




















And don’t you love the stance of my little assistant?  She was directing from the sidelines and was a big fan of Teagan’s fedora.

Will be so exciting to meet these two precious ones!  Much love Drew and Teagan!  XXXOOO




Meet Rob and Cat – my cousins whom I adore.  Aren’t they beautiful?  They are two of my favorite people in the world and I was so excited to get to preserve this amazing time in their lives.  Life is about to change forever in such a huge way and I love getting to celebrate the awesomeness of it.

The whole family was a bit panicked when this past weekend was the hottest in Phoenix so far and (of course) the weekend we had scheduled the shoot for.  Not much to be done about it though because my schedule wasn’t going to make switching it easy and hey guess what…it just gets hotter and the baby is just going to keep growing…so what do you do?

Heidi and I packed an ice chest full of ice and squirt bottles and a frog tog and then we stopped for drinks twice and crossed our fingers!  I decided to shoot near the river in hopes that it would be somewhat cooler there.  It was, by more than 10 degrees so that really helped.   (It even rained on our way home).

I am also glad that I picked this spot because my brothers and I (and Rob too who is a brother-cousin to me) grew up playing in this spot.  I have mentioned many times that my dad is an adventurer and this was one of many river spots that he would take us too as a kid.  See that huge rock behind them?  Rob and my brothers used to dive off that rock.  The water was pretty low this year but sometimes it is deep enough to allow for that.   Tanner, Ty and Seth were with us too and they were so mad I didn’t bring a bucket and a net because there were minnows and crawdads a plenty.  Fun day!