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Daniel and Brooke + 5

October 22, 2014

Back in August, Daniel and Brooke and the kids, Papa and Sweetie, and Jim and I and our kids went on a day trip to the Yarnell area.  We thought we would maximize on Daniel and Brooke’s 2014 family session and sneak some play time in.  As always, we had a fantastic time.  We even had a celebrity site seeing event when we encountered Demi Moore in a nearby restaurant.  I love my brother, sister, nieces and nephews to pieces and we really enjoyed our day with them.

Left to Right:  Noah (almost age 12), Cozy (age 5), Quinn (age 3), Daniel, Braxtyn (age 8), Brooke, Graham (age 10)


The kids did such an awesome job for Aunt Sissy!  I was super proud of the fabulous five.  Aren’t my girls beauties?
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And such handsome, amazing nephews I have.  (Must brag.  I am the Aunt.)
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Miss Quinn spilled her drink in the car on the way up and when we stopped for potty break, mama was madly trying to wash the dress in the bathroom sink.  I advised holding it out the window to drive (because what else were we going to do?) and low and behold…that worked perfectly.
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I love mama/daughter shot.  I ended up shooting a LOT of Quinn because she was ubiquitous on shoot day so I had to take advantage of it.
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Our crew couldn’t wait to be let loose in the mud.  Well everyone but my Troy boy.  As you can see, it took a little convincing for him.
And yes, my man is still sporting his beard.   He is so dreamy.  I am a lucky, lucky woman.

Land of the Free

August 30, 2014



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’.


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’.


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:


And then seconds later…

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.

And my nephew reciting the Pledge seems a good way to end this post.  :)   I love this!



I first met the S family when I did Carson’s (the littlest guy in the above image) newborn pictures.  He has grown into such a cuteheart – just like his older brother Roman.  I LOVE the above picture of little brother whispering to big brother and the serious attention that Roman is giving to Carson.  So darling!



Baby Sloane Ivy was added this year – I did her newborn pictures about 4 months ago.   I love to get to watch families grow.




Sweet sisters – Miss Madeline is going to be such a good helper.
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At 2, Mr. Carson was not so keen on staying put.  I have quite a few shots of him leaving my set.  LOL.
Caught him mid-air!
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Isn’t Miss Sloane so darling?  It was so fun to get to see her at 4 months.  Such a beautiful little lady.



November 27, 2013



Do you recall years ago when I did that painting for a family with four kids on the beach?  Ann and I “met” online way back when when Ty was a baby (that was 10 years ago almost).  Ann’s son Jack has muscular dystrophy and it was that shared bond of raising kids  struggling with physical challenges that first brought us together.   Because of that, it was honor to get to capture Ann’s sweet family.


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We were so elated that Jack was having a really good day on our day scheduled for pictures.  So many things to be thankful for…
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Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving S family!


A Family

October 29, 2013





I have had strange things happen at shoots before, but being photo bombed by a little doggie dressed up for Halloween is definitely a first!  LOL.  I loved spending time again with the A family.  I have had the privilege of shooting for them since Caleb was a newborn and I am loving getting to see him each year as he grows.  Such a doll.


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That sweet wooden toy was made by a family member so it was precious to get to capture Caleb playing with the family treasure with his Grandpa.

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