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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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October 16, 2013


Lions and tigers and bears – OH NO!   Horses and dogs and kids – OH NO!   When preparing for this shoot, I chose not to tell my friends Dalen and Michele that (a) I am a teensy weensy bit afraid of horses and (b) I am allergic to them.  No pain, no gain right?  I braced myself for a challenge because all these factors combined were sure to create at least a mild amount of chaos.  I was not disappointed hee hee.   In fact, I was worried about managing the horse situation but when they drove up and Tanner says “Uh Mom.  There is a dog in the car!” I then thought we might be done for (okay not “done for” but the crisis level was rising for sure).  I was imagining the dog breaking free, chasing the horses, the horses running from the stables, the people chasing the horses…you get the idea.   None of that happened!  Score!    Managing kids and 3 horses though?  That is quite a feat (but we had some very sweet helpers and that was a must have!)
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The main horse featured is a beauty named Hemingway and the dog is Alli.  All were very well behaved!


Brayden was not quite so attached to the horses but he loves his long board.

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Brenley and Brooklyn have been taking riding lessons for awhile and they are doing excellently!  It is clear that these two littles live and breathe all things horse.  Precious.  I am so glad we could work together to capture that.  Sweet time in their lives and these love affair relationships with the horses will be in their hearts forever.   Awesome that they can enjoy this with their mama too.
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So good to see you D and M!  No offense D, but I am praying that I will NOT have a home visit from you again for a long while too!

Dalen owns a refrigeration company and it is never good when we have to put in emergency calls to him.  However, he is awesome and if you need someone to come fix your Phoenix AC, call Dalen!  If you live in AZ, go like his FB page right now so that you know where he is when you need him!  FB: