Archive for the ‘Families’ Category



This post is going to be filled to the brim with adorable eye candy.  Last weekend, I, along with my two assistants (Zandi and Karsyn), went up to a private ranch in Prescott to do a DOUBLE session with two families that I dearly love.



It was a COLD and WINDY day and above kiddos had to put up with the elements AND a 3.5 hour session since both families were included.



A little tape measure goes a LONG way.  Hee hee!

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This is (almost) 4 year old Hudson.  Huddy let me know early on that he really was not planning on doing pictures, didn’t know how to smile, and just generally wasn’t up for it.   So…..with the help of his Dad…I followed him around.  Turns out, he DOES indeed know how to smile…quite professionally in my humble opinion.   Love this darling boy.   Sometimes I get bummed at sessions when I am working the whole time because I get so fascinated by these little ones that all I really want to do is sit down and play and spend time listening to them.  I am confident that an afternoon with this trio would be too fun.
I have to give major props to Andy here.   Crisis jump starts a dead imagination and that has proved true during sessions many times.   When Hudson “lost his happy”, Dad just started playing (and yes, he did take a corner a little too tightly at one point as well LOL).  Play time with Dad is a sure way to turn a frown upside down.

We don’t really get a “fall” in Phoenix but we arrived on just the right day for fall in Prescott.  The leaves were beautiful (and oh so blessedly entertaining too).
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Kylie expertly managed the wardrobe for the entire 12 person crew.  She did an awesome job.
And this is Jameson.  He was just a baby the last time we did pictures and has grown so much.   I’d say he rather enjoyed his day.
And little Miss Amelia June with the beautiful dimples.
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Not sure what all that swagger was about but it was too cute.
This is a tad out of sequence in the way I briefly arranged it but I loved this story.   Huddy happily playing in leaves (top left), Huddy gets an idea (lower left), Huddy dumps leaves on Amelia’s head (top right), Amelia cries and tells her Daddy (bottom right).   This scenario is going to play out in about a trillion ways over the next 10+ years.  Ask me how I know this.  :)

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Sisters, sisters
There were never such devoted sisters
Never had to have a chaperon, no sir
I’m here to keep my eye on her
Caring, sharing
Every little thing that we are wearing
When a certain gentleman arrives from Rome
She wore the dress and i stayed home
All kinds of weather
We stick together
(Doni continues to sing.  If you don’t know this song, you have missed out on a holiday classic and I feel sad for you).



I thought Ty was tall since he is in the 97% percentile and is 5 foot at 10.  Mason here is 5 foot at 9!  Wonder where he gets it?  ;)
Love these happy and beautiful four!  With Mason 9 and Mylie 6, mom and dad have photo sessions made in the shade now!
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Sweet, sweet kiddos and just a pleasure to be around.   Tori can’t get over how pretty Mylie’s outfit is and kept wanting to see more pictures of her.   Of course my boots loving girl would consider this a “to-die-for outfit”.
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Shot above was Mylie’s idea and I loved it.
I don’t know how we got so lucky to get the full colors of fall.  AZ photographers dream come true.   Right time, right place (and throw some God loves me in too hee hee).
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Thank you all for a wildly entertaining day filled with love and laughter (and a tape measure thrown in (I have to say it….) for “good measure”.  :)

Emma is growing too fast!  It seems like I just did her baby pictures.  For that matter, so it Thomas!  I really though Thomas might end up a ginger after his newborn session but he is a blondie at 4.
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Oh how I love parent snuggle shots.  My favorite.
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Thomas has the best dimples ever.  I HEART them!



You might recognize this sweet family.  I have had the privilege of working with them since Carson (2nd born son) was a newborn.   They are all so precious and adorable.    Doesn’t mama do a fantastic job with styling them too?  I always love to see what mama S will come up with for their sessions.  Complimentary colors, patterns, and layers…well executed!


Miss Sloane Ivy steals my heart.   And I LOVE her toddler jewelry.  I suspect her mama purchased on ETSY as I have seen like products there.   She LOVED her jewelry too.  Works well when baby can teethe and play with jewelry that is coordinated to their outfit.  :)
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I love these birthday signs that are all the rave right now.   These can be purchased on Etsy as well.
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Sloane’s mama made her beautiful dress.   If I attempted a project of that magnitude, it would look like a pinterest fail for certain.

Thank you S family for giving me the blessing of time with your family in 2014!

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!