Handy kids

Poor little blog.  Instagram is kinda taking over these days isn’t it?  I really need to do better at keeping this up.   I have so many dozens of sessions that should be shared but time is never on my side and that darn Instagram is so quick and easy.  I can do better though.  I will.

I had a hard time choosing a session to post today, but this one won me over.  Not because it’s an amazing session, because it’s really very simple, but that’s why I love it.  I have been photographing this little family for I think about 3 years now, when little Griffin was just a new babe.  I have LOVED watching the two older boys grow up and then having little baby James come and join the party.  Kallie had purchased a first year package (one of my most popular buys… you won’t regret it), and when she told me what she wanted for this last session I was SO thrilled.  She wanted true lifestyle.  Her kids doing what they do every day, playing in their back yard, being goofy, wild boys, being themselves.  I loved it before we even started, and it was probably one of the easiest, most enjoyable shoots I have done.  We literally just played in the yard and I documented.  Just as it should be if you ask me.  I love how well you can see their personalities and that we have now captured forever the memories that these boys will always have of the fun summer days at their home.  It means something and I think that is just the best.

Happy summer everyone.  It’s ending so fast.





Paige – studio newborn


Happy Mothers Day

This day is one that is super close to my heart.  We struggled through infertility for 3 years.  3 rounds of IVF, what seemed like a million shots, medications, swelling, bruising, heart wrenching.  It was a dark time in my life.  How painful Mothers Day was for me.  How desperately I wanted my baby.  How lost I felt.  Then my miracle Oliver came through the amazing gift of adoption, and in an instant, I understood.  I knew why nothing had worked, why we had to struggle, we had to wait for him, and he was worth it.  Every bit of it.  Then Sophie came.  She gave me the gift of experiencing birth from the other end.  Her birth was difficult to put it lightly.  My recovery after was complicated several times, it was scary, it took me a long long time to feel human again.  But you know what?  She was worth it too.  Every bit of it.

My heart goes out to those Momma’s who aren’t technically Momma’s yet.  You know what I think?  I think anyone that wants a child that bad, that is willing to go through anything to get their baby here, you are already a Momma.  Only a Mom is that selfless.  I love you.  I’m hugging you right now.  Your babies will come.  Everything will make sense.  And they will be worth it.

Here is the Nelson Family.  There is something so amazing and unique about a newborn session with first time parents.  Every single baby brings more joy and light to a family than I can put into words, but there is a little something extra about a first baby being captured this way.  It’s so new, so exciting, so joyful and I just love it.  Hope you can see it like I can in these.


Morgan – Maternity

Hello friends

I am so excited to share this gorgeous maternity session with you!  Morgan is a beautiful Momma, pregnant with baby #2 (a boy!).  I wanted her session to be really soft, simple and a little organic in my natural light studio and that is exactly what we got.  Being a blogger at Allenandco made her super comfortable in front of my camera and that made my job just oh so much easier.  She was so natural and sweet and just a gem to work with.  Her little girl was wild and crazy as a little girl should be, but at the end, gave Momma a few snuggles without me even asking and it was just a minute of magic.

The florals from this session gave us just the right organic touch.  Val from Flower Afternoon provided all of the gorgeous florals.  They were so fresh and beautiful and smelling those while we shot, coupled with such a beautiful subject made me never want to stop.  Thank you so much ladies for a magical afternoon!


Summer Workshops

Hello friends!

I am SO excited to announce my Summer workshops!  This is something I have been wanting to do for such a long time and I am so excited that the time is finally here!  My hope is to teach you the things that matter the most to me in creating beautiful images.  I want you to leave feeling confident, inspired, and with a few new friends in tow.  This workshop will be perfect for anyone who just wants to take better pictures.  Photographers, bloggers, mommas, anyone who loves photography.  I’ve taken several workshops myself over the years and have LOVED them so much, learned so many awesome things and made so many wonderful friends and connections.  It’s such a fun and inspiring experience.  Don’t miss it!

Stowers Family

Hello all.

The Stowers family returns.  I’m sorry, I can’t help it.  I know you saw them a few months ago, but this little family is just such a joy for me to shoot that I can’t help but share.  I fell in love with them at baby Gibson’s lifestyle newborn session.  Their family has such great connection and chemistry coupled with such great style.  It’s gold for me.

I love how candid this family is.  It’s not about anyone looking perfect, (although if you ask me, this is as close as it gets) it’s about being real and showing the world who they are.

Thank you so much for another gorgeous sessions Stowers family.  I hope I am lucky enough to photograph many many more to come.