Happy Baptism Baby Boy!

October 12, 2015

Did you know my sweet nephew is almost seven months old now?! He had a big day at the beginning of this month. He was baptized!! It was a big day for me too – I’m his godmother. :D

It was a great weekend home with my family and I loved getting to spend so much time with this little guy. I feel super blessed to be chosen and trusted as his godmother by his parents. My prayers are many, but for now, my regular influence is limited to the board books and little lamb I gifted him since I live sort of far away. I found some great books on Amazon – a huge relief after being seriously disappointed in the baby/toddler options at Barnes & Noble.

I’m so glad my sister sends me videos and pictures all the time because I feel like I’m missing so much. He unstoppable now – crawling and starting to pull himself up! WHAT?! Baby boy, you’re just a BABY! Stop growing so quickly! :)

Now that he’s figured out crawling though, he does not have any interest in sitting still for pictures for auntie. :) My camera was way too interesting and he knew he could get it. I love this age for photos though. Plus that Baptism outfit?! I can’t even. And the bonnet. Oh goodness. Literally cannot. But, I will apologize to his future self though ’cause that was ALL auntie’s doing. I am a sucker for the bonnet, even if he does look like a little pilgrim. :) Just! So! Dang! CUTE! Come on, it’s true. Admit it.

God bless you every second of every day. Love you so much <3
Baptism Blog

a ONEderful year

March 19, 2013

We’ll pretend first that I’m not several months behind in blogging. Then, we’ll pretend like the year hasn’t raced by in epic fashion. Lastly, we’ll pretend that this beautiful family lives much closer to me so that I can see them more often. Deal? Deal.

This little man turned ONE last week and I am SO glad that I got to celebrate his ONEderful little life with his ONEderful parents and other awesome friends and family. He has changed so much since I last saw him… and even more since we took these. My how they grow!

I think my favorite part of it all was coming full circle from the engagement photos we took so long ago. These were the photos that signified and celebrate their decision to become a family and now they aren’t just husband and wife, but mother and father.

LCC turns ONE.

It’s beautiful. :) I feel so fortunate to watch the love continue to grow.

Relive the Magic

March 14, 2012

My mom had a photo request earlier this evening that had me scouting through some old photo files. In the midst, I was able to relive some magic. Last summer, I went to Disneyland with my immediate family for the first time in years. I honestly couldn’t even remember the last time I’d been with my brother. We went to celebrate his birthday along with Father’s Day. What a lovely time! :)

I don’t know how I didn’t share this one before from while we were standing in line for Thunder Mountain. I absolutely love the sun flare and LensBaby effect here. I hope that you find the way to relive some of the magic in your life.

Magical Train Ride

A Perpetual Source

January 22, 2012

“The family is both the fundamental unit of society as well as the root of culture. It … is a perpetual source of encouragement, advocacy, assurance, and emotional refueling that empowers a child to venture with confidence into the greater world
and to become all that he can be.”
~Marianne E. Neifert

It was such a joy to spend some time at Hartley Botanica with this beautiful family a couple of weeks ago… a family that embodies the above quotation completely. You ccould also add laughter, fun, and a slew of other positive adjectives. I’m so lucky to have you all in my life. :)

It’s been quite some time since I’ve had the little man in front of my camera and my has he grown! And their young lady has become even more lovely! Hope to see you all again soon!

Family Photos at Hartley Botanica

(Almost) A Family of Three

January 21, 2012

Remember this really beautiful engaged couple?

Abby & James - Engagement Preview

The ones that got married last year?

They're married!

They’re now (almost) a family of three! And I couldn’t be more excited for them! I feel so blessed to be a part of their lives… not just in the opportunity to document such a rich and wonderful love from the beginning, but more so in the opportunity to have such amazing, hilarious, fantastic people in my life.

They’re going to be such amazing parents and the little dude on the way is going to be extremely talented and gorgeous with the traits he’ll be inheriting from Mom and Dad. Here’s a peek at our recent maternity session. I can’t wait to see you both again… and meet your son!

(Almost) A Family of Three

It’s a Wonderful Life

December 12, 2011

In October, I had the honor of photographing this beautiful family. I was so blessed to meet them and spend time with them as they laughed, shared, played, and enjoyed each other’s company. Their love was apparent and their time was precious.

I was deeply saddened when I heard the news; my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Rest in peace Dr. Bob. I light a candle in honor of your wonderful life… and in honor of your new angel wings.

Please keep their family in your thoughts and prayers. I’ve created a group if you would like to light a candle in support and prayer as well.

It's A Wonderful Life

Remember…

For each and every bell that rings
Another angel gets his wings
So show you care and share your light
And help an angel fly tonight

(Another angel) Everybody sing
(Another angel) It’s a wonderful life
For each and every bell that rings
Another angel gets his wings
~Trisha Yearwood, “Another Angel Gets Its Wings”

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Awfully Big Adventure

November 25, 2011

Last Sunday, I met this beautiful family at the entrance to Balboa Park Trails and we nearly had to call it a day before we even got started. The drizzle began, the clouds in the sky threatened, and the forecast said RAIN. Yikes!

But it wasn’t raining just yet and I am so thankful that the H family was willing to adventure down the trail with their two small boys. I had so much fun wandering the trail with you all. Watching the boys swing, pick flowers, find rocks, and race across bridges. They are a joy… and the two of your are wonderful parents. And S? I still maintain you are a total rock star adventuring through the trail, over rocky creek beds, and up marshy hills in those heels. Seriously… especially when all of your boys were equipped with sensible shoes. :) But, with two curious and energetic boys, I’m sure you have many, many more adventures to come.

H Family Blog


“boy (boi) n.- a male child, lad, youth, not yet a man, often a magnet to dirt, toys, and adventure.”

Family Ties

October 16, 2011

“Family faces are magic mirrors.  Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.” ~Gail Lumet Buckley

I’ve always been fascinated by family history – the human stories of how we came to be. Maybe that’s part of why I majored in history. Rarely do I have the opportunity though, to photograph an extended family that isn’t my own, and share in their history. Thank you for letting me catch a glimpse of your history and hear of Christmases growing up and learn about friendships that span the continent. It was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with all of you.

Family Ties

Indeed, these are the ties that bind.

Little Cousins

June 2, 2011

This year, I’ve taken a lot of trips home for holidays and wedding-related activities (this amazing couple gets married NEXT SATURDAY! Can’t wait!).

One of the benefits is seeing my younger cousins more often. One of the other benefits is having a constant stream of photos that I can edit at my own leisure. :)

I’m still working on Easter photos from this year and this past weekend, I also got a few pictures of my now five year old cousin Elise and my now 13 year old cousins Megan and Savannah at Megan’s birthday party (with them is our other cousin Dylan).

Beautiful girls… all of them. :)

Cousins

“Cousins are different beautiful flowers in the same garden.”