I once wrote a post featuring Amy Grant’s “Oh How the Years Go By” about how my little cousins were growing up too fast (newsflash: they still are).

Never was that more clear though than when I went to the preschool this week for school pictures.

Wait, first, let’s backtrack. I never wrote about last year’s pictures as it was such a whirlwind between shoots, proofs, orders, and delivery all in an incredibly short between-holidays time frame. It was incredible. I loved every moment and I should have taken the time to sum it all up after all was said and done.

I am beyond grateful that the school invited me to return this year. I feel so blessed and it makes my heart burst that the parents were so happy with the pictures of their little ones. Truly. That recognition of “you captured her spirit” or “that’s SO him” is exactly why I do what I do. I once read that “taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” To know that I found the hundredth of a second someone else savored, it is beyond rewarding.

So, back to how time flies. I spent two wonderful days with the kids at the preschool last fall and caught glimpses of them here and there a few other times when I was picking something up or dropping something off. As a result, the memories I have of these children are almost entirely of that first moment when they stepped in front of my camera – those photos that I stared at and edited for weeks after.

And then, I returned. Nearly one year later and all of these adorable, familiar faces greeted me – familiar, but not. Familiar, but much more grown. It was wonderful to see them again: to see how they changed, grown more confident, and to meet younger siblings too. Of course, it was also lovely to meet so many new little ones. Delights, each and every one.

Here’s a sneak peek of then and now. I figured since I didn’t post last year, I do a little side-by-side action for you. Last year is on the left and this year is on the right.

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I’m completely behind in posting… look forward to a handful of posts this week as I wrap up edits from my sister’s college graduation last weekend and complete the full posts with images from my anytime shoot with Lindsay and engagement shoot with Abby & James.

Tonight though, let’s focus on my beautiful, talented, and super smart friend Holly who just completed her Master of Science in Degree at the University of San Diego. I met Holly at the very beginning of her USD career six years ago. She came in a lovely, spirited freshman and I feel so blessed to witness and capture her achievements now. Her future patients are very lucky.

When I asked Holly where she wanted to go for her graduation pictures, she instantly said “USD… I mean after spending the last six years there…” and I couldn’t have agreed more. It was the perfect place to mark the occasion (and it’s beautiful to boot!). I had a tough time narrowing down the selections for this post as she had multiple outfits (have you ever seen someone so cute in scrubs?!) and we had a fabulous time frolicking all over campus, so I decided to choose a few from each location/outfit. I just can’t help myself when cute clothes and shoes are involved!

Holly's graduation pictures from the university of san diego nursing school

Hauntingly Beautiful

May 11, 2010

‘Cause I’m waiting for tonight
Then waiting for tomorrow
And I’m somewhere in between
Was it real and just a dream? -Lifehouse

I couldn’t resist a sneak peek from Sunday. My friend Lindsay and I went on an adventure around San Diego after purchasing some pointe shoes for her. I’m so lucky to have beautiful friends that are such willing and wonderful models! :)

LIFE Week

April 30, 2010

My alma mater hosted LIFE Week 2010 this week. Just like last year, each day of the week focused on a different event. Tonight’s final event featured a number of USD musicians and Princess Pashu of Swaziland. It also included live painting by the talent Scott Erickson. Check out his work, it’s amazing.

Scott Erickson

Mass for Peace

March 3, 2010

“Lord, teach us to pray.”

This is an image the Our Father during candlelight mass at the University of San Diego.

“For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, now and forever. Amen.”

The Sign of Peace at Mass for Peace at USD

“Peace be with you.”

This post is cross-posted at Clarity Defined.