a good friend | newborn lifestyle session

now that i am a mom, i often think back to a time when my friends first had their children. i was a bit immature and single then, and not the greatest of friends now that i think about it. i realize i was never really there for them... didn't really hang out at their homes and play with their kids, or spoil them with gifts. nor can i remember a time i called just to see how life was going. nope, i was pretty much living wild and free, oblivious to what their lives must have been like. i am reminded of this every now and then when my friends who don't have children (and the ones who do) shower their love, time, and care on me and my family. they take time from their busy lives to know what is going on in mine. and i am so grateful for them. this is the friend i wish i had been. thankfully, those ladies are still my friends today. and i do my best to make time, check in, lend a shoulder, or just say hey. 

i photographed this sweet family twice before but this session sealed my love for them. they are so easy to be around. you would think with a newborn baby and two kids, it would be a bit crazy. not one bit. everyone was so at ease. before our session, i told sue that this would be a lifestyle session. i would just come and document and capture their family as they were. no fuss, no stress. we wouldn't force anything or try to create the perfect scenario - everyone would just be themselves. it was exactly what happened. and it was awesome.

something i distinctly remember was how sweet sue and her husband dave were with each other. even after three children, they were so sweet and kind to each other in the way they spoke. i was so struck by this because you know, after a few years of marriage, not everyone has that sweet tone in their voice with their spouses. right? but seriously, i left the session more in love with this bunch than before. 

i also wanted to mention that this session was a gift from sue's friends and her sister. what a perfectly thoughtful gift for an expectant mama! congrats to this family beautiful family! 

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too scared to share | life session

this first blog entry is lonnng overdue. i started the process of rebranding my photography business late last year and decided to change nearly everything i was comfortable with.  you see, photographing families has always been something i wanted to do and it has turned into something i absolutely love.  but i've been afraid to share it. why?  why would i be afraid to share something i love so much? this bothered me for months.

then i realized the truth.

photographing families in their homes looks quite different than capturing them in an outdoor space, which is typically what i’ve done. but no matter how i tried to go in to a life session with a game plan and a list of images in my head (and sometimes in my pocket), i always ended up with something other than what i had intended.  i was discouraged.

then i realized a family in their home will look different each time because of their unique story and circumstances.  photographing them outdoors in an open field or at a park allowed me to control the kinds of images i took. but being in someone's home, well.. i had to let go of my plan and let their story be revealed. 

i learned to let the moments unfold before me, and as a result, i discovered that these moments were the most touching, heartfelt, and real.  and this terrified me.  they weren't the kinds of polished images i produced before.  and i was afraid i would lose my audience because of it.  

but i realized this was the risk in pursuing what i believe in, and what i love. and what i find authentic and special. 

and the everyday life, as mundane as some of it seems, those moments are special to the family. and telling the story of a family in that moment in time (…with all its chaos, oddities, and charm) that is the most special thing i can think of.  time passes quickly, and these everyday moments become more precious with each passing year. 

so there. now you know why i have been m.i.a. all this time. and you know what? i am back and photographing families in their homes - families who want to cherish this time in their lives. i am in love with how unique and special each story is. and this is just the beginning of my next journey. i hope you will join me on this adventure! 

the kitchens family is one of those families you instantly love when you meet them. they are warm, sweet, and a fun bunch. i met them several years ago at church, but didn't get to know them until only a few months before they moved up north. they left their cool los angeles home to start a new life in quincy, california, leaving behind dear friends and the life they knew. what i found amazing was that they were expecting their fifth child during this move. 4 kids, their belongings in tow, with a baby on the way. wow...it couldn't have been easy. but they sure made that transition look effortless. 

when i asked what they wanted to remember most about this time, matt told me that the time the family spent together in the mornings - making pancakes, having breakfast together, and doing their morning devotions - were very special to him because he no longer had to rush to work early each morning. instead, he now got to spend this time with his family. 

when i arrived at their home, the kids greeted me with sheer excitement. i didn't even have time to get my camera settings ready as they all came at me with questions and smiles. this image below is slightly blurry and less than perfect, but goodness...it's a perfect moment i can't forget! anyway...here is the first of many home sessions to come!

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