Monday, November 25, 2013


this summer, i received an email from cara (who is a dear friend of one of my dear friends) asking about a family photo session for the fall. i was tickled pink to be able to help her out with this. i've heard so much about cara and her amazing family, it was going to be a real treat to get together and photograph them.

when you photograph a family, you really get to know them. you are posing them....getting up close and personal. you invade their space a little bit so you can capture a special moment for them to remember forever. it can be awkward. many times, if you just keep conversation going, you can get everyone to relax and have a good time. if you are uncomfortable, it's going to show up in your photos. so, not only is it my job to take good photos of you, but also to make you comfortable and relaxed. 

josh, cara and their girls were amazing. everyone seemed comfortable from the get go. these girls, like most kids their age, had tons of energy! they were so fun! i think that their personalities were really able to shine through. 

i really love to capture the moments when the kiddos are playing. when they don't realize i'm taking their picture. it's real life and i think that makes the best memories. you want to look back on times when they were young and carefree. when they were truly being a kid. those are the times that bring the happiest memories to your mind!

thank you josh and cara for choosing me to photograph your beautiful family! as cara said during our session, it was like meeting an old friend for the first time! i look forward to many more opportunities to get to know your family a little better :)

in 1994, josh and cara met at a bonfire. it was their freshman year of college. they were married decemeber 15, 2000. happy early anniversary by the way....we also have a december anniversary!

frances-2 1/2
ameila-2 1/2
all three girls were adopted into josh and cara's loving home. what a special family they are!

i asked cara to describe her family to me and here is what she had to say......
"family hugs, responsibility-we are a team, devoted, active"

Friday, November 22, 2013

good reads-the happiness project by gretchen rubin


so, have you heard of this book? gretchen rubin's the happiness project chronicles a year of her life that she dedicates to making herself happier. each month she had a set of resolutions to try to follow. by the time december rolled around, she tried to do all of her resolutions all the time. 
here is a month by month run down of some of resolutions gretchen had
january-boost energy (sleep more, exercise, organize, tackle a task, act energetic)
february-remember love (quit nagging, don't expect praise, fight right, no dumping, give proofs of love)
march-aim higher (blog, fun in failure, ask for help, work smart, enjoy now)
april-lighten up (sing, acknowledge people's feelings, be a house of happy memories, time for projects)
may-be serious about play (more fun, be silly, go off path, start a collection)
june-make time for friends (remember birthdays, be generous, show up, don't gossip, make friends)
july-buy some happiness (buy a modest splurge, buy needful things, spend out, give something up)
august-contemplate the heavens (read about catastrophes, gratitude notebook, spiritual master)
september-pursue a passion (write a novel, make time, forget results, master new technology)
october-pay attention (meditate on koans, examine true rules, stimulate the mind, keep a food diary)
november-keep a contented heart (laugh, use good manners, give positive reviews, find refuge)
december-boot camp perfect
over the course of the year, she decluttered, she was true to herself, she spent money on things that truly made her happy, she realized things about herself that she wanted to change, she remembered to "be gretchen" or be yourself.  
i'm not sure that i would do an entire year like this, i mean, she was doing research and writing blog....she's a writer so it kind of fell right into her line of work. sure, she could have just written more biographies, but still I don't have the time to dedicate to researching different ways to make ones self happy or different philosophies of life along with the rest of my, friends, photography, church, chores, etc. but, this book does give you something to think about....what could you do to be happier?
some of her ideas that really struck home with me were to declutter. 
in the end, gretchen was happier. it wasn't something that kept track of but more of a feeling she had. she just felt happier. sure, there were some things that she thought were grand ideas that she ended up scratching, but that happens to us all. i think that something she learned was not to beat herself up over the stuff that doesn't work out. 
so as we are approaching a new year, this book gives me a little something to think about. what are some of the things in my life that i could change to make me (and my husband and kids) a little happier? a little bit of reflection is good for us all. i think there are areas that we can all improve on. 
what would make you happier?

Thursday, November 21, 2013


my niece rylee turned 13 this august. she's such a beautiful, smart young lady. she's one of those people who gets her entire body into her laugh. i love to watch her when she gets really tickled about something. it's contagious. its one of the things that i love most about her. and she's kind, sweet, generous, smart and beautiful. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

cake smash

do you have a little person in your life that is coming up on their first birthday? have you thought about doing a cake smash??? sure it's messy, but everyone has fun and you get photos like these.....