Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Meet Jon, Alison and the cutest little two year old | Peoria, AZ Family Child Photographer

Alison contacted me because she saw pictures on her friend's facebook page. I was beyond thrilled to hear she wanted to book a session. After discussing some possible locations, they decided on oldtown Peoria for a more urban feel. I have been there once in the morning so I was excited to head down there in the evening to check out some different walls and areas. It happened to be super overcast so we were able to go almost anywhere! Score!

I hadn't seen any photos of this family before I met them. Once you see this little girls' peircing blue eyes, you'll probably have the same reaction I did when I peeked back into their car to see her. Rachel is just gorgeous and those eyes won me over immediately. Then her sweet demeanor won me over even more.

We had fun going from spot to spot letting Rachel play, run, dance and sing. She especially loved running to her dad and Alison. Every time they would catch her, she had the biggest smile on her face and was ready for more as was I!

It was beyond easy to capture the relationship Alison has with her daddy. I barely had to direct them. Their relationship is truly special!

The session ended with a mini street performance by the one and only, Rachel. We even found a little patch of grass and plants for her to smell some sweet flowers. Well, I'm not so sure they smelled sweet but she sure looked sweet sniffing them!

Thank you, Jon, Alison and Rachel for being you and for letting me capture the love you have for each other.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Life is fun and crazy with two little boys - Ryder, four years old + Kaenaan, 20 months | Surprise, Arizona Family Photographer

This whole business thing happened kind of by accident. Being a photographer, I guess was inevitable because I have such a deep desire in my heart to always capture moments and I happen to have a nice camera I get to do that with. But I never ever thought I'd be running my own business while meeting so many amazing families. 

The whole "by accident" thing was because a few friends I met through a moms group, had faith in me and trusted me to take pictures of their kiddos. This family is one of them. I have known Ryder since he was thirteen months and Kaenaan since he was born. I've had the opportunity to take a ton of photos of  both boys and their entire family. Kaenaan was my very first baby I got to photograph during his first year of life. Grateful doesn't even explain how I feel. 

With every session we do, we're never quite sure how the boys are going to act. They are typical rambunctious energy-filled boys! I remind their mom every time that we are going to let them do what they do best - PLAY! And guess what, it works! I would show her a picture and she'd ask, "when did he pose like that?" The answer is, he didn't! Almost every smiley picture I got of the boys was because they had just fallen or were having too much fun playing. 
I can't believe we went to three locations! They were all within a few miles of each other, but still, I am thankful they trusted me with what I had envisioned for this session. 

We started at a spot off the side of the road that had really large eucalyptus trees, tree trunks, a cement pipe, amongst other fun natural props. It wasn't easy to get the whole family together but as long as we let the kids do their own thing, it was enjoyable and I was able to snap away! 
The second stop was also on the side of the road. We weren't there long, but long enough to get a nice family photo and some of the boys and their momma. Thankfully the family knows me and hopefully they don't think I'm too crazy because I changed my mind about four times about what I wanted to do there or if I wanted to leave without getting the boys out.

Lastly, we ended up in Marley Park to let the boys be super heroes. The boy's new room is going to be super hero themed. I can't wait to see these photos displayed in their room! This was the most fun for me minus feeling like I was going to pass out from running so much. How I got the boys in focus is beyond my comprehension because there were times where I was actually sprinting after them. My favorite photos are the "super heroes on break" when they were eating lollipops. I had a chalkboard with me and am bummed I forgot to use it. But the photos are still so cute! 

Lisa, Jason, Ryder and Kaenaan - thank you so much for being you. I love watching your family grow!!! And thank you for trusting me with location and vision. And thank you, Lisa for always dressing the boys SO CUTE!! I hope you love your photos as much as I do! 

love, laugh, dream...my new motto! 


Monday, May 20, 2013

Eddie, nine days new | Goodyear, AZ Newborn Photographer

It's rare that I get to see new babies twice before they're one month old! 

Before Eddie's second session with me, I got a feel for the type of photos his mama wanted - lifestyle newborn. This type of session is more relaxed (for me, too) and captures the family and baby as a new family of three in their home. And oh my goodness, they're home was beautiful! I should've taken some pictures of their wall art to show how photos could be displayed. I loved every inch of their home! But back to why I was in their home - to take pictures of their beautiful new baby boy.
 We spent quite some time in Eddie's yellow and gray nursery and then the rest of the time in his parents large master bedroom. The environment was just perfect for this perfect little boy. I still tried to get some studio type photos, but he wasn't having it and we were all okay with that! At least, I snuck two bow tie pics in! 

Of course, we couldn't finish the session without getting a few photos of Eddie in his daddy's fighter pilot helmet. So thankful for his daddy's service! And excited for the time they will be stationed here at Luke Air Force Base! 

Also, Eddie was so good for his first pictures with his furry big brother. Only if every dog could be as sweet and chill as Hank! He sure was heavy to move around but he got into position perfectly! And before we were finished, we got grandpa to pose for a few. I love generational pictures. They all three look alike, too!

Since taking these, I have been able to visit twice and Eddie is already changing so much. His little face is as sweet as can be. He also seems to be a pretty relaxed baby like his older brother. 

Congratulations, again, Audrey and James! So thankful I've been able to capture so many sweet moments for you during this super exciting time in your lives. And Mr. Eddie, have fun doing what babies do - eating, playing, smiling and hopefully sleeping. Hopefully we'll get to hang out again soon!