Sunday, June 30, 2013

Triplet Land! | Phoenix, AZ baby photographer

When I moved to Arizona after I graduated college, my first job was at a non-profit in Tempe. I planned events and absolutely loved what I did. One of the reasons I loved it was because I got to work with a really incredible girl. She made it extremely enjoyable and fun in the long crazy hours we would put in. She even was the first person to introduce me to yoga! And she probably doesn't even realize it but she taught me my first skills in Photoshop which is what I use daily in editing my photos. So, thanks, Amy!

Since our days of planning events, we both have had different jobs and houses. I saw on Facebook that she recently had three little blessings - Lucy, Nora (identical twins) and Jack! How sweet are those names? And just wait until you see their sweet little faces! I reached out to her hoping she would let me come photograph her new bundles of joy. She agreed and my heart was extremely excited. I couldn't wait to see her and her husband, Chris again and their new family.


As soon as we got a date on the calendar, I asked my close friend and fellow photographer, Stephanie of Telltales Photography if she would tag along with me. She agreed which then made my heart sigh in relief! I really don't know how Amy does it every day. She truly is a SUPER mom!
 
The babies were three months old on the day we got to meet them, but their gestational age was a lot younger so they slept really well as long as they were wrapped. Our goal for the session was to be quick and to capture this new family as they are - a true "lifestyle" session.

They had a little "baby apartment" as Amy called it upstairs so that's where the pictures took place. I worked on getting everyone while Stephanie took care of the detailed shots with her macro lens. It was so much fun working as a team and telling each other what ISO we were at and trying to figure out how we wanted the light to fall on their faces. And of course, extra hands with triplets is always a bonus.

Amy and Chris - thank you so incredibly much for letting Stephanie and I come capture some amazing memories of the two of you with your brand new family. And thank you for letting us cuddle Nora, Lucy and Jack! I can't believe you're a family of FIVE! You are going to have the most incredible time raising your three beautiful kids.  You are both parent super heroes. Can't wait to see you again soon!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Larson Family, extended family on vacation | Scottsdale, AZ Family Photographer

One of the reasons why I LOVE what I do is because of the people I get to meet. I have met some of the nicest and sweetest people. This family is one of them. The Larsons came to Arizona for a little vacation to celebrate a 40th wedding anniversary!

They were staying at the Westin Kierland which I was excited to get to visit as I hadn't been there before. We decided it would be easier to do the photos there because of the kiddos (a three month old, eight month old and three year old!). Because of the sun, we had to stick near the hotel but it worked out pretty well.

Thank you Larson family for braving the heat and spending a little time with me. I really wish you all lived closer.

Happy Anniversary!!!

 

Heather, just because | Buckeye, AZ Photographer

When Heather first contacted me, she was asking about pictures for her sister-in-law's kiddos and that she also wanted to get some pictures of her. She told me she was being selfish and hadn't really had pictures done before. I think this is the best reason ever to get photos! This wasn't for a birthday, a party, an event, a holiday, but....just because. We all deserve to be selfish and pamper ourselves once in a while!

Heather just got out of the Army and finished her bachelor's degree (!) and is on to get her Master's! She wanted to get some pictures in regular clothes and also in her camo. The transition was incredible. I told her it was crazy to see her go from super smiley Heather to being in uniform. What a beautiful girl!

Hope you enjoy these "just because" photos as much as I do!


 


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Recovering

I'm always always always comparing myself to others. It's not just my photography but everything in life. I really struggle with this. It's part-perfectionism and part-never feeling good enough.

"Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding." 2 Corinthians 10:12

I need to be extremely excited (I almost wrote "okay", but I need to be MORE than okay) about who God made me to be and continues to work on becoming. I'm working on this and one of those ways is to put myself out there. Love what I look like, love the kind of mom decisions I make, love the work I create with my camera, and hopefully helps others who struggle the same.

I started finding some sites that do weekly or monthly contests. I've submitted a few photos and this week, I got my first honorable mention. I know I don't need a contest to tell me I'm good to help me stop comparing myself to others, but it does help me on my road to recovery. Recovering from this unobtainable perfection I think I need to achieve.

So here's to my first recognition and this super fun picture submitted in a contest with a theme of "friends."


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Rayburn, family session in the garden | Phoenix, AZ Family Photographer

Growing up, I have always been fascinated with photography. When I became a mom, it went to a whole new level. Part of it was because I don't have many childhood pictures of myself and wanted to make sure my kids' lives were fully documented (sorry, boys, I may have gone overboard at times!). Also, I just had the cutest kids to take pictures of!

I was fortunate enough to meet some amazing families through some mom groups I joined after having my first son. And of course, I always had my camera in tow - every event, birthday party, play date, etc. I never set out to become a photographer or own my own business. I blame all of this on two families. One of which is my sweet dear-to-my-heart friends, the Rayburns, Michelle, Mark, Christine and Steven.

For Christine's second birthday, her mom non-chalantly was like, "Hey, I'll pay you to take some birthday pictures." I had a "nice camera", and just got my 50mm lens even though I had to  manually focus, (yeah, I hope I NEVER have to do that again), but I thought I'd give it a try. I didn't know what saying yes to that session meant. It's how this all began!!!

Since then, I have photographed this beautiful family many times along with many other kiddos and families. Steven, the cute little blue-eyed dude was even my first newborn session! Ahhh, look at him now, he's approaching two years! I really wouldn't be where I was today without my first paid shoot. Oh, and I have to mention that Mark is the one responsible for all of my awesome art and look. Thankful is an understatement about how I feel when it comes to this family.

This year, they got a free session for referring so many families to me last year. Ya, not only were they my first family and first newborn and first birthday party, but my business was kicked off by all the referrals they sent my way - the biggest compliment anyone can give me. Michelle is my number one cheerleader and always in my corner. So incredibly blessed to have her in my life!

Because of the gifted shoot, we decided to go somewhere in Phoenix that is extremely gorgeous, lush and GREEN but has a fee associated to take pictures there - the Japanese Friendship Garden. Neither of us had ever been. Besides being a great place for a session, it was a great place to get refreshed and just enjoy all the beauty. We even had the entire garden to ourselves for two hours! Bliss!

I could ramble on forever about this family, our friendships, this session, the amazing time we had, the wonderful ideas and planning we did, the gorgeous people, but instead, I'll end on this note: I love you, Rayburn Family! Thank you for believing in me and letting me be part of capturing so many moments in your lives. Xoxoxo!