Thursday, December 31, 2015

Best of Seniors 2015 | Phoenix, AZ Senior Photographer

2015 has been an incredible year! Looking back to the January 1, I set some New Year's goals, which I rarely do. My major focus was to find {some} balance. Secondly, I wanted to find what really makes my creative heart happy. Check {sort of!} and Check!

With both of my boys in school (one full time and the other part time), I have opened up a little more time to work uninterrupted. What?!  Also, I have been working hard on being intentional...aka: staying off of social media and trying to stay focused to get my sessions finished as quickly as possible, taking time to really play with my kids, spend time with friends, go to Bible Study regularly, having meaningful conversations with my husband, try to go on a date or two...

My second goal became evident this spring when I had a few senior sessions. I have always loved working with teenagers but it became evident I wanted to do more. I was a little late to the game but had five incredible girls join my first senior rep program. They have been incredibly patient and flexible this year and always up for a random shoot! I have grown in ways I never knew I could. I am so thankful for all each of my reps and for every senior who chose me to photograph such a pivotal time in their lives. Their futures are so BRIGHT!!!

The girls (and the few guys) I've had the opportunity to get to know this year have all been the absolute best. They have taught me so much and have been so much fun to hang out with and photograph, of course! It was very hard to narrow down so these are some of my favorite senior photos this year, but here are a few!

My wheels are already turning for my model team next year. I'm so excited for 2016!!!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

{Praskins} family | Surprise, AZ Photographer

In November of 2013, I came across a photographer on Facebook and fell in love with her work. After messaging her, I found out that she had two boys the same ages as mine and that we lived in the same neighborhood. Two weeks later, we met up at a park. I felt like I was on a blind date, you know, sweaty palms and a lot of rambling. That's me in general, I guess. Instantly, I knew we would become life-long friends.

If I wrote everything this family has meant to me and my life, you would  be reading for days or with the way I ramble on, probably weeks! Instead, I'm going to show you their gorgeous faces from their session we did this past Fall.

In. love.

Thank you, Michelle, for being one of the most incredible human beings I've ever met. Thank you for your absurd amount of positivity and for making me a better person. And Mr. Erik, thank YOU for letting me steal your wife for shoots and play dates. And for your patience with all the photography talk. Love you all!!!