Hello world. Laken Dale

Hello world. Laken Dale

This morning was a special one. Today the world welcomed Laken Dale. Seven pounds and two onces of pure sweetness. My heart is so full for the wonderful family he was born to. You see, they are special too. Dear to my heart. Laken's beautiful mama is one of my best friends. From the moment she told me that her family of three would soon be four I was overjoyed. 

Only 5 hours new and I can already see how he reflects his family. Laken has the same little nose and tiny chin as his brother. His precious little face holds the same expressions as his father and his heart will undoubtedly be as kind as his mothers. He is perfect. I cannot wait to watch him grow.

Congratulations Clint, Janess and Zane. on the newest member of your family. <3

Baby Jax

Baby Jax

Sweet boy. You are so loved. Loved like crazy.

I knew from the moment your mama told me she was pregnant you would be coming home to the most beautiful family. To a daddy who's face lights up when he holds you and to a mother who's world you light up. Little Jax you make the cutest noises. Squeaks and coos while you are dreaming. Keep doing that...You've got mom and dad wrapped perfectly around your tiny finger.  You are so very adored by two fur babies, with lots of kisses to go around, you'll never be lonely. George (the pug) will see to that personally. 

Take your time growing up. Dream big. And always remember to hug your mama.

Zavos Maternity

Zavos Maternity

Oh beautiful mama do you know how breathtaking you truly are?

With Mother's Day right around the corner I can't help but feel like this session is so special. There is nothing in this world like carrying a child. It's such an exciting time. Having three children of my own I know it's exhausting! You're pregnant, tired and still running after other little ones. You are super mom! But believe me when I say you will look back and cherish (dare I say it...even miss) this time in your life. It passes so quickly.

Thank you for allowing me to capture these moments for you. 

Happy Mother's Day.

Baby Theodore *newborn Lifestyle Session*

Baby Theodore *newborn Lifestyle Session*

One of the best parts about being a wedding photographer is getting to see my brides and groom's families grow. Watching their life's change in such an amazing way. It's beautiful.

It's been over 2 years since I had the honor of photographing Sabrina and Andrew's wedding in Flagstaff, AZ. Their daughter, Anabelle, was only two months old then. Now she's two years old and FULL of personality. She's still pretty unsure of her brother, but I have no doubt that before long she will realize just how fun he is! Maybe even make the connection that he is like a real life baby doll! It's just a matter of time before she adorns him with her Elsa's crown or covers him in stickers (or in the case of my little guy his sisters added "friends" to his tummy time).

Theodore's teddy bear room couldn't have been more fitting. How clever are they with that theme?! He loved to snuggle with his Teddy. It was adorable! <3 Congratulations Sabrina and Andrew. He's perfect and I am so happy for you!

Baby Alivia *Lifestlye Session*

Baby Alivia *Lifestlye Session*

World, meet sweet Alivia. Six weeks new and perfect in every way.

I can't describe what an honor it is to be welcomed into the home of a family with a newborn. I walk into a new fresh time in a parents life. A time when every thing their precious baby does is brand new and fascinating. I remember what that was like with my own children. I could look at their tiny features for the longest time and never get bored of them... now I get to capture that for other parents who understand that exact feeling so completely.

Philip's first trip around the sun.

Philip's first trip around the sun.

I started this monthly project when Philip was just one week new. I made myself a few simple rules. ONE: take a photo every month. TWO: document his weight, height and accomplishments. THREE: he would wear stripes (for no particular reason other than I love stripes). This project is not technically perfect. In fact the light is often terrible, but the memory... now that is perfect. Today Philip turned one year old and when I look back on that one week old photo my heart bursts with happiness.  He brought a completeness to our family that I didn't even realize was missing. <3 Congratulations little man on your first trip around the sun.

Baby Titus *lifestyle session*

Baby Titus *lifestyle session*

Ten tiny fingers. Ten tiny toes. Perfect squishy soft newborn cheeks. Photographing sweet Titus was bliss. Just as much was seeing the love in his parents eyes for him. The way this one tiny person has not only become their entire world but how he has filled it up.

This is why I enjoy lifestyle session for newborns. Babies are born and mothers and father are made. Lifestyle photography sessions celebrate those new moments...the way they gently stroked his skin and layered kisses on his forehead.  It goes by in the blink of an eye. I am so honored I was able to savor a little piece of that for Rachel and Kyle.