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.

Boogers, Bath time and my Boy

Boogers, Bath time and my Boy

My lil' man turns into a WILD man in the tub. It's his favorite time of the day. His laughter and joy at such a simple thing reminds me to also enjoy the small things in life. Reminds me to put down my phone and be present in the moment. As well as when the moment is right to pick up my camera >NOT< my phone and capture those memories. Maybe someday he'll be embarrassed. Maybe someday he'll love that I took the time to take these images. Even if he doesn't his future wife will! I adore the photos my mother-in-law gave me of my husband as a baby! I look at them and see how much our kids look like him.

This year is proving to be my busiest most successful year in business. I never want to be so busy that I forget to notice the tiny moments that mean so much to my children. Someone once told me "Listen and watch the little things when they are young and they will come to you with the big things when they are older."

I'll be here when that time comes. Heart and ears open. But for now, I'll enjoy the fact that most likely in just a few short hours he'll be covered in boogers, his dinner, or dirt from playing outside. Back in the tub he'll go and I'll be face to face with that beautiful baby boy gap toothed smile.

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!

Happy Valentine's Day from Baby Titus

Happy Valentine's Day from Baby Titus

Mama, watch out! You've got a heart breaker on your hands!

I cannot believe it has already been 7 months since Titus's newborn session. Where did the time go?! He's one of the happiest little guy's I've ever seen. He was smiles during his session, which made my face hurt from smiling back at him. I'd say that's a pretty good problem to have! I adore this little family for the fun time they have while I shoot. They play. They laugh. They love. And it shows!

And what gorgeous weather and lovely light we had! It is February, right?! Just another reason I love living in Arizona!

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.

My little man.

My little man.

Where does the time go? If you figure it out let me know...MmmK? I was sitting here this morning watching my little man eating Cheerios and it hit me. In just a few more months he'll be one year old. One complete trip around the sun.

He's so much fun. The happiest baby I think I have ever seen. All I need do is smile at him and his whole face smiles. Curious. He is curious and determined as the day is long. He adores his daddy and wants so badly to be a big kid like his older sisters.

Before he was born I impulsively bought a small wooden toy camera off Etsy (you can find it here: wooden camera toy)  I mean how could I resit right? When he plays with it I like to think of him as mama's little assistant. So today I scooped him and the toy camera up, plopped him on my bed and spent a few minutes taking pictures. Oh my heart.