Austin Family 2016

Austin Family 2016

Fall is in full swing and that means family photo season is too! I adore this family!! I had so much fun exploring, playing and occasionally being silly in front of the camera for the Austin Family.

Meet Todd, Melissa and 4 year old Abigail Austin. I've know Melissa since I was 15 years old. It has been the absolute best watching her grow into the beautiful woman, wife and mother that she is. Photographing those you love is one of the most rewarding things as a photographer. Capturing these moments means the world to me. Enjoy these memories for a lifetime! 

Laken is One | Cake Smash

Laken is One | Cake Smash

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a fun cake smash session with Super-Laken!

Oh my goodness what an adorable session this was! I cannot believe a year has flown by already! As soon as little Laken's mommy told me about her cute idea for a super-hero themed cake smash session I was so excited. While she put together the perfect outfit, I grabbed a sharpie and set to work on a childlike, whimsical cityscape backdrop. What cake smash would be complete with out the perfect cake? It was so cute it was almost hard to watch it get annihilated...almost! I adore this little guy and feel like his session was exactly what we had in mind.

McLean Family

McLean Family

What a beautiful and blessed mama with four amazing children to love! I'm so happy that I got to photography Jody's family. One of the things we tend to hold most precious are photos of our children. Far to often as mothers we forget the importance of also being IN those images too. We must remember to take time to step out from behind the camera (or cell phone) to step in front of the lens. Be present in photos for our children. One day they will look back and cherish those pictures as much as we do now. One day you will thank yourself. <3

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.

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!

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.