Joyce + Halle Families | 2016

Joyce + Halle Families | 2016

Meet the Halle and Joyce families. What wonderful people they are! We recently moved into a new neighbor hood and are lucky enough to call the Joyce's neighbors. I remember the first time I met Sarah she instantly made me feel welcome. She showed up on my door step with the biggest smile and invited the kids and I over for a play date. Her sister Helen's family was exactly the same way. Warm and kind. Both families are new to Arizona, so shooting at American Ranch was the perfect location for their session. Not only did it encompass the rustic beauty they have been enjoying since they moved here, but it is also where they are boarding the family horse. I have no doubt he will be making an appearance in future photos. They all adore him!

Big hugs to both of these sweet families!

Jazwinski Family | 2016 Fall Mini Session

Jazwinski Family | 2016 Fall Mini Session

You know what is so much fun? Watching a family grow up. This year marks the third year I have had the pleasure of photographing the Jazwinski's. Their playful and patient nature always makes their sessions lovely. It's no wonder I have come to look forward to getting an email from them each fall. I hope I have the honor of capturing their memories for many years to come.

Coil Maternity | Prescott Portrait Photographer

Coil Maternity | Prescott Portrait Photographer

I can't think of a better way to put into words what it means to be expecting a child. The amazing excitement. The nervousness. It is such a beautiful time. This gorgeous mama to be is Yelena Coil. Not only is she breathtaking on the outside, she is just as much on the inside.

Dave and Yelena live in Phoenix and made a trip up to Prescott for their maternity session. Everything about that evening was perfection. The light was amazing and every time the breeze caught her gown I couldn't help but be taken a back. Lena was even brave enough to get into the lake for some truly stunning images!

I'm so honored to have them in my life. to call them friends. I cannot wait to meet their son! Only a few more weeks to go!!

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.

Decker Maternity

Decker Maternity

I confess I don't typically shoot maternity sessions. They are few and far between for me, but from the moment I read Amelia's email I knew it was something I wanted to do. I completely related to her and Cade's story. I couldn't be more thrilled that we were able to make her vision of a maternity session in the snow come to light.

I'll never tire of the beauty of Prescott and Thumb Butte capped in snow is one of the prettiest spots there is. Amelia's glow blew all that away! Her sweet nature and spunky personality made for a fun snuggley session that I adore! These two are going to be wonderful parents.   <3

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.

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.

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.