{ avery + kendall }

I look forward to seeing these smiling faces every year! Always a delight, always open to my random location suggestions – and didn’t even flinch when a passer-by mentioned she’d seen a few copperheads! AH! Don’t worry, no slithery photo bombers joined us that day (thank goodness)! But this really was one of my favorite shoots of the season. The light was just perfect. I don’t think I could have ordered up a prettier sunset. Avery and Kendall never fail to light up the frame with their personalities and sweet smiles, and our time together seems to fly by! They’re such natural models, but I think they got that from Mom and Dad! What an honor it has been to document these guys over the years; beautiful family, inside and out!

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{ reece + wells + rhodes }

The last time I photographed this lovely lot, they were just a family of four! Rhodes is their newest addition and is as sweet as he can be. That gummy smile and those blue eyes just make your heart melt! I was looking back at our first session when Wells was a baby and realized Rhodes really favors his older brother! Ah, they’re all pretty darn cute:)

This was such a crazy morning back in early November; the White Rock Marathon was that day and they had just (within 24-48 hours of this shoot) moved into their brand new home which is very near the race course. I was worried with the road closures that I wouldn’t be able to get there, but it all worked out perfectly. There was a huge storm rolling in (which ended up raining out my afternoon session that day) so not only did we have nice soft light that day, but it also ended up being cool for the first time in weeks which was such a nice change after weeks of sweltering heat. And Kyle’s Mom was also in town so we were able to get a few photos of her with her grandchildren! Since their home gets such great light, I was able to do a fair amount of shooting indoors, so we split our time between inside and outside to get these fun shots!

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{ j + n families }

Check out this sneak peek of a fun extended family session – you’d never guess there were fireworks, Nerf rockets, dogs, kites, and just about any other distraction you could imagine going on in the background!! Ha! Turns out the whole neighborhood wanted to join us for this photo shoot, but we didn’t let it bother us … much 😉 You may recognize those handsome boys on the right from previous blog posts – they’re so grown up now! And such a treat to meet their Aunt, Uncle, and cousins!

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{ lily & isla }

It’s such a treat to document this happy crew every year! Last year it rained on us, so I think Mother Nature decided to make amends by dialing up the perfect evening with a gorgeous glowing sunset for our backdrop. We even brought back the inflatable Love Ball which was sadly covered in wet grass and mud last year for another round of fun – such a cool prop! And I’m not kidding when I tell you that I ordered that book below for myself as soon as I got home based on the girls’ description. I’ll have to follow up with my review:)

What a pleasure it has been to watch Lily and Isla grow from tiny toddlers into such thoughtful young ladies. No doubt a result of A+ parenting from Greg and Mary Beth. They are kind, creative, and a joy to photograph!

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{ 5 things }

In which I shamelessly attempt to emulate super hip flat-lay bloggers…

I’ve done “favorite things” posts in the past that were well received, so I thought I’d try to do something a little more creative and on a more regular schedule in keeping with this theme. I hope to use my trusty yellow chair in every post, but I may have to get creative when my favorites are of the virtual variety, or just too darn big to fit in a tiny chair. Stay tuned. But for now…

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  1. Trader Joe’s greeting cards. Adorable. Colorful. Well made. 99 cents. ‘Nuf said. I buy at least 5 or 6 every time I go.
  2. Clos du Val 2012 Pinot Noir. I’m not going to attempt to describe a wine as if I have a clue, I just like it. And you can get splits (half bottles) at Eatzis which you may or may not just drink straight from the bottle because why not. I’m not here to judge you.
  3. Bead + Chain Multi-Wrap bracelet by Chloe + Isabel. My friend Valerie sells this gorgeous line and I’m totally obsessed! I love this bracelet because a) it seems to go with everything I wear in Spring/Summer, b) I can wear it alone or with other bracelets (as long as they aren’t too busy), and c) it’s also a necklace when you unwrap it! I get lots and lots of compliments on this one, and I actually have another one in darker colors that also gets lots of wear. Side note, they have the CUTEST packaging that I always save and reuse to wrap small gifts. #PutABirdOnIt
  4. Aerin Amber Musk. I discovered this offshoot of the Estée Lauder brand last Christmas and it smells divine. There are a few other scents in this line, but this is by far my favorite. I’m not big on sweet floral perfumes, but prefer spicy, strong scents. If there are top notes of anything oriental or musky (horrible word, but you know what I mean?), I’m in. This is it. I sincerely hope I haven’t jinxed this perfume, since one of my #UselessSuperpowers is the power to fall in love with a fragrance that immediately gets discontinued. See Fred Hayman’s “Touch” and Boucheron’s “Initial”. Apologies in advance.
  5. Click Magazine. In my humble opinion, the holy grail of good (but accessible) photography tips, products, instruction, and inspiration. There is a great mix of pro and amateur work featured and they always include the basic EXIF data (lens, aperture, ISO, shutter speed) on every shot which is super helpful for study purposes. I get so excited when I see it in my mailbox, and will often hold off on reading it until I have a good hour or two to soak in every.single.page. It’s a great gift for the photographer friend in your life, especially if they love portrait work.