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March 2013 Archive

Mar 25, 2013

Baby Love

2012 was a busy year for babies and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down in 2013! The past three days were filled with two gorgeous moms-to-be and a little one just a few weeks old. But before I get to those, let’s catch up with the most adorable babies from last Fall. We’ll start with Emerson Grace. The first time I photographed this family was when big sister, Hadley was born. She didn’t have too much interest in pictures this time around, but we tried to remedy that with Finding Nemo and a lollipop. 🙂

Next up, meet the beautiful Claire! I had to keep it together during this session because I’ve known Kyle & Vy for a long time and know how special this little girl is. When I finally got to see all three of them together, healthy & happy, I did tear up a bit, but it’s all for good reason. Love this little fam!

Last, but certainly not least, meet baby Colton!!! Another set of dear friends having a healthy baby is truly a blessing. Tara and Jason welcomed Colton into the world last Fall and I couldn’t be happier to see them grow their family. From photographing their wedding a few years ago to seeing them become parents makes me love my job the best in the world!

Stay tuned for more baby love this Spring!!

Mar 20, 2013

Emily + Matthew = Engaged! {Point Loma, CA}

Who would have thought you could meet your best friend and future spouse in a college PE class?? It may not happen often, but it happened with Emily & Matthew. She was a freshman, he was a junior and they’ve been together ever since. We started our session where they first met…on the track at PLNU. They were all smiles that afternoon and I think MY cheeks even hurt after hanging out with these two. So much love between them and I couldn’t be more excited to document their wedding day in June!

We tried to do “serious” but it just didn’t last…gorgeous smiles are the way to go with these two.


Mar 11, 2013

Happy Anniversary!

We’re gonna get a little personal today. Today is an anniversary that I never anticipated, but changed my life forever…

It’s been THREE years since I was laid off from being a project manager at Upper Deck. I loved my job in the “corporate world”. At the time I was hired, it was my “dream job”. The dream I’d worked so hard for in high school, college and graduate school. I loved my role in the company and had a passion for the industry I was in. I also loved photography. I loved the part time business I was building and couldn’t wait to venture out to make it a full time career. But I was scared. Scared to fail. Scared to make that first step and quit my job. Little did I know, God had another plan for me and let it happen on its own. I remember that day vividly and my emotions were all over the place. I was sad, happy, confused, nervous, relieved. Honestly, that’s still how I feel some days. Owning your own business is HARD. It’s ALL on me. I’m the boss, manager, employee, CEO, CFO…you get the idea. But it’s so WORTH IT. While difficult, photography has allowed me to experience things I never would have done in a corporate job. Yes, I work a lot of weekends and don’t have a normal schedule, but I get to travel more, spend time with family, meet new people and document once-in-a-lifetime moments.

All this to say, I wouldn’t change where I am at for anything. With the support and encouragement of family, friends and clients, this is right where I’m supposed to be. As this day passes each year, I’m reminded that I owe so much to all of you who have given me your praise, hugs, high-fives and even criticism. I’m so thankful for those who have brought me where I am today…more than you’ll ever know. So…THANK YOU for being on this journey with me and the ride that is yet to come.


The photo of Mt. Rainier below was taken on my flight back to SD from Seattle. I spent four years with a view of this mountain and never thought I’d be where I am today. It just takes a little perspective to appreciate where you’ve been and where you’re going. 🙂