New Addition

Last weekend I got to photograph two of my favorite things – families + animals. I just love photographing people with their pets. Dogs especially. This sweet dog and this sweet baby were just the cutest duo. They are going to have so much fun growing up together! Here are a few of my favorites from their session.

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June 2016

I’ve gotten behind in updating my personal everyday pictures, so here is June and then some ;). It’s funny to me to look at these collectively and remember how blessed we are. It’s so easy to get stressed and lost in the daily shuffle of life, but I feel so thankful for it. Looking back on these photos just reminds me to live more intentional each and every day.

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Beach Life

Is there any better place than the beach? I think not  – I love the beach. I dream about it often on our 120 degree Arizona summer days. And when we finally get there, it does not disappoint. Well, except for the sand that I find for days and days. But that’s another thing. The beach holds so many special memories for me, and I hope it will hold those same memories for my kids. This summer we spent the week near Newport Beach, and we did something new this year. Whale watching! And while we didn’t see any whales on our tour, we did see a huge pod of dolphins. It was really a sight to behold. We also visited Venice Beach, Universal Studios and Disneyland. It was a vacation that you need a vacation from, but it was truly amazing. Thank you, California.

 

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UCYC Camp – Prescott, Arizona

Two of my kids are old enough now to go to church camp, and this year I got to go with them as a camp counselor. The previous years (here and here) have been without my kids. Since boys and girls are separated at camp, I only got to see my son in passing. But I was able to document as best as I could my daughter’s first experience. She met 7 new awesome friends and made so many new memories. There was a zip line, the screamer swing, a night time treasure hunt, archery, paintball, swimming, hiking and lots of games. And despite the bugs that you normally encounter in the woods (the worst part according to her), she had a great time. It was such a joy for me to experience this time with her and these will be memories that we both cherish forever.

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The Wilson 6

My friends, the Wilsons, are moving on to greener pastures soon. I met Paula and Paula many years ago. They were my high school coaches waaaay back in the day, and now they have high school (and college!) kids of their own. They were also one of the first families I photographed when I got my brand new Canon Rebel. I remember at the time feeling so nervous and unsure of how to photograph them, but they are such a photogenic family that they made it very easy. Paula is one of the sweetest, happiest people you will ever meet and I sure am going to miss her and the whole family. But life has a funny way of bringing people back together and I have a feeling I will be seeing them again soon.

 

 

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