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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Wrigley Mansion Baby Shower

I recently photographed a beautiful baby shower, held at the Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix. It was the nicest baby shower I have ever seen – complete with a Henna tattoo artist and a custom cigar maker (for the dads/men in the other room). The mom to be was so stunning and the weather was gorgeous. Just a lovely day all around. Here are a few of my favorites from the shower:

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Holiday Mini Sessions 2015

I have finally gotten around to posting pictures from my holiday sessions this year. And like years past, I had so many awesome families to photograph. It was such a joy for me to meet some new families this year, and it was even more special to me to see families from last year and to see how much the kids have grown. Here are some (okay, a ton) of my favorite highlights:

 

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