A lot of family, a LOT of love

This family is an extended family that consisted of first time grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, great aunts, great uncles and cousins. I came to their home this weekend to document meeting the first baby and it was so moving and fun to see a family so in love. They were the kind of family that made me want to stay over for Thanksgiving dinner, they were all just so welcoming. I loved how everyone doted on this sweet girl. And rightfully so, she was completely adorable! I’m so glad I got to be there to document it for them. Here are a few shots from the day:

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Slugs and snails: And puppy-dogs’ tails

My friends Amy & Kenny decided to expand their family with one more cute little boy. So excited for them and for the years of watching them grow. Here are some pictures of their adorable little family.

 

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Walk N Roll 2012

Right before Christmas I photographed the 2012 Walk N Roll annual event. It is an event to raise money for SMA, Spinal Muscular Atrophy. You can read more about SMA here: http://www.curesma.org/. Or for a more personal experience, you can read my friend Cassie’s experience and stories here: http://everydaychildhood.com/. SMA is such a devastating disease and when you see it first hand it just breaks your heart. I pray that one day there will be a cure. You know when you day dream about winning the lottery? You start giving money away in your mind? Well, SMA and Breast Cancer research would be the two places I would donate first. No parent should ever have to watch their child live and die with this. You can learn more or donate at the Cure SMA website. Here are just a few pictures from the event.

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Downtown Phoenix — Malia B. Photography

Recently I got to meet Malia of Malia B Photography and to take her family portraits. I’m always nervous before any photoshoot, and especially more when it is for another photographer. But as soon as I met Malia I felt like I was meeting an old friend –  she greeted me with a hug and had such a warm and friendly personality. The whole family was so much fun and easy to be around, I just love people like that! Malia is an amazing newborn photographer, you can check out her work here. Here are just a few of my favorites from our time together:

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A collection from October & November

I have not posted in a while, so this post will be filled with a TON of pictures. This is the season where I get really busy with Christmas portraits. I love it and look forward to it every year. Although, it does get to be a bit of a whirlwind keeping track of all the sessions and orders. And I had to turn a few people down, which I hated doing, but there was not enough time left (the best time to book is early – like mid-late October). But I still enjoy all of it. I feel so blessed to have so many people choose me to capture their family this year. I loved meeting each and every family – that is by far my favorite part. Some are old friends, but a lot are new families. I love putting together their cards and wondering (and hoping) if I will see them again. I love hearing where people are from, what their kids are wanting for Christmas, what they are going to do after their session (hey, you’re all dressed up might as well go out to dinner.). Every family I photographed this Christmas was SO sweet and SO nice, it just made me feel really happy and blessed to have cross paths with all of them.

Here are a collection of some of my favorites from the last two months (in no particular order):

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