Everyone has a "why" or two for why they do what they do. For me one of my big why's is my dad. This guy was behind a camera all the time growing up...and he always had the newest camera tech. He always had a laugh and a helping hand ready for his friends and family. November 30, 2001 was the last day I ever spoke to my dad, he passed unexpectedly the next day. Suddenly all I had of my dad were the memories of an adolescent girl, and the pictures he left behind. Those pictures are some the most precious thing in the world to me. Just looking at his face helps me hear his voice in my memory clearer, and looking at the pictures he took of me reminds me just how much he loved me. I communicate my love to my daughter in the same way even now- she and I have an awesome time playing dress up and doing photoshoots together.
So that's one of my big "why's." Because life is short, and we're not guaranteed tomorrow, and because every time I pick up my camera I'm reminded of my dad's prolific collection of cameras that were always pointed at me. Providing people with images of their favorite humans that will hang on their walls for years to come is something that is very meaningful to me. I know just how important a single picture can be to a person, and I consider it an honor and a great responsibility to create those special images of your most important people <3
Where on earth is this year going?! I can't believe Thanksgiving has passed (hope everyone had a good one!) and that we're creeping up on Xmas fast! And this sweet little fairy princess just welcomed a shiny new baby brother a couple weeks ago!!
This session was so much fun- we caught the very tail end of the warm weather and were able to do her fairy photos outdoors at the Denver Botanic Gardens! It got a little chilly as the sun went down- and I spotted some goosebumps on her little arms when I was editing- but man she was a little modeling champ! I love the personality that always comes out once you get a little girl all dressed up- I have yet to have one not warm up to the camera once their imagination starts to take over...it's a process that never stops being fun to watch - and man does this little one have the best personality...and her curls are just perfection <3
This sweet girl was outfitted from my client wardrobe and styled by yours truly- something I include in all of my sessions!
Off shoulder dress: Luna Luna Perlina Pearl Tulle Dress
Shoulder cut out dress: Nellystella Vanessa Dress
Fairy wings: Hello Faerie
Every year I pull that little tiara out and it seems to get smaller on your head. This year when I look at you I see so little baby left in that face. We are fast approaching full blown childhood and I keep looking for the brakes. Last week you turned 5, and today you started kindergarten.
I can't believe what an amazing little human you're growing into. Every day your silliness and love bring me more joy than you can know.
You, my wonderful girl, are my sunshine.
A few weeks ago I got to work with the awesome kiddos on the Pinery swim team! We got our basic photos done and then I asked to see if anyone wanted to try some underwater photos- the eyes of both kids and parents lit up so I knew I was on the right track haha!
Shooting underwater is a new challenge- my current action camera doesn't have a viewfinder or screen on the back so basically I'm shooting blind underwater, and I'm definitely not the strongest swimmer, but that said I got a pretty decent handful of really fun photos! Next year I'm planning to upgrade to a more professional level underwater use camera and start really playing with some water photography!
A few days ago this perfect little girl (who happens to be one of my 6 nieces...yes I'm an only child...that just means I get to choose my own haha) turned one year old! She was born 3 years and 11 years apart from my daughter- down to the minute. I was so honored to be asked to photograph her in her first weeks of life...and I get to do a one year portrait session with her in just a few weeks!
This cutie's mama is a dead ringer for my own mother- and her dad is just this side of identical to my husband...so I was certain she'd come out looking just like my little one- NOPE haha! But she's still a dead ringer for her own mother, with the same adorable squinty smile ^-^ She was so amazing during her session. Working with newborns is unpredictable to say the least, but this little one was very quick to soothe and held her poses easily- so I put this one in the win column!
It has been an incredible year watching her grow- even though I'm states away from her parents I've absorbed every snapchat and facebook post, knowing how fleeting these moments are. So far she has grown into a social, sassy, and confident baby girl- walking well before her year mark! I'll be there for it all little one- I'll be the one behind the camera ;) <3
So someone on the marketing team for the state of Idaho is a genius at tugging those sentimental heartstrings. They're running an ad campaign called "18 summers" ...the message of course being that we get 18 summers of our babies' childhoods. When I'm sitting here buried in work and shooting every other day I have to remember to stop and enjoy the little moments with this incredible tiny (but oh man getting so much less tiny every day) human.
So today we'll be at the pool. I won't be answering calls or emails- I promise I'll be back on the grid tomorrow. Today is for chlorinated shennanigans and popsicles with my baby...you know...while she still almost qualifies to be called that.
If you've followed me for any amount of time you know by now that if I travel I shoot. I love finding cool new locations to work in- in this case it was the incredible back yard at my Aunt & Uncle's home in Palm Springs! Their yard is an artists dream- there was so much variety in a relatively small area, and fortunately we were there in March so the crazy desert heat had yet to really amp up.
I brought a whole suitcase of wardrobe for this little princess- one of the hazards of shooting away from home haha! Between Nellystella, Tutu Du Monde, and Bowie James we had plenty of options to work with. This girl was so ready for her portraits...I find that most kids get that camera in front of them and ham it up a bit, which I love! I directed her very little and mostly just followed her lead. I really can't wait to make another trip out there to shoot again- well and maybe for just a little pool time ;)
Something anyone who works with eventually starts noticing is that you won't hear from me before noon. Often my emails will hit your inbox at about 2AM...and if you do see an email from me at 6AM it's definitely because I haven't gone to bed for the previous night yet.
That's because I have a super fun (not) sleep disorder called Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome. Which is a fancy name for a circadian rhythm disorder, which is a fancy name for saying I'm genetically a night owl. My entire life falling asleep at an appropriate time has been difficult on a good day and impossible the rest of the time. My body's natural schedule wants me to fall asleep around 7AM and wake up for the day around 3PM. Fortunately I'm able to move that back by a few hours- but no more than that (there's currently no cure and very little treatment available for DSPS.) Double fortunately I found a calling that allows me to work hours that are natural for my body- yay photography!
Things would have been a little easier had I had a name for this obnoxious affliction when I was younger. So I wanted to take a minute today to give ya'll some information on sleep in kids- we all know that a tired kid is a craaaanky kid and nobody enjoys that haha!
How much sleep should your kiddo be getting?
The most common types of sleep disorders in kids are;
I really hopes this helps anyone who's having sleep issues with their kiddos- or themselves...you don't realize how much you need it until you're not getting it!
Little Nora is such an awesome kiddo! I met Nora when she was still a teeny tiny newborn- and now she's two years old! Nora is exactly the kind of kid that made me specialize in child photography - capturing the pure joy of existing at this age is magical. And if you're wondering- yes- she was always this insanely cute. She is super playful and a bit of a ham for the camera- my favorite combo! To top it all off- Nora's Mama is easy on the lens too!!