<![CDATA[This is my oldest daughter Maryn and this is her best frousin (cousin/friend) Sage.  We haven't always lived near each other, but recently Sage moved down here for a few months and the girls got to spend lots of time together.  Family connections are the best and I need to do better about capturing those in my own family too!
Here’s a little pic of them years and years ago.  Cuties.


 
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<![CDATA[2016 highlights
Just putting together this post was a labor of love, whew!   I really should keep up on my everyday blogging (business AND personal) than this wouldn’t have been such a hard task!  I really need two of me ;).  This recap is a good reminder of why I ended the holidays totally exhausted!  But in a good way.  2016 was great!
Things I am proud of:

  • I consider all of my clients, my friends.  I love my old ones and my new ones!  I have THE BEST clients/friends!  Thank you all for being so trusting in me.
  • I stayed true to my diverse portrait and wedding portfolio.  My personality and attention span doesn’t lend itself to doing just one thing so I’m grateful I get to do photograph seniors, engagements, expectations, announcements, bridals, weddings, new additions, the occasional high school dance, and extended families.   And design several custom cards along the way.  I know most business coaches would tell me to narrow that down (and truthfully, doing it this way does make it trickier to get my processing times down) but looking back on my work, I’m glad that I haven’t.  I love all of it.
  • New to my business this year were styled/collaboration shoots.  I loved, loved these.  Last February, I was on my way to Photo Native, a photography workshop in Utah.  We had a fiasco flying Allegiant Airlines (sat in the airport for two days with ridiculous weather/operations delays and horrible service…won’t get into that here and now, but we missed the workshop).  To drown our sorrows, my photog friend Adele and I set up our first personal project/styled shoot of the year.  That weekend, I went and bought a new camera and lens (yes, a pity party haha) and we had a great afternoon shooting.  From that experience, I committed to taking time each month to shoot more personal projects.  I am so glad I did.  It rejuvenates me as an artist.   And on top of that, I have been able to collaborate with some awesome vendors – there are so many talented people out there!
  • In all seriousness, I am proud to say that I have the Netflix binge watching while editing thing down to a science now.  😉

It’s hard not to compare yourself to others and wonder if you measure up.  It’s hard to compete on social media, especially when as a busy mom of teenagers, working full time and running a household, serving in my church and community and also trying to have a social life ;), I am often pulled in many directions.  I have lots to improve on and hope to do a few things differently going forward.  I feel so lucky to do what I love.  Thank you for supporting me!
Here’s to an amazing 2017!
Here are a few of my favorite images from 2016… (you can see the full size images below or view the slideshow)

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<![CDATA[Oh my heck, two personal posts in a month!  I hope you don't mind.
I am a put-away-the-holiday-the-day-right-after kinda gal.  So by noon on 11/1, Halloween was all boxed up.  I wish I was that on the ball in every other aspect of my life! ha!
Anyways…
For fall, I didn't really put out any orange tones this year.  Not that I don't like orange, because I have a bold vintage orange couch in my living room, I just wanted things more modern and a little different.  I kept out the pumpkins and table decor and added some pomegranates for some color.  I do love pops of color, about as much as my kids love pomegranates.  I hope I can keep them from eating them right off the table.  We use the branches for our thankful tree.  It's fun to see what gets added to the list.  It's already 3x more filled then when I took these pictures.  That makes me happy!
2016-11-07_00182016-11-07_00212016-11-07_00202016-11-07_0023I have a jar of tags and pens on the table so the kids can add things to the tree.  George Strait made his appearance.  It was well deserved, we are sure grateful for him. 😉  Normal people would write things like “good health” and “family” and all of that seriously meaningful stuff (that we of course are grateful for as well), but our family is not normal.  haha.  Along with “George Strait”, we have “chick-fil-a sauce”, “boys”, “fishing”, “saturdays to sleep in”, etc.  Real life right here.2016-11-07_00222016-11-07_00192016-11-07_00242016-11-07_0025Oh, yeah…and this is my dog.  No fall decor here, just thought you’d like to meet my office partner.
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I don’t usually post about my personal life here but I thought that maybe I should start!
One thing you should know about me is that Fall is my favorite season.  As a photographer, Christmas always seems to be so stressful (although I love it of course), but fall…well, fall is just fun.  In Arizona, it’s such a relief from the hot summer months and the cool mornings and evenings are almost magical.  Parks and streets fill up again with people and kids and neighbors who aren’t afraid of the blistering pavement anymore.  It means pumpkin patches and fall leaves and neighborhood parties and trick or treating.  It’s such an awesome time of year.
Years ago, I was even more of a holiday fanatic than I am now.  Our house was decked out like no one’s business (including a halloween tree) and my kids loved it (unless they just indulged me! haha).  Nowdays, I am lucky to get anything done — but I do love decorating.  And I love decorating the holidays to match my current home decor (which changes a lot too).  And we are a little crazy about our posable skeletons.  We have three.  Just search my hashtag #skeletononashelf on instagram.
Here’s a little preview of Halloween around my house…

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Scored a great deal on a new table in the family room so took a couple of updated shots.  😉
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