An intimate capture of a moment between Branda and Bill, faces turned into each other and his hand on her shoulder.

Branda & Bill’s Charming Chapel Wedding The sun leaked through the stained glass windows of Pilgrim’s chapel in rays of magenta and bursts of golden light. We all stood, eager to witness the declaration of Branda and Bill’s love and commitment to each other. This they shared, with laughter, with soft words, and with charming moments shared in the silence between them as they held each other. It was a day of affection made warm by the blossoming spring day and the intimacy of family as they celebrated…Continue Reading “Branda + Bill”

Finn 9 Months Featured Photo

The other day Steven asked me “Do you realize it’s only a few months until Finn’s first birthday?” I then replied “Hush your mouth!!!” Finn has reached new levels of cuteness and bigness this month. He took his first step a few weeks ago and he can now take anywhere from 3-10 steps in a row before losing his balance. I’m not sure when it’s officially labelled “walking,” but we’re pretty close to calling it that. He’s been munching on every food he can get…Continue Reading “Finn | 9 Months”

Finn 8 Month Official Photo - Featured

Finn’s amazing qualities just shine brighter as he gets older and I continually fall more in love with him. He has a sweet, contented disposition and a strong, steady determination that keeps him trying and trying no matter what until he masters something. He has mastered crawling and has even mastered standing! He can pull himself up from anything, including the floor and will let go and stand there for a good 30 seconds before letting himself back down to the floor quite deliberately. I expect him to be…Continue Reading “Finn | 8 Months”

Finn Seven Month Update - Official Featured Photo

The day Finn turned 7 months old he officially started crawling! Now I can’t keep him in one place long enough to snap up his onesie! Just a few days before he was officially on the move he pulled himself up on the couch a couple times. This month Finn spent most of his time trying to grab and eat everything within sight, practicing all the pre-crawl moves like a champ and having his first taste of solid foods! His Dr recommended that we try baby…Continue Reading “Finn | 7 Months”

Finn's official 6 month update photo

Here we are… half a year old!!! Nah… I think I’ll remain comfortably here in my realm of “denial.” I think we finally have a teether on our hands. Finn has been overall a very chill, happy baby, so it’s odd to have him fussing constantly. He will barely let me out of his sight, poor little! He chews teethers with determination and chomps his fingers a bit harder than before. His sleep is suffering (and thus, so am I). The easy ones apparently teeth…Continue Reading “Finn | 6 Months”

Tarchala family photo 2014

Here we are, almost a year later and I never actually posted photos of my family that we took last year for Christmas cards. I had every intention of printing custom Christmas cards and sending them out so I wanted to save them for that. Of course I never actually did that, because I’m a procrastinator in every way. I did print some for my house and for a few relatives for the holidays, but I’m kind of sad that I didn’t get to share…Continue Reading “Our Family Photos | 2014”

Finn 5 month featured image

Based on how often I find myself writing these updates, I should start planning Finn’s first birthday already. But for reals… time goes a gazillion times faster when you have your second kid. I was just realizing that we’re less than a month away from Finn’s 1/2 year. That’s insane to me! The timing of my life has been weird lately… it was all “springtime…pregger, preggo… pregnant….. and… BABY!” Then a rapid blur of warm summer months. There were a couple afternoons where I looked outside…Continue Reading “Finn | 5 Months”

Cute orange monster cake and colorful, neon monster eyeball cookies

The Monster Party Here are some photos of the party we planned for Miles third birthday. We had a fuzzy monster cake with eyeballs that was inspired by this one I saw on Pinterest. We had some eyeball snacks like these cookies and some dipped rice krispy treats. I attempted to make some monster balloon column/towers and made some favor bags that I decorated like monsters. I really did try to keep it more on the simple side this year. It might not seem like it, but…Continue Reading “Monster Party in Colorful Neon”

Mister Miles - Three Years Old - Featured Image

My Little Boy is Three! My sweet oldest boy turned the big THREE in September! We celebrated with a big monster party. It was the first party where Miles picked the theme himself. We were browsing Pinterest and he saw a pin of some awesome eyeball monster cookies by Kristyn here and insisted that’s what he wanted his party to be. I tried to show him other monster party decorations and snacks but he kept making me scroll back up to look at the cookies. “That one!!!…Continue Reading “Mister Miles | Three Years Old”

Family Session - Summer Blues - The Skeltons - Featured

I like to force my photography onto my friends and family like the awkward person that I am. For that reason, I suggested that my BFF get her family together for a session this summer when they were all in town for the first time in a long while. I’m so happy it worked out because it was a huge treat for me. I’m insanely nostalgic, so you can bet my heart was clenching with bittersweet joy as I snapped away during every laugh and smile….Continue Reading “Family Session | The Skeltons”