Oh man, here we go again! I looked back at my last pregnancy just now and realized I started documenting at 17 weeks. I thought I was behind, so that made me feel better about myself. Starting this process near the start of the 2nd trimester is most definitely due to the fact that I’ve finally started to emerge from the fog of the last three months. It has nothing to do with the presence of a belly, considering my body got the memo right…Continue Reading “Belly Day // 16 Weeks”

Several weeks ago I posted this video to Facebook, trying to be all tricky and mysterious. For the sake of documentation and consistency, I felt like it needed to be posted on my blog, too! So here you go. :) As this new adventure progresses I plan to document all the weekly updates the way I did with the first two. Check them all out here.

As my life meanders along, I occasionally am struck by the significance of some relationships, the way they’ve somehow become a huge part of how you became the person you are. My friendship with Sammy is like that. As great as those early days of friendship were in college, I had no idea the way our lives would grow together and the ways we would end up encouraging each other. I’m deeply grateful for the chance to share these life moments with Sammy and I…Continue Reading “Samantha // Expecting”

Ben is the last of my siblings to graduate high school. That makes me feel seriously OLD. I’ve photographed senior photos for every single one of my six siblings (I just now realized that and as I write it out I can barely accept it). As my youngest brother, he is the last of the siblings but never the least (honestly, they’re all equal in my eyes). Even though there are 13 years between us (and though he claims that almost all his memories of me are after I…Continue Reading “Ben // Senior”

I love the way photographs freeze moments so I can cherish them forever. Within the last few years, I’ve realized that video also holds a special power. It can preserve those memories in a different way, one that saves the experience of those moments so they’re rich and alive. I had already been capturing video along with photos during the more outstanding moments in this life, but it was around the time we took our first big family road trip in 2015 that I decided to start capturing more video…Continue Reading “2016 // A Year of Growing, Loving, and Sparking Adventure”

If you’re from around the KC area, you’ve probably began to notice this mural popping up in your Facebook feeds and friends’ photos lately. The moment I saw it in a photo by a fellow Kansas City photographer, I was like “Whah??? Where is it?!” Then, a week or so later, my sister, Bethany, came to visit. She’s a traveler, an adventurer of cities. She is truly in love with Kansas City, so I thought it would be perfect. When I told her about the…Continue Reading “Bethany // Kansas City I’m So in Love”

A wide shot of the cake table including the banners and garlands above and the gold star balloons on either end

My thoughts about planning “second kid” birthdays Planning birthday parties for your second child can be challenging. I sat trying to think of what theme we should use for Finn’s first and was at a loss. I’d already done robots, dinosaurs, and monsters for Miles’ parties and Finn was too young to really have any preferences. So what did I do? I went to Pinterest. There I found a cute cake that inspired me to do gold stars. It wasn’t much of a theme but I…Continue Reading “Finn’s First Birthday Party”

Fall is coming around again, my favorite season… perfect for the indecisive, fickle personality like me. There are warm days, there are cold days, you can wear pants with short sleeves or shorts with hoodies! It’s like a celebration of compromise. It’s wonderful. And that’s not even considering all the great excuses for baking and eating delicious food, the ocean of gorgeous leaves (each one unique and begging to be immortalized via my camera), and indulging in coffee and hoodies and all things cozy is almost…Continue Reading “Our Family Photos // Fall 2015”

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting my friend Sammy in Oklahoma for her baby shower! She’s only a few weeks away from giving birth to a little baby boy! But let’s back up… Sammy and Josiah met me last fall for a morning engagement session at Cider Hill Family Orchard where they let the warmth of the fire pit warm away the chill of early day. They then strolled through the trees, picking pretty red orbs and laughing at each other’s jokes and celebrating…Continue Reading “Samantha + Josiah | Fall Engagement Session at Cider Hill Family Orchard”

Welcome to Part 3 of our Maiden Voyage! If you haven’t seen part 2, you can check it out here: Our Maiden Voyage | Part 2 – Tahoe to Arcata and here is Part 1 Fern Canyon The next morning found me anxious because I had planned a lot of things for the day and I was nervous that we wouldn’t be able to experience them all. Everything we planned to see was within the 60 miles or so from Arcata to Crescent City, CA along…Continue Reading “Our Maiden Voyage | Part 3 – Northern California Coast”