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”

Photographing my friends and family always trips me up because up until the day I think with the brain of a photographer… where will we take photos? What kind of light should I seek? How will the timing work? Then I am there and one of my closest friends is putting on a wedding dress and 10 years flash before my eyes and my heart wells up with emotion, overflowing with the feels, because my dear friend has found such happiness!!! It never gets old and…Continue Reading “Samantha + Josiah | Rustic Fall Wedding in Vintage Pink”

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”

Welcome to part two of our Maiden Voyage! If you haven’t read Part One yet, you can see that here. Tahoe The drive from Orem to Tahoe went smoothly. We took turns sleeping, stopped for breakfast somewhere in Nevada and it was still morning when we reached Reno. My excitement began to grow as we were driving through Reno. Childhood memories came flooding back, growing clearer and sweeter the closer we came to Tahoe. My parents lived in Tahoe when I was born and though we…Continue Reading “Our Maiden Voyage | Part 2 – Tahoe to Arcata”

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”

Wide landscape view of the first lookout at Arches national park at sunset. Facing west, towering rock formations glowing red.

In the five years that Steven and I have been married, we have traveled once to Colorado with my family, once to Wisconsin to visit friends, once to Oklahoma and a few day trips to various destinations. Growing up, my parents cultivated a healthy appetite for road-trips. All things travel and adventure were encouraged. I had been craving an epic road-trip for a long time. It was gnawing at my soul. Thoughts of mountains, of waves, ocean, trees, the smell of pines, the heat of…Continue Reading “Our Maiden Voyage | Part 1 – Kansas and Utah”

12 month photo of Finn toothy smile as he looks up at Mom with the camera

I am writing this while Finn is already 13.5 months old. I had high hopes of photographing Finn in his birthday t-shirt that I made for him along with the gold star balloons from his party, but I never got around to it and our lives got busy and I got very good at making up excuses. Oh, well. I still wanted to wrap up his first year of life a bit better because I really only plan to write these updates every 6-12 months…Continue Reading “Finn | 1 Year”

Finn's 11 Month featured Image

This has been a very grown-up month for my Finn! One of my favorite things he’s been doing is pointing at everything! It’s so cute. He points at things he finds interesting, things he wants, things he’s scared of, and things he’s curious about. When we read books (which he’s really been enjoying lately) he will point at the main subject on each page and look up at me. *MELTING HEART! Finn is excelling in all matters of communication. He has more noises, of which I’m slowly…Continue Reading “Finn | 11 Months”