lee {family}

We met these guys in law school and we became fast friends. They have the most beautiful children, and this location was just as dreamy as they are! At the end of this shoot I got the call that my little boy had broken his arm... so I felt like we were cut a little short and I'm hoping we can get together again soon. I can't wait to go back here... it's magical. Love you guys!



hale {family}

Christina and I met when we worked EFY for the summer in College. The first time we met we wrestled.... and that's how I knew our friendship was meant to be. :)  She likes to rub it in my face that she got boys and I got girls, but truly I can't think of a better mom for these cute boys.




yeates {sealed}

Ever since I was a teenager, I've wanted to be like Melissa. I love her parents and siblings too!  I have really loved watching her grow her own family, and admire her courage and faith in having and raising a large family-- including the long, hard process of adoption. Being with them on this day was very special, and something I won't ever forget. <3


details {photo tip}

The past month has been rough for our family, it's been sickness non-stop. Our sweet baby girl was admitted to the hospital for several days with RSV and a high fever, and was within an inch of being transported to Primary Children's Hospital. Thankfully, the doctors were able to control her fever and get her oxygen and dehydration under control.  All her siblings (and myself) also got RSV, had high fevers, ear infections, pink eye and a bout of pneumonia. It's been rough.

BUT. One thing that photography helps me do is find the beauty in hard situations, because I believe there is always beauty when you look for it.  I want to remember the hard things that make me who I am and that make me a better mother and person. I want to remember how I sat in the hospital chair for 4  days straight and never left her side, staring at her perfect face and praying that her little body would fight the infection.  I want to remember how I became fast friends with the nurses who took amazing care of my babe, and ordered grilled cheese and shakes with them at midnight to pass the time. I even want to remember how it broke my heart every time they suctioned her little lungs or when they searched for her little dehydrated veins for over an hour and a half... twice.

I of course didn't take pictures during those times where I needed to be present for her, but once she was stable and I knew she was okay, I photographed the details, and I'm so glad I did.

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It's my story, and it's her story. I'll keep her memories for her until she's ready to keep them herself.  <3

Neighbors {family}

I got together with 2 other photographers in my neighborhood and did mini sessions for all our neighbors one afternoon earlier this month. I shot 10 families in 4 hours! It was crazy, but fun.

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baxter {family}

Erin is one of those friends that I'll always treasure. She makes me laugh, lets my cry in her lap (literally), and always has a listening ear.  She's sunshine in my life. I couldn't do this photography gig without you, Boss. Love this family!

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