Thursday, November 27, 2008

Giving Thanks and Taking Pics

Today is a day to give thanks. And I am thankful I got to spend time with my family. We had an awesome Thanksgiving at my uncle's ranch in Chandler. My sweet little neice and I slipped away and we had a mini-photo shoot. This is the darling Makenzie. I could have shot with her all day long. And the cool part is she would have let me. She loves the camera and she's so stinkin' cute, which makes her my new BFF;)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sis And Her Dog

This is my sister. Isn't she gorgeous? This is her sweet dog, Bert. We all were a little nervous when she got Bert because we've all made the mistake of getting a puppy and not realizing what we were getting into, at some point in our life. Bert, however, has turned out to be the best dog ever! We all love him and we're so glad Stace has him.

We did these pics for her Christmas cards this year. I'm so hoping I exceeded last year's Christmas card pics. Stacy went down to PetSmart and had Bert's photo taken with a she-Santa wearing purple nail polish. It was pretty bad. I hope these work well, although they probably won't give us as much laughter as last years'.

Back In The Saddle Again

After relocating to AZ, I'm slowing getting back into the photography groove. I had the privilege of photographing Robert and Patricia. I've known each of them for a long, long, time. Patricia's mother (who showed up at the end of the shoot), was my kindergarten teacher! It is so great to see Robert & Patricia married and now parents! What a sweet family.

Robert & Patricia,
Thanks for letting me photograph you and your absolutely LoVeLy daughter. What a doll! She is perfect in every way! You guys were great, especially being willing to go to "The Hut" for family pictures. Did you ever imagine that would be a photo op spot? HA!
Much love,

I'm sure anyone from Ajo who is looking at this is laughing out loud. You'd have to understand what "The Hut" is to appreciate the humor in this photo:

"Nana" showed up at the end of the shoot as Miranda was getting sleepy. Perect timing for a little cuddle session. How sweet is this?:
(BTW, this was my Kindergarden teacher)

Friday, November 7, 2008

My Boys

We stopped at this Aspen Grove that we used to drive through frequently when we lived at the Grand Canyon. I've wanted to take pictures there for quite a while. I got some great shots of my guys and wanted to share them. Maybe I'm a little biased, but I think these guys are super handsome. I love these pics. I'll share more from the Aspen Grove soon.

I love to capture sincere laughter in pictures...


As we traveled from the Grand Canyon to Flagstaff, we stopped for family pictures, which I will post later. After we stopped for pictures, we met a dear friend for lunch in Flagstaff. She is a photographer and offered to take us down the road to NAU and take a shot of the whole family. We took her up on her offer because she does great work and it would be nice to have one of all of us together.

I don't know what we were thinking, trying to take more pictures, after keeping the restless kids in the car for several days and 2,000 miles. I'm posting this to show that even photographers' families have photo shoots that don't go perfectly....

Okay here we go... not so bad, right?
It got worse from here...

Poor Elle did a face plant as I was readjusting:

I think Delainey is getting ready to sneeze:

This dogpile (which was my idea) was a complete castrophe! Hilarious!

This is one Caleb had shot earlier.
I think it's funny because Delainey was aparently itchy..

Thankfully, we did walk away with some good stuff too.

I just wanted to show that I fully understand what moms go through to make pictures successful. Nothing surprises me anymore. Now you've seen me and my family at our worst so don't feel any pressure about your next family shoot.

Jess & Jer

While I was photographing Jessica's family, her boyfriend Jerry came along and we got some shots of the two of them. Here are the two of them looking cute together:

Brandon Passed!

I was 15 when Brandon was born. It's so hard to believe he turned 16 this week! I just got word that he passed his Driver's License test today! Yay! His parents seriously surprised him with this car on Saturday. We're all calling it the Bat-Mobile. I couldn't be happier for Brandon. I couldn't be more proud of him either.

Happy Birthday, Brandon.
Congrats on passing your test.
I love you tons,