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Getting in the Picture

Monday, January 26, 2015
I'll say it now, I'll say it tomorrow, I'll say it in 20 years -- your kids don't care how you look in pictures, they care that you're in the pictures with them. They won't see the extra weight, baggy eyes or roots peeking through, they'll see their totally awesome mom smiling and laughing with them as they grow.

I take comfort being behind the camera rather than in front -- I truly understand the feeling. The photos are below are from the one set of photos from 2014 where I really LOVE how I look....  and it's mostly because I was matron of honor for my best friend's wedding and had invested in a really good pair of Spanx, and spent $100 on a professional make up artist and another $80 to have my hair quaffed by a pro. Quite unfortunately, I don't think Spanx are comfortable enough for every day wear and I can't afford the professional help on a day-to-day basis. Dang practical budgeting.






The fact is that I don't look like that on a daily basis. Most days are spent in yoga pants or leggings. If I'm feeling gutsy, I'll squeeze into jeans for the day. My hair is on top of my head, I don't wear makeup, and I have cleverly found that my glasses hide my dark circles. I'm sneaky that way. Even when I dress up, I'm still covering -- what I perceive to be -- my flaws. 

That's a very important part, there.... I'm focusing on what I see as my flaws. I could look at the photos below and pick them apart until the cows come home. But I won't because, despite what I see, I also see photos that I love & cherish. They capture moments that are special to me - time with friends, moments with my family, hugs and kisses with my kids. Sure, the photos would look just fine without me in them. My friends would still be having fun, my baby would still be cuddled by someone, my boys would still be smiling and laughing for the camera. But what good does that do for telling a story, for telling MY story? I have plenty of scrapbook pages that have pictures of everyone else because I didn't hand the camera over to someone else. I stayed in my comfort zone behind the camera and captured everyone else's happiness. But I was there, I was happy, I had fun, too! 

I've been making an effort this past year to get in front of the camera, to let it go and enjoy the moment. To practice what I preach and act on the fact that I fully believe everyone is beautiful and everyone deserves to be in the photo. Hear that? Not only should you be in the photos, you DESERVE to be in the photos. You work hard for your family 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your kids and friends and family love you for you. Share the moments with them! It's all about the baby steps - take a selfie with your son on your phone, grab a snapshot with your daughter at the park, hand the camera to a fellow tourist and pose in front of that national monument. Stand up and say "I was here! I lived this moment!" 

And know, that even as a professional, I understand where you're coming from. And trust that I mean it when I say you can let go at a photo shoot - be free, have fun, be you - and let me do the work. Let me worry about posing or your bangs in the wind or that scar on your chin. Leave your worries at the door, because 

I think you're beautiful.















California Spring Dates

Monday, January 19, 2015
Everyone give a big hooray for California spring dates!! I will be in the Bay Area & booking shoots from April 18-26th. It's the perfect time for Seniors, Mother's Day photos, and updated photos in the warmer weather.

I now offer three different packages to chose from so that you can find the package that best suits your needs for images and print options. Check out the options under the Investment tab.

There will be two blocks of mini sessions this trip:

Saturday, April 18th, there will be morning sessions (location TBD) and

Sunday, April 19th, there will be evening sessions at Vasona Park.

All sessions will be $125 and include a 20 minute session, at least 15 edited images in an online gallery & a custom designed mini accordion album. There will also be a discount if you wish to purchase additional albums from your mini session - these little books make amazing gifts and are perfect for Mother's & Father's Day!

All sessions are limited, so if you are interested in booking, please send me a message or an email to claim your place!


Spring Openings & Mini Sessions!

Happy 2015! Don't you just love the nice weather we've been having recently? This is one thing I love about Las Vegas -- we can wear t-shirts by February! Booking is now open for all spring & summer sessions. It's the perfect time for Seniors, Mother's Day photos, and updated photos in the warm weather. I also have some weekend openings for newborn sessions; the perfect way to celebrate your new little addition!

I now offer three different packages to chose from so that you can find the package that best suits your needs for images and print options. You can see all the options under the Investment tab.



I've also opened up the booking for this year's Spring Mini Sessions -- there will be two blocks of minis this year, both at great locations.

Saturday, March 14th, there will be morning sessions at Floyd Lamb Park.
Saturday, April 11th, there will be evening sessions at Peccole Ranch.

All sessions will be $125 and include a 20 minute session, at least 15 edited images in an online gallery & a custom designed mini accordion album. There will also be a discount if you wish to purchase additional mini albums from your mini session - these little books make amazing gifts and are perfect for Mother's & Father's Day!

Mini sessions are limited, so if you are interested in booking, please send me a message or an email to claim your place!

As always - you guys are what keep me going and your referrals are always appreciated. If you know someone who might be interested in booking a session, pass this information along!



Slade Newborn - Las Vegas, NV Photographer

This sweet little (well, 9 pounds little) guy made his appearance just after Thanksgiving and within a week, he was ready for his first official photo shoot! Daddy and my husband are friends and co-workers and even my boys have been excited for the arrival of their friend, "Baby Swade."

This little man was a complete stud and an angel for our shoot. He tried to make us think it was going to be hard work at the beginning, but with some white noise and well-practiced bouncing, I was able to convince him that I wasn't all that bad and he fell into a perfect balance of awake & sleepy smiles. 

Best part was that mom & dad got to go in the other room and take a break (maybe even a power nap!) while he and I worked on his solo shots! Make sure to scroll through to see all the perfect little rolls and features on this cutie! 




















Riley Turns Three - Las Vegas, NV Photographer

Oh my sweet Riley Roo. This kid keeps me on my toes. He is the cutest, funniest little boy, but don't let that smile & big blue eyes fool you... he can also be a tornado of chaos. He turned 3 in November and we took the chance to get some photos of him in the beautiful changing leaves. 


(In Las Vegas, we see "fall" about November, maybe December.)
He was quite the model for me and we cranked out our little shoot in about 10 minutes. It's amazing what you can get in a matter of minutes!







Pike Family MINI - Las Vegas, NV Photographer

So I was in heaven after one shoot with the Pike Family... and over the moon to get another chance for a quick mini session later in the season. Taylor & I have become best buds -- especially when we found out that our birthdays are only a day apart! We had a fun quick session in the leaves and perfect warm sunset & I really can't wait for more opportunities to work with them in the years to come!













Jones Family - Las Vegas, NV Photographer

The Jones family was the grand prize winner of our 2013 Great Thanksgiving Giveaway! Since I got to work with them last year and their contest win, they've added another sweet little girl to their family, so it was definitely time for more photos! 

We hiked around, laughed, played, and made all sorts of silly faces at each other. Such a kind & beautiful family and I can't wait to work with them in 2015 and see how much the kids grow up this next year!













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