Paulson family portraits.

Love this family.  The unposed photos are my very favorite.  Can’t not fight with the sibs.

Pau

Bat Mitzvah

I love, love , love shooting bar/bat mitzvahs.  I think because the actual ceremony part of it is so beautiful.  I love the words of wisdom and the hope for the futures of these young kids.  I had the chance to work with the adventure Rabbi, Jamie Korngold and her words and music were so beautifully spoken.  I am also impressed on how hard these kids work for this ceremony and how hard they work learning the Hebrew Prayers.

Kipela family portraits.

I absolutely love working with kids and families.  The best part about it is when the kids are just being themselves without having to pose.   No matter what

I do they always end up doing what they want and I think that is perfect.

Horse barn photo shoot.

This was an amazing photo shoot. One of the women bid on my gift certificate at an auction for Birds of Prey and asked if I would come out to her barn and shoot all the women with their horses. I love animals but have never really been around horses.  What struck me was the connection they each had with their horse.  I guess I’ve always been a bit afraid of them as they are so large, but these ladies had no fear at all.  Only incredible love for their animals.

Keva Brearton

Another beautiful high school senior and a few family shots to boot. And sweet little Olivia who snuck in for a few.

I love shooting high school seniors. Especially ones I’ve known their whole life. What a beautiful girl Annabelle is.

 

 

 

 

 

Julia, Jeremy and baby cooper.

The first time I met Julia I knew I would love her.  She’s beautiful, kind and tough.  I am sure, despite her size, that she could kick my ass.  I like that in a woman.  Her husband Jeremy is funny as heck and has a heart of gold.  I’m sure they balance each other very well.  I shot their engagement photos and then their wedding and now the baby.  I loved watching them be new parents.  The realization that your life is forever changed and that a night out on the town with a babysitter eats up half your paycheck. I remember way back when when I babysat and got paid 50 cents an hour.  Now they are making $15 an hour.  It’s a good thing those sweet babies are so dang cute. And you can’t forget about Jefferson Goldstein the dog.  I think that is what made me like these guys so much is that incredible name for their dog.

The Godwins

I have know this family for maybe 15 years.  I have shot weddings, portraits, retirements all of it.  I feel so honored to be a part of a family’s life like this.They become a new family for me.  It feels really cool to watch the families grow and change and each new person is as lovely as the last.  They are a lot like my own family.  Big, boisterous and above all loving and caring people.  Yay Godwin’s thank you for always including me in your life events.

Dance 2B free

I recently had the opportunity to photograph the women who run Dance 2B free a non profit sharing dance in women’s prisons.

I was immediately moved by the inner beauty each one of them possessed.  It is really remarkable to be able to see into someone.  Each woman had their own special way about them and I have no doubt that is this group will make a huge impact on our prison system.

Please take a look at what they are about. http://www.dance2bfree.org/

 

Dani and Nick

I feel like I never know what to say in these blogs so I’m just going to talk about my experience with this family.  First of all, Dani, the bride.  I loved that when I got her shot list she asked for just a few photos of herself.  I get that, who wants to pose for photos.  But the minute I saw her in her dress I became obsessed with her.  She has a certain shyness or quietness about her that is very sweet.  But the minute my obsession began I couldn’t stop telling her how beautiful she was to me.  I watched her show up for that and it was really a beautiful thing.  I think  a lot of us do not see our own beauty so to have it pointed out over and over, and believe me I could not quit pointing it out, we start to show up, fully in our beauty.  I got to watch this happen with Dani and I’m so glad.  I find it so interesting to watch who people are through the lens of my camera.  I absolutely love it.  All the things we think we are hiding from everyone, yet we can’t really because they are so a part of who we are.  In fact it is what I believe endears us to those who love us.  Dani, you are beautiful.  Thank you for showing up for me.

Nick the groom was a complete other sort.  He was so full of confidence in himself.  I guess that comes with the territory of being a world class sky diver.  I’m assuming you have to have ass kicking confidence to do that.  What I loved about him was that he was just who he was.  No two ways about it.  And I loved during the toasts when one of Dani’s sisters said how he can never take his eyes off her when she walks away.  Perfection.

Another thing that touched me was when Dani’s father was giving the toast and he acknowledged how much her mother had done to raise those kids.  He was a big traveler and she did all the heavy family stuff. And he so appreciated her for that.  How beautiful is that to be appreciated for what you have done for your family.

So all these beautiful things, in one event, I am a lucky lucky woman.

I would also like to mention the other vendors.  Leanne Jewell from jewelleventdesign.com was amazing.  There was not one rough spot in the whole wedding.   I do not believe I have ever worked such a large wedding that went without flaws.  If you want your wedding to be easy I would call her for sure.  Also the staff at the St. Julien Hotel, the band, the DJ you name it everyone did their particular jobs amazingly well. Oh and lest I forget Design works kicked butt with the room. Take a look below.  Blew me away.