Every year! I ask them for a portrait. Seems every year we're in a new home so far. Next year I'm hoping it'll be our last for a while! This year, Liam for the first time said "Happy mother's day!" Noah came home from school with an entire manila envelope filled with mother's day work he had done all week at school. Noah said "We have a prize for you! We're going to listen ALL DAY" ....yeah that didn't happen lol. We all went to church just like we do every Sunday and spent the day with family swimming and playing...As all mother's know, at the end of the day, you're spent, exhausted, emotionally drained, feel unappreciated, you name it. Then they sleep. You peek in on them and see their sweet little bodies just as they were as babies and your cup runneth over. It's the hardest and most unappreciated volunteer job out there and I wouldn't trade it for the world....and yes, my foot IS that big and Noah and I sit exactly alike pretty much all the time lol
I mean have you watched that show?! Bawl like a baby every time.
When we became the three of us, for a long time I was just grieving and had no desire to really have my picture taken. We then moved, life presented a whole new long, beautiful, hopeful, fun, exciting road of freedom ahead and looking through our boxes of things, I realized we had very to little wall art left. So I reached out and found the sweetest, most talented little pixie photographer I've ever met. Joanie Turner is a Godsend and I can't wait to have her capture my little family every year!
I was honored when Jen came to me and asked me if I could do headshots for her as she launches into her new career. I mean, how could you not want to do a photo shoot with her?! She's bubbly, gorgeous inside and out, and allowed me to mold and poke and pick at her. I've known Jen for a long time and am so very proud to see what she's doing with her life! Please check her out on her Instagram @realisticholistic_Jen for everything from health and fitness, balancing mom-of-3 life, wife-life, homeschool-life, and most importantly, her faith journey. She's on her way to becoming an awesome personal trainer!
When the Tatum family found out I was going to be in town to capture a wedding (see prior blog post) they reached out and asked if I had 30 minutes to spare to do a mini session for Jackson's first birthday. I have NEVER been able to turn down my repeat families. I adore them, I watch their kiddos grow, and I love to maintain clients as friends, so I said "I'll make it happen!"
Happy first birthday Jackson!
Ahhhh where to start! I met Shaun & Cherianne about a year ago when I was able to capture Shaun popping the question. We spent the entire evening shooting until the sun went down because my time clock went out the window entirely. Why? Because I adored them. I fell in love with these two. They met at a Cubs game, which for all of you who know me I think is the most awesome way to meet someone EVER. Shaun is in the Navy and Cherianne worked as a teacher in Chicago. The love and devotion they have for each other is so genuine and you believe it just from the first 2 minutes you spend with these two. I was soooo happy when they wanted me to come back to San Diego to shoot their big day. Lets be honest, I probably would've crashed the wedding anyway :)-
Here is just a snapshot of the day...more to come on their big day
Liam turns 3 today, technically tonight at 8:25. He came 3 weeks early at a difficult time in my life then with my marriage starting to be over essentially. I was in the hospital with him for almost 3 days before he decided to finally come earthside, mostly alone, quiet, watching the rain, Friend's re-runs, reading, praying, thinking, missing Noah, wondering what in the world the future was going to be. He came quick and easy. Fast forward 3 years later...He's a spit fire. Hilarious. Feisty. A total nut. Very strong willed. And a really excellent hugger on his terms. Every year I take portraits of the boys on their birthdays and Bo's perfectly give insight to his giant personality. Happy Birthday my little Bo, mommy loves you.
This beautiful city has so many places to shoot! I met Hannah and Joe at Trinity Groves, which is a little pocket of restaurants and shops that are so awesomely put together. They were sitting having dinner one night and decided they wanted their engagement photos taken there with the beautiful skyline in the back. We had a cloudy cold day so we didn't get much skyline but we did have lots of snuggling! Very hard to pick favorites from this one!
One month ago we were exhausted and emotional from the 3 days we spent in the car driving half way across the country. It's been a transition. One that on some days seems easy peasy and on others seems just as exhausting as that 3 day drive. We are back to homeschooling, back to play dates, and love being involved in our church. Life after this first month is finally starting to feel like it's moving forward. On top of new adventures, the boys got to experience their very first snowfall. Our favorite thing to do so far...explore!
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you and yours had a wonderful and safe close to 2016. I just missed the mark to wrap up the blog year, but I'm still happy to ring in 2017 with a family who is so dear to me. They were finally all together so we scrambled to get a shoot. Just a few of my favorites of these guys. Enjoy!
I began shooting the Meshot family over 4 years ago; the twins were in mommy's tummy. I've watched them all grow into the most respectful and kind little people. Adam and Rhi have such an inspiring marriage and their journey has driven them to raise 3 of the sweetest children. My hats off to you two! Love you all!
So as I and the boys embark to Texas on our next stage in life, I've been doing my homework on finding some favorite places to shoot over in DFW, and it got me thinking...why not share my favorite places that I had here! In no particular order, here are some of my favorite locations in this beautiful city.
Flinn Springs County Park
Mission Trails - the Old Damn side
The Old Cactus Garden - Balboa Park
Leo Carillo Ranch and trails
Museums in Balboa Park
All of Gaslamp & East Village - Downtown San Diego
The Salk Institute
Torrey Pines State Beach
La Jolla Cove
I had the privilege of taking some portraits for a very close and dear friend of mine this past weekend who said he needed some head shots. Andy and I met over a year ago with a mutual love and obsession with opera. He is also an incredibly talented violinist for The La Jolla Symphony! Very hard to choose through these highlights, so enjoy!
Several miracles were performed this month and it's only November 11. The biggest being the amazing news of me being able to move with the boys to Texas to reunite with our family and friends and support system. A huge burden and weight has been lifted and for the first time in months, I slept a whole night. As a mother, you worry, it's ingrained in us. For once in a very long while, the worry has settled, not gone away, but settled. God tested me during this time and just continued to say TRUST. That's what I did; I trusted Him.
I'm so excited for the new adventures we'll go on. The boys are beyond happy that they'll get to see their cousins all the time and be with family...this picture pretty much sums it up. We'll be on the road December 12, fully loaded with the dog and 2 cats as we "Chevy Chase roadtrip vacation" to Argyle...stay tuned.
A few months ago my cousin's boyfriend, John, who's been in our lives for 6 years now, pulled me aside during a trip to Santa Barbara. He was all giddy and nervous and adorable. Told me he was finally getting the ring back he designed and wanted me to come up to shoot their proposal. My answer of course was "Oh my gosh yes please!"
Fast forward a couple weeks later and the saddest thing occurred. The ring he had put sweat and tears and money into had been stolen right out of his car. The surprise of proposing was essentially out of the bag from having to report it stolen, so we thought letting some time pass might make it a bit more exciting. We hiked up to a gorgeous lookout called Lizard's Mouth and I was awestruck by how beautiful of a night it was. Thank God she was shocked! What a celebration, thank you so much for allowing me to be apart of it. I cannot wait for your snowy day wedding!
Today we said goodbye to Grandma "Ga" and Grandpa as they embarked on their move to Texas to join my brother and his family & an already wonderful community. Sooooo many tears. I've never lived more than 10 minutes from my momma. She's my best friend, my role model, my inspiration for so many things. Her faith is astounding and she has never given up on me. Not to mention the most amazing grandma on the planet. Paul, my step-dad, my Papa. He came into our life at a hard time. I was a teenager, a very angry and confused teenager. Paul jumped into "dad" role even with me kicking and screaming. I'm so thankful for him. He has taught me so much, most of all, what I deserve. Love. He has drilled it into me from day one that I deserve to be loved and I'm so grateful for his heart and understanding of me.
D-day is October 25th. The day we find out if we can all be reunited with my family, the day we find out if I as a single mother can not just survive, but thrive and provide an amazing life for the boys. My mom said to me "We wouldn't leave you if I didn't believe God was going to bring you there." There's a calendar on the chalkboard and we are counting down the days. What a monumental time in our life and instead of the last time, when I put my camera away because I couldn't see the point anymore, I'm going to be breaking it out every chance I get.