Sisters | Fort Bragg California Family Photographer

There is nothing better than a photo session with a long time friend and her sister. I have had the pleasure of knowing Savannah since grammar school and her baby sister since she was an infant. We had a little bit of fun out at Jughandle State Park this week in preparation for Father’s Day.  40 minutes plus perfect light plus two beautiful girls equals time well spent.



Father’s Day is approaching quickly. Have you considered a photo shoot for the father in your life?  It’s a gift that will last a lifetime. Thank you Savannah for inviting us to help you create lasting memories for your DAD! Hugs and Kisses from both of us!



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2013 Senior| Fort Bragg California High School Senior Portrait Photographer

While my peers, friends, and family were all out capturing the solar eclipse, Cherie and I were playing on the beach. I think we captured her personality perfectly. Many more sessions to come from this beautiful young lady.




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Can’ts, Cans, Dreams, and Plans| Mendocino County Wedding Photographer


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In honor of Mother’s Day, I find it fitting to reflect on who I am, where I came from, and where I am going. I have to say, if it weren’t for my mom’s encouragement, patience, perserverence, enthusiasm, and wisdom, I would not be the self-assured woman that I am today. So thanks mom!

I never saw myself as an artist. Growing up I envied the kids who could draw, paint, and create. I took my camera for granted. I didn’t notice the beauty I was creating. Not until I started photographing my own children. I took for granted that I had VISION. In life, all you need is a little vision, motivation, enthusiasm, and perseverance. My mama raised me to believe in myself, and that’s just what I’m going to do.

I’ve never not always been the kind to sit around and day dream. That is, until recently. I’ve been dreaming of ways to enhance our photography portfolio, get our name out, get to know our local vendors, and just be more involved in our photography business in general. I have a bucket list. Not just a life’s bucket list, but a photography bucket list as well. I was sitting going over it the other day feeling helpless and alone. I couldn’t imagine how I would make any of my dreams come true. It’s been a very emotional month for me. I’ve had some hard things happening and I needed to find a way to get out of the swamp my slump.

So. Instead of just dreaming, I decided to start doing. Thanks in part to Jasmine Star’s latest Creative Live Course, I have a new found confidence in my work. I’ve been watching something unfold that is simply amazing. I can’t share details quite yet, but I can say, it’s going to be HUGE and it makes me so amazingly happy.

I’m turning my “can’ts into cans and dreams into plans”. Will you join me on my journey?


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Compassion International Blogging Team Heads to Tanzania

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Compassion  International’s Blogging Team is headed to Tanzania. Be sure to follow their journey and please keep them in your prayers!  If you are interested in being part of the journey please follow:

I will be following their journey and praying fervently for their impact on Africa and in the lives of these amazing families.  I hope you will too!

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Celebrate Young Children | Mendocino County Child Photographer

We had the privilege of spending the entirety of Saturday outdoors. Not because we were home with nothing to do. No. We went to a Celebrate the Week of the Young Child event at our local elementary school.  It was FANTASTIC.  The boys all enjoyed it immensely.

One of the activities for the children was Newspaper Hat Making hosted by our very favorite local preschool.  Here are a few moments that are dear to my heart.

We never pass up a good opportunity to have our faces painted! Naturally we spent some time at the face painting station. Cameron and I have never seen our boys sit so still. I asked the artists if they would mind coming to my house on a daily basis so that my kids could settle down. HAHA, yeah right!

Wowza. Those eyelashes. I mean, boys don’t care right?  I wish that I had eyelashes like that. Don’t you?!? Just WOW!

Now, you may be wondering why Aiden chose a butterfly. Well. We just finished up a science fair project about butterflies. I actually went ahead and had my face painted too. I didn’t take any photos though. So sorry! Anyway, that’s why our 7 year old boy wanted a butterfly. Of course, our more rough and tumble child wanted something completely typical. Wolverine!
They even agreed to give him spikes on his hands!
Our little superhero in action.  He really is quite the ruff and tumble kid.
On a whole, I would say our Saturday was full of fun. We are so blessed to have wonderful community members that come together and put on these kinds of events for our kids. If you were one of the vendors at Celebrate The Week of the Young Child. THANK YOU! You all rock!!

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Earth Day 2012 | Mendocino County Child Photographer

We have had quite the exciting month with Christian’s Birthday Party, Earth Day 2012, and The Week of the Young Child.  Earth Day 2012 was a lot of fun for the kidlets.

They painted rocks.

There was Pine Cone Fairy making.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a day without making something for mommy. So, Aiden went the the stick bending station and made this.

We couldn’t pass up the petting zoo.   Chickens seemed to be Baby James’ favorite, but the bunnies came in a close second. He liked the goat, but it was just too hard to hold him and try to take photos of the goat too. Where was my second shooter you ask?!? Yes, it is true, Cameron couldn’t be with us. He was on duty. YUCK!

The highlight of the day however was most certainly holding baby chicks.

Earth Day 2012 was a ton of fun and we are looking forward to next years festivities. Thank you to all the community members that helped put this together. Our children are so blessed to live in this beautiful place!