I'm not much of one to sing in the shower. Partly because it turns into a soap opera every time, and partly because I shower at 6 in the morning and don't want to wake up the kids! But days like today when I'm in the car on the way to a session I get my Amazon music app going and I belt it out! Lately I've been on another Brandi Carlile, Josh Groban, and Iris Dement kick. Random combo, I know! But I LOVE them and man it makes the time pass . I always love trying new music though! Who/what song should I check out next?! Give me some of your favorites to check out for my next road trip!!
Without modern technology and medical professionals, today would be marking a hard and sad day in our lives. I am SO grateful to my Heavenly Father for the time we live in and for the professionals that helped us get Ione here when my water broke a month early. After a middle of the night helicopter flight to get me to the Flagstaff hospital, fevers, IV's, the cord wrapped around Ione's neck twice (Cameron said she was blue and in bad shape when she came out...I never knew until at least a year later!), and some frenzied moments after birth to get her stable I finally got to hold Ione for just a moment before they took her downstairs to clean her up and get an IV going. The following 17 days were a roller coaster, but it's hard to remember a time when I felt more taken care of and loved. Friends, family, and strangers came together to support us as we tried to balance Cameron's job back home (an hour away), having a 2 year old, and finding places to stay. Today marks 2 years since Ione's birth and my heart is so tender and full today. Full of fun memories of this spunky little girl who has our hearts. Full of memories of service and love shown to us. Full of memories of faith and hope. I'm so grateful that today we get to celebrate two years with Ione and to celebrate all those who helped us get her here safely with us! . . . #ionesiobhan #nicugrad
I am ALWAYS on the hunt for the perfect dresses to shoot in, and dresses/boutiques I can recommend to my clients when they ask for places to look when they want something new to wear for their sessions. Being tall and having Momma Fluff makes finding just the right dresses a little bit hard for me, so whenever I find something that I love and that works, it makes me extra excited! . A few weeks ago I realized that if I’m having trouble finding dresses to shoot in, maybe others are as well! So once a month or so I want to start sharing some of my favorite dresses to shoot in and where you can get them (or dresses like them)! . Let me first start this with the fact that I am NOT a fashion blogger. Bahaha, far from it. For this first dress I asked in my stories for some styling/accessorizing tips and got so many amazing responses! Thank you for your help! This whole experience put me a bit beyond my comfort zone (why is it so hard for photographers to get on the other side of the lens by themselves?!), but I’m glad I did it! Mikaela, my sweet friend from @mikaeladurfeephotography, was so sweet to come out and shoot these for me while our menfolk watched the kids at the park. We goofed off (because that’s how I vent my awkwardness in front of the camera…oh man all the behind the scenes shots are cracking me up! But that’s a post for the end of the year!), talked, and enjoyed our beautiful Payson winter weather (or the lack thereof I should say-no snow & chilly without being frigid-my kind of winter)! . This first dress is the Sweden dress from @cleo.madison. And IT HAS POCKETS!!!! That may have been a big reason why I chose that dress in the first place. 😆 Head to the link in my bio to see more photos of the dress, read my thoughts on it, and get the link to get this for yourself! . . . #meetmarquette #cleomadison #paysonazphotographer #paysonaz #modestdress
Marquette is AHmazing! Professional, artistic and SO MUCH FUN! Our 10 year sweetheart session with her brought my husband and I so much closer together. We're still smiling days later! . If you leave a session with ONLY good photos, I don't count my job as a success. Heather summed up perfectly what I hope to achieve with every session. Before she'd seen any photos from their anniversary session she left this review and it made my heart do happy dances. That is exactly how I want couples to feel after a session. I want to do everything in my power to help you leave your session more in love than when you got there! . Happy Valentines Day friends! Go spread some love! Hug your hunny, Mom, Dad, Sister, BFF, or even that grumpy neighbor down the street that could just use a little love!
If you've never had the chance to walk through the desert after a long gentle rain you are missing magic! The creosote releases it's musky smell that makes you feel clean and alive. The birds are chirping happily as they flit about in the puddles. The cactus seem 10 times more vivid in their greens, yellows, and pinks. And the light kisses everything! It's the most amazing combination of sensations that roll up into pure desert magic. This photo is from one of those post rain evenings, as we walked along the dirt road away from our little house at Fort Bowie, where we lived and worked for two summers. Every time I look at it I can almost smell that creosote and I feel at home. . . . #Southwestisbest #agave #thedesertisbeautifultoo #ilovecactus #findyourpark