There was a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Anchorage this morning. We were getting ready to take the kids to school and stood in the doorway of their bedroom closet to wait. It was by far the longest and strongest earthquake I’ve experienced so far...pretty intense! So far I’ve heard about some damage to roads and buildings but thankfully nothing deadly. We had very minor damage at our house and our family is fine. Please keep the Anchorage area in your prayers! The tremors are still going on and they are a little scary, hoping that they stop without getting big again. 🙏🏼
Spent Black Friday helping Minhee & Travis elope and Small Business Saturday photographing a half-day long Family Lifestyle session (see image 2!) No shopping for me this year, but I’m ok with that.
If you scroll my feed here, you’ll notice that I don’t share many newborn/maternity/family shoots...although I do a lot of them, and I really love doing them. 👶🏼 I guess the main reason for under-sharing is that for 10 years I’ve really poured myself in to my identity as a wedding photographer. It hasn’t been until the past few years that I’ve been investing more into the Family Life side of my business...I especially love photographing people in their homes and doing everyday life things together. ✨ Anyways. This summer I booked a newborn and maternity session with a couple and before the newborn shoot (after the baby was born) one of them emailed me with some questions about exactly HOW I do the newborn shoot. Would I be bringing a backdrop? What kind of props do I provide/which ones would they need to get? 😳 Now, I had sent all of this info to the other parent when they booked me, but that had been a long time earlier and I didn’t reinforce it again as the shoot got closer. ...it became clear real quick when I explained again that I don’t use any props or backdrops that we weren’t a good fit. This is 100% my own failure to communicate well with my clients. I made assumptions that people would do their own research of my style on social media and my website, while in reality it is totally my job to communicate every. detail....twice. ❤️ For the first time ever I cancelled a shoot and gave someone their deposit back. I’d rather refer them to a talented studio photographer in Anchorage than give them photos that they weren’t going to love. Since then I’ve been meaning to share my newborn and family work more regularly here...and I created a highlight in my profile with a bunch of newborn portraits for easy access. 🤰🏻 When I do family life sessions I want to create beautiful, timeless portraits that are full of emotion and images that will tell stories when you look back at it in 10, 20, 30+ years. I know that my style isn’t for everyone, and that is 100% ok. I love it when My People find me.
I wish I could make you all stop and soak in each individual photo from Mark and Jodie’s wedding because it was almost impossible for me to choose just a handful to share. I blogged a bunch more, and this wedding is one that I LOVED with my whole heart. So if you care to see more...click the link in my profile!
As I was scrolling back through photos from Mark & Jodie’s wedding I flashed back to an amazing moment during the speeches. Their best man/officiant wrote a song and performed it as a complete surprise to them and he. was. awesome. (which I’ll admit was a complete surprise to me because...let’s be honest, those surprise performances during wedding receptions can go downhill REAL fast). Anyways...one line in this song about Mark, Jodie and their love story was something along the lines of 🎼’and the photographer rules the day’ Everyone looked at me, and we all were laughing through the whole thing. It was pretty sweet actually, to be included in the song! The thing is, I’m going to own it. For much of the day...in what I hope is a good way...I do kinda rule it! (Ahem. especially when there’s no wedding planner) I provide order when order is needed. I tell people what to do and when, and sometimes even how. I try to do this without being bossy, but by bringing calm. I see it as one of my main responsibilities to make sure things go smoothly so that no one, but especially not the couple feels stressed out any more than they already are. But then about half way through the day when the ceremony starts, my role shifts. Then it becomes my job to completely fade in to the background. To anticipate moments and catch gazes and document emotion in to a physical object. While I would consider myself a good and benevolent ruler of the day (😂) I *love* the shift in to the background. PS I can’t wait to share this full wedding story on my blog this weekend.
She got married, had a baby, moved to Alaska for her husband’s new job, continues to work in a professional field, bought one home, sold it remodeled the new one, and then had baby #2. All within just a few years. What women can handle is beyond amazing, you guys. For real. And she makes it look like a piece of cake. I know what that kind of transition is like because I did it myself, and I know for a fact it isn’t always as easy as it might look on the outside. I loved being able to spend an hour in this sweet family’s home preserving some memories from their early days as a family of four. Because these moments of rocking your baby to sleep can get lost in a blur, but truly they are THE moments.
I have been MIA around here for a while, and I’m not gonna lie...not sure that I’m breaking the fast quiiiiite yet. It hasn’t been for lack of shooting or beautiful people to share (see these guys? Exhibit A) I’ve been taking a breather, finding some space and rest, and it’s been 👌🏼 I’m planning on sharing and blogging some things like: -a before and after post of our home remodel! (Which is still and might forever be ‘in process’) -a big life update -my approach to newborn photography...because I’ve encountered a lot of confusion about that lately. -alllll the shoots and weddings that I haven’t shared in the past few months. One main thing that has come out of taking time away is that I’m feeling very grateful for MY people. My faithful clients, the ones who I have worked with many times who keep coming back, and the ones who I click with from the first ‘hello’. It is you that keep me here and coming back for more, I wouldn’t do it without you! So, thank you from the bottom of my heart. ❤️❤️❤️
That’s my sister and nephew - aren’t they the cutest? Henrik was THIS excited for about .5 seconds before he was totally over it. Thank goodness for quick shutters. 😅 Can’t wait to meet baby #2 in January. 💞
I was up at Summit Lake for 3 shoots in the past couple weeks and no snow...but something happened in the last few days because now it’s Winter up there! 💨❄️ So glad I snuck these in first because this place is a stunner in the Fall.
Sincerely enjoying spending time with the people I’m shooting (and vice-versa!) is vital to making good work, in my opinion. If there’s no ‘click’ in relationship between clients and the photographer, I think it totally shows in the end result. I’m thankful that most of the time I get to work with the right clients for me. I have to trust that when I put myself and my work out there on my site/blog/social that it will attract the right ones and that the rest will find someone who is right for them.