Mark & Jodie and I were a match made in heaven from the moment we met ✨ haha...I actually don’t know if they feel that way but I sure do. I just loved these two right from the start, and I’m so privileged to have gotten to photograph some of their biggest and most precious moments. Swipe through to see their brand new daughter. A tiny pixie with a thick head of dark hair. It fills my heart to picture Elias as she grows up, pouring over photos from her mom and dad’s engagement session and wedding. For me, this is what it’s all about ❤️
One more because I love this recent tradition! #bestnine2019 We’re partying hard at home tonight with a faux ball drop at 9pm to celebrate with our kids before they go to bed (they will 100% think it’s midnight). What are you up to? Do people even still go out on NYE these days?! 🎉
Happy New Year from our crew! Jamie and I are big in to the whole goal setting thing, it’s just how we are. Honestly it is one of the practices I look forward to most each year at this time. I think that the only way to get where you want to go is to reflect on what you’ve done and plan strategically for the future you want to achieve. But here’s a little secret about how I approach the whole thing that might take the pressure off if the term goal setting gives you the creeps. 1. Your goals should be whatever you want them to be/whatever you need in this season. Last year when Jamie asked me what would make 2019 successful I was about 6 months pregnant and I said ‘Sleep!’ I would feel like 2019 was a giant success if I got enough sleep. Because, you gotta know where you’re at and what what you need. When I have a new baby, I need sleep and I DON’T need to be chasing the best business year of my life, that can wait. 2. You don’t have to actually achieve them...Or, if you DON’T achieve them, please kindly remove ALL guilty feelings. Sometimes goals are finish lines and sometimes they are moving targets, sometimes they take longer to achieve than you expect and sometimes you change course...and whatever happens, ITS OK. If you got halfway towards your goal, that’s growth! You might not have gotten that far if you never set that target. If you can look back and see any growth or progress at all, hooray for you. And if in this season you just needed to get some decent sleep, well party on party people. I’ve been right there with you! Lately as I reflect on 2019 and get ready for 2020 I’m feeling like I’m ready to come out of my maintenance mode-cocoon again. I’ve been getting some clarity on my direction for 2020 and I’m feeling all those excited goal-setting feels. Can’t wait to see what this next season brings! 🍾✨
Last night we were about to go to bed when Jamie grabbed my phone and captured the scene on my bedside stand. I was like ‘uhhh...why’d you do that?’ And he said it was just the perfect picture of our current life stage. Ha! I looked again and saw my old/cold coffee, a tube of muscle rub, a dirty diaper, the rogue ear plug on the floor, my laptop and an external hard drive and an unread library book 👌🏼CLASSIC. I couldn’t be more thankful for this life, mess included! @jroseak I’m most thankful for you. ❤️❤️❤️ #happythanksgivng (Beautiful images from our newborn shoot with @blueberryhillphotography)
PSA to all the lovebirds who will get engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day: I have a maximum of 3 more wedding bookings available for 2020, and just a handful for elopements! It’s not because I’m like, soooo popular. It’s because I have set boundaries on how many more I WILL take. I’m keeping it to a level that works for me ✌🏼And yes, they are likely to go pretty fast at this time of year! Can’t wait to find out who my last few couples will be - That’s why Engagement Season is one of my favorite times of the year. ❤️
I don’t know about you, but for me one of the interesting things about yoga (if you practice regularly) is that as a student you might spend hours and hours listening to the voice and instruction of the same few teachers. You begin to feel like you know them but they probably don’t know you all that well! So, kinda funny when you end up sitting in a helicopter with one of them...casually heading out on a gorgeous day to capture a little glacier yoga for @jadeyogamats 🧘🏻♀️ It was a joy and an honor to photograph one of my teachers @akyogamama and the owner/creator of my studio @anchorageyoga As a yogi I love her intense, focused classes and as a businessperson I admire what she’s built...She’s badass, there’s no two ways about it. Thanks, Katey for extending this opportunity my way! There’s nothing quite like a sunny day on a glacier to fill the soul.
Whenever a couple tells me they’re getting married at the Nursery, I feel confident that I’m going to love them. The first time I visited Forget Me Not Nursery it was early in the Summer season and I just went to check out their plant selection. I walked in with my family and ended up talking with the owner for quite a while about plants and kids and how they came to own their business. She was grilling salmon and invited us (complete strangers!) to eat dinner with them...we didn’t stay but I think she was 100% genuine with the invite. Who does that?! How awesome is that? All that to say, some of my very favorite weddings seem to be at Forget Me Not and I’m pretty sure it’s because awesomeness attracts more of the same! 🧡
If you need a little something to brighten up your day...here it is 🥰 What a cutie little smiler this girl is! The secret ingredient here was a behind the scenes Auntie who was probably doing crazy stuff behind me to make Colbie laugh but HEY whatever works! I have loved all of the fall family sessions I’ve gotten to do this year. 🍂🌾🌻 🧡
Sioned + Logan at Glen Alps. (I’m not sure what is happening right now but I have gotten to photograph 7 gorgeous redheads in the past month! Keep it coming, people ✨✨✨)
These lifestyle newborn sessions just have my heart these days. I know it is because of being juuust past this stage myself (again), so all of the feelings are very fresh! Baby Charlie is incredibly sweet and I am in awe of his strong mama who pulled this all together just two days after he was born! The last shot is a little behind the scenes shoutout to an awesome dad who helped big sis feel seen and special. The transition from first/only to big sister is tough!