Photography stops time. This is not just my motto, it is my belief. It is why I do what I do. Life speeds by us so fast. Our children get old, family members move on, and our friends move away. Each moment is so precious. Each memory, a gift to hold onto. I love what I do so much because I believe in it with my whole heart. And I promise you - I am buying what I am selling!!
Last year my son announced that he was moving out. At 22 years old, I guess it was due but our family was still not prepared. I knew that I HAD to have family pictures done before my son left. Now, I have to admit, this was very difficult for me to do because I was (and still am) at the heaviest I have ever been. I was trying so hard to put off new family pictures until I "lost the weight" but quickly realized I had to just suck it up (and in) and do it. With my son leaving, I HAD to have the pictures done. I am so grateful that I did. I love these family pictures with all of my heart. Especially this one of my son and I.
The last time we had family photos done prior to that was in 2013. At this time I was at my lowest weight and feeling confident and ready for the pics. However, when you look at the two pictures it is apparent that it is my family that puts that huge smile on my face!!!
I have been having pictures taken of my daughter since she was born. Prior to becoming a photographer, I would have her pictures taken every year. Our little ones change so much from year to year and it was so important to me to remember each stage of her childhood.
One of my favorite photo sessions of my daughter was when we went to Oregon to visit my mom. I found a local photographer and did a session on the beach!!
This was our first family picture session in 2011. I love this picture because to me, it represents family - well, our family :)
In 2013, my older sister unexpectedly and suddenly passed away. It is a heartbreak like none other and one that has left a gaping hole in my heart. My sister had a daughter who was only two months older than my princess. At the time of my sisters passing, our daughters had never met. Not long after my sister passed, my mom brought her daughter up to visit and meet her cousin for the first time. I KNEW I had to hire a photographer to capture this moment. The picture on the right is one my sister and I had taken for my mom one mother's day years ago. We purposely took a similar picture of the two cousins for my mom during the photo shoot.
This is one of my favorite from that session. This picture is EVERYTHING!! My mommy, my grandma and myself with the two cousins!!
Being a photographer is difficult sometimes :) My husband gets all of these photos, these memories, with our daughter that I am in jealous appreciation of. All of these moments, I am so honored and happy that I get to capture for him..... but I want my memories too.
I am so lucky we have so many talented and wonderful photographers in our community.
Okay, one more. Thank you for sticking with me!! This photo below was a little hard to capture myself but I knew I had to. Time is fleeting, tomorrow is never guaranteed. This woman - she is my hero, my role model. I love her with all of my heart and I knew I had to have at least one good picture of her and I together to hold onto forever!! I am so grateful for each and every day that I get to talk to her and visit with her and have her in my life. I am so truly blessed!