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because it makes me happy :)


Happy Friday!


iconThe Smiths

I am so impressed by this great family. They face every day with joy, and a relaxed, positive attitude. They are the kind of people that you want to be around because they exude a "feel good" vibe. It doesn't hurt that they are pretty to look at, too!


iconautumn splendor

Autumn in the East...mmmmmm, love!


iconi heart faces--black

That little sweetie (the one in black)...she's mine.

Much to my dismay, she seriously disliked her first (and probably only) ballet class.

Oh, but she tried to like it. (Just look at the determination on her face.)
She went every single week, and she tried to think of good things to say about it.
Because she knew that her Mama would love it if she became a little dancer.

She just didn't love it.

And so this is what I have to remember her first ballet experience by.

(And I love it!)

Head on over to I Heart Faces to see more entries with the color black.



I want to know who allowed this little girl of mine to grow up?! I am NOT okay with that!!


icona wedding

Ever since I started doing photography I have been asked over and over again, "Do you do weddings?" My answer has always been a quick and determined, "No!" Weddings, I thought, were too much pressure for me. You have one chance to get it right; the day is one of the most special days of the happy couple's entire life. I didn't know if I was cut out for the stress of documenting such an important day. But recently I have begun to realize that by staying away from weddings I have been keeping myself from the beauty and the love that surrounds such a special occasion--that same beauty and love that I search for and strive to capture in all of my sessions. Perhaps it is time to change my answer.

My good friend, Jennifer, agreed to help me test the wedding waters. She allowed me to follow her around as she photographed Breann and Joseph on their special day. When I first met the happy couple, they had already tied the knot in the Washington DC Mormon Temple, and they were just beaming!
Many of their friends and family were there to share in the special day with them.
The sky had been a bit overcast for most of the day, but the rain did not start falling...until about two seconds after Breann and Joseph stepped outside.
Breann took it all in stride. She said that she would have rather had it rain than be hot and sticky like a typical summer day in Northern Virginia.

We tried to find covered areas to shoot in.

We waited out the rain and/or shot through it.

And they both looked gorgeous the entire time (unlike me, who looked like something the cat drug in)

I have to say, I didn't feel stressed at all. Breann and Joseph and their families were so great to work with. The day was filled with laughter and love...just the way I like it! I think there may be some more weddings in my future!


iconMy friend Tia and her gang

Editing these pictures took me on a trip down memory lane. Growing up I lived just around the corner from Tia. I remember hopping over the wall near her house on my way home from school. Her mom taught me dance, and I participated in many dance recitals with Tia. When we got a bit older, Tia would sometimes fill in as the dance instructor when her mom needed a substitute. On one occasion Tia asked me to help her out in the studio. We didn't have much time or money for dinner, so we stopped by the local grocery store where we found that they were having a huge sale on Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I must have eaten about 10 full size cups that night, and I was really paying for it. I felt awful by the time the night was over!! In fact, I didn't eat Reese's Peanut Butter Cups again for several years because just the thought of them brought back memories of my awful stomach ache from that evening. (Do you remember that, Tia?)

I haven't seen Tia or anyone from her family for probably 15 years, but I ran into her last month on my very last day in Utah. She wanted some updated pictures of her adorable family, so we pulled together a last minute photo shoot. She has some of the cutest kids ever! It was so much fun to be able to spend a bit of time with her family and get back in touch with an old friend.