One of the really wonderful things about photographing newborns and their families here in Las Vegas is that so often my families come back to me throughout the year to document those first year milestones. I get to see my newborns not only grow and change and develop their unique little personalities, but also get to see their families grow and evolve over time as they settle into the little things that make each family unique and special.
During newborn sessions parents are usually in those first few weeks of just getting to know this new little human and are often times in the fog of sleepless nights, figuring out schedules, and questioning just about everything you do. It is such a fleeting time and that is why I am so passionate about documenting it!
Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
I have known this beautiful mama and her family for a long time! I work with Donna at the hospital, she is an OR tech on labor and delivery unit here in Las Vegas. She has gone on to be such a dear friend and is such an incredible soul inside and out. I knew her back when her triplets were born, and when I think about her as a mother, fierce love just totally comes to mind. These boys and her family are her passion, her true love, and her whole world. Her face just lights up when she talks about them!
I haven’t documented them in years, and so was over the top excited when she decided to book with me this year. I know it is a big investment hiring a family photographer and I am always flattered when families choose me, even when they know me! She made her family session a priority for the winter and it was so fun talking about outfit choices and locations with her in the weeks leading up to her session.
Friday, February 8th, 2019
I met this beautiful family last year when they were searching for a newborn photographer for their new baby. I am just so happy that this mama found me, I just adore them! Shannon has been really great about documenting all of little Weston milestones throughout his first year, and I really love documenting that for families! I get to see their little personalities emerge and watch the family grow together and get to see more of their story. At the end of the year, we have a beautiful collection of images to remember all of those little details that are so fleeting within that first year! It just always seems to fly by so fast!
Although I had documented this family together throughout the year, we hadn’t really ventured outdoors for a full family session, and I love that Shannon wanted to take the opportunity at the year mark to do this!
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019
A couple of years ago I was fortunate enough to be become a Spectrum Inspired photographer. You definitely need to check out this organization and the amazing work they are doing for families on the spectrum. As photographers and storytellers, the opportunity to share the stories of families living on the autism spectrum is truly their passion and one that is near and dear to my heart, so it was a no-brainer deciding to apply as a photographer. I was so happy when I was accepted as a Las Vegas Spectrum Inspired Photographer into their program serving in my area.
If you are a photographer and would like more information on becoming a Spectrum Inspired photographer, please don’t hesitate to apply, there is a huge need and I promise you that you will be changed for the better!
Thursday, January 17th, 2019
In my previous post I talked about the amazing people that have been placed in my life, and the impact that they have had on me and my outlook on so much of life. This is another one of those beautiful stories, and yep you are right, it seems to happen to me a lot!
If you have had the pleasure of knowing this family, you know that are definitely like no other. They have so many layers, so much personality, so much passion, and so much love. They truly live their life completely transparent and so boldly, and I am so envious of that in them. They truly have been through life’s toughest pains and hurts, and yet they get back up, they brush themselves off, they pull in tighter and stronger and they continue to march forward. They aren’t afraid to share the messier and uglier sides of their journey either, the side that often gets fluffed for fear of appearing weak. I have no doubt that they have touched so many lives as deeply as they have mine.
I feel like they need their own reality show! Oh hey, maybe next year I could talk them into a Day In The Life film and it could be like a reality show….
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
I have made a commitment this year to keep up with both my client and personal blogs. I have past travel blogs that I would love to get up over the next months, so am looking forward to that as well.
I truly am a travel addict. The interesting part is that I had never flown on an airplane until I was in my mid-twenties, and had never traveled outside of the country until 2003!
I graduated from nursing school in 1999 and shortly after saw a story that Oprah Winfrey did on the women of Africa suffering from vaginal fistulas and their need for care. As a labor and delivery nurse, this pulled right at my heart strings and it was the first time I heard the call to Africa, and it was so strong. My children were young and my husband was not on board for a mission trip there at all. I kept it on my horizons and dreamed that the right time would come and that I would know it when it presented itself.
Thursday, January 10th, 2019
I just adore this family!
There are people that come into your life that you feel like were placed there for a reason. I have so many friends that I love that I feel this way about. You know them, the type that make you a better person, that inspire you, and change your life for the better. So many of the friends I have made over the years I have met under the saddest of circumstances, but have developed dear friendships from. This family is one of those stories.
Monday, January 7th, 2019
Each year I select a favorite from each session that I have documented throughout the year. Here is this year’s client favorites together in a collection. What many of you will notice is that my favorites are not always yours! Mine actually tend to change over time, but what I am consistently drawn to is connection, joy, and light. These three things get me every single time.
Sunday, December 23rd, 2018
I seriously love every session I do with them even more than the last. I mean enough that I am a crying and a mess editing their films. I think the more they have trusted me with their lives, the more I have been blessed in seeing them love and grow together as a family, the more and more invested I have become in them and their story. I feel like I see them just as they are. They are beautiful all on their own, but as a family… just even more so.
They completely put their trust in me during their sessions and give me full rein in directing them. It is so refreshing!
Tuesday, December 18th, 2018
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