I often think about how few pictures my parents have from their childhood, and how lucky our offspring will be to have all these memories to look back on, and share with their kids and so on and so forth. I think about how future generations will view the images, and wonder what they will think. Will they think they are super cool and vintage? Or will they laugh at how “old fashioned” we look? I am so curious.

I shot with these beauties when they were pregnant a few years back and it was so so lovely to see them again. One of my favorite parts of the day was meeting their son Lucas (!!), and seeing him warm up throughout the session. Sweet and shy at first, then he got curious and a little silly, and I’m pretty sure by the end we both knew we’d be buddies for life. Building stick forts, stacking rocks and playing monsters can really bond people! Also, a new horse friend named Sedona joined in at the end… what an unforgettable afternoon. So much love for this family.

 

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You know what I love to photograph? The mama bond. Do you know where I love to photograph it? In the desert.

My favorite kind of session is the one where my client says, “just tell us where to go and what time you want us there”. I love those words so much. I know it’s hard with kids. We have so much going on, and sleep schedules, etc etc… some of my families are more rigid than others and thats fine, but when they get to a certain age and you can bend the rules a bit, do it. Drive the extra half hour and explore somewhere new. I dare you.

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Make believers. These are my people. Adults, kids, doesn’t matter. Real life is jam packed with responsibilities and stuff, we all need a break from the day-to-day sometimes. So yes, when I get the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most creative and talented women I know, and basically play pretend for an afternoon… I AM IN. As though I would deny mermaid ANYTHING… I believe every single one of us was living out our childhood dreams in bringing this session to life, and let me tell you – it was every bit as magical as you would imagine.

Dream team creds: Makeup + Mermaid (mint) – Lisa Prather of Makeup Artist 411 / (pink) Sarah Jansen of The Art of Makeup Design, Hair by Dani Hamm, Crowns by C. Deity Designs, Skirts by Glitter Fox, Bras by Nina Edna’s, Jewelry by Wanderlust and Zeal, and organic tans by Remedy Tanning.

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When your youngest (and likely your last) baby turns 1, it can bring up some mixed emotions. So, while we were celebrating this little man’s first birthday, we were also talking throughout the session about how this mama of three was feeling, now that her littlest wasn’t so little anymore. Personally, I am always in such awe of moms with more than two. I have two and find the balancing act a little overwhelming at times, so anymore than that brings you to superhero status in my eyes. Especially if you still manage to look put together most days!

This mama even took it another level and started a really cute blog, Polite as Fudge (which might be the best name ever)… so make sure to check it out. After you breeze through the highlights from their shoot, of course.

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I’m soaking in every minute we have left of this beautiful springtime in SoCal. The hours I spend pulling stickers from my socks and blankets after a shoot are well worth the images we capture in this gorgeous golden grass. Also, just slowing down to feel the breeze through your hair, and to soak in all the sun-shining goodness while your kids toddle around and explore… I mean, it just doesn’t get much better than this.

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