The (new) swing of things

17 Aug

I have neglected this blog/website for too long!  It’s been so long it needs a whole revamp, and that’s what I’m in the process of doing, so please bear with me as lots of changes are coming soon!  I have been working a LOT, but all photos have been uploaded just on Facebook for now- head over to my page there and “like” it if you haven’t already!  Being a mommy is my number one priority and job, but I am blessed to photograph so much life and love as well.  Here is a teeny *tiny* snippet of my last couple of months!

I will leave you with one of my favorite pictures from when my baby girl was 10 days old. (She is now 7 months! Yikes!)



Taking a break

12 Jun

The biggest sign that this is a necessary break is the fact that I’ve tried to write this post over 4 days & am just now finishing it.  My husband & I were ecstatic to find out 6 weeks ago that we are expecting a baby in January!!  Unfortunately, about 4 weeks ago I was hit like a train with pregnancy sickness.  Without medication, my sisters, cousin & I fall into the 1% of pregnant women who are diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum; a condition which causes us to become severely ill & vomit uncontrollably many days.  Both of my sisters & my cousin were very sick until about 20 weeks, and I’m currently at 10 weeks.  Fortunately, prescription medicine is helping me keep it under control at this time, but I’m still unable to do any photography sessions or editing.

So clearly I’ll be taking a break from booking any sessions until I am feeling better, and thank you all for your patience & support!  We’re so looking forward to growing our family by two little feet, and you know that I’ll have plenty of pictures to post in the future!

In His Grip,


{tan family}

22 Apr

No matter how you say it, it still sounds like I’m talking about a really TAN family! :) What beautiful little girls, precious parents, and fun in the rain…


4 Apr

Settled back into a routine in Denver & LOVING this random weather & sunny days… two days ago we had an almost 80 degree day, and then yesterday we got almost 3 inches of snow!  Now it’s sunny, almost 50 & most of the snow has melted away.  Classic Colorado.  I love it.

I took some more pictures for this sweet family while I took their little Miah’s one year photos the same day, and what a beautiful day it was!  I’m so glad we got to enjoy the sun during my last shoot before leaving for Oregon & having most of my shoots there canceled because of the rain. :(  Not really surprised, considering I grew up there, but didn’t make it any less disappointing!

But no use focusing on rainy days when we got so many lovely pictures from the Smith family shoot!  Enjoy!

Even though it’s still brown around here, you can’t beat the Colorado sunshine!

In His Grip,


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19 Mar

Every 2-3 months this past year I’ve traveled back to Portland, Oregon, where I grew up, to visit family & do photography shoots.  I’m back this month for my little sister’s baby shower, for one of my best friend’s baby showers, and of course plenty of shoots!  It’s wonderful being able to take these trips back to do photography and also getting to see my family, but it’s definitely a hard balance of work, play & rest!  Thank you all to my clients in both Denver & Portland for your patience as I travel & it takes me a a few days longer to get your photos to you because of being out of my home base. :)  Today is the day of my sister’s baby shower, so I gotta get rollin’ on wrapping gifts & making food!

In His Grip,


{The Olsen Family}

14 Mar

We met Seth & Christi at the conference we went to a few weeks back for NFL Players & their wives, and WHAT.AN.ADORABLE.FAMILY.  seriously.  Their son Rylan is the most precious little bundle of sweetness I’ve ever seen.  And check out all their baby blues!  It was so fun to meet another couple who were once with the Denver Broncos & are now with another team (Vikings,) but loved Denver so much they made their home here also! :)

And of course their family pictures had to include their other “kids”!  Meet Copper, Charlie & Boomer:

Thanks for the wonderful day Olsen Fam!!

In His Grip,


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trash & treasure

7 Mar

I heard an amazing illustration from a speaker recently; Danny Wuerffel, who was a Heisman Trophy winner as a quarterback from the University of Florida, played 6 seasons in the NFL, then retired in 2003 & moved to the the Upper Ninth Ward in New Orleans to work with Desire Street Ministries (, focused on serving some of the poorest of the poor in our country.  Then Hurrican Katrina happened in 2005, and along with all of their neighbors, the Wuerffels lost everything.  When they returned to start gutting houses, Danny said he remembers looking up & down his street, and all he could see were these empty shells of homes, with their muddy, destroyed contents in gigantic piles along the road.

All he could think about was how, just a couple of weeks earlier, all of this trash, including the pile in front of his own home, had been someone’s treasure.  And literally in what seemed like the blink of an eye it was all turned to worthless garbage.  Even his “precious” Heisman Trophy.  It was devastating, but he said in that moment, he was thankful that everything that truly mattered to him the most on this earth- his wife, kids, and close friends & neighbors- were there by his side.

Why am I sharing this?  And what does this have to do with photography??  I write this as a public reminder for myself & for others of the message from Luke 16:9- “Here is the lesson: use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends.  Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.”  I know that the photos I take won’t last forever.  My goal as a photographer is not to try to convince you of all the huge, fancy prints & products you should buy to clutter your home.  Do some of those things have an appropriate place in your home?  I believe they can.  But I hope the purpose behind them is to 1) display the genuine love captured in those photos, and 2) to encourage others by the loving example your family lives by.  My parents, for example, have a huge wall in their living room covered with the wedding pictures from all 5 of us kids.  And in the center of those photos is a large sign that reads “FAMILY: All because two people fell in love.”

What are the most important things in your life?  I hope they are your family members, and I hope you continually pour everything into their lives.  That’s what I want to capture with my photography.  I believe it’s so important to use our material possessions & talents to bless others & strengthen relationships, otherwise they are completely meaningless & when they’re gone, they become useless trash.  This is why I so love generational photos, and photo gifts for grandparents or parents… it’s a thank-you & a “I love you more than words can say” for the years of sacrifice & love they have poured into you.

It’s photos like these that make me choke up because of the significance behind them: (these are from a shoot awhile back with our dear friends Ryan & Lisa, (and their little angel Lorelai,) who recently moved to San Antonio to be closer to family, and we miss them terribly…)

All because two people fell in love. :)

In His Grip,