I met up with this beautiful family at Honeymoon Island on a very sun-shiny day for some beach photos. It was the first time we met but it only took a few minutes to get comfy with each other and then we started to get some real giggles and smiles. I know how awkward it is to meet someone for the very first time, and then be asked to ‘act natural’ while a camera is pointed at you for an hour and a half.

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Back in January, I read a blog on another photographer’s website about her favorite images of 2016. I thought, I should do a little bloggity blog like that. I thought, I’ll just whip that up real quick.

Nope. If you hadn’t already noticed, it’s April.

Turns out, I kinda sorta throw my heart into making images for my people, and choosing only one from each session required some liquid courage and an epsom salt bath.

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We all know well enough that there is no roadmap to mothering. No guides or directions or even vague stick figure drawings like the ones you get with Ikea furniture. There are parenting books. I’ve got the parenting books. I’ve read the parenting books. The parenting books don’t help when it’s well past bedtime, and you’ve fed, bathed and pajama-ed your cherubs. Your bath and book and glass of wine are in sight…

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Sweet Nolan was a newborn photographer’s dream. He was sleepy and smiley and yawny. His mom and dad are some of the greatest people I know, and took to being even greater parents right outta the gate. I always feel incredibly lucky when a family asks me to photograph their newborn baby, but when friends ask me? Well, that’s the coolest because I’ll get to see these kids grow up. Also, I like seeing two beautiful,

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It’s not a well known fact, but my degree is in Creative Writing and children’s books have always had a soft spot in my heart. With two kids mostly reading on their own these days, it’s been fun to revisit our favorites- only different because the adults are the ones being read to now. Here’s a list of our all time favorite children’s books. These are the ones that have torn pages and cracked spines.

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