Family Portraits

The smallest blurb of text to go along with a portrait shoot is often a struggle for me. Even though I'm speaking truth, it feels disingenuous to repeatedly say things about how awesome, adorable and fun a family is, but I swear it, I must have a thing for attracting the most fabulous people. This is just another one of those awesomely adorable families I have the opportunity to photograph every year.  More ≫

Kristiana — Class of 2014

Right after I photographed Kristiana for her senior pictures my hard drive failed. Luckily, I planned for much bigger disasters. Her portraits were safe, but I needed a significant amount of time to get everything running smoothly again. Her and her family were beyond understanding. I'm grateful for their patience and grace. It is no wonder they raised such a stunning young lady inside and out. See more of Kristiana's portraits »

“What is your favorite lens for capturing kids?”

For children and family portraits, my must have lens is a Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8. This is by far the most used. I find the focal range is perfect for documenting families and I love that I don't have to sacrifice color and clarity as with lesser zooms.

My second favorite is the Nikkor 85mm f1.4. I love, love, love the bokeh from this lens. It's most often used when I'm looking to capture individual portraits of children. Even so, sometimes to mix things up I'll use this lens exclusively on a shoot. 

As an added bonus both the 85 and the 24-70 give me very similar, if not identical, color and sharpness. When I had an older version of the 85 I found I needed to compensate in editing to make all the images from one session look uniform.

Keep taking Pictures

We went on a location scout a few nights ago. She said she would join me on the condition that I could only take a few pictures. Then, we had to go home and play with the dinosaurs. I agreed. 

Feeling crunched for time, I shot quickly moving her from spot to spot checking to see if the light and background was to my liking.

 “Just a few more, OK?” I said.

“It's OK. I like this. Keep taking pictures.” She said. 

So, I did.

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Strawberries in a Vinegar Rinse

On Pinterest the other day I stumbled upon the greatest summer tip ever. If you rinse fresh berries with a vinegar & water solution before storing them they'll last much longer. I was skeptical at first so I researched a bit and found that Cook's Illustrated recommends the same. Then, my sister-in-law said it works too. Sold! After following this advice, I've found my strawberries last at least a full week.  So good!

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Happy Labor Day!

For those not in the know, I've been sick with pneumonia and CMV virus for the past month. Sitting around and napping has became the norm. I  don't rest, but I rested. I don't nap, but I napped. It has been wonderful for waking me up to what my mind and body needs. 

Turns out, it's true! The best way to get out of a rut is to do nothing. I've been experimenting with new tricks and I'm ridiculously excited to dive into family portrait season later this week. Let's do this Autumn!

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The Light Show

Last night as we were going to sleep we noticed the light show going on outside. It was 11pm. I was tired, but I wanted to try this moving picture thing again. It is hard to capture this kind of thing without setting up a tripod! I took over 200 pictures before calling it quits and settling for these four. Nothing spectacular, but it was a good experiment. Maybe it's time to start leaving the tripod out and ready for action. 

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Decorating with Succulent Cuttings

I've found succulent propagation tends to be more successful when the cutting is allowed to dry out over a few days. Otherwise, the sampling is more likely to rot. This morning after trimming down my succulents, I decided to use the cuttings as bookshelf filler while I wait. I kind of adore this look. I wish I could keep them there permanently.

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Burro's Tail Succulent

Burro's Tail Succulent

Spring into Action

As usual, I was too busy during Autumn to add any updates and once Winter came I pretty much went into hibernation. That's my excuse for no new content. Cuddles from a five year old are awesome. You can't blame me.

Today, even with snow on the ground, I'm ready to Spring back into action. I've changed up the site a bit and started adding photos from last Fall. Click the images below to see more from each session.