Phoenix, Arizona High School Senior Photographer

Oh man! This girl was SUPER photogenic and made this job a little too easy! Meet Mia – a phenomenal dancer at my daughters studio. I was so excited to get to shoot her Senior photos and when we discussed the look she wanted, I was pretty stoked because I love this type of location. My husband jokes that I would shoot in the back of a Safeway if I could and he’s RIGHT! I love it! I couldn’t narrow down her sneak peek to 3-4 images so I didn’t try! 

   

To the Motherless on Mother’s Day

An open letter to the Motherless on Mother’s Day,

I see you. Quickening your pace to pass the Mother’s Day cards that pop-up in all aisles of the grocery store.

I see you. Scrolling past the, what seems like, millionth Facebook post showcasing a happy mommy/daughter date to celebrate the day.

I see you. Quietly wiping away tears at the end of a hard day.

I see you. Cringing as you listen to a dear friend vent about something her mom said or did.

I see you. Watching your sister with her children, your heart broken that you have yet to give birth.

I see you. Staring into the eyes of your own children, wishing that for even a moment, your Mother could see you with them.

I see you. And you are not alone.

Mother’s Day is a double edged sword for some of us, whether by death or life, we are Mother-less. We have lost a mother, we have lost a child, we have yet to meet our child, we have broken hearts. This day serves as a reminder to many of us of just how much we are missing and is a day of deep longing. There will be no gentle kisses, no phone calls, no tender hugs, no cards, no flowers, no giggles.

My first instinct on days like today is to hole up. To be honest, I battled myself with whether to even make Mother’s Day gifts for the women in my life. I debated turning down invitations to just stay home and allow myself to be alone in my hurt. But I know my mom wouldn’t have wanted that. All who knew her, know she was a woman of extreme love. She had this beautiful ability to make everyone feel like a friend. She was purposeful and genuine in her relationships. I have a lot to learn from her but she is a wonderful example of putting others before myself. I often refer to Hosea 14:4, “Love them freely” when speaking of her. Because she did just that.

On this day, let us remember that we are God’s hands and feet and, through Christ, are able to recreate the relationships we long to have with others. We can experience the unconditional love, the tenderness, the grace, the comfort by extending them to those around us. That is a beautiful realization for me this year. I can experience what I’m missing by extending it to others.

God has put this nurturing spirit inside of us. So this Mother’s Day, let us use that to bring encouragement and joy to someone who may need it. Do you have a friend battling this war of infertility? Do you have a friend that is celebrating this Mother’s Day without her own Mother? Is there someone in your church with a wayward child? If so, allow the Holy Spirit to work through you, and be a source of comfort for her. Send her a text. Bring her a flower. Give her a hug. Let her know that YOU SEE HER and that she is not in this day alone.

   

Peoria, Arizona Portrait Photographer

Ah. I’ve been photographing this family since their oldest was just a few months old! I love that they have allowed me to photograph such special moments in their lives and continue trusting me to capture great images! This time, we got together for their precious twins cake smash session and it was THE BEST! Most one year olds either really, really love their cake or ABSOLUTELY HATE it. There is no middle ground. LOL! J, their oldest daughter, LOVED her cake. These two beauties… not as much. HAHA! But we still got beautiful photos and they’ll have some cute pictures for their graduation slideshow one day.;)

   

Undercover Mama – GIVEAWAY!

—–> CONGRATS MOLLY!! <—–

 

 

As most of my friends and family know, breastfeeding is something SO near and dear to my heart. I’ve been breastfeeding collectively for SEVEN years and I’ve tried my fair share of breastfeeding products to make this journey easier, cuter and more enjoyable. I’ve bought my fair share of products to increase my milk supply, creams to help heal the cracked skin (SORRY GUYS WHO MIGHT BE READING THIS!), and bras or tanks to help keep the ladies comfortable. I came across this nursing tank a few months ago and was a smitten kitten! I recently ordered one and was a little nervous that what I would get wouldn’t live up to my expectations but BOY was I wrong. This tank is fan.tas.tic! I don’t know about you but one of my biggest frustrations is trying to finagle lifting and keeping a shirt up, pulling a tank top down against the straps while unhooking a nursing bra AND keeping the baby from losing their mind waiting for their milk. The Undercover Mama tank really solves that whole conundrum!

I ordered a size small. I am not going to lie, I was PANICKED by their sizing chart because I am NOT a fan of tight-fitting clothes and I initially wanted to order a medium or large, but based off of their chart, I’m a small. I decided to just go with the small and I’m really pleased with the fit. It’s not overly tight but it isn’t big (stretched out) like my other tank tops that fit more bulky. A size small fit perfect.Here I am demonstrating the two ways to wear this tank. You can thread the hook though your nursing bra, like so…… or you can loop the little band completely around the bra hook. I have no preference and I’ve been alternating to try and figure out which I like more, but I like them both equally!Finally, this is a photo of me nursing my sweet little man at his shark themed (insert full on heart eyes) Cake Smash session! He haaaaated the entire thing and I had to boob him down a bit.;)But notice how the tank top is staying put at the bottom, which I LOVE, and you don’t see any extra straps being pulled to the breaking point from under my sleeveless shirt.

 

Now that I’ve told you just how much I ADORE this tank, how about we celebrate my little Edison turning ONE and GIVE ONE AWAY!!

Here’s how to enter…
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ashley

What a great idea. I would either want white or the pink color for fun :)

Janelle

I’ve had my eye on these tanks for a while! Would love to win a white one.

Jessica Wittwer

Thus looks amazing. I want one!

Wendy

These are awesome! Love the grey and the polka dots!

Dana

Thanks for the heads up on the nursing tank, Jessica!!

Brynna

I’d get white! I used to have a bunch of these after baby #4 and sold them all…before we found out we were having baby #5! So now I have to start over!!

Stephanie bloom

I’ve been looking at these and wondering how well they work! That’s be awesome to win a white one!

Alesha Spirko

These look awesome! I will definitely be checking out the website

   

Phoenix, Arizona Senior Photographer

This sweet mama was SO excited to have both of her boys in the same place, dressed up and smiling for the camera that she had me snap one of them on her phone! <3 We got some Senior photos of her graduating guy and also grabbed a bunch of great family pictures!