Take the Picture

Growing up my grandmother was so important to me.  She was constantly on new diets and talking about how she needed to lose weight.  She was an almost six foot tall German woman…Big Boned is what we like to call ourselves.

She passed away Christmas morning ten years ago.  I love going through old photos of her.  I am literally transported back to sitting on her lap being rocked.  While digging through an old box, my family and I found this photo, and it is my favorite photo ever.

omie and pop

When I chat with moms about taking photos I hear two things: 1. I don’t have any pics of me and my kids because I’m always the one taking them and 2. I will take professional photos when I lose 10 pounds.

Not once when I see a photo of my grandmother do I think, “Wow.  I can’t believe she took that photo without losing 10 pounds first.”

No I think about her love and how she made everyone eat when they came into her house, even if they weren’t hungry.  I think about how giving she was and how she never knew a stranger.  Everyone was part of our family and welcome, her door was always open even if she was mad at you.

I write this to encourage you to take the picture.  You are beautiful and perfect just as you are.  Your family wants have photos with you. Your kids NEED to have all the memories. There’s no better time than now.

Take the picture.





What in the HECK to Wear ?

This is the biggest question ever!  And an important one…especially doing family photos.

So here is my absolute best advice–top 3:

  1. Pick a color palette, 4 or so colors.
  2. Mix and match prints and solids
  3. Coordinate, don’t match.

Best thing is working together with you to help find the perfect outfits.  I will text with you, dig through pinterest, and even come over and help you go through your closet to help you find the perfect outfits for you and your family.


Have you scheduled your family session?  Let’s get started, so we pick the perfect thing to wear, so someday your grandkids can say how cool you are.

Love you already,



In the Gym

My son plays travel basketball so this summer I’ve challenged myself to working at getting better at sports photography. I was even super lucky to be a photographer for Under Armour during one of their UAA Future Tournaments.

I’ve learned a few things…One is that I can’t yell at the refs AND take photos at the same time.  The refs prefer me snapping photos, because I LOVE yelling at the refs.  Another thing I know is that lighting in gyms is horrific and I could use a few thousand dollars worth of new equipment (a girl can dream).

It’s been fun, and I’m still working at it…What’s something that you are loving doing this summer?



He Loves This Girl.

I love brides who are so in love they just want to get married. In their hearts, the wedding is just a step toward being with their forever person. Simple + beautiful.  This couple was exactly that. The church was beautiful, but never as beautiful as this bride–especially the way she smiles at him. I loved being part of their super special day.  It made me giddy for weeks.