First Birthdays are the BEST!

What is more fun than a birthday? A first birthday! Seriously, I take first birthdays very seriously. Finn's and G's first birthday were freaking way over the top. I look back with some embarrassment. I mean a three tiered cake for a one year old, come on. Although I can't say I wouldn't do it again (insert a shame emoji). 

My sweet friend asked me to take Alora's first birthday pictures. It was all very illegal. We trespassed and went through quite a few patches of stinging nettle to get her into this pretty little field. I for one believe in doing all things illegal if it means we get a good picture, just saying. The lighting is so much better in the evening so poor Alora was tired and wasn't having it. I felt bad for her but my firm belief for a photo shoot for any age but especially for babies is get in and get out. It should be pain free or at least as pain free as I can make it. No point in dragging it out. Usually a child's best photos are taken at the beginning of a shoot anyways. So we did our best and she looks like a little angel. 

she wanted nothing to do with getting her hands dirty. 

she wanted nothing to do with getting her hands dirty. 

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Look at that little lone tear. Doesn't that just melt you?

Look at that little lone tear. Doesn't that just melt you?

Baptisms

wow! I have definitely taken a break from blogging and taking pictures. Its been about 2 years since I picked up my camera or written a journal entry. However, I've discovered its a lot like riding a bike.

I went through some very difficult things these past two years and photography was something I couldn't even imagine doing at the time. It was too joyful and too special I didn't want to taint it with the difficulties in my life. I don't know, life is a funny thing. You never know how you'll react when hardships are upon you. What once was really important falls away and in its place is survival, taking one breath at a time, you know. Now I am able to come out on the other side. For the most part unscathed and much stronger.

I was so excited when I had two friends back to back ask me to take photos for them. Besides the struggles the past two years have brought I was also worried when the time came and I was ready to pick up my camera again there would be no one who would want me to take pictures for them anymore and I was terrified I had forgot everything I knew about my camera, lighting and editing. Thankfully, none of those things have proven to be true. Granted I am just starting back up but what a way to start... with friends. 

So thank you for letting me capture those special moments. I am always so grateful when someone trusts me to be a part of their special day. With that said I'm a little rusty but if you're willing to be patient I would love to capture your next family photo session, first birthday, baptism, newborns, birth, graduation etc. etc. You can email or text. 

Hawaii 2014

Every year we head to Hawaii for Christmas, family, sun and sand. It's been a tradition for ten years. It's perfect. We are so blessed to experience this beautiful place together and each year we rediscover ourselves, each other and our love of one another. I hope its a tradition that lasts until I'm old enough I'm no longer able to go.