shalom

// Lifestyle, Portrait

it’s friday and I’m wearing pants!

when i get sad about being overwhelmed i edit one picture and then i’m happy.

this is promise and i promise the next time i put up one of her images, it will actually be the whole shoot. no more tempting.

ATTN LADIES!! i wanted to take this beautiful moment to pass along a little trick i recently learned. a friend of a friend of a friend was ravvvvving to me about a little at-home brown-sugar-olive-oil exfoliator trick. and then I did it and I dont think my body has been that soft since i was an infant. LIT-UR-ALY. plus i smelled like sugar and a bit of a film is left from the oil which helps seal in moisture. it was amazing. lasted all day and into the next. i would only put it on my blog if it was THAT amazing. and it is. so, because of that, I realize this is a weird spot to share BUT ladies unite! we must share secrets.

directions: put a large handful (or two) of BROWN SUGAR in a bowl. pour in OLIVE OIL until the brown sugar is soaked through with the oil. add a TINY BIT OF HONEY. then you MASH IT ALL UP. hop in the shower and SLATHER it all around. shave. then SLATHER again (or just once). then rinse off. pat dry, put on some lotion and try not to be obsessed with how you feel. THERE YOU GO!

now go moisturize and be amazed!

jennie

// Boudoir, Portrait

so she’s got a bun in the oven. 

a little baby girl. 

i dont know how it’s physically possible to be this gorgeous any day, let alone when you’re weeks away from having a baby. but jennie is. i love being in her presence. she is sweet, generous, a listener and an dang entrepreneur. i can only imagine the girl she about to bring into the world.

i love the opportunity to make a girl feel incredible. to have some darn good images of herself. this girl, makes that pretty easy.

already absolutely one of my favorite frames of 2012.

“good night, sleep tight, dont let the bed bugs bite. love, gramma.”

perfect.

this is my first official ‘maternity’ session. it’s going to remain one of those types of shooting i reserve for only every once in a while. for just a certain girl, family or a close friend. there will be no hearts over tummy’s or Sears-ish images to be made.

cant wait, only a few more weeks and i get to be in the hospital room. get to capture the first time she meets her little girl. how about that.

if you likey me, you can really like me over on my Facebook Page where i post pics, behind the scenes stuff, and life changing status updates!

ariel

// Lifestyle, Portrait

let me make you feel good. 

let me give you a reason for a double take. a stare. 

hands down, this is one of my favorite aspects that comes in tow with being a photographer. 

a photo of yourself, a good one, can do a lot. for some reason, the way others see you, the way you really are. we don’t always believe it. i see that so often, and then what i adore is being able to step into the mix and change how you see yourself. let you see what is really there.

it really is an art, i’m seeing. being able to allow someone to feel comfortable, laugh, own it, forget the camera is there.

if you have the balls enough to trust me, than I’m not going to let you down. i’m gonna make you laugh, do repeat spins, stand in traffic. break it down. and you wont even know, that’s how we make the art. 

ariel, that killer hair & her little white dress. the trifecta of ohmyyes.

first sun flare of the season. it was a wonderful reunion.

you dont need an excuse to have wonderful pictures of yourself.

since  know 23 girls will ask. her dress is from All Saints. 

alissa and ryan made something great

// Family, Portrait

the first time I met the then, alissa lanker, we were in 6th grade at volleyball camp and it went something like, “hi my name is alissa, do you want to be friends?” literally. and from there, we grew into inseparable and awesome friends. brought on havoc to our little private school in the best way. had somewhat of our own ‘show’ with the daily announcements over the intercom. got separated countless times in class for being impossibly giggly. played sports together, her mom was our track coach, studied together, had lockers near each other. just the whole kit’n’kaboodle. our older sisters were in each other’s class and friends, i shot her sister’s wedding, then shot her little brother in one of my favorite shoots to date. our moms are friends. it doesn’t end.

she is one of my oldest oldest friends. and from the beginning. i’ve always looked up to her. always. she is and has always been, above the rest. in whatever she chose to do. best of everything. and still remains the same.

sometime in college i heard that she and ryan were dating. wait, ryan? ryan from junior high? ryan, who’s dad was alissa and i’s math teacher and my volleyball coach? that ryan? yes. i still can’t believe they are a married pair. so great.

so these two have been married for a few years and now brought this little girl into the world. piper. and she’s the cutest.

so. while home to see my own sister have her baby in october, i could’t wait to get over to alissa and ryan’s and see what they made. it’s piper. and she’s great.

….we can’t imagine our life now without her. we think about it, and it’s like….what did we do before we had her?

ah, those lips!

goin straight lion king.

may or may not have teared up over this one.

it means the world to me, that now….years later, i can walk into the house of my old best friend and be the one to first shoot her family. 

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