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July 2, 2013

It’s just such a joy to see my brides and grooms long after their wedding day when they have settled into their new life. While some say familiarity breeds contempt, time and time again I see that the day to day life and working alongside each other instead deepens their affection. They are even more deeply in love than they were on their wedding day!

So it’s even more special to be able to capture that love deepen even more with a new baby!

Baby's bottom and little feet for a Napa newborn portraits in California

Baby and a teddy bear for a lifestyle newborn photography in Napa, California

Such tiny fingers and toes!Baby's little hands and feet for a lifestyle newborn portraits in Napa, California

Baby toes for a Napa newborn photography in California

Baby wrapped in a handmade blanket for a lifestyle Napa newborn photography in California

Baby wrapped up in a blanket for a lifestyle newborn photography in Napa, California

Diaper basket for a lifestyle newborn photography in Napa, California

 

From their engagement portraits to their Mary Agatha Furth Center wedding to Angela’s maternity portraits, and now little Andrew!Baby being held by parents for a lifestyle newborn portraits in Napa, California

March 27, 2013

My family and I are really close. So while I may not know all my sisters’ friends, and they may not know all mine, we probably “know” them by name, where they live, etc. So when my sister brought Natalie home from their big music teachers’ convention, I’d heard enough to know that she was an amazing piano teacher and author from Kansas.

As I got to know her over the next few days, I came to realize she is also an amazing person with a heart for serving God by serving others! I will treasure the talks we all had together about being creatives, running a business, and how to do it all to the glory of God. Natalie and Julia have some exciting plans they’re putting together that I’ll be sure to update you all on when it’s time, but let’s just say that if there’s a trip to Kansas in the future, I might just tag along!

It’s probably a given that if you’re coming to my house for a visit, a photo shoot is going to take place!

Love her smile and laugh!

Not quite like the fields in Kansas, but the view wasn’t too bad!

After talking to Natalie, I’m inspired to journal and blog more often. Here are some tips on journaling my friend Sarah just shared!

Tea, black that is, is the beverage of choice!

Not only is Natalie a great teacher, but she’s also an amazing writer and speaker. Be sure to check out her books Pajama School and Born to Deliver!

Tools of the trade!

March 4, 2013

There’s nothing better than friendship that goes beyond the wedding day! So when I drove down to Santa Rosa to shoot an engagement session, it was the perfect time to catch up with my dear friend and past bride, Angela! And what a sweet time as she and Crandon are expecting a little boy! We met at the Luther Burbank Gardens and were able to just catch up and take a few pictures to capture this special, new life growing!

Mom-to-be leaning against a wall and sillhouette of the baby bump for maternity portraits at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens in Santa Rosa, California.

The gardens were pretty even in the middle of winter, but my favorite part was this large cactus that made the neatest backdrop!

Chalkboard sign and cactus as a backdrop for maternity portraits at the Luther Burbank Gardens in Santa Rosa, California.

Mom-to-be sitting on bricks and holding onsie for maternity portraits at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens in Santa Rosa, California.

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March 1, 2013

With the release of her last book, my friend and fellow photographer, Randy, invited me along to for a western bridal photoshoot to create some beautiful promotional pictures. It was so fun seeing my pictures in print for advertising all across the US! So I was thrilled to be invited along again to shoot portraits of western author, Chris Enss, herself!

Gloves and antique jeweled earrings for western author pictures at a Victorian house in Grass Valley, California.

 

 

Christian did an amazing job creating these stylish hats!Veiled hats for western author pictures at a Victorian house in Grass Valley, California.

 

 

Burlap roses and features with vintage broaches for the most unique western bridal bouquet!Chris Enns and a burlap bouquet for western author pictures at a Victorian house in Grass Valley, California.

So beautiful!

Chris Enns wearing pearls and a gold locket for western author pictures at a Victorian house in Grass Valley, California.

Chris Enss wearing vicorian shoes for western author pictures at a Victorian house in Grass Valley, California.

Location | Old Victorian in Grass Valley, California

Styling | Christian Michael Goodwin of CMG Creative and Prairie Lace Designs

Author | Chris Enss

November 24, 2012

You could say we met the old fashioned way: online. We were both active readers of The Rebelution blog and both so excited when their first ever conference was in California! As bloggers ourselves and team members that helped promote the conference, we were also invited to take a special picture that later got published on the blog. Fast forward a year to 2007 and our second meeting took place at the next California conference. Add one coffee meetup years later, and Lindsey and I were friends mostly by facebook and occasional greetings. So when her mom emailed me requesting a session for Lindsey’s birthday, I was so excited! Of the two things on her wish list–a rice cooker and a photo shoot–you’ve got to admit, the pictures are the most fun! ;-)

And while we’ve mostly been friends from afar, Lindsey has been such an encouragement and inspiration in my life! I keep telling her that I think of her as years older because she’s always been crazy mature! As a debate champion, co-founder of Beauty From the Heart, and still an active writer on Lies Young Women Believe, she’s able to use her gift of writing and communication to speak truth in a world of confusion! I’m so honored to have been able to spend an afternoon with her and her family capturing a little slice of life in this moment!

Look at this gorgeous birthday girl!

Holding a ballon portraits at the UC Davis Arboretum in California.

Posing portraits at the UC Davis Arboretum in California.

Walking portraits at the UC Davis Arboretum in California.

I was ecstatic about the light at the UC Davis Arboretum. Good find, guys!
Looking at boots portraits at the UC Davis Arboretum in California.

Holding a scarf portraits at the UC Davis Arboretum in California.

Girl against the tree portraits at the UC Davis Arboretum in California.

So free and joyful, even in the hard times.
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One of my favorites!
Laying on the grass portraits at the UC Davis Arboretum in California.

As an older sister to two sisters myself, this just warms my heart! I want a sister picture like this!
Sister portraits at the UC Davis Arboretum in California.

Beautiful girls and cute Jethro!
Golden retriever with family portraits at the UC Davis Arboretum in California.

Like out of a storybook!
Family on bridge portraits at the UC Davis Arboretum in California.

Real life. Together.

Family with golden retriever portraits at the UC Davis Arboretum in California.

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