Months One & Two with Juno Elizabeth

Well, I’ve come to terms with the fact that blogging is just not my jam. I always have great intentions to sit down and post, but somehow I always find myself weeks behind schedule. When I was pregnant I envisioned doing a blog post each month about our baby, and here I am ten weeks later with NO blog post yet. BUT, I figure it’s better late than never. The other thing I’ve learned since having a baby is that TIME FLIES. These past ten weeks have gone SO fast.

(Note that I’m writing this more for myself so that I can look back and remember all of these sweet moments and milestones with my girl as the months go by so I won’t be offended if you just want to skim through and look at the darling pictures instead.)

Here we go …

Month One Recap

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Our first month with our sweet girl went so unbelievably fast. Juno was born on December 3rd, we went home with her on December 5th and we spent the first month adjusting to parenthood. Brandon was home for the majority of this first month, which was so nice. We definitely didn’t take that for granted and it was so nice to be able to tag-team and figure out parenting together, especially because for the first couple of weeks I had to triple feed and it was exhausting — it was so nice that Brandon could do the bottle feeding part of the triple feeding. We loved just staring at our baby girl and watching all of her different faces and expressions as she slept in our arms. She was the tiniest little peanut and Brandon and I would fight over who would hold her.

Juno was 6 lbs 3 oz when she was born, got down to 5 lbs 10 oz when we left the hospital and then was back up to 6 lbs 5 oz at her 2 week appointment. At 4 weeks old, she weighed 7 lbs 1 oz. She was in the fifth percentile for height and weight all month long. Juno’s newborn diapers and clothes were big on her for the first few weeks, but she eventually grew into them throughout the month. We started tummy-time right away and by Juno’s 2nd week she would hold her head up for short bursts at a time while on her belly and at 3 1/2 weeks she rolled over from her tummy to her back for the first time.

Juno absolutely hated being changed and/or naked during month one. She has some LOUD lungs and we’d get to hear them at their finest with every diaper change, every bath, and every time we got her naked. Since we didn’t know we were having a girl, it was so fun to receive girl clothes and gifts from family and friends during these first few weeks! Brandon and I would find ourselves saying about twenty times a day, “I can’t believe we have a baby girl.”

Month one was full of baby snuggles, lots of staring at Juno’s beautiful face, and holding our baby girl. I often burst into tears this first month simply because I loved her so much and I couldn’t handle it. (The hormones are REAL after having a baby). During her first month, Juno got to have her first Christmas [which was supposed to be her due date] and turned 4 weeks old on New Years Eve.


Pics From Month One


Month Two Recap

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Juno’s second month may have gone even faster than her first. I honestly can’t believe that she’s 2 1/2 months old right now. How? How did that happen? Month two we continued to adjust to parenthood and I had my first go at mommying all on my own. Brandon went back to work so from 7:00-4:00 I had to learn how to manage on my own. Many days Brandon would come home and ask me what I did all day and I’d reply that I just held our girl all day — held her, fed her, changed her, stared at her, read to her, danced with her, sang to her, prayed over her — that’s about all I did this month and it was perfect.

This month Juno was still wearing newborn diapers and clothes, but she expanded her wardrobe because she got all of her cousin Ellie’s hand me downs. My sister ended up having a boy this time around so we are forever grateful for all the girl hand-me-downs we now get! At 8 weeks old Juno weighed 8 lbs 12 oz. She is 21 & 3/4 inches tall. She’s still in the fifth percentile for height and weight. Juno’s hair started to change from dark brown to a lighter brown with a hint of red (YES, RED! This mama is so excited). She still has her blonde patch of hair on the right side of her head which she’s had since she was born, and I need to know what kind of lash boost this girl is using because her eyelashes are something else.

At just about 5 weeks old, Juno “real” smiled for the first time and seeing her smile was our absolute favorite part of month two. Juno is so much more interested in the world around her now, will follow us with her eyes when we talk to her, smile at us and she began to find her voice — cooing and ooohing all the time. Also at 5 weeks old, Juno celebrated her cousin Ellie’s 2nd birthday and then four days later her twin cousin came into the world. My sister and brother-in-law welcomed Raleigh Emmett into the world and Elliette became a big sister on January 6th. It was so fun to have Juno and Raleigh meet one another after all this time. We love these babies so much.

June Bug still hates getting out of the bath and doesn’t like being cold or naked. She loves being in her carseat either in the car or on a walk and she loves being bounced and rocked. She became an expert roller by 8 weeks old and now tummy-time will only last seconds or a couple of minutes before she’s rolled over onto her back. We have had to stop swaddling her with her arms in because she is moving like crazy and we think she might be close to rolling from her back to her tummy now too (although she hasn’t yet). She now sleeps with her arms straight up in the air all night and it’s so funny. And speaking of sleep, this month we practiced everything we learned from Taking Cara Babies newborn class and Juno’s sleep got to be so much better (depending on the night). This was SUCH a nice improvement because during the first month of June Bug’s life she had her days and nights mixed up and was up a LOT during the night.

I can’t believe that month two came and went so quickly, but I have a feeling that I’ll be saying that every month. As I write this, we are only two weeks away from month three! Slow down pleasseeee. This mama has to go back to work in a few short weeks and she isn’t ready!


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Happy New Year! A Look Back On 2018 - The Year of the Babies

With every new year, we always like to take a moment to reflect on the past year and to thank all of our amazing clients that made our year so wonderful. From newborns to weddings to families, every session we had this year filled us with so much joy and we are truly grateful to each and every one of you. Here are a few highlights from our sessions this year. Then, read on for some of our personal highlights from 2018 …

A BIG thank you to all of our clients and friends who entrusted us to capture your special moments this year!


Now, here are some of our favorite personal highlights from the year …

In March, we traveled to Siesta Key, FL with my (Emily’s) family. Click here to read all about our trip! This was Elliette’s [our niece] first time at the beach and it was the absolute best watching her experience the ocean waves and the sand for the first time. We had so much fun on this much-needed vacay!

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Then, in April, this happened …

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We found out we were pregnant! I’ve decided to coin 2018 as The Year of the Babies because less than a month later, my sister found out she was also pregnant with baby #2!

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and our sweet sister-in-law, Katie, was also pregnant with her first baby so I spent a good part of the year pregnant with both my sister and my sister-in-law. Katie was due in September, I was due in late December and my sister, Kayla, was due a mere two weeks after me. #theyearofthebabies

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Brandon and I celebrated our anniversary with a camping trip to Grand Lake. One of our favorite places!

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We spent the end of July camping throughout Ouray, Telluride, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Carbondale and Aspen.

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On September 9th, Micah James came into the world. Our very first nephew and a cute one at that. Brandon’s brother, Jeff, and SIL, Katie, have become the best parents.

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Also in September we spent a long weekend in Steamboat cheering on my brother-in-law who ran in the #runrabbitrun 100 mile run. Brandon, Remington and I camped while the rest of my family rented a condo. So fun to have a weekend away with family and Cameron (our BIL) is nothing short of amazing!

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Throughout the Fall, Kayla and I compared our growing bellies. We called these babies the #twincousins since we were due so close to one another.

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In November, my mom and sister threw me a darling little baby shower to celebrate Baby Gayle …

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and then Brandon and I went on a quick baby moon (it was cut short due to weather) in Breckenridge over Thanksgiving.

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Our favorite part of 2018 happened just a couple of weeks later on December 3rd. Juno Elizabeth Gayle was born at 3:52 in the afternoon. At only 36 1/2 weeks pregnant she definitely caught us by surprise, but now after having her be here for the past 4 weeks we can’t imagine it any other way. We also didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl so finding out she was a GIRL was the best surprise of all. Weighing 6 lbs 3 oz, 18 inches tall and with some mighty loud lungs, we are truly grateful and so unbelievably blessed. We couldn’t be more in love with our June Bug.

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*These last 3 photos were taken by the photographer at the hospital when Juno was about 15 hours old. Thank you to Bella Baby Photography for these! We are so happy to have these photos to remember Juno when she was a brand-new newborn.

We spent the holiday season cherishing every new moment as a new family of three (well four - we can’t forget about Remington). We wish you a Happy New Year and a very sweet year to come. We hope to see you in 2019 … we are now booking sessions for the rest of the Winter and the Spring! Happy New Year!

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And since it was #theyearofthebabies, I know you’re wondering about Kayla & Cameron’s baby. We are still anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby #2. We thought for sure he or she would be here before the New Year, but baby is too cozy in Kayla’s belly. Come on Twin Cousin #2 ... we can’t wait to meet you!

Siesta Key - Family Photos on the Beach!

Over mine and Kayla's Spring break we went on a family vacation to Siesta Key, FL and, oh my heavens, it was such a g.r.e.a.t trip. All 7 of us went - my parents, my sister and brother in law and their baby girl, Brandon and me.  It was so insanely gorgeous there.  We spent day after day lounging in the sun reading a good book or playing in the sand with our sweet niece, Elliette.  It was Ellie's first time at the beach and she l.o.v.e.d it!  She ate quite a bit of sand but it never seemed to phase her.  She wanted to dig in the sand and stand in the waves all day.  We just got back a week ago and while it's been hard getting back to the grind, it's so nice to have these photos to take us back.  Just look at this sunset ... this was real life for 6 days.  Absolutely amazing.  Sun, sand and salt water were SO needed!

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My mom's birthday was a couple of weeks before our trip (happy birthday sweet mama!), and for her present we told her we were going to try to get a family photo of all 7 of us on the beach and then she's going to choose some to print and have in her house.  :)  So, one evening while we were there, we set up the tripod and tried our best. (This is also how Brandon and I took our own engagement photos 3 1/2 years ago). I think we got some keepers!  

And when you're a photographer and have your camera at the beach, you then get a little carried away.  My poor family ... they were troopers ... we took photos until the sun was nowhere to be found!

How precious is this sweet baby at the beach? I could just eat her up.

She sure loves her LaLa & Papa too ... and I think it's mutual.  

I'm moving to the beach . . . as long as my whole family moves with me!

Kayla took these next pics for us ... she's a pro already!  Thanks KK!

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Heaven on Earth.  A B.I.G thank you is in order to my mom and dad.  They were the ones who took us on this amazing vacation and we are so incredibly blessed by them.  We sure do love you both!  We can't wait for our next family vacay!  :)

Two Newborns & A Whole Lot of Fall Family Fun

I know it's January, but I am f.i.n.a.l.l.y getting around to posting from our crazy (yet wonderful) Fall. And by Fall I mean August through December.  Where does the time go? Not only do we usually get so swamped in the Fall that we fall behind on posting, but we also like to let Holiday cards get sent out before we post many of these in case clients are wanting their Holiday cards to be a surprise! This year my goal is stay on top of blogging ... we will see if that actually happens.  With that being said, this post is a doozy so grab a cup of coffee or a beverage of your choice and scroll down to see what we've been up to recently.  Here are two darling newborn sessions along with all the fall family shoots as well!  Enjoy!



My sweet friends, Travis & Nicole, brought Abigail Jean into the world on August 31st.  Could she be any more perfect?


Then, on October 19th, Makenna Marie came into the world and Lindsay & Kyle are the greatest parents.  This newborn session was so precious ... I didn't want to leave!



The Fall is my favorite time of the year for family sessions.  These next three sessions were taken on a rainy day in Downtown Denver.


These next two sessions were both taken at Daniel's Park.  It may have been a little windy, but the background couldn't have been better and the families are darling whether their hair is blowing in the wind or not  :) 



Next up, two sweet families taken at Woodie Hollow Park ... one of our favorite places thanks to the family below!  

These three girlies were flower girls in our wedding and I cannot believe how grown up they are now.  I first started babysitting for them when the oldest was TWO.  Now she's FOURTEEN ... how did that happen? #imustbegettingold



Every Fall, Three Pond Park seems to be one of our main go-to places.  The Fall colors are always so pretty there ....


Of course, we had to take my sister's family photos too ... I can't resist taking pictures of that niece of mine.  Elliette was 9 months here.





Come November and early December, we snuck in a few last minute sessions just in time to get those holiday cards out.  Phew!



Isn't this little one so handsome? This was a quick studio session that I did at home. I love the clean, white background and those eyes!



It's been a very busy year! We are so blessed and grateful for each and every one of these families.  Thank you for the fun shoots and for letting us share these pictures. We are currently booking for all of 2018!  

Happy New Year: Reflecting on 2017 as we ring in 2018

As 2017 comes to a close and we get ready to ring in a new year, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past year and to thank our clients who made this year one of the best. 

2017 started off with an all-time high when we welcomed our niece into the world on January 2nd, 2017. Elliette Kay has filled this year with so much love, laughter and joy. 

The summer of 2017 was a great time for adventure.  Near the end of 2016, we purchased a travel trailer and this year was spent traveling and camping throughout Colorado. Some of our highlights were hiking throughout Mueller State Park, going to Carbondale with our good friends, and trying new beers at the Octoberfest in Breckenridge. We were certainly #happycampers

This summer we also went on a two-week long road trip with the travel trailer to Nashville, TN. We stayed at an amazing resort on a beautiful lake. We watched the sunrise everyday, went fishing, swam in the water, and walked up and down Broadway while eating good food and listening to great music.  We celebrated the marriage of Brandon's cousin and got in lots of quality family time as well. Remington went on a boat for her first time and initially loved every second of it until Emily jumped in the water at which point she had a complete meltdown.  

In October we spent four ocean-filled days in San Diego with Brandon’s family celebrating his parents 40th anniversary followed by a quick stay in Fresno, CA to celebrate the lives of both of his grandparents who passed away this summer.  

Our Fall was filled with teaching (Emily), guitar playing (Brandon), soaking up every ounce of Fall weather and lots and lots of portrait sessions. Fall family portraits are always one of our favorite things every year and since many of our clients use these pictures for their Holiday cards, we never post them until after Christmas.  With that being said, I'll do a blog post of these soon!

Last but not least, this year wouldn't have been the same without the friends and family we are surrounded by. Here are some other favorite moments from 2017 ... Our year was clearly centered around our sweet niece  :) 

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As you ring in the New Year tonight, take some time to reflect upon 2017 and set new goals, hopes and dreams for 2018.  Each and every session this year from newborns to families to headshots meant so much to us, and we are so grateful for each and every one of our clients and friends.  Happy New Year! 

*P.S. - If we took your photos in 2017, your gallery is back up and running until February 1st.  Use code: NEWYEAR18 for a 30% discount off your print order of $30 or more!

Kyle & Lindsay Maternity - Three Pond Park

Congrats to Kyle and Lindsay ... they are getting ready to wlecome their first baby!  Is Lindsay not the most stunning lady ever .. pregnancy sure does look good on her!  I was blessed to be able to teach with Kyle a few years ago and I am even more blessed by the friendship that has grown since then with Kyle and Lindsay.  This session was so much fun and I cannot wait to meet sweet baby girl in October!  The countdown is on!

Ben & Liz: A Denver Wedding

There are no words to describe the love that these two have for each other.  This day could not have been any more perfect and Brandon and I were blessed to be apart of it.  Ben and Liz had an eventful day on June 4th in Denver. Liz and her bridesmaids got ready at the beautiful Brown Palace.  After that she rode in style with her dad to Alamo Placita Park where Ben got to see his beautiful bride for the first time. After taking as many photos as we could possibly squeeze in, we headed to Denver Community Church for their "I-do's". Their ceremony was both elegant and simple full of tears of joy and laughter.  After the ceremony, we headed to the most beautifully decorated reception location, The Mercury Cafe. This place was magical and was the perfect spot to celebrate the night away. Instead of cutting a traditional wedding cake, Ben & Liz cut the ribbon off their Oreo cake that sat underneath two superhero Corgi cake-toppers.  Why you ask?  Because why NOT!?  For those of you who don't know Ben and Liz, while they don't have a dog YET, they are obsessed.  So much so that Liz joined Instagram purely for the puppy pictures.  The fact that they love Remi the Berner as much as I do makes me love Ben and Liz even more than words can say.  I've never been to a reception that was filled with SO, SO many home-baked with love-cookies.  Liz's mom and dear friends from all around the U.S. made and brought cookies all the way to Colorado to make this reception absolutely perfect.  And to top it all off, they even had ice cream from the one and only Sweet Action Ice Cream.  Now this was a wedding after my own heart :)  Liz's mom also made the beautiful bouquets and the day ran smoothly thanks to the wonderful Cherry Bomb Events. The love that this bride and groom have is contagious ... I don't think I've laughed as hard as I have on both the day I took Ben & Liz's engagement photos and on their wedding day, and they made my job E-A-S-Y!  Ben and Liz, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for letting us capture the beginning of your marriage.  Wishing you all the best and lots of laughter ahead!

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Gretchen & Greg - A Denver Backyard Winter Wedding

I've photographed Gretchen's family for many years now so when she called me out of the blue a day in November and asked if I would be available to photograph her December wedding, of course I said "yes!"  Greg was Gretchen's ski instructor when she was a young teenager, and all these years later, Greg has been waiting for her to marry him.  I mean, could their love story be any more darling?  I met Greg the day before their December wedding and immediately saw how perfect they were together. Gretchen and Greg wanted photos of the two of them outside of their wedding attire out of the chaos of the wedding day so the day before we met at the park and captured a few photos of just the two of them before the big day.

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Gretchen's parents host a "Soup Kitchen" every Holiday season ... Gretchen's dad, being the chef that he is, makes a potluck of delicious soups and they invite all their friends and family over for the tasty affair.  What I love about their Soup Kitchen is that everyone is welcome just how they are, and every December their Denver house fills with people ready to taste tasty soups.  Since this was happening anyway on December 20th, Gretchen and Greg decided to have their ceremony right before this big event in Gretchen's parents' backyard.  They set up a warm, beautifully-decorated tent and the intimate ceremony was beyond perfect for the two of them.  The winter decor and beautiful bouquets of flowers added just the right touch and the day was a memorable one spent with friends and family from all over the world.

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Gretchen and Greg, thank you for letting me be apart of this beautiful day!  I love the both of you and wish you all the best!

A Year For the Books, Fall Family Sessions, and a Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I cannot believe that tonight we will head into the year 2016.  I have so much to be thankful for as I reflect upon what a year it has been.  2015 was a year for the books!  A BIG thank you to everyone who made this year extra amazing!  Here are my top ten highlights of 2015 (in chronological order):

 

  • Brandon and I bought our first house and we are finally feeling a little more settled in, have finally hung some things on the walls, and are continuing to work on never-ending house projects.  We are slowly but surely turning this house into a home.  I'm lucky that my hubby is handy!
  • Finally got the brother I have always wanted.  My sister got married on June 20, 2015 and now I am so happy to say that after 25 years of life I now have a brother (well two now, but I'll get to that) and a pretty cool one at that!  Congrats to KK & Cam!!
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  • On July 11, 2015 I married my best friend.  We had a beautiful, small backyard wedding at my parent's house and it was perfect in every way.  Thank you to my friend Sharon Arnoldi for capturing such a special day!  I also gained another brother and sister (love you Jeff and Katie!) and two loving parents (Mitzie & Lou!).  A big thank you to my mom and dad for such an amazing wedding, letting us use your house as our incredible venue, and for all your love and support!
  • Honeymooned in Cancun, Mexico!  We stayed at an AMAZING resort where we had our own pool on our private "roof-top terrace" and divulged in fresh-made "Coco-Locos" on the beach everyday.
  • Emily Ann Photography grew immensely ... thank you to ALL of my amazing clients old and new.  Thank you to those who continually give my name out to friends ... I wouldn't be where I am today without YOU!  I am so lucky that I have clients who do all of my marketing and advertising for me.  And a BIG thank you to those who trusted me for the first time to capture your special moments whether it was an engagement, a wedding, a new born bundle of joy, or your family.  I am truly blessed!
  • Traveled to Ft. Lauderdale with Brandon, my brother and sister in law, and great friends where we spent time swimming in the ocean, walking on the beach, and enjoying the immense hospitality of a church that hosted a HIFR show.  That little yellow book has been a blessing in so many ways, and it was so much fun getting to see Brandon travel and play at this show.
  • Brandon and I welcomed our new fur-baby into our hearts.  If you haven't met Remington yet, here you go!  To see more pictures of this cute pup, click here.
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Wishing you all the best, good health, and an abundance of happiness in 2016!

Remington

Meet Remington the Bernese Mountain Dog, the newest addition to our family!  After waiting 8 long weeks, Brandon and I finally got to meet and bring home this sweet girl last Saturday.  We have now spent a little over a week with her, and we are completely in love.  I've been meaning to post some pictures of her and with the surprise snow day today, I am finally able to! So far, Remington (Remi) spends the majority of the day sleeping and thinks she is a lap dog.  She's going to be in for a reality check once she gets bigger.  She's gained 4 pounds in one week and now weighs a whopping 21 lbs at 9 weeks old.  She was the biggest in her litter and her breeder said that she will be at least 100 pounds when she is full grown ... I mean, just look at those paws!

Last weekend, we set up the tripod to take our first official family photo ... Remi wasn't thrilled, but we got one!

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I am completely obsessed with her spotted nose ... it will eventually turn all black so I had to pull out the macro lens before that happened! (I know, somehow overnight I turned into a crazy dog lady)

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Remington loves the snow ... running in the snow, burying her head in the snow, chewing on all the sticks she can find...

And while I baked cookies today, she did what she does best.  The entire time she didn't move.  Playing in the snow wiped her out!

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And last but not least, since my dear friends requested a video, here you go, Ben & Liz!

Alex & Jared - A Red Rocks Chapel & Molly Brown Summer House Wedding

These pictures are all the words I need ... a gorgeous wedding for a beautiful couple.  Blessed to be apart of it!  Congrats Alex and Jared!  Best wishes to the two of you!

Hilary & Taylor: An October Proposal

I could not be more honored to be apart of Hilary and Taylor's beyond cute proposal!  Hilary had already scheduled her annual "Christmas Card" photo session with me when Taylor called and told me that he wanted to propose to Hilary during our session.  Hilary kept making things complicated by changing the date of the photos more than once, but Taylor thought of everything -- having their puppy be apart of it, the sign and the cute saying on the sign, the plot to get Hilary away for a minute so that he could put the sign around Oly's neck, everything.  All I did was help make the sign (with the help of a friend ... thanks Molly!) and showed up to capture the moment.  After we took a couple of photos like normal, I asked Hilary if it would be alright I took a couple of "head shots" of her because "I've recently had an inquiry for business head shots and I don't have very many to show this potential client".  Of course she agreed so I pulled Hilary away to take her business picture (I've included it below).  Taylor and Brandon pretended to be playing with Oly when really they were getting out the sign, making sure the ring was ready to go, etc.  After a couple of minutes, Hilary and I walked around the tree to see Taylor and Oly standing there waiting for her.  Needless to say, what came next was magical.  I was so unbelievably blessed to be apart of this.  Wishing Hilary and Taylor all the best as they enjoy their engagement (they are celebrating in Thailand right now!) and while they plan their wedding.  What a special time in their lives! photocrati gallery

 

Megan's Senior Portraits - Class of 2016

Congratulations to this darling senior!  It was so fun to photograph Megan ... what an amazing, fun, and gorgeous girl.  We took these at Cheeseman Park on a beautiful morning a couple of weeks ago ... the lighting, the flowers, the greenery, and that smile could not have been any more perfect.  I wish you all the best finishing up your senior year! photocrati gallery

Erica & Trey - Hudson Garden's Wedding

Erica and I were close friends all through elementary school ... I remember constantly having sleep overs with her, spying on her brothers (yes, we were Harriet the Spy fans), and doing everything together.  Because of this I was so honored when she asked me to photograph her wedding.  This wedding was so much fun to photograph because not only did it bring back so many good memories, but I was able to catch up with many old friends that I have not seen in years!  Erica is now a flight attendant who travels the world and lives in Virginia where she met her husband.  I did not get to meet Trey until the wedding day, but as soon as I did, it was clear that they were perfect for each other.  They decided to do a first look (which always makes me cry) and the pure laughter, tears, and joy made it so clear that they belong together.  Erica and Trey got married at Hudson Garden's surrounded by friends and family, and they sure did throw quite the celebration!  Didn't Erica make a stunning bride?  Erica and Trey, I wish you nothing but the best.  Congratulations and thank you so much for letting Brandon and me be apart of your special day! photocrati gallery