High End Photography in the California Woods

For Lindsay's birthday every year, we go camping. It's her favorite thing to be out in the woods, surrounded by people she loves, with a cold beer in her hand. Add silly games, a rushing river, and a tiger suit and you've got a magical weekend. Her dad, step-mom, and sister surprised her this time and it was amazing. A big thank you to them and all of these peeps who love Lindsay so much. It's not the easiest thing to wait until the day of to know where you'll be headed, but you made her camping birthday the best one yet. And the photos-priceless!! 

To view more photos from the weekend, click HERE.

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Remembering Charlot

You've Got Mail is one of my all time favorite movies. If you haven't watched it recently (and I'd be amazed if you had) you might need to. The main character writes to her pen-pal about feeling like she's lived a small life. Sometimes, when I look at what I've accomplished, it also feels small. I love what I do and I love my life, but every once in awhile (usually around January) I take inventory and feel like I should be doing something bigger.

I got an email yesterday inviting me to a friend and client's memorial service. Charlot was married to Gregory and together they had an incredible life with two teenage boys. She was 48 (you can read more about her life here). It was a terrible shock and I wanted to do something, anything for her husband. Most of the time when the mom schedules the photo sessions, she's also the one to save/store the photos. Life is so hectic and crazy and sometimes, dads never even see them. So, I went and pulled photos from past sessions to send to Gregory.

As I look at these images, I don't feel small at all. I feel like we do one of the most important jobs there ever was. With a heavy heart I say, Charlot, you will be missed, but with a full heart I say, you will be remembered.

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Hannah & Andrew sneak peak

We don't do many sneak peaks, but these two have been so very patient. Although their wedding was the first week of January, it was the last one from our busy winter season and we're NEARLY finished with it. But because we love these two so much and because these photos are begging to be posted, here you go. Big hugs! 

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Trip to visit newborn nephew

Lindsay and I have been trying to make babies for a few years now. We've been able to get pregnant a few times, but staying pregnant has been more trying. One of the most difficult challenges of my life has been to be happy for friends and family who have successful pregnancies. I want to be happy, I really do, but instead, I battle being heartbroken and sad and jealous.

My sister had a baby. If I concentrated hard enough on how wonderful it was that she wanted Lindsay and me involved in their lives, I was able to be grateful. We went to Utah to visit this new little one, and he is the sweetest newborn I've ever cuddled. We really are so lucky to be aunties again.

As we drove home from Utah, I realized I'd never experienced Nevada in January. The dusting of snow dressed it up so beautifully. I rarely take landscapes because I'm so bad at them, but I almost couldn't miss under these conditions. 

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