My sweet friend Alli recently had her second baby, Hazel (and sweet Becca Rose). I adore this family, their hearts, and all they love and stand for. Alli is one of those friendships I pray to hang onto forevermore.
Kate once wrote me a note when I was a troubled 7th grader-she made an impression on me back then and it has stuck with me ever since. Matt, Kate and Anders are just plain as real as you get-they don't hide anything from anyone and don't apologize for who they are. I think in the age we live in, we have lost the ability to be completely ourselves and not feel bad about it. Matt has made a mark on my husband (in the best way-no, he didn't beat him) in a way that I will never be able to repay him for. I'm thankful for the friends we have in Matt and Kate-we don't spend nearly enough time together but I know they have our backs. This family is gold.
I've known Amanda for 5 years now-she just keeps getting better. When we met, we worked at a coffee shop together and she and Parker didn't have kids yet. When she had her first baby (Ezra) I'm pretty sure she worked right up to her due date and never complained about any of it. Once she had Ezra, she took him everywhere-of all the years I have known Amanda, I've loved how genuine, honest, and hard-working she is. She cares about those she loves so much and I learn about motherhood just from watching her with her boys. Every time I get to photograph this family, I'm thankful.
Time goes so fast and most days, I wish it would slow down for a bit. Last February, my husband and I had the honor of shooting Chris and Carolee's wedding in Hawaii and it was nothing short of amazing. Seeing two people so absolutely in love and crazy about each other is one of my favorite things, and getting to capture it is even better. This year, seeing their beautiful family grow is equally as beautiful as getting to capture their wedding. I'm so grateful that they have allowed us to capture some of the most sacred and beautiful spaces in their lives. I absolutely adore this family and I know Aurora Mae will be one of the most loved little girls the world has ever seen.
This is Mrs. Lilah Higgins-she was an absolute blast to work with and she is insanely creative and beautifully talented. These girl-boss shoots are quickly becoming a favorite to shoot. Check out her work here: http://www.thehigginscreative.com
Janine has always been an encouragement to me, and to everyone really. She's everyone's biggest cheerleader because that's how much she believes in people. She asked me to take her headshots a little while ago and it was nothing but fun and laughs with her and her husband Ryan. If you ever have the chance to meet Janine Mix, you will see what I'm talking about.
Jane contacted me a few months ago to photograph her sweet family when her son was born. Jane and her husband Josh are two of the sweetest parents with the sweetest little baby.