Recently my husband and I visited Hawaii, without our kids! This was a first for us, in the 15 years we’ve been parents we’ve only ever left them overnight. While we were in Hawaii I was lucky enough to have a friend, Jenna at Creatrix Photography, photograph us. I am in love with these pictures! They captured us just the way I’d hoped, fun, playful, relaxed… just us as we are together everyday. After 24 years together it’s awesome to have pictures of us as a couple that aren’t from our wedding and we aren’t holding any kids. Thank you so much Jenna, these are priceless to me!











Now that Christmas cards have all been mailed I can share my own family photos for this year :) I photographed my own four children for my cards and the entire fun, boisterous, crazy extended family for my mother in law’s cards. Photographing my own children is never dull, it often requires cocktails… but there’s nothing I love more than pictures of my own babies. Oh… and I always love outtakes, plenty at the end of this post! Enjoy~

Here and there on my blog I succumb to shameless mommy bragging, who wouldn’t right??? Today’s bragging is of the wifely variety :) It’s my husband’s 41st birthday and two weeks ago I had the pleasure of going to watch his first triathlon! I have been madly in love with this boy since we were 17 and I am indeed his biggest fan as he is always mine. I was so darn proud watching him tackle this new challenge. Happy Birthday babe, I love you more than the stars and the moon and the sun in the sky…. and holy hotness on the outfit :)


The cobbler’s children have no shoes and the photographer’s children are horrible in front of a camera! Sad fact but I swear it’s true. For Mother’s Day I really wanted a new picture of my kids… oye. This is what I’m up against. As I sit her enjoying my margarita I’d like to wish all my wonderful clients an amazing Mother’s Day, I can guarantee you your children we better behaved for portraits than mine were :)

Meet Ellie. She is precious, with oh so chubby cheeks and big eyes. What a darling baby girl.

And some mommy bragging… Last week my littlest Vaughn turned 5 years old! Crazy that my baby is five. He keeps us on our toes for sure, but he is such a joy and blessing. In other news, I tried to take some artistic shots of my littlest two together and yeah… my days may be numbered for this type of thing :)

And lastly, it was dance recital weekend around here! All the dance moms out there know this means two full days of dress rehearsal and dance shows, exhausting but fun. My daughter had 8 different numbers and 8 different costumes this year. She sprained her ankle on Easter and we were touch and go all week, but I’m happy to say she pulled it off. I couldn’t be a prouder mama of my beautiful Julia.





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