Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Last year my friend Kathy taught me a new way to start each year. Not with a resolution, but with one word. She got the idea from Christine Kane. Click here to read the original post about this concept.

Last December I decided my word for 2010 would be "presence". I am a very future driven person. I'm always planning my life in the future, but rarely experience the present moment in all its glory. The funny thing about 2010 was that I graduated from college, moved across the country, expanded my business, and started a new hobby/passion that will become a business in 2011 (actually, two passions that will become businesses...more on that later though).

So in ALL of the changes that happened in 2010, I was almost forced to be present since I didn't really know what was coming next. It's always important to plan ahead, but this year I feel like I did a lot better with being thankful for literally every moment in my day. After all, the present is a gift;-)

For 2011, I'm choosing a brand new word for a brand new and exciting year.

Mastery. I chose this word because I have a lot going on in my life:-) A lot of different passions and jobs and hobbies. This year I want to work on mastering the things that are most important to me. I want to work towards mastering the art of running a small business! I want to work towards mastering my craft as a photographer. I don't just want to be okay at all the things I do. I want to be the best I can be! So for 2011, I will strive for mastery!

If you're interested in choosing a word for the year instead of doing the normal New Year's Resolution, check out a list of words here. Once you pick one, leave a comment and tell us what it is! Put it on your Facebook, blog about it, or just write about it in a journal. If you don't write it down, it doesn't exist:-)

Happy word picking!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

I Love Great Danes

We spent the past few days before Christmas in Wisconsin with friends and their awesome family. These are the kind of shots that I love to get; photos that tell a little story about your family without the "glamour" of a regular portrait session. Just those little moments in the day that you sometimes take for granted.

This beautiful Great Dane is Sophie. She's the biggest kid in this family of 7:-) She cemented in my mind that Great Danes are the only dog I'd consider getting in the future. Gentle giants, so calm and beautiful. They are protective without being dangerous. And they love to cuddle. She looks a lot like our other friend's Great Dane, Keeta

This kid is hilarious. He's the 3rd child of the 3 boys, and the best eater of them all:-) The first thing I noticed about him was how much he ate! We joked about entering him in an eating contest, because he uses the dipping technique (dipping any food in any liquid...very interesting) on a regular basis. I took these photos at breakfast, and I think they sum him up pretty well.

 This little girl is the youngest of the 4 kids:-) This was after breakfast when mom and dad were cleaning up, and all the kids were running around. I just happened to find her in the pantry like this:-) I love it.

So excited for this family, because mom got a brand new Nikon for Christmas, and now she gets to capture these special moments every day!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Baby Belly

Stella's little sister, Lucy:-)

Have I mentioned how much I love photographing babies?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Stella Bokeh

I've been in Chicago for the last few days visiting friends, and one of my friends has two beautiful daughters, so I've been photographing them:-) Here's one of my favorites from today.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Todd & Yo Part 2

Here are a few more photos from Todd & Yolanda's engagement shoot:-)

So sweet:-)

Don't you just love this dress?!

Todd & Yolanda, thanks so much for braving the freezing weather and sharing your engagement with me! 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Todd & Yolanda: Engaged!

      Allow me to introduce my friends, Todd and Yolanda! Todd is an Aussie who came to America for high school and played basketball with my husband in college, and they now coach together here at Central. Yolanda is a Mexican beauty who also came to America for school, and it was here in Kansas that these two lovers met. They both provide endless entertainment for their friends due to their accents:-) A match made in heaven!
      After getting engaged in Australia this summer, Yolanda went back to Mexico to plan the wedding and spend time with her family. They didn't know when they would next see each other. Little did Todd know, Yolanda (or "Yo" as we call her) had cooked up a plan to surprise Todd in Dallas, TX at Central's game against Dallas Christian College. According to Yo, when she jumped out to surprise Todd, he was utterly speechless and in complete shock! Yo said that he just dropped his head in his hand to keep from crying:-) SO SWEET!!! Don't be embarrassed Todd, all the women reading this know what a lucky woman Yolanda is because of that;-)
      So while Yo was in town for the week, we decided to get an engagement session in since she's going back to Mexico to plan their wedding until the summer! This beautiful couple was so fun to photograph. I loved seeing their relationship unfold in each frame. They are so tender with each other and you can see their love radiating in every shot. 

      I would just like to tell you that we did this shoot outside yesterday, and it was around 25 degrees! It was SO cold, that we had to take breaks every few minutes to jump in the car and warm up again! You can hardly tell though, because they look so comfortable and in love:-) 

This one's for you, Kathy;-)

There were so many beautiful moments from this shoot, I may just have to share a few more tomorrow:-) Congratulations Todd and Yolanda!

Thursday, December 9, 2010


This is the second post in my tattoo portrait series! Click here to see the first.

Say hello to John:-)

This daring tattoo was his first! He got it done a year ago by Nathan Perry at Skeleton Crew in Columbus, Indiana. When I asked him why he chose "Grace", he simply stated, "It's the one thing you're always gonna need".

Well said.

I love how bold and simple this tattoo is. It makes a beautiful statement. The wonderful thing about tattoos is that they're like a giant sticky note that reminds us of its meaning every time we see it. To be gracious is a very important quality. Beautiful tattoo John, thanks for sharing!

If you'd like to be featured in my tattoo portrait series, send me a snapshot of your tattoo and what it means to you!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Okay I know this is a lot of pictures for one blog post, but I could NOT edit these down to save my life:-) This baby stole my heart today, and he's about to steal yours too!
Say hello to this beautiful family...this is not the last you'll see of them!

I knit this little hat just for Neiko's shoot today:-) I love the way it shows off his cute little ears!

You can expect to see Neiko as a Onesie Wonderland model in the future! Thanks Randall and Briana for letting me capture your beautiful family!

P.S.- If you love babies as much as I do, click here to see more!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Milk in a Bottle

Y'know, there's just something cool about milk that comes in a glass bottle. I just discovered that our grocery store carries this milk from a local farm in Kansas. I think it's awesome.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

{Abbey Lace}

Meet Kellory. 

Kellory is the first installment in (what I hope will be) a long series of tattoo portraits. I love tattoos, and I want to be able to capture the beauty of them in a positive way. Don't you love her tattoo? Here's what it means to her:

           "I got this tattoo in 2009 in Newton, Ks at Body Ink and Steel by the artist Hollywood. When I moved to college my grandma (Ba) gave me a "wish box". It had a beautiful vintage floral print on the outside that I always loved. Down the road, after my husband and I had decided to name our daughter Abbey, I was going through some of my things. I found the box again and opened it up to find that the inside said "Abbey lace". I had been thinking of a way to incorporate a tattoo symbolic of my daughter and because I had always loved that vintage floral I decided to use the design from the box. The tattoo, to me, stands for the beauty that Abbey brought to my life and the ways in which I have blossomed since her arrival."

She also has a little tattoo on her foot! This also has special meaning to her.

                "The tattoo on my foot was the first tattoo I got. It was in the summer of 2007 in Toronto, Canada. I got the Hebrew word for "beautiful" on my foot because I was born with clubbed feet. I had to have 3 surgeries to correct them and I was in physical therapy and saw orthopedists for years. But, now 22 years later, they look and function like every one else's feet. I was able to participate in sports and I can even wear heels! Yay! The tattoo symbolizes that God can take seemingly "ugly" things and turn them beautiful!"

Thanks so much Kellory for being my first tattoo portrait! I hope to do many more, so if you have a special tattoo you'd like me to feature, send me a photo and tell me what it means to you! (Click the Contact Me button at the top of the page)

Friday, December 3, 2010

More Abby

 I really loved this shoot:-) So I'm gonna share s'more. 

Yay for books!

As you can see, this girl's got good taste in literature. 

...and shoes:-)