Tom and Jackie – engagement session

Tom is Doug’s cousin and for years I have pestered him at every family gathering!  “Can you bring home a girl for me to chat with?”  Well…it happened!  He brought home Jackie.  She is beautiful, a mom to twins (darling twins I may add), kind, warm…the list goes on.  Things feel complete with her around.  The kids all play together.  We get to see Tom become a Dad 🙂 Did I mention I finally get someone to chat with?!  Thanks Tom!  The whole family is beyond happy!



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Believe it or not I have plenty to blog…beautiful sessions…cute moments with my own kiddos…but life gets in the way sometimes.  I struggle to pull it all together.  Then I read something like this!  Here is a bit of my darling friend Sarah’s blog post.  I am so thankful for her post.  The words ring all too true of my life sometimes…

“In other news, I realize that I have absurd Expectations of myself as a Mom, a Wife, a Christian. It’s like I’ve taken all of the really wonderful things I’ve observed in others (usually those observations being from afar, rather than day-to-day living with those people) and decided THAT’s the sum of what I’m “supposed” to be. And I beat myself up when I’m not measuring up.


House-keeping and meals and devotions and attitude and dress and hair and make-up and journaling and schooling and reading and writing and serving and eating and working out and reaching out and joyful and nurturing and patient and gracious and happy and willing and able and up early and slowing down and appreciating beauty and educating and being educated and saving the planet and vacuuming my couch and saving the whales and dusting the mini blinds and singing songs and laundry and laundry and laundry and avoiding BPAs and saving money and potty training and nutrition and teaching ancient history and honing a craft and voting and adopting an orphan and teaching math and reading and writing and shapes and colors and numbers and joyful attitudes and memorizing scripture and running a marathon and cuddling and making my bed and teaching my kids to make their beds and brush their teeth and cleaning the oven and avoiding trans-fats and hydrogenated oils and refined sugars and going on a missions trip and needing a Savior.

Needing a Savior.

Needing a Savior.

Because I just don’t measure up. At all. Pretty much I suck, and it’s okay. It’s not about becoming perfect. It’s about realizing more and more how desperately I need a Savior.


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Thank you Sarah for your words! 

Oh… of course I do have a bit silliness to show you.  What do you do with a kid like this?!


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It’s not easy being a princess!

She is such a little princess these days.  We get stopped everywhere with people telling us how cute she is.  I have to agree…I think she is darling!  But…with all that cuteness I have to say she is one of the craziest little girls I have seen!  She falls down all the time…falling off brick walls she has climbed, tripping over everything.  She even fell this week giving her best friend Sienna a hug and cried that her hand hurt for 30 mins.  Like a good mom I told her she needed to stop her crying…only to find out at the end of the day the doctor would be sending us in for xrays to see if her finger was broken.  Thank goodness it was not broken, only badly sprained! 


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Beautiful Family

Somedays I do not know what to expect when I head out for a shoot.   This was one of those shoots for me.  I had never met Ashlee before and as soon as she opened the door to their home and smiled… I knew it was going to be a fun afternoon.   The whole family was great to photograph!


BTW – for all of you blog readers that might be interested Dr. Park (the Dad in the picture above) is a doctor in Upland, California.   He is a cosmetic surgeon and a very nice guy!  You can see his website at

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I love how beautiful women are pregnant!  Joy is no exception to this.  She is one of the most beautiful pregnant women that I have seen!  For this shoot we hopped in the car and drove around looking for little places to jump out and have some fun 🙂  Really, this could have gone on for hours if I had the choice.  Joy is so easy to photograph.  Unfortunately, she had been battling keeping herself out of labor for the past few weeks.  We had to take it easy.  Here are a few of my faves!


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Where in the world have I been?

I can’t believe so much time has passed since I’ve blogged!  Well, to catch you all up on where I have been…our family made a move this summer!  We finally moved into a bigger house!  We only moved a few miles away from the old house, but it has been time consuming.  Plus, moving in the Southern California heat of the summer, with the wild fires burning right over the top of us was not the easiest thing to do.   Slowly but surely life is going back to normal and I am able to catch up on life. 

One of the best things about moving is that my girlie has her own room now.  I was so excited for her to have her own space.   Most of you know, if you have followed my blog for a while that I love little projects around the house.  Although I openly admit I think I am lacking the house decorating gene…I am happy with how her room is coming along.  I am majorly addicted to this blog  I love the way the Nester will not go into debt to decorate her house.  So I put myself to the challenge to get almost everything for my daughter’s room used (except for her bed from grandma’s house and the bedding is new).  Here you go..her room with the list of things purchased and the cost!



Here is the breakdown of cost so far for the “craigslist, thiftstore, yard sale” room.
dresser – $20.00 craigslist
picture frames – $2.00 yardsale
wall decals – $15.00 target
oval mirror – $10.00 yard sale
coat rack – $6 yard sale
pink baskets – $4.00 yard sale
white cabinet on wall – $7.00 thrift store
all bedding about $50.00 home goods (bought new)
bed – free…the frame is in the backyard waiting for me to paint it. It was Doug’s in highschool
tall jewelry box – free from old neighbor
little glass lamp – $5 thrift store
paint – $30.00 for room, dresserand frames
curtains and white shelves the pictures are on – free from kids old room
things to buy still – little glass knobs like these  for the dresser, jewlrey box and closet doors.  I still need to get plenty of little things for the empty shelf by her bed.  Soon I will paint the bed frame that will  be in the room…okay I will do it as soon as it is not 100+ outside. 

So there you go!  That’s what I have been up to for the past few months 🙂

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Sherrie and Rob – Engagement Shoot

I first met Sherrie and Rob at a past wedding that we were shooting.  Sherrie was a bride’s maid.  The funny thing about that wedding was on the way home I said “hun I want to shoot Sherrie’s wedding when she gets married.”   Now here we are and I do get to shoot her wedding!  Sherrie and Rob are fun to be around and I love that Rob is interested in photography.    There are great together!  I can’t wait for their wedding!sherweb12sherweb14sherweb4sherweb8sherweb6sherweb5sherweb7sherweb13sherweb9sherweb3sherweb2sherweb1

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Guess what?

Guess what will soon be hanging on the wall in our house?  My new favorite picture of our kids!  I promise that I do take pictures of my kids smiling…but how is it that the ones I fall in love with are the pictures of their serious faces?  For me there is something so raw and beautiful about their blank stares in to my camera.  It is kind of like innocence and maturity all at the same time.


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