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April 8, 2019

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I want to travel the world with my little ones. I want to find the beauty & joy in parenting. I want to raise good people. I want to enjoy style & beauty. I want to create a warm & beautiful home. This is where I share my attempts at doing it all...


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Hey Mama, can I ask you, what are you doing for YOU?

I know in the grind of every day mom-life, it is so easy to overlook fueling yourself, but I want to remind you that nothing could be more important…

Without you, your family will drown… and if you pour out and pour out and pour out and never refill your cup, how can you possibly have more to pour? 

For me, refueling comes in the form of this beautiful photography business. I don’t care if it sounds cheesy or phony or whatever else to some, but I never knew I could love working so much until I embarked on this journey to build this brand…

As a photographer, I get to see the world through the lens of finding light and beauty. I aim to capture love in my sessions and without spending my days searching for the little nuisances that evoke the beauty of this world. I would be lost when it came time to capture your moments. It’s in training my eye for those meaningful gestures that I am able to see the ways my little ones show me that they love me… that I hear a mom correcting her little and know that she is doing so because of her unending love for that little one… that I see a skinned knee and know that it will heal and that little will have learned how to move on through the love of their mama…

As a photographer, I get to put to use my drive to create. I pull on the years of my own mom teaching me art techniques, compositions & to appreciate beauty in forms usually unnoticed. I know that while anyone can pick up their iPhone and snap a photo, a photographer composes, uses the light and creates art which reflects the world they see. 

As a photographer, I never fully know what I will be dealing with on the day of the shoot. Sure I know who and what I will be photographing, but I do not know what the weather we will have, how the little ones will be feeling, or what unknown factor will arise. I am challenged every time to produce the timeless portraits my clients love with whatever conditions and situations arise. It keeps me inspired & engaged to push myself to the next level. 

As a photographer, I spend my time with mamas and the ones that they love. We get to bond of sleepless nights and unending love. We connect over the hurdles of new motherhood and the beauty of first smiles, chubby baby legs and that feeling when a sleeping baby melts into your body. 

And as a photographer, I am able to be Mommy first. This passionate business allows me to work the hours my littles are at school and pour into them fully the moment they are home. I am able to show them my ambition to achieve while tucking them in each night. I am there for them first and they see that while they are number one in my life, they are not the only thing in my life…

And perhaps that last bit is what it is all about…

Mama, what are you doing to show your littles that while you would move the mountains for them, your own self must be filled too? Are you hitting the gym regularly to destress and reset those endorphins? Are you running the PTO to make their school better but also because you know that you have those skills that are needed and can do it better than anyone else can? Are you creating art to be shared with the world – releasing that passion and bringing more beauty to those around you? Are you running a charity that means so much to you because you know that you are impacting lives around you? Are you  the GC of a jewelry brand? An elected official? Are you like me and running a one woman business?

It doesn’t matter what it is, Mama, but I encourage you to get out there and pursue your passion. You will be better for it. Your life will be better for it. Your littles will be better for it. 

And as for me, I will be here, creating from behind the lens and sharing my heart with you…



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