I remember getting a Snapchat from my friend Shane as I was walking out of the grocery store, something about him being late.. I snapped back a picture of a box of pregnancy tests because I had just realized I'd been late too.
As two pink lines slowly appeared, my first words were "holy s#!^."
I'm great with those types of things. When Mike got down on one knee the first thing I said was, "are you kidding me?!".. And the first time I saw Addie I somehow was able to mumble, "oh my God!" ;)
Today is March 17th. Almost a year since I found out I was pregnant.
Ok guys, before I start this post I want to acknowledge that I said before about posting sessions from the summer that I never got to share! I fully intended on doing that until I watched Katelyn James' Consistency Course and everything changed. I learned so much about editing that I never knew before that I could throw up. It was awesome. I want to re-edit everythiiiing but there simply isn't enough time in the day for that so I will pick up where I am currently and that would be Addie's 3 month update photos, so here we go...
We've made it a quarter of the way through "the first year". I'm going to high-five Michael when he gets home. We like to high-five when we accomplish big things.
I stood in the bathroom starring at my own reflection as tears ran down my cheeks. Mike already told me 3 times to get out of the living room because she could smell me and knew I was there. This bottle feeding thing is much harder than we thought. My plan of only nursing at first isn't working out so well, but I don't regret it. (more…)
Allyssa and I grew up together. We were practically inseparable. We went thru a lot of life's stages together... Middle school, first kisses, high school dances, etc... We dreamed about our weddings together when we were little.
I still remember when she and Cliff started dating. We were freshman in high school and he was the cute boy in her computer class. The rest is pretty much history :) They're wedding day is probably going to be the most meaningful weddings I've shot to date. Allyssa and Cliff, I'm thrilled and beyond honored to be a part of your day! I know you've been waiting for it for SO long <3 (more…)
In June, we had the wonderful opportunity to fly to Colorado! I was photographing a wedding for some of the sweetest people we've ever met :) We spent a week out there traveling around and I've already got my bags packed ready to move out there! We drove all over so we got to see SO much! We definitely could've used more time out there- there is SO much to see and do and some of the things on our "to do list" we weren't able to do because I was pregnant!! These photos are from our personal collection.. I finally got to edit them! They're cell phone photos, GoPro photos and photos from my camera... They're in no particular order! Enjoy :)
Colorado National Monument: (more…)
It was about 5pm when Mike came into the office and asked what I wanted for dinner. I was craving Longhorn for some reason and he agreed to go. With a sore lower back, I finished up whatever work I was doing and we were soon out the door. We enjoyed our meal, joking about how it might be our last night out together for a while.. Our last "date" for the next few months. As we were walking out to the car, my belly felt really hard and I grabbed Mike's hand for him to feel it. We laughed about the fact that I probably ate too much, which was nothing new to us at that point.
When we got home we went back to bed to watch some TV. I noticed that my stomach would get really hard and then felt like blubber. This started around 9pm and I felt no pain or discomfort. The clock continued to tick as I was restlessly laying in bed thinking of our baby and mentally preparing myself for labor. As you get closer to your due date, sleeping becomes difficult, so I was awake all night mindlessly scanning Facebook, Instagram, WebMD (haha), etc... (more…)
Two weeks. Two weeks! Aka, any day now!
I'm surprisingly feeling better now than I did thru this whole pregnancy! I'm so so excited to meet our baby girl, but I'm also SO sad that my first pregnancy is almost over. If I really get to thinking about it- about how every kick might be the last I feel from her, about how she isn't going to be safe in my womb for much longer, how I won't forever be able to protect her, I cry. I cry like a darned baby! But I am so so thankful for this wonderful gift of being able to carry a child. Those kicks, the hick-ups, it's all so amazing. And soon we get to meet her <3
I know our life is now just beginning... that I only thought the last 5 years of my life shared with Michael were the best. The rest of our lives is going to be the best of our lives. (more…)
We met September 2010 and were dating by October. We were in his old Jeep out near Mt. Rose, leaving Rutter's when he asked me "do you wanna be my girl?"
Two months later, we're texting on my way home from work -bad, I know! I was at a red light, honest! I'm at the light in Red Lion, headed up the hill past Sheetz and the car dealerships when he says, "I bet you'll be a beautiful mother."
(don't ask me how I remember all that, because I barely remember what I had to eat yesterday!)
4 months later, we're kissing in the kitchen of our 1st apartment.
That was 5 years ago.
We didn't really "try" or "plan". There was no tracking, no calculating. That's kind of how our relationship has always been, I guess. We just kind of fell for each other one night and hit the ground running. (more…)
I have been dying to share this session for almost a month now! It was an anniversary gift for Beca's fiance, so we had to keep it under wraps!
Well, their anniversary is finally here and I'm able to share one of my most favorite sessions of all! You'd never believe we shot this in the bus owner's back yard in Hellam! The bamboo made for the perfect touch!
I can't wait to do a family session with them and their own bus one day! It's their dream to buy one somewhere out west and drive it home!
ps- sometimes the parents think I'm funnier than the kids do! (more…)