May 19, 2015

grateful it's forever

Last night Jeremy taught our Family Home Evening lesson on eternal families. He pulled out our wedding album and flipped through the pages with the kids. As I sat and watched I was renewed in my gratitude for Temple Covenants that allow this family of mine to be together beyond the grave. Because anything less than eternity with these three, simply wouldn't be enough.

May 11, 2015

baltimore couple photographer: jake & cait

I knew it was going to be a good session when these two were laughing together before I'd finished pulling my camera out. And seriously, how cute are they. They've only been married for six months and still so blissfully in love. Jake & Cait were never able to fit an engagement session in, so this kind of served as a substitute. 

I'm quickly finding that one of my favorite things about being a portrait photographer is getting to observe the way a husband admires his wife. Every woman deserves to see how very loved she is. 

On a slightly different note, a bit of exciting news I've been eager to share. I received the most amazing opportunity to be a second shooter at weddings for Meghan of Meghan Rose Photography. I've admired her work for so long and after meeting her when she took our family pictures I've loved her even more. When she offered me the chance at assisting her with weddings this year I was over the moon with excitement and after the first two weddings we've done together, I can assure you it's been more than a dream! You can see the first wedding I helped with here and the second one was just last Saturday so it's not up yet. Meghan has been so amazing to work for and with and it just makes me so happy to be part of something so wonderful. 

I keep having to pinch myself lately. This is my life!

May 7, 2015

the days are long but the years are short

I've written about this before, but my kids are always going through phases. I assume most kids do, we've gone through lots of wonderful phases, and some hard ones, too. Right now we're going through a couple of tough ones. Luke has been sporting quite the violent streak lately. He smiles, then slaps you in the face, or pinches your neck. AHHHHH! He's often pulling pictures off walls or slamming lamps to the ground. 

Madeline is really into tying things together. She ties string, scarves, neck ties, anything really, into big elaborate knots. Today when I went to grab an apron I discovered they were all strung together.  On another occasion I found a chair tied to the table. *sigh*

It's been an exhausting couple of weeks. 

But yesterday, when I stumbled upon these photos of squishy baby Luke with only two teeth, covered in baby food, I was reminded of how quickly life is going by and how much I've already forgotten.

I remember taking these pictures, but that face at seven months old, I might have forgotten it.

As long as the days can be, I'm so glad to be here. Glad to be their mom, the one who kisses their scrapes and sings them to sleep. The one who slices strawberries and makes peanut-butter sandwiches each day.

Hey, we made it through the baby food stage, and we'll make it through diapers. And biting and pinching, too. 

Someday I'll look back and miss these little babes of mine and I have a sneaking suspicion all the hard phases will fade into nothingness. 

May 6, 2015

baltimore senior photographer: patricia

love. love. love. This session was amazing. And my FIRST senior session #nbd. Of course I can't take all the credit, my lovely cousin Patricia was the easiest person to photograph. Isn't she beautiful!?! The ten hour round trip drive was totally worth it ;) 

I'm sure looking forward to what the next few years have in store for you Patricia! And, ahem, GO COUGARS!