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    fast forward….2014

    Well, there is no way around it. I have ignored you. My photography hasn’t stopped, or even slowed down for that matter but the marriage of the photos and words here have been ignored. I don’t like it or have any explanation other than there are too many things to do and not enough hours in the day.

    I really haven’t missed the blogging too much. Don’t get me wrong I like to show you the work I have been doing. But I have been growing with so much enthusiasm that this had to go. New things are on the horizon….. a change of design needs to be merged with the space, an update of my images so you can see how my style has grown and evolved. Pricing updates, package changes and when the website updates take place I am not sure what the blog will look like or if it will live…. I am not good at ignoring things. I prefer to nurture and explore details. So right now I am exploring the possibilities for the future of my online presence and I hope to emerge with a product which reflects the now……..

    Until then.







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    Christmas Card Time

    All my templates are uploaded into a gallery to browse through. Feel feel to grab a cup of coffee and search for the perfect one to showcase

    your family in for the holidays.

    Just type in cards when the password space comes up in proofing and look through the galleries.

    Cheers! k

  • children,  family

    A singing heart……

    “A singing heart, no sadness knows…gloom cannot start where gladness glows.”

    Johnny Gruelle An American artist know as the creator of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy

    When I was a little girl my great aunt Jenny made me a Raggedy Andy doll which at the time was life size. I loved to dress and undress him and I drug him with me nearly everywhere I went. It felt so good to hug him when I was scared or tired. His polka dot shirt and bright red striped legs were so playful. The yellow yarn on his head lay in a matted mess like my little golden curls. My toddler bedroom had  Raggedy Ann and Andy ceramic wall art and a mirror with them brightly colored as the frame.


    I forgot about my Raggedy dolls as I outgrew rag dolls and progressed through Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake, Smurf and Cabbage Patch Dolls. Mom folded Andy away and at sometime she picked up a giant Ann to hang out with him. They lived in a box at mom and dad’s house waiting for the day a curly haired little girl came into my life. I have welcomed three little boys into this world and the need for dolls at my house is limited to action figures and legos. While visiting my parents in Montana mom wondered if I wanted to keep Andy. The three-year-old in me did but the 30-something woman knew he needed to be loved by some other little girl. I couldn’t part with him entirely though. The poor little girl who loves them next will have to talk someone into making clothes for the Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls because I found two dolls close to me to wear them.





    “Happiness is very easy to catch when we love one another and are sweet all through.” Johnny Gruelle

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    Where does it come from? How do you find it? What do you do with it once it walks into your heart?

    All of these things swirling in my head along with the start of the school year. Fall has renewal qualities to it like Spring for me and I feel inspired. I think Fall is my favorite season. Have been trying to pinpoint the why in a lot lately.

    So…why is Fall my favorite? It feels full. Full of happiness. Full of Hope. Full of Family. Full of Beauty. I feel full from a summer of playing and having a more relaxing schedule. My cup is full and  now what will I do with it.

    Sometimes inspiration simply comes from change of perspective. feel. routine. senses. relationships. Trying to think outside the box a little each day.

    Here’s to shaking things up. A fun photo of how much just a simple change of color can make in these Tomato Soup cans released at Target. Loving the tag line… “The Art of Soup,” and searching for a simple and true tag line of my own.

    What is old is new with a different perspective. Like a fresh outfit, a good hair cut or some sassy shoes.

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    beautiful mess

    Trying to appreciate the small. The everyday. The normal. The world is full of “Do This,” and “Try That.”

    “As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.”
    ― Laura Ingalls WilderWritings to Young Women from Laura Ingalls Wilder – Volume One: On Wisdom and Virtues


    forget-me-nots shared from a neighbors garden.  Forget-me-not that I am blessed to have a house full of boys to dirty the dishes in the sink. Forget-me-not that I have a home and food on my table and love to share. Forget-me-not that I am enough,  they are enough and all the calls from the world to do more and be more can be ignored.

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    Happiness is……

    Happiness has a different meaning to each of us. We each have a special happiness in our lives and aren’t we so lucky that this is true. Searching for my happiness in my photographs of everyday life around here.

    To me, happiness is…..

    seeing my kiddos smile

    clean sheets

    someone to love and to love you for all times

    sleeping in late

    the smell of a little one’s hair after a bath

    the noise of little boys playing all day


    the quiet after they all go to bed

    the warmth of sunshine on your skin

    a joke to make you forget why you are sad

    a brand new box of crayons

    the smell of chocolate chip cookies in the oven

    the magic, joy, curiosity and wonder of childhood



    baby giggles


    Hope you find your kind of happiness today and always…..


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    How have you been?

    I have been living and sometimes living for me means letting a few things go.

    Learning to let go of guilt.

    Learning to let go of what others expect.

    Learning that living is more important than thinking about how I should properly live.

    A hiatus from blogging. A hiatus from words for other people. Trying to ease out of the hiatus.


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    holiday greeting cards



    It is that time of year again. The time where mothers start stressing out about getting a presentable photo of their clan so they  can send out holiday greetings. I am so glad to have helped lots of moms accomplish it this year. I am still hoping to eek out one of my own family but am convinced that in order to get a photo of all three of my boys looking into the lens it will have to be someone else’s. I took my little ones out last week and still have yet to look through the edit. I have been working to take care of all of you first.

    Here are a few christmas card designs I offer. If you are interested in Christmas cards from a session we shot this year you could go to the proofing galleries above and enter the password ….cards and you will see most of the designs for cards I offer. Keep in mind we can customize the designs to your taste with color and text tweeks. Final orders for cards must be sent to me by November 16th. Holiday cards are one of my favorite products. I am a sucker for beautiful stationary.





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    Took a break from editing photos to make dinner at home. I love making food for my family but I have needed a break from it lately. Fall always help me feel in the mood to cook again.

    This biscuit recipe called for me to bake. It is the perfect side for most dinners, a cross between a yeast roll and a biscuit. If you bake nothing else for your family in the kitchen this month, make these angel biscuits. If you’re the type who loves ham sandwiches like me,  roast a ham first and bake these the next day for sandwiches. yum.





    Angel Biscuits

    The recipe is from The Hamery in Tennessee a specialty retailer who cures and smokes the old-fashioned way. The recipe was featured in Relish magazine.

    1 cup buttermilk

    1/8 teaspoon baking soda

    1 tablespoon active dry yeast

    1 tablespoon sugar

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1/2 cup warm water (100-110F)

    3 to 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

    1/2 cup shortening

    1.  Mix buttermilk and baking soda together.

    2. Mix yeast, sugar, salt and water together. Let stand until foamy.

    3. Combine flour and shortening, stirring with a fork until mixed well. Mix in buttermilk mixture. Mix in yeast. Cover loosely with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.

    4. Pat out dough to 1/2 inch thickness on a heavily floured board. Cut biscuits. I used a floured drinking glass, you can use anything circular which suits the size for your needs. Place on a baking sheet and let rise for 20 minutes. (THIS IS CRUCIAL! sorry for the caps it is just that… I was impatient with the first batch which went in to the oven so I could get dinner served. They hadn’t been given enough time to rise and they were very good. Until, I tasted the batch that came out of the oven second. Letting them rise fully  the second time is when they turn heavenly. I swear!)

    5. Preheat oven to 400F.

    6. Bake biscuits 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.

    7. Share with loved ones… if you can keep your hands away from them long enough.

    8. Let me know if you liked them as much as I did.


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    double j low

    Jeff and Jen were friends for quite some time before they started dating. The only hitch in the equation of j+j was that Jen was leaving with her daughter for a 6 month trip abroad. Jeff always supported the decision but kept wondering how he could stay connected to Jen while she was away. He wished the timing were different because he didn’t want to grow apart from someone he cared for this much.

    Jeff couldn’t wait 6 months to see Jen again. He flew across the ocean to see her and it was in that gesture that Jeff took a huge leap of faith in their future, together. Jen will be forever grateful that Jeff stood by her dream and never made her feel guilty for leaving on an adventure. Jeff is grateful Jen said yes to a future with him and that they started planning a wedding as soon as she returned from her marvelous trip.

    Jeff has been a friend to my husband and me since college. His friendship goes beyond quick hitting chats over an occasional drink and looks more like slow afternoon playtime with the kids or hours of easy conversation and laughter once they are in bed. He has become family to us and that means our family grew when Jeff married Jen. A german philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said “The best friend is likely to acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is based on the talent for friendship.” I think this is an accurate hypothesis and I look forward to forging a relationship with Jen every bit as strong as ours is with Jeff.

    The day started with a Oregon State game on tv for the boys. A fitting start to a wedding day for Jeff who has season tickets and whose bride-to-be honored his love of orange in their wedding colors. The mood was laid back and comfortable even though the Beavers were losing. The day was so much bigger than a win for our favorite football team.


    Jen and daughter Mikayla started the day as girls do… at the beauty salon.



    The happy and good looking couple.


    Bride and groom were troopers through the family portraits but it was hot. Over 100 degrees hot. Jen stepped into the air conditioning for a minute before we continued the shoot. It didn’t matter where she was, she was gorgeous.

    Knowing it would be over 100 degrees right before the wedding we took lots more photos of Jen and Jeff just after sunrise on the day before their wedding.

    Loved the desert…. to visit at least.


    A few at the house they will make a home together.

    Jen is so gorgeous in this shot. I couldn’t help but name this photo moviestarpool.



    Their custom wedding rings.

    …. if the beautiful turquoise iron gate wasn’t enough there was this fabulous hand carved door inside I couldn’t resist.

    Twinkle lights on the patio and plenty of happiness to go around.


    Rich dark wood tables accented with paper table runners and vibrant pink flowers set the tone that a special family gathering was about to happen at Arcadia Room at LGO in Phoenix. A warmth enveloped the room from all the beautiful details Jen created.

    Had to include this drink menu even though I am pretty sure you can’t read it. Beaveritas, Double J Lows, Spanish Proposal Sangria and Velvet Rose Martinis…. spot on drink tributes to the couple. Jen thought of everything.

    What could be better than double happiness. Just what we wish for them, always.

    Love you.