Mays Kids with Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma

The Mays kids were excited to see their grandma and great-grandma, who were visiting California from the mid-west.

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Grandma was pleased to meet her newest grand baby for the first time.

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I have enjoyed watching these wonderful people grow through the years.


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Beautiful people to photograph, beautiful people to know 🙂

Annual Family Portraits: Engle Family

Every year my husband and I try to take our family portraits sometime between Thanksgiving and the first week of December. This year, I was uncomfortably large. We were anticipating the birth of our 5th child in December- so we decided to wait until he arrived. Well, he held out longer than I had expected, arriving on December 22. In ten years, I hadn’t missed sending out Christmas cards. This year, I did. But we did get cards sent out- they just said ‘Happy New Year’ instead 🙂

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I was pretty happy with our family portrait. Sure, Gideon is crying- but he does that.

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The ‘big kids’ were super cooperative, and very helpful. Oh, and mega cute!

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That’s our family. They bring me outrageous amounts of joy 🙂

Olds Family Portraits

I’ve had the privilege of photographing some very memorable events for the Olds family. Every time they call to schedule portraits, I’m beyond excited.

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Recently, they added a new member to the family. At this photo session, we took a few pictures to document her 3 month birthday…

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She is such a sweet baby, and SO happy!

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I really enjoy capturing milestones in every families lives. I’m so grateful this family has allowed me to be a part of so many special occasions!

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5th Baby; First Time Maternity Portraits

Every time I’m pregnant, I think about taking portraits. This time around, I got serious. This will likely be our last- no more chances to say ‘next time’! I’m used to taking the photos- I thought this might be tricky… so I called my sister for help.

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I positioned and set the lights. My sister directed me on body placement and angled the camera. A very special ‘Thanks!’ to her for making this a reality rather than a missed opportunity!

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When taking maternity portraits, I usually tell moms the ideal time frame is between 30-35 weeks. That’s when the belly is big enough to be dramatic, but usually before too much swelling or discomfort is happening. In my case, we took these when I was 29.5 weeks. Clearly my belly was not hiding!

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Our FIFTH baby is on his way, and we are just as excited as the first time. I can’t wait to meet him and enjoy holding him on the OUTSIDE!

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Private Ceremony: Amy and Chris get Married

In the beautiful backyard of their Bay Area home, Amy and Chris held their private wedding ceremony. With only their closest friends and family (and lucky me!) present, they exchanged their vows.

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Amy shared a few private moments with her mom before the ceremony.

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No matter how few or how many guests attend a wedding, it is a very momentous and special occasion. Congratulations to Amy and Chris, and hopefully Amy’s students will adjust to her new last name 🙂

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Jack and Sarah’s Engagement Party

In honor of their engagement, Jack and Sarah’s family members held a beautiful engagement celebration.

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The table was set elegantly, candles lit, and the weather was perfect!

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Even the dessert table was dressed to impress…

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Congratulations to Jack and Sarah; may your destination wedding be filled with beauty, joy, and lots of loved ones!

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My sister is Engaged! Robyn & Robert

Recently, my sister asked me to take photos of her and her boyfriend while he was home on leave. Before the end of our photo session, he was her fiancé.
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What an exciting outing for us all! It came as a bit of a surprise to my sister, but a very welcome one.
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We enjoyed making the most of our session, since our time with Robert was limited.

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Congratulations to my sister, Robyn, and her fiancé, Robert. I look forward to having another brother soon!

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Senior Portraits: Lucas

I’ve known Lucas since he was a middle schooler, maybe longer. Taking his senior portraits was exciting… and a reminder of how quickly time flies.

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We took a few ‘traditional’ portraits…

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…but had SO much fun taking personality shots!

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Lucas is an awesome guy. He’s fun, smart, polite, talented… I’m lucky to know him, and look forward to seeing what he does with his future.

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Baby Alia

I had a really great time working with Sarah Dawn Photography while up in Washington state. We had the joy of freezing a few sweet moments in time.


Little Alia was so cooperative!

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I think she was having as much fun as we were…

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Meeting her mom and dad was just as much fun. Such dedicated and loving parents- and musically gifted, too.

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The guitar wasn’t just for show. Sarah and I were enjoying the music as we tried distracting Alia from the print on her dress. Really, she was enamored with her dress- we had to reposition her so she couldn’t keep grabbing it and covering her precious little face! I look forward to working with Sarah again, and watching Alia grow!


As a photographer, it’s very important to capture personality. Some clients are spunky, silly or sassy. Others may be quiet, reserved or serious. Hopefully you get a glimpse into a person’s interests, or a little idea of what they may be like when you see their portraits.

While Tobey hasn’t had many photos taken of her, it’s easy to see she is a natural beauty…
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She couldn’t bring the horses to the shoot, but this fifteen-year-old wrangler knows what she loves.
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Hopefully you get a feel for her sweet spirit and playful nature. It’s a joy to be around!
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