Girls just wanna have fun

I absolutely love photographing sisters because it brings back so many memories from my childhood. These two beauties were playful, energetic and covered an array of activities to keep themselves entertained. From an outdoor dance party, swings, reading, kitchen play, and artwork to bouncing on the bed and dressing up, we captured the essence of girls being young and full of life. Here are some favorite photos of this precious pair:

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Whatever Lola wants….

I have been so excited to welcome my niece Lola into the family. She arrived a few weeks before her due date and was tiny and sleepy for our shoot at just 7 days new. She was so easy and slipped into any pose we gave her. Here are my favorite photos of my gorgeous niece and her amazing parents!

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Paige Lauren summer at the beach

Once again I was given the opportunity to photograph Paige Lauren’s beautiful baby clothing line. We did the summer collection at the beach. We gave the images a vintage feel, which paired perfectly with their bright summer palate. The baby models could not have been cuter and I love the photos we captured. Here are a handful of my favorites:

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dynamic duo.

I photographed these handsome boys at their home just before Father’s Day. They welcomed me with smiles and took turns in their gorgeous rooms with a mix of smiles for the camera and boys being boys together. We ended with pictures of them playing hockey in the yard on their amazing hockey rink! This pair could not have been kinder to one another and were so easy to capture. Here are a handful of favorites from the day:

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Purple Palate

A few years ago I met this family as we captured their sweet daughter Zoey’s newborn photos. Fast forward to January and I got to photograph Zoey and her darling sister Mia! The family had moved to a new home and Zoey was thrilled to take pictures with her sister and pose for the camera. So much love and happiness was felt throughout the shoot. And I absolutely love the purple color palate that was captured! Here are my favorite photos we took:

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Reach for the stars

Last fall I photographed this sweet boy for the family’s holiday card. It was a rainy day so we started indoors and finished outside with some rainy day play. I loved the color palate of the rooms we shot in and that adorable face made for some gorgeous photos! And the monkey shot kills me…cute cute!! Here are my selects from our shoot:

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the miracle of life.

Thirteen days ago I was lucky enough to watch as my nephew entered the world. My sister, Lana, asked me to photograph her birth and it was quite a powerful experience. Baby Luca was happy inside the womb and was in no rush to come out so twelve days after his due date, he was induced. Though she was given pitocin to induce labor, Lana chose not to have an epidural or any pain medication which made for some expressive and powerful images. The experience was such a mix of emotions as a spectator but it was an incredible experience and I am so thankful to have been there. Here is a link to a slideshow I created of Lana’s delivery of my nephew, baby Luca: SLIDESHOW. And here are just a few of my favorite images from the day:

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Little surfer girl!

Typically newborn sessions are done within the baby’s first 14 days of life. This ensures sleepiness, flexibility so they can go into those tiny tuck poses and also is the window of time before baby acne and dry skin are in full force. Well, although we slightly missed that time window (she was 3 weeks old), Jessie was definitely the exception to that rule and slept like a champ! We did the shoot at her gorgeous home near the beach where mom and dad had amazing props and a perfect setting for the shoot. I adore the photos and loved working with such a sweet little angel!

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Fighting for their lives.

Several months back I met a kind woman named Kristen Gray at a birthday dinner for a mutual friend. At the time I had no idea about the nightmare that she and her family were going through. I was taken aback to learn that both of her daughters, Charlotte age 4 and Gwenyth age 2, were diagnosed in March with a rare and fatal disorder called late infantile batten disease CLN6.  Batten disease is a really rare neurodegenerative disorder that begins in early childhood and will soon rob these girls of their eyesight, motor skills, ability to walk, talk and function normally. This terrible disease has no cure and typically children die between the ages of 6-12. The thought of this local family losing both of their precious babies to this horrific disease absolutely broke my heart and as soon as I heard I wanted to get involved and help in anyway that I could.  A couple weeks ago I photographed their family for a writeup that was featured in People Magazine (see below). Charlotte and Gwenyth were incredibly sweet girls with a beautiful energy and spirit. I am joining in the fight to help save Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray and raise awareness to cure batten. Please consider contributing to their cause and please help spread the word. They are in a race against time to get the funding they need save their little girls. If you wish to make a donation, please click here (curebatten.org). And if you would like to view their video which further explains their mission and their story, click here (https://vimeo.com/129076730).

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brother sister love.

Photographing newborn babies always warms my heart. This shoot was no exception because not only did I get to photograph this little bundle of joy, I got to take pictures of his big sister sharing in the excitement of having a little bro. She was so sweet with him and he was such an easy baby. Here are some of the beautiful moments we captured!

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