So excited to shoot these beautiful people tomorrow! It’s going to be beautiful!
Isn’t love in the Springtime a grand thing?
More cuteness where this came from. These two are darling.
Winter was long, long, long this year. Although it is already becoming a bit of a memory, I know I can’t be the only one who feels that way. And while the sun was hiding behind a bitter, (BITTER!) inversion cloud, I decided I would get out and explore, once warmth made it’s annual, blessed, reappearance. This was the result of a collaboration, on one beautiful March day. Specifically, I was interested in light and shade, and the emotion created by the imperfect use of both, but I may have gotten a little distracted by Mallory’s hair. Just.A.Little.
So here are the results of one sunny day with two good friends! Thank you Mikki and Mallory for being such lovely people. Check out Mikki’s version of our shoot here. I love seeing another creative’s point of view. And for the record, I just love these girls.
I’m not going to lie, I was a bit nervous when, “boy,” was unceremoniously proclaimed at 20 weeks. I didn’t know boy. I knew girl. The last 18 months, with our three-year-old Lucy, have been an excess of pink, princess, pink, and more pink. I’m used to a bit of drama, and lots of opinions on what we are wearing, and I have a love-love-love relationship with my Lucy girl, that centers my whole world. She brushes my hair, and hugs me close, and we tell stories all day long. How would I ever be a good mom to a little boy? Although I’m the oldest of six kids, the girls all came first, and that’s what I’m most familiar with. I’m not sure the territory that boys rule. Would I love my boy as much as I love my girl? Could my heart be big enough for another child? Would I be enough for him? Would he be enough for me?
And then he came. And he was perfect. He was so much more than perfect. He was exactly what I needed, to mend a heart still sore from a year filled with worry and hurt. I had prayed for a family, for so very long. I had yearned for a sibling for Lucy, and another baby to hold, and love. I had longed for him forever, and here he was. With a beautifully dimpled chin, and a full head of hair, blue-eyes (where did those come from) that look for me, wherever he is. He is my sweet, sweet baby, my love. And for the first six weeks, I never put him down. I wanted to constantly nestle, smoosh, munch on, and make him all completely mine. Of course, he isn’t just mine, he’s ours, but I learned something the moment I first held him. Our hearts can love more than we can prepare for. They are just waiting to expand and fill it’s secret parts with love.
I can’t get enough of my Jack. His grunt-laugh, his bright smile, the way he launches himself into my arms, and lets his sister man-handle him night and day. The way he will only fall asleep with me, snuggled in and cozy. I pray that I will be good enough for him. I want to teach him to be a good and kind boy, and a good and kind man. That compassion is a gift, not to be ashamed of and that strength is a blessing. I want him and Lucy to be best friends. I want them to know how lucky they are to have each other. She will protect him and he will protect her. As Lucy says, we are family. He might be my last baby, although I’m not ready to think of that yet. But either way, I give thanks every day, for the joy that is Jack. For the sweetness, and pureness. For his love. For his ability to make us all a little happier, and definitely a little tireder :) I take the bit of hard, with the whole world of good, and love him with all my heart.
I was so honored to be a part of Nina and Landon’s beautiful wedding. I had never been to Arizona before, and it was beautiful and sunny, and warm, and such a treat to leave the 10 or below weather we were having in Utah!
Nina and Landon were just wonderfully kind and so, so happy. It was a beautiful day and I’m so happy for them! These two are going places, and I know will have an amazing future together!
Ceremony: Mesa TempleReception: Villa Siena
It’s hard for me to justify personal work these days. I have a newborn, a busy three-year-old, a husband, my clients, a crazy home that’s always messy, and a million other things that are more pressing, needing my immediate attention.
But it’s been a long, cold winter, and I needed to break out and experiment a little. A little push on the borders is good and necessary. And so I did, and these are just a peak.
Sometimes a little personal work is good for the soul.
I’ve been inspired by the cloudy days of late winter, but surprise! Out came the sun, and I was okay with that.
It’s sunny, warm, and people are falling in love! It’s a good time to come out of winter hibernation!