Sophie, my sweetness, was born last March. She was the joy and highlight of an otherwise difficult, emotion-filled year. She was my breath of fresh air on a constant basis. I say this daily, and I will probably continue: Sophie is amazing. She has the wonderful ability at 13 months old (now…) to have a sense of humor and make everyone laugh. She loves our backyard chickens and does the best “bock bock” you’ve heard. She’s very relaxed, but also busy and extremely happy. She loves life and family and food (just like her momma). There’s so much joy in this girl. I can’t wait to see how her friends look up to her and admire the way she carries herself, and yet, I can wait. I want her to stay my baby forever!!!! She has made our little family so much better than we could’ve imagined. I have been so anxious to post a Sophie blog with a bunch of my favorite shots of her first year, but man oh man, I didn’t know I’d have so many!!!! So, I can’t truthfully say that these are all my favorites because there are many more. I just ran out of time to pick more. I meant to post this MUUUUUUCH closer to her actual birthday. Instead, it’s a little over a month late, but oh so worth the wait 🙂 Here is a sampling of my favorite Sophie pictures from her first year of life. I’ll start with her one year old photo shoot (taken about 2.5 weeks in to the 12 month mark). I adore her curls… And her smile… And her silliness… And everything about her 🙂 My Soph.
I know I’ve said this many a time before, and I’ll probably say it again, but bear with me anyway… I LOVE MATERNITY PHOTOS!!!!!! There, I feel better. Why? Why do I love it so much? I have no idea? I don’t like being pregnant. But I do like babies. And I do like making pregnant women see how gorgeous they look while GROWING A PERSON! And making sure they remember just how much they stretched out to grow their little person. How they “made room” in their life for more love. That must be it… I have a serious thing here. Please, please, please, I beg of you, send all your pregnant friends to me for portraits. I seriously can’t get enough 🙂
This beauty is my twin sister-in-law (my husband’s twin). She’s especially special. And this pregnancy was especially special for many reasons. One reason is that she is having her very first boy after 3 girls!!! Well, actually, he’s been born. So stay tuned for some serious cuteness coming up soon. The number one feeling they’ve had about this boy from the get-go is that he was a sign of hope and that his name was to bear hope. So they searched and searched for the perfect name that would evoke nothing but hope. And they most certainly did! His epic (that’s right, EPIC) nameS (yep, plural) have such perfect meaning. And even though this isn’t his post, I’ll still tell you his name so that when you finally see him, you can enjoy it all the more… ya know… the anticipation bit 🙂 Vonn (hope) Declan (man of prayer) Isaac (laughter) James (his grandpa’s name). Enjoy this bump. Baby coming soon.
When dear friends move far away (ok, not that far, but far enough to not see them often), meeting their new babies sometimes doesn’t happen soon enough!!! Next time I see this little guy he will probably be twice this size. These little ones grow so darn fast, I was lucky to get to see him at just 2.5 weeks old and squeeze in a newborn photo shoot. Also lucky was the perfect weather this fine March day. We got to do little nakey pictures outside and I gotta say, he was loving it. Thanks guys for the fun little shoot. And I didn’t really even notice until editing that I got sooooo many shots of him and his proud daddy. Pretty cute, I must say 🙂 He is fabulous. Enjoy!
I don’t know what it’s like everywhere else, but around here, there is an abundance of buns in the proverbial oven. Dinner rolls all around. Kitchen oven upon kitchen oven filled to the brim with soft baking rolls. Every time a bell rings, a stork flies by (or maybe I just made that up)… There is most likely a baby being born probably every fifteen minutes. In fact, I just might know more pregnant people than not… Hehe. So watch out! If you’re avoiding this phenomenon, I would highly recommend NOT drinking the water in Redding. This particular baby just so happens to belong to my friends, Chris and Alyssa, and she is absolutely gorgeous, just like her momma and big sis. Kind of makes you want to take just one small sip… And I got the honor of capturing her new-ness. We did this shoot when she was 2 weeks old. Can I just say, what a love? In fact, I think I need to go snuggle her, STAT!!! Enjoy this small appetizer of fresh baked bun 🙂
Somehow life has gotten busy… (Somehow… Haha… How on earth did that happen? I’m sure you ask yourself this very question daily). I did this newborn shoot in December and somehow never managed to get it up on the blog until (dun dun dun) TODAY! Yay me! But I’ve totally been wanting to share. He’s just so darn cute. And I love all the love going on!!! So, these are my lovely friends, the Fishers. And they make really cute kids. So you need to check them out 🙂 Plus, they managed to move across the country and then have a baby in just a few months time. Rockstars, I tell ya! They deserve a blog, for crying out loud! And here it is. Little Benjamin was just a few days old and precious as ever. Enjoy!
I feel like I should have a lot to say. But since I’ve locked myself in my bedroom to get this sucker up and running, there are only minutes before it’s quite possible that the world comes to an end (queue children crying….). So, i guess I’ll start with the basics. These are my friends, the Quilalas. As of the writing of this blog, they have one 2 year old daughter and one daughter on the way (ya know, maternity blog… 🙂 ). She could be born in minutes or weeks. It’s literally that close. Who am I kidding? There could be labor happening this very second. I think I’ll throw out a few random Quilala fun facts. That’s fun, right?: I’ve know Chris for 19 years. Wow. I had to count that just now. I suddenly feel old. My husband has known him much longer. Borderline forever. I’ve know Alyssa for 5 years. Alyssa lived with us for around 9 months before they got married. They are two of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, if, in fact, you get the chance. We (the hubs and I) have been to England and Australia with them as a couple. And before Chris met Alyssa, we travelled with him on several other occasions. We invented a weekly gathering at our house called “Chris night” that we had for years and years. It involved a bunch of single guys hanging out and cooking at my house. Can you imagine the relief when all these guys finally got married and brought some ladies over for me to hang out with? Hehe. It’s true! Tears of joy. We haven’t done Chris night in a while. But we do definitely get together somewhat often. We even have our own Thanksgiving tradition we lovingly refer to as Friendsgiving, that usually falls a few days after. Friendsgiving is a dress-up event hosted at our house, and this is likely the only time you might catch a glimpse of my husband in a tie. Weddings don’t even get that much from him. We consider the Quilalas lifers (friends for life, of course). And now, the pictures. Have a look. Enjoy. Isn’t she a gorgeous pregnant woman?
It’s always exciting when you get an email inquiry about, well, anything. But it’s DOUBLY exciting when someone wants engagement pictures of not only them, but also of their twin brother and his fiancé with whom they will be having a DOUBLE wedding in a few months in Switzerland. Straight from a movie, right? Oh, but it gets better! So, all four of these lovely people are from Switzerland. They all came to Redding to go to school. They did not, however, come together. They met here (aside from the brothers, of course)! Then, in a fun twist, met and fell in love with each other simultaneously and are now sharing a wedding, come August!!!! So so so awesome 🙂 So, I got the treat of shooting these pictures on their friends’ mountain. You read right. I didn’t know there were mountains to be had, but alas, what do I know anyway… So, equipped with a couple of sets of lovebirds, a view to die for, and some finger freezing weather (really should’ve brought gloves), we took some epic engagement pictures!!!! It was so much fun working two couples into the mix! I loved it! Who knows if I’ll ever get to do another doubly engaged couple, complete with a set of identical twins! Thanks you guys! You were so fun and such great sports about the freezingness 🙂
I got to spend some good quality time with this amazing family for picture day!!!! I seriously love these guys. They are amazing parents and, really, just amazing people. And I don’t use the word “amazing” lightly. I reserve it only for the best. As my sink overflows with dishes and my washer gurgles away in the next room (yes, the clothes are finally going to be in a clean pile instead of a dirty one… Ha), I dodge miscellaneous toys to keep from injuring myself as I attempt to write this blog and brainstorm dinner ideas. Multi-tasking at it’s finest 🙂 Or so they say… Anyway, I’m reminded of a conversation I had with Melissa (hot mama pictured below) about this very thing. The ministry of motherhood. Love it. Sometimes this menial seeming job gets the better of you and you forget that what you’re actually trying to accomplish goes so much further than chores!!! Easy to forget. Thanks for the brilliant reminder, Melissa, woman of wisdom!!!! You can feel free to offer those gems to me any time you want! I need all the reminding and help I can get. I’m happy to say that I can hear my boys in the next room being the best friends that they are. Suddenly, the surrounding mess feels less important. But don’t tell my husband. He might disagree… Haha. So, please enjoy some pictures of some lovely people. They are truly some of the finest!
I’ve been so excited to show off this wedding!!! It was in October and HELLO, life with a baby means life with a lot less blogging 🙂 Sophie always steals the show, so, I’M SO SORRY FOR TAKING SO LONG TO BLOG THIS!!!!!! Lot’s of exclamation points makes me feel sorrier 🙂 But, I really have been wanting to do it. So, with the new year comes lots of resolutions, including me being on my blogging game! You are welcome!!! Ha!
So these two love birds pulled off a feat of epic proportion. They planned this crazy shindig of a wedding (hundreds of guests and thousands of decorations) in California, all the way from Alaska!!! They had a huge bridal party – surely too many to count (If my memory serves me correctly, I think somewhere around 25… though, could be 80… :)). Tons of family came from all over. There was popcorn and dessert for days. It was an E-VENT! It was great fun. I’m still thinking about the ice cream filled crepes… Heaven. And I was happy to shoot it with my dream team (Nathan as my second on the ceremony/reception, Nichole as my second on the portraits). Take a look. Enjoy!!!
You know when you feel like you’re just waiting and waiting and waiting (all you pregnant ladies out there… you know exactly what I’m talking about 😉 )? Luca was like that for me. I feel like I’ve been waiting and waiting for him to arrive. Often, people around me are pregnant for what seems like mere seconds, then their baby is born. I have been anticipating this little one for quite some time now!!! His wonderful parents are dear friends of ours, and we were pregnant together for a bit. So, I’ve been waiting on Sophie’s little friend to arrive! And he is just the sweetest, most peaceful little man. I’m so excited I get a chance to see this one grow up. And also enjoyable is witnessing your friends become new parents 🙂 Jeffrey and Kathrine, I knew you guys would make amazing parents, and I was right. I’m so beyond thrilled for the addition to your family!!!