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!!!
So, this beauty was finally born (just a tad overdue). I had been waiting and waiting for that call On pins and needles I tell you! I have this soft spot in my heart for moms with overdue babies, possibly because mine have all been early and I would think, how on earth can anyone possibly go any further than this!!!! Ha. Those moms are absolute troopers Proverbial hats off to you all! Meet Kenleigh, the first daughter and first born to my lovely friend, Kalin and her husband, Kyle. It’s such a hard process waiting, but when they finally come, so worth the wait!!! She was absolutely gorgeous and oh so tiny! Here are just a few shots of her squishy, delicious, newborn goodness Enjoy!
Ok, so I love maternity shoots. I guess it’s my thing. Seriously. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them. And I know what you’re thinking. It totally looks fake. How does one go about having a belly so GREAT with child that looks like it’s just strapped onto an adorable tiny little normal sized body? How does one accomplish that? I wish I knew… Ha. So this is Tiffany, less than 2 weeks from giving birth to her 3rd and 4th children. Having just gone through a pregnancy myself (ok, so it’s been 7 months…), I felt bad making her even walk, much less shimmying under fences (which, I have no clue how she could even do that…. She’s amazing). But she walked, shimmied, and lightly hiked for me. Hehe. And it was a blast (for me). I knew this would be a belly worth capturing. And it sooooo was. I’m so excited to share my first captured twin belly!!! Enjoy!
It seems as though I’ve been doing a lot of new things lately. First a senior, and now THIS!!! Can you believe this was my very first time shooting at THEE Old Shasta ruins? I mean, these ruins are on every Redding photographer’s radar. This is the go-to spot! My husband had his 8th grade pictures taken here, for crying out loud! And honestly, I’ve been wanting to shoot here, because the light is so divine. Every time I drive by (usually on the way to the lake) I think, too bad we’re all lakey, otherwise I’d stop and do a mini shoot of the kids… Too bad… Until now. So, this is the wonderful Pearson family. Aaaaand, we just so happen to be related These are Nathan’s (my hubs) Aunt, Uncle, and cousins (along with spouses and kids). And Uncle Dave, after tons of thought and consideration, wanted their pictures taken here. Good choice Uncle Dave!!! Good choice! You finally got me to bite the bullet and shoot in this popular location. And hopefully I took somewhat of a newish spin on it Maybe I’ll have to shoot here again and see all the potential this place has to offer. P.S. I had a great time with these guys. It can be intimidating to shoot family But, no, not them. We laughed our heads off and have some new insider jokes…. Hehe. Enjoy!
What a treat to get a repeat on this lovely family!!! Two years ago, I met them for the first time and did a family portrait session with them. It was freezing cold, only minutes after a hail storm. This time around I thought I’d repeat the excitement and take them on a mountain hike!!! Actually, it was completely unintentional to have them trekking through 6 inches of dust up there, but so worth it to catch the sunset (at least in my opinion, hehe), and they were such great sports This is really part two of Trey’s session (see previous blog). We did his senior portraits followed by the family meeting up with us for the grand finale. Thank you so much for adventuring with me, you guys!!! I always have such fun with you all. So much personality in this big family!
So this may come as a surprise, but this was my very first senior portrait shoot! How have I missed the glory that is senior portraits? It was great. It was fun. Trey was very laid back about the whole thing (I mean, this is really all for mom, right?). He wasn’t intimidated by paparazzi (aka, me) following him around, snapping away as he told me about his plans for next year (songwriting/deejaying/rapping or something of that nature, college, fashion design, in a nutshell) and his current hobby (football). Heck, we even talked about the ridiculous gas prices,racing go carts, and the fact that he was named after a character from the movie “Boyz in the Hood”. Conversation, strike a pose, conversation, strike a pose. It was rad I could get used to this senior portrait action. But this was really just part one. We actually met up with his family for the second half and did the whole lot of ‘em on another adventure that I will blog separately. Thanks Trey! You were a great first senior to break me in. I wish you all the best on your life journey! Who knows, maybe I’ll be coming to you for fashion advice in 10 years…