The Trenches of Parenthood....

This is it, this picture right here. The good, the bad, the funny, the real, the raw, but mostly the LOVE.

This is Kristin and her AMAZINGLY, beautiful family. I had the pleasure of capturing these sweet moments for them a few weeks back. Her session really hit home for me. This is my life right now at home. This first image here sums it right up. The best part about it, that Kristin and her hubby embrace all this sweet craziness. These are the moments. The moments that seem crazy but really just go by crazy fast. Then you soon realize you wish they could be this size forever.

I know these days are the best and worst days. The best because they need you, they want your help, they want to show you everything. Yet some days that sometimes also feels like the worst.  Like if I hear someone say "mom" one more time, I am going to lock my self in the bathroom with a pint of ice cream and stay put for the next hour.

Most days I have to remind myself that these days wont last, it wont be this hard forever. The hardest because I am trying my best to  raise 3 kids and trying to teach them to be helpful, honest, kind, respectful human beings while also trying to keep my own shit together (sorry not sorry). And well, truth is, it's hard! Some days I question if I really have any idea at all what I am doing. Then I see my kids in action, being kind, sharing, being those amazing human beings who will grown up and actually be great loving, caring adults. That's when I know I am doing something right. If my kids learn anything in life, I hope it's the fact they know that doing the right thing, is never wrong no matter what anyone says. Love with your whole heart every time. Have big dreams, and know it's okay to fail as long as you try and then try again. Never give up.

Take a step back each day and just embrace the crazy, because soon this sweet crazy will be 12, then 16, then 21 and you'll wish you would have just stopped to smell the roses instead of rushed to do all the chores <3

 

 

Moms <3 These are for you <3

I did Mother Day Minis this year, and I can say I will probably do them again every year. As a mother myself I feel like moms are not in as many pictures as they should be. We are usually the ones behind the camera capturing their every milestone we can, t-ball games, dance recitals, blowing out their birthday candles on their birthday and trying to document every moment we can because it all just goes by so fast.

I know I wish I was in more pictures with my kids when they were babies/toddlers, but for me after all those breakfast pastries, tamales, and well, noodles (because it was the only thing to subside the nausea for the first 3 months) I didn't feel and look my best after each of my daughters were born. I gained a ton of weight (80lbs with my first.....) So for me the last place I wanted to be was in front of the camera.

What I learned when our youngest was born a few months ago was that I had even less time then before. Most days I have a messy bun and whatever sweater I can find that I actually washed that doesn't smell like a baby spit up on it. And that's fine, I'll gladly take every picture like this as long as they feel loved, and happy that's what matters <3

So get in there, get in as many pictures as you can. Even if you have been scrubbing/cleaning your house for the past 4 hours and your in old sweatpants with holes, and all your hair is in a crazy messy bun. No one is going to care in 20 years when you are all looking back at the images when your kids were young. What they will remember is their mom, the one who busted her ass (sorry, not sorry), to keep the house clean, take them to the activities, to make breakfast, lunch and dinner, who tucked them into bed and read them 3 stories even though you said to pick one. That's what they will remember. <3

And then when you can, get dressed up, take the time to do ALL your make up, brush your hair after you shower and even straighten it or curl it. Put on that really cute shirt that makes you feel amazing, that you haven't worn all year because it is dry clean only and you know someone is going to touch you with gross strawberry hands from breakfast, and we all know red stains so you usually always pass over it in your closet. Then get out in front of a camera with your babies <3 Because that picture, that picture is for you! Because all you moms rock <3

So next year, do this for you. You've earned it and you deserve it!

Happy Late Mother's Day <3

Hey Guys, what's up, I forgot how to blog... haha

Oh my gosh you guys! This year has been a little crazier then normal for me. And so, blogging these amazing sessions with my amazing clients has been on the back burner. With a new baby in tow, I've been living off coffee and what's left of my sanity until school is back in session whoop whoop Im excited haha!!! Tonight it felt right to get something on the blog, and my goal is to back log and blog all my BEAUTIFUL session from the last 6 months!!

I cant tell you how many beautiful babies came into the world this year, and I had the pleasure of capturing them!! I love me some cute, sleepy, chubby newborns!! And all the new families I've met this year <3

So I thought I'd start off my "getting back into blogging" blog with our silly, crazy fun summer and our family.

We've been enjoying water balloon fights, mutton bustin, rodeos, rebuilding a 1995 Subaru, finding homes for the puppies my husband brought home because he thought we needed a puppy and a 7 week old at the same time,  and basically surviving in our new element as a family of 5. It's been a pretty rad, and unforgettable summer. FALL HERE WE COME!

New start to a New Year!

The first session of the new year always feels like a breath of fresh air. It's a new year, new goals, new expectations. This session was just a perfect way to kick all that off! Jenna and Josh are expecting their first sweet bundle of joy! I'm so honored and full of excitement that I will get to document their family over the next year and provide them with the beautiful memories from their maternity session until their sweet baby's first birthday! They are going to make such wonderful, sweet, fun-loving parents! This sweet little one is already so loved. Cheers to 2017, this is going to be a beautiful year.

Life <3

I literally can't believe that I haven't written a blog since September!! Ahhh total FAIL!!! In all fairness there has been a lot going on. SOOOOOO it's time to play catch up!

As most of you know, Fall is my busiest time, along with every other photographer out there. This fall though we also had a few extra surprises!

As some of you saw my post last night, we are expecting baby number 3 in May! Surprise! We are super excited, but this mama is also super sleepy!!! It was extra tough for me to fight my first trimester sleepiness and nausea (and forgetfulness, sorry if I took a little longer to respond to emails) especially during busy season! Luckily I made it through, and I am feeling SOOOOO much better now yay!!

So today I thought I'd just write this post on my fun, silly life lately! Today was extra fun for us! My oldest daughter had her first ballet recital!! She was AMAZING! She is my sweet, courageous one, and I couldn't be more proud. She was so excited to get up and dance on stage for the first time today. She wasn't even nervous (she doesn't get that from me, I'll tell you that)! Any who here is some cuteness from our day today! <3 Hope you all have a wonderful Holiday seasons! I'll be playing catch up on blogs and hopefully posting WAY MORE!

It's official! We've hit over 1000+ followers!!!! Giveaway Time!

Well, after 2 years in the business, lots of up and downs and "Maybe I should just quit". Here I am! Thriving, and loving what I do more then ever. Over the past few years I cant believe how far I have come. And the best part is I didn't do it alone. I had all of you! My amazing clients, my family, my friends, and even other photographers who helped me grow and find my passion and mix it with my artistic visions.

I'm so thrilled to be where I am. I'm excited that I am able to give you all such beautiful images of you and your families for you to keep and cherish forever. Kids grow so fast (I should know I have two sweet girls of my own). As a mother I love looking back and remembering those little toes, and silly faces that make them who they are. It all goes by way too fast. You don't want to forget those moments of cuddles and snuggles and I love yous. So I am giving away my top package. $400 package on location at sunset with 50+ edited images. I love each and every one of you for supporting me on this amazing journey. I would not be where I am now with out you all!  THANK YOU <3

This session will take place in Colorado <3

Enter The rafflecopter for a chance to win <3 <3 <3

Mr. Henry

Meet Henry. The newest addition to the Domingos Family. Henry is such a sweet, handsome little man. He is so blessed to have been born into such a loving family. Did I mention what a sweetie he is <3

Welcome Home!

Since I'm such a wonderful blogger (NOT), I am just getting around to this sweet girls newborn session. I had the pleasure of doing moms maternity session in their home, and then did their beautiful lifestyle newborn session there as well. It's really neat to photograph the before baby and after baby in the home. It's so amazing to see life before an added addition <3 and then the completeness of after baby arrives home.

Beeyond the Hive..

Last year my oldest daughter started her first year of preschool. Little did I know that not only would she make new friends, but so would I. It all started with this conversation with my daughter:

My daughter kept pointing at this boy and saying "That's Boy, That's boy".

I said "Maddie, I'm sure that boy has a name, do you remember it"?

She said "Yes Mommy, That's Boy"!

Sure enough his sweet mama smiled at me and I asked her what his name was. It was Boyd. Maddie knew his name the whole time, I just wasn't hearing it correctly haha

After a few weeks, a couple of us moms started to get together and grab coffee during the short 3 hours preschool was in session. Each week, we grew to know each other a little better then the week before. This is where I met Jacy. Jacy is from a long line of beekeepers, all starting from here in Colorado. It's really amazing what decades worth of beekeeping has brought to her and her whole family. They truly run an amazing, heartfelt family business. She is full of such passion, charisma and had the biggest heart of anyone I've ever met.

Now I am happy to say she is one of my dearest friends.

 I also had the pleasure of photographing some amazing new products she is adding to her shop: HOODIES! If you know me, you know there is not much I love more then hoodies and fall attire (except for my family, and coffee)! I mean seriously, I love rainy cold summer days for the main reason being that I can wear hoodies <3

Not only does she have AMAZING honey (So many different choices, I may have like 5 different flavors right now, don't judge), she also has lotions and honey melt scents, candles, and more. I mean really just check it out because it's local and it's the bees knees (see what I did there)? 

Love ya Girl!

check out some amazing honey and accessories here:

http://www.beeyondthehive.com/

They are only little once...

I really loved this session. I enjoying chasing after little ones and really capturing who they are at this moment in time. It is such a sweet, magical age to capture. I know first hand because I have a little one almost the same age at home. The age where they are finding their independence, investigating everything, on the go all the time, but still grounded by their mama's love.  Capture all of these moments, especially the ones where they don't want to sit still and wiggle out of your arms to run around. Because they will always run back into your arms, now and forever <3

Baby Mila

Because even though she is almost 5 months old now, and I'm terrible at blogging in a timely manner, I still adore how amazingly beautiful these images of her are. Seriously, she is just so beautiful (did I mention she slept through her whole session)!

The little things....

One of my favorite sessions are my grow with me sessions and lifestyle ones at that!  It is so amazing watching these little babies turn into soulful, personality filled, toddlers. I can't explain how wonderful it is being able to capture each stage and watch them grow into this little person with their own likes and opinions. This beautiful family invited me into their home to capture lifestyle images for their milestone sessions. I am seriously in love. To capture the spirit of the children growing in their own home and the little things, like how they read together, or how she plays with her brothers hair and he loves it. These are the little moments you are never going to want to forget. The little things that made them happy at that time in life. Capture the little moments, even if it's on you phone. And print them, always print your photos so you don't loose these special memories, because you don't get these days back.

The Clay Family

Becky is our neighbor, and local artist/woodworker. She can make pretty much make anything. She creates beautiful signs and her and her husband Drew have started making farm house tables and even bed frames! I had the pleasure of taking their photos not too long ago. Their daughter Taylor is close in age to my own daughter and the sweetest kid around. We went on down to creek and got our feet wet and muddy. It was such a blast. Check her work out at: https://www.facebook.com/TheArtisticOwl

 

Sweet baby girl

This sweet little girl just turned 6 months! I can't believe it! (yes, I am that behind on blogging)!  But since I just saw this beautiful family yesterday I felt the need to come home and blog her newborn session. I always get super excited to see each phase of the babies of my grow with me package. I cant wait to see her again for 9 months. It is so crazy how fast they grow and change! Each passing day, they get just a little bit older...

Kyle and Kristine's Engagement

Kyle and Kristine are recently engaged (and one of the sweetest and fun couples ever)! Kyle wanted to propose on a day that was meaningful but still a surprise, so he proposed on the 6th anniversary of their first goodbye. He decorated the house with a huge paper cut-out of the Golden Gate Bridge and photographs of many moments they shared over the years together. <3 Congratulations to you both!!!!

It's been a while...

Well here I am, it has been TOO long since I've sat down and made a blog post. I could blame it on, well pretty much life! A lot has been going on the last few months. A birthday, a long over due date night, the ending of school, and mainly our new addition of a cute little puppy (yeah he still doesn't have a for sure name yet, we are slacking on that too). Any who! Here I am, and scatter brained as always. But FUN NEW things are happening! Like today, I just got my brand new lens <3 AHHHH it was my goal this year to upgrade all my equipment and I did it!!! I am super excited because it's not only awesome for me, but awesome for all of you as well! I finally saved up enough to purchase my dream lens and even an artsy one too (because who doesn't love the real artsy shots)? Luckily I have my two lovely models here to help me test them out and it's official I am IN LOVE <3

Thanksgiving Baby!

I must say smash cake sessions are one of the cutest things ever! A baby who gets a cake all to themselves! All the different emotions that show in this type of session are really just the best.

It always starts with a bit of confusion. The child usually isn't sure if this is a trick, and they will be scolded if they attack the cake full force or if it's for real and they can dig in and eat the whole cake and it is what they are suppose to actually be doing. I love it because a baby's face doesn`'t lie. You can see the confusion set in as they try to comprehend the situation and what is really happening.

Then they taste it. Still unsure what is going on, they go in for a taste and start to pick at it. Waiting to see what happens next.

Then without hesitation, they dive in. It's everywhere. It's like the cake just exploded. It's in their hair, they have fists fulls of cake, icing smeared all over themselves and could not be any more excited. Smiles galore. Complete and utter satisfaction.

Then comes the crash. It doesn't take long to get here. They realize they are full of cake and kind of tired all of sudden. I'm mean really, who doesn't feel like that after they just ate fists full of cake.

This little turkey though happens to be one of my favorites. I mean seriously can she get any cuter!!!????

 

As promised Day 2 - Lifestyle Maternity Session

When I met Becky for the first time at her home for her maternity session I just knew that I was going to love photographing her and her family. She and her family are just the sweetest people!

It was colder outside the day of their session, so we did an indoor shoot at their home, which actually turned out to be one of my favorite session. There is just something about lifestyle maternity sessions that really gives it an amazing feeling of getting ready to welcome this little life into your home. It's almost like mom is more comfy and just patiently waiting to meet her newest little love.

Becky was just glowing the day of our session. I wish pregnancy looked half as good on myself as it does on her. Not only was she stunning, but she also had the CUTEST home ever (not to mention she has amazing interior design instincts)! Seriously though, they have the cutest house layout. I'm in love with older homes because they have this sort of vibe that a cookie cutter house just doesn't give you. It's just so full of life, and it totally fits them as a family.

My favorite part was when they starting reading the book "Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here! A Word from your Baby-in-Waiting" to their daughter Daphne (who by the way is the cutest, sweetest little girl, she is going to make an amazing big sister). I've never seen an almost 2 year old so into (and excited) about a story. It really just pulled at my heart strings!

Their sweet baby girl is due anytime now and I can't wait to meet her!





Getting my blog together!

If it wasn't known before, it'll be known now....I'm a terrible blogger. I mean just horrible! It is really a goal of mine to step it up this year (I really don't think I'm doing too well at that so far but as of now I am going to step it up). This week I will blog everyday. It may be a personal blog, it may be of a recent session or a session I never blogged from months ago. Either way it will be a week full of blogging! So get ready!

I really am stoked it is getting warmer outside. My girls love to play outside. They would live outside if I let them. It's important to me that I remember to capture these moments in my own life, because as we all know our littles grow up too fast. So fast, at times you sit back and wonder if you missed out on how little they were the day before. Their personalities shines through a little more each day, Today I am really thankful for a good friend of mine, and fellow photographer Lexi Green (Ninja + Sox Photography check her out she is sweet as pie and puts these awesome projects together). We are in a group with several other photographers doing a 7 for 7 challenge. 7 photographs a day for 7 days. It's really nice because on top of work it pushes me to go the extra mile and after Im done working for the day I work on my own personal project. I love it because not only do I get to take pictures of my littles and their everyday life, but I get to practice my creative side and find more ways I can use my new found creativity each day in my work for my clients. So here is day 1. My little loves rocking their outside life!

It's a Boy!

What's the best surprise you will ever? It is welcoming your baby into the world and not knowing if it going to be a handsome little boy, and sweet baby girl. Lisa and her family did just that.

I can say from first hand experience that this honestly is the best surprise! With our second child we did not find out the gender, and it was such an amazing experience. There really are not enough words to describe the excitement of waiting to meet your baby and find out that day if you will be the parents to a new baby boy orgirl!

In December, the Myers welcomed their second son into the world! He is just a dream! He slept the WHOLE TIME during his session.

I now have baby fever!