Twentynine Palms Photography – The Navarros visit

This fun family lived here in 29 Palms for 5 years; they say it was an adjustment but they eventually fell in love with the desert as so many of us do.  They however received orders before they captured that love so they adventured back up here for a family session.  With visitors in tow we were able to capture some fun, loving family portraits that will serve as a reminder of their time here!  Both girls were ready to climb the beautiful rocks of Joshua Tree National Park so on a smaller scale we tried to make sure we snagged a shot of them on the rocks.  The littlest guy was having fun using those legs, to run, everywhere but with his family’s help and I am pretty sure funny faces behind me he gave me some smiles to die for.  I hope the Navarros love every image as they are gorgeous together and in the amazing scenery that I am lucky enough to call home!

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Yucca Valley Maternity and Newborn Photographer – The Martinez’s become 3

Bumps, bumps, and more bumps equals babies.  I so love maternity sessions and of course newborn session so when I am booked to photograph a family through both sessions I am elated.  After some illness Jenn, Pete and I were finally able to meet out at the Big Canyon Morongo Preserve where we talked about what was to come and the welcoming of their little one.  It so happens that Pete and I sort of know each other, my husband and him work together, so that is always that much better.

When mommy-to-be is as stunning as Jenn it makes my job easy and Pete was ready to show off his gorgeous wife!  As we walked through the preserve Jenn was greeted by hikers with enthusiasm; she had never been photographed like this before so the attention made her smile.  She made for a great subject and helped me create beautiful images.  Hopefully she’ll continue to put herself in front of the camera!  Pete kept her laughing, the entire time – a great thing to see between a couple.

Not long and they will be welcoming their little boy; be on the lookout for their newborn session.  I know they can’t wait to meet him and neither can!

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Yucca Valley Maternity and Newborn Photographer -The Kaur’s Whitewater Maternity Session

Working on blogging more and writing more about the people I meet, the places I go and the relationships that blossom through my photography; I couldn’t have a better couple to chronicle all of these things with.

I met these two last year for a fabulous couple’s session at the Big Canyon Morongo Preserve.  With authentic cultural attire and a relaxed picnic scene we had fun capturing some amazing images; you can check them out here: http://memoriesbytasha.org/2015/01/31/twentynine-palms-photographer-kaur-couples-session/   I also had the opportunity to watch the Mrs. walk to receive her well earned LVN and then the next phase of life happened upon them I got the call or maybe text to photograph the baby bump.

These two are so excited to welcome their baby girl soon so we met at the Whitewater Preserve to capture some baby bump photographs to commemorate this time in their lives.  With only a slight chill in the air we had gorgeous weather and a beautiful mommy.  We wondered around the preserve settling in for images amongst the fall scenery while talking about what was next.  A baby girl on the way brings excitement and the unknowns but these two can’t wait to spoil this little lady and I can’t wait to meet her as well!  Looking forward to seeing all soon as you become 3.

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Yucca Valley Maternity and Newborn Photographer – Baby D hits the blog

In November I got to meet and photograph this beautiful family as they celebrated the soon to be arrival of their new addition.  They braved the cold to capture our beautiful desert at sunset and how stunning did it turn out to be.  Sometimes we are just lucky to have the best light, location and clients.  Um how gorgeous is she pregnant?

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With 2016 comes new adventures and I am so excited; so when asked to capture the next part of this story I was honored.  This is the first session of the new year and I can’t think of a better way to start.  Baby D and his family elected to have a lifestyle session in the comfort of their home and surrounded by their things.  OMG I am in love with lifestyle newborn sessions!  Need to do more.

As with many of the families that I photograph this family is away from their extended family as they grow due to the military; making great images important for everyone who is not here to enjoy this little man’s sweetness.  He slept perfectly, going to have to ask his dad to swaddle all my newborns BTW!  The few minutes he spent awake were peaceful as you can see below.  His sweet sister was ready to pose with him and well her dog :) so we were able to capture some great sibling shots – she may have needed a tiara in some!

Mom and I were already working on our themes for future sessions so I am pretty excited to get to watch this family grow for the time they get to be here.

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Twentynine Palms Event Photographer {Yohe 50th Anniversary}

This family became my family a bit over 20 years ago and they have been stuck with me since.  When asked would I help to capture this moment in time I was honored.  50 years of marriage, years of love and life together!  Through marrying, military life, children, and retirement these two have remained ever faithful and have something so worthy of celebration!  I am glad I could share in this day with you and the family; I hope you enjoy the captures of the day!

Family came from all around to celebrate.  We took a family pictures that were long overdue.  We ate and conversed.  All around a perfect afternoon celebrating love; imperfections and perfections!

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Twentynine Palms Family Photographer {Nielsen Family}

What is a family looking for in a photography session and how do they find it?  There are different levels of talent and experience, there are different art forms and perspectives so it is important to find that photographer that can deliver what you envision.  I hope I capture that for the families I work with each and every time.

Courtney and I scheduled and rescheduled this session which happens when working in real life but am I ever so glad we got our schedules together.  Unbeknownst to me we work our session in on their 7th wedding anniversary which makes it that much more exciting to capture some of what they have experienced and created together.

Boy did we have fun!!  I always want to create beautiful pictures but I also strive to have an enjoyable experience so with three little ones in tow we needed to stay moving, keep their attention and have some fun; we did exactly that.  Courtney has a beautiful and sweet family full of love and laughter.  We captured a little piece of each personality throughout our time together and I wish you all continued happiness!Twentynine Palms Family Photographer -NielsenTwentynine Palms Family Photographer -Nielsen2

Wyatt’s Cake Smash {Twentynine Palms Children’s Photography}

It’s kind of fun that I am writing this post about celebrating birthdays when today happens to be my daughter’s 19th birthday!  Capturing these milestones, the 1st birthday and cake smash, are always fun and exciting; for parents and the photographer at least.   I have yet to have a one year old just dive in and enjoy the moment of cake without the “no”!

Wyatt’s mom came to me with a great theme and idea for his one year session.  I love when parents are excited and have these fun ideas; so superhero it was.  She not only prepared Wyatt for some great photographs but also the siblings.  Making a great dynamic trio they were ready to fight crime or maybe play at the park and eat cake.  Wyatt wasn’t so sure about the cake or the grass but once his brother and sister joined him he seemed to settle right in.  This session eventually ended with a family cake picnic.  Awesomeness!

With major thigh rolls and big blue eyes we started our session at the Morongo Preserve to capture him with all his handsomeness.  We did some sitting, crawling and even some sort of standing/walking to memorialize this time in his life; I am lucky to help families capture these moments forever as they are so fleeting and easily forgotten.

Milestone sessions are so important to me as a mother and a photographer.  I love the natural flow of capturing these times for the families that I serve.  Sometimes it includes a fit, they are cute when they are not yours, but it captures your reality in these very moments as you experience them.  I can say that I wish I had more images like these of my own children; my poor grandkids, someday when they arrive, will grow to hide from the camera I am sure as the lesson has been learned.  While of course I will always advocate for my profession as I completely believe it is important to let someone else, a professional, capture these moments and memories for you I am often asked what the best camera is for a parent to carry and I will tell you every time; the one you are going to use!  Take it out and capture something amazing today, you, your family, something that will bring you right back to a moment in time and make you smile.

Thank you for allowing me to capture these moments in time for you, for the experience, and the cool opportunity to work with such sweet and cute superheroes. Twentynine Palms Children's  Photography - Yucca Valley Children's Photography - Twentynine Palms Cake Smash Sessions - Yucca Valley Cake Smash Sessions (Rader 1) Twentynine Palms Children's  Photography - Yucca Valley Children's Photography - Twentynine Palms Cake Smash Sessions - Yucca Valley Cake Smash Sessions (Rader 3) Twentynine Palms Children's  Photography - Yucca Valley Children's Photography - Twentynine Palms Cake Smash Sessions - Yucca Valley Cake Smash Sessions (Rader 2)

{ Niemi 4th of July Fun! } Twentynine Palms Children’s Photography

While this is a bit of a late post I can’t help but share; these three have grown near and dear to my heart.  I was contacted by their momma when she was still pregnant with her baby girl, that would start 18 months of capturing their fun, bright, and sweet children as well as their family.  This is another one of those times that I can’t say enough how much this hobby/business has blessed my heart.   Watching children grow is amazing and these three astonish me every time I see them.

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{ Erickson Family } Twentynine Palms Family Photographer

The Ericksons were on their way out of Twentynine Palms for a military move so we captured some great images for them to commemorate  the time here and hopefully help decorate their new home.  Family sessions in the Joshua Tree National Park inevitably mean we will be doing some rock climbing, generally more than mom and dad had planned :) ; this session was no different.  With little adventurous ones we had fun finding new spots, on new rocks, that we could photograph both the beauty of this family as well as, the amazing desert setting.

As moms we often miss the opportunity to capture ourselves and our relationships with those in our family; it is something that I always encourage my moms to – I myself am bad about it.  Mom rocked her portraits like a star in this session.  Bet the hubby has one of these in his wallet before too long.  We also took a few brief moments to capture mom and dad not as parents but as a couple.  These two were fun and endearing to one another creating amazing pictures but also emoting their love and friendship.  These are the moments that I live for and are why I am so in love with what I do <3

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{ Adam and Emily – She said YES! } Twentynine Palms Engagement Photography

Blessings abound.  I am getting a new sister!  These two hold such a special place in my heart for so many reasons and I can’t wait to officially call Emily my sister.

Adam and Emily share such a fun kind of love.  They each bring their uniqueness to the relationship complimenting one another perfectly.  As a family we have watched them grow together and it has been wonderful.  They make each other laugh, they harass one another (a requirement in our family), and they love each other wholly.  These two share a wide variety of exciting activities together from hiking, backpacking, to entertaining their great selection of friends for crazy game nights; they are forever busy and creating new memories.   Both settled into great occupations and a beautiful home we can’t wait to watch the next stage of their adventure together.

For my husband and I there are some additional blessings that these two have given us.  Our daughter has spent the last year living with them while she is attending college.  They have given a gift to all of us that is unrepayable other than to say a 1,000 thank yous.  They have given us the rare opportunity to have her grow at this stage of life with great examples while giving her the space to explore as an adult, something that is often difficult for us parents to do.  They have taught her about love and relationships beyond just what she has witnessed in our home.  They have given her the right balance of freedom and responsibility to continue her adventure into adulthood; for that we are forever grateful.

We are so ready to watch these two “make it official” but have always known that Emily was already ours to love.  See you soon!  Love you both!

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