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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{ Key Birth Story } – Twentynine Palms Maternity and Newborn Photographer

When Hannah contacted me to discuss her upcoming birth and newborn pictures I had already decided I wouldn’t be photographing anymore births; well as you can see by these images I caved.  Hannah and I hit it off right away and spent our coffee date discussing photography with a little of everything else.  I am always so amazed and blessed by the many people that this business has brought to my life.  There was some worry that dad might not be local when it was birth time so how could I not be there to capture this amazing time for this wonderful growing family.

This particular birth story started in an operating room instead of the delivery room but what an awesome opportunity for a photographer to be invited into the OR.  I walked in the room as momma was walking away to the OR to meet dad for the first time.  We became fast friends as we were about to experience the amazing arrival of their baby girl.  In true southern girl fashion Hannah wanted her hair to be perfect for pictures so her anesthesiologist made sure to fix her hair for the camera :)

I was able to spend a few minutes after baby S arrived with the family, capturing their first moments as three and what a pleasure to watch two people fall in love with their new baby girl and each other all over again.

On day 4 I got to spend the day with baby S, her momma, and grandma capturing some great images for her newborn session.  We used elements of her daddy’s career, family jewelry and other great colors, fabrics and textures to create a series of images that I know they will cherish forever.

Thank you Key family for allowing me to be a part of our family’s story.  I’m so excited for October and apparently for Baby S’s prom ;)

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{ Gabby and Cat; BFFs } – Twentynine Palms Photographer

When I was contacted to photograph two BFFs for a birthday I was excited to discuss what we could do that would make this session different and special. We decided we would take some shots of them together and add a color session at the end. Unsure of what it was going to be like the girls showed up for a little adventure. We met at some abandoned structures in the desert to give us a little different feel and back drop. With the desire to chronicle this time and this friendship I just asked the girls to hang together and pretend that there wasn’t a camera on them :) Our friendships throughout life become such a piece of who we are. Those that we grow with, share with, cry with, and just simply be with. Everyone should have a BFF photo shoot!

I still have no idea what was said during all the whispering but I know whatever it was they couldn’t keep from laughing and having a good time. There was a little hesitance when the color came out but quickly they found their silliness and began having fun. Both became decorated with beautiful colors! Success was made in capturing this time in each of their lives. Thank you again for letting me spend this time with you all!

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{ Laura and Kids } Twentynine Palms Family Photographer

What do you get when you have a mom that just wants some nice family photos but two teenaged boys that aren’t so sure?  Great family photos!  We went out and had a little fun while capturing these three together.  Laura and her boys were here visiting for a holiday weekend and wanted to memorialize these moments in time before they headed off to some big adventures.  Moving, changing schools, and just big life changes are ahead for them; I wish you all the luck and I hope you enjoy all these wonderful images.

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{ Merino Newborn Session – Sort of :) } Twentynine Palms Maternity and Newborn Photographer

Newborn sessions are done in the first 5-10 days after a little one arrives so when this family contacted me and wanted to do a newborn styled session with their 3 month old I was honestly a little worried but always up for the challenge.  To my surprise it wasn’t a challenge at all; this delightful beauty was sweet from start to finish and oh so photogenic.  Mom and I worked seamlessly from pose to pose, she had some great items to use that went perfectly with what I brought.

We added a few pieces of patriotism to our session to honor the 4th of July and her daddy who is a Marine.  I love when families are so proud of their service and country!  Lucky for me I get a lot of that working in a military community.  The sacrifice these families make is real, service members that spend countless hours away from their loved ones and often in danger.

This little lady truly exudes timeless beauty in each of these images.  I hope her family loves them as much as I do <3 !

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