{ 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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{ Browning 4th of July Session } Twentynine Palms Family Photographer

The Brownings and I met last December through a garage sale purchase, from there I have had the pleasure of getting to know them and watch them grow as a family.  Pregnant when we met they asked me to do their newborn pictures, since that we have met on a few more occasions to celebrate this first year in their daughter’s life.  Always one of my favorites to work with a family again and again.  Doesn’t always work that way in a military town.

These two are super proud of who they are, the country that they serve and their family.  We have been able to capture that throughout every session while allowing their families to see this little one blossom and grow.  I believe Hilary and I bully Ethan just a bit but he is always smiles and a good sport; even when we pulled out the tutu at this last session.

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{ Ashleigh and Andre’s New Little One } Twentynine Palms Maternity and Newborn Photography

These two came to me in May for their maternity session so I was excited to also be asked to photograph their new little one shortly there after.  We met half way at a small park in Lucerne Valley for an outdoor session where we had lots of fun.  A cousin came along so of course we had to add her into the session.  With two active duty parents this little one is in for an adventurous lifestyle.

Photographing newborns is always amazing to me.  The opportunity to capture a time in a family’s life that is new and all about love.  Each story different and full of exploration of who you have become as an individual, as a parent, and as a family.  What an honor to be asked to be a part of this time in each of my client’s lives!

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{Lucille’s One} Twentynine Palms Children’s Photographer

When Lucille’s mommy contacted me about scheduling a Cake Smash session I was super excited.  With ideas in hand we scheduled her session for a gorgeous local preserve and park; one that the family frequents often so it made for a perfect backdrop to memorialize this occasion.

I met Lucille’s mom through business dealings about two years ago so I was lucky enough to see her transition from wife to mom as her belly grew.  We lost touch for a bit but when she emailed me to capture the First Birthday images I couldn’t wait.

Lucille with her beautiful porcelain skin was delightful to photograph as we moved through a few different set ups.  She definitely wanted to be on the move and was very serious the entire time we were shooting.  With family all over, including Canada, I know all be excited to see this stuffed animal party and Lucille’s cheek.  When not looking at her beyond poofy cheeks you may be caught in those blue eyes.  I know I was.  She wasn’t a huge fan of the cake which in the long run always makes mom happy she played along for us so we could get some adorable shots with lots of facial expressions I am sure will make everyone smile.

Thank you again Dusastre family for letting me capture this exciting day!

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