Monday, April 18, 2016

James' Creations

Finally got to make James' Creations! Each one of these are made from scratch -- I start with my pictures and some blank digital scrapbook papers, so every image is a labor of love.

Creation - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2016

Creation - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2016

Creation - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2016

Creation - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2016

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Mary Bello

Mary - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2016

Despite the rain and gloom, our session prevailed. Happy to do some headshots for Mary Bello, who is running for Idaho House of Representatives, seat 24b. Good luck to her!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

James' Senior Sesson

James - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2015
The first time I met James was at my wedding. He was about five years old and after the ceremony, he was wailing, "But I don't want another sister!!" I remember thinking, "What have I gotten myself into?!" Ha! Hopefully, for his sake, he's gotten over the idea -- considering he's gained not one, but TWO sisters since then! =)

Like Nathaniel, James was flown out by his folks in Colorado to do pictures with me here in Idaho (Sarah was here with her family when we did hers), which was a huge honor for me! I have to say the coolest part of doing their pictures is being able to have one-on-one time with them and getting to know them each personally. Each of them have been amazing kids, but I was most surprised by James.

This kid is truly greater than he knows.

He's quiet and somewhat shy and was hesitant to do pictures at first. As soon as we got into the car, I told him, "This is kind of awkward for me, too. But you'll just have to trust me." And he did. He soon became comfortable with me and started to open up, telling me about his love of drawing and his aspirations to become an electrician. After a while, he was a pro at posing and knew exactly what to do. The images I captured kind of speak for themselves. He is one great guy.

Although our visit was short, James made an impact on our family -- especially our boys. We were blessed to have him here and I'm thankful I got to know him better.

One more sibling-in-law to go.

James - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2015
James - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2015
James - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2015
James - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2015
James - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Eliasen Family/50th Anniversary

My paid sessions are few and far between, but I'm okay with that. God sends them my way in His timing and I'm thankful for the work. Busy Hands keeps me...well, pretty busy, anyways!

But when I do get the chance to do a session, especially for sweet, fun, welcoming family like this group, it makes me fall in love with photography all over again. People like these are why the art and industry keep pulling me back in. I'm not ready to call it quits just yet, but I have decided to limit it to friends and family. Less stress and potential drama that way.

I was contacted by a friend from church, asking me to do a family session for her parents' 50th wedding anniversary. 50 years. That is an amazing feat, these days! Lyle and Barbara Eliasen have an amazing legacy that shines in all the faces of their children and grandchildren. They were such a joy to be around. Their love for each other and their family were apparent and inspiring. I pray Matt and I go that long and longer!

Happy anniversary to this amazing couple! Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your family for a day!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

California Vacation Highlights

Battery Point - Crescent City, California - 2015
Ah, vacation. It's a glorious thing. We took a whirlwind roadtrip to California, driving from one end to the other. Our stops included the Northern Coast, the Redwoods, San Francisco, Oceanside Beach, Nana's house, and LEGOLAND. Eight days, four states, and over 2,300 miles driven. It was nuts, but we had a blast!
Trees of Mystery - Klamath, California - 2015
Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco, California
Oceanside Pier - Oceanside, California, 2015
LEGOLAND California - Carlsbad, California - 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Farm Field Trip

Tagged along on Rob's class field trip to a farm, where we saw baby goats, chicks, mules, and bunnies.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Little D

I was shooting products for my Etsy shop, when I decided to stick Drew in there. He thought it was hilarious.

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Went out shooting with my boys this afternoon. The sky was so beautifully blue! What a fun way to spend our anniversary.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014