Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentine’s Day Party: Sweets & Treats

In 2016 I re-did our new tradition of the Valentine’s Day tea party. I wanted to switch it up a little. Mostly with different food and a new theme.

I designed the invitation with help from the Heart Attack digital scrapbooking kit from Jady Day studio.

I used the kit to design the wrappers for the drinks and all of the other items for the party.

I thought it would be cute for each kid to have a conversation-heart cake on their plate. I’m not the best at making cakes.

I also made heart shaped sugar cookies.

   And pretzels – “I’m in KNOTS over you!”

  Valentine, you make me POP! 


I also made pink hot chocolate with whip cream, heart-shaped marshmallows and sprinkles.

  It was a fun party!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A 2016 review is better late than never!

It’s hard to believe I’ve been at this for three years. 2016 was an interesting year for sure, but a busy one. Throughout the year I shot 12 family sessions, two birthdays, two special events (a prom and homecoming!), three sports events (a new one!), two newborns, two WEDDINGS, and a whole bunch of kids with Santa.

Here are some of my favorites from the year…


Adorable kids…



And adorable first birthdays…

  These are just a few! Looking forward to a great 2017!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Valentine's Day Tea Party, Dolly Themed

Ask anyone who knows me – I love a party. Especially a theme party.

One of my all-time favorites was the Orange Is The New Black party my friend Jan threw a few years ago. A group of us all picked characters and came dressed in our finest prison attire. We even had guards, prison food trays, and a plethora of laughs.

My least favorite? The year that same friend threw an Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds themed party and dressed herself as Melanie Daniels, the woman in the film who is attacked by birds. She had fake cuts and scratches and birds attached to her suit.

In case you didn’t know… I hate birds.

In retaliation, I arrived to the party in an elf costume.

She hates elves.

At any rate, those pictures will hopefully never see the light of day! But on a more family-friendly note, I love to plan parties for my girls. And two years ago in 2015, I did a Valentine’s Day tea party.

Nothing special at all. I just don’t really like January so it gave me something fun to plan and do with my girls and some of their closest friends.

Since I get a lot of ideas from Pinterest, I thought this would be a good way to give back. To review some parties that I’ve put together and hopefully inspire your next soiree!

The Valentine’s Day, 2015 tea party was a bring-your-own doll themed.

I designed the invitation myself with help from the  Sugarbug by Digilicious Design digital scrapbooking kit.

I designed wrappers for milk bottles, name tags, food signs, a menu, and more.

 Our menu was tea – which was really hot chocolate, smoothies, chocolate dipped strawberries, cupcakes and fairy bread. Fairy bread was just heart-shaped toast with Nutella and sprinkles on it. Delicious.

I ordered a pink tablecloth and runner, but the tablecloth didn’t come in time. I set up each girl with their own special plate and nametag.

The first year was pretty simple. Store-bought cupcakes! What’s easier?

I also made some chocolate dipped marshmallows.

And used the fresh tulips I received for Valentine’s Day as part of the decoration.

It was a pretty simple and fun party, and the girls had fun. They ate, they drank, they played.

For the next year, I added in some games, and this year’s party should be even better! Check back for updates!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Years Eve!!

2014 was such an awesome and busy year for my family that we didn't even get our portraits taken! As a result, I opened up fewer sessions - but the ones I did take this year were so much fun. In 2015 I took on three newborn sessions, one "Sweet 16" birthday party, senior portraits, a bridal session, pre-homecoming portraits, lots of dance photos, families, children, and a WEDDING!

Who knows what 2016 has in store, but I hope to continue making time to capture memories and grow in my photography. I want to thank everyone who has supported me this year and share a few of my favorite pictures from 2015. See my 2014 post here.

Kids and teens!



Bridal portraits...


Senior portraits!

And the wedding!

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Monday, April 6, 2015



That's the theme of this week's iHeartFaces photo challenge. In that spirit I'm posting this picture of my daughter jumping in her Easter dress from a few years ago. It's still one of my favorites.

There are lots of SUPER CUTE pictures being entered in this challenge. To see more, check out lots of great pics on their website here.

Photo Challenge Submission

This photo was submitted to the I Heart Faces photo challenge –

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Is it spring yet?

I'm so ready to get outside and take some beautiful pictures this spring, if it ever gets here.

Meanwhile, don't forget that in addition to portrait sessions outside I also handle events and other photography needs. For an example of my event work, see the "Valentine's Tea Party" I put together for my daughters last month.

It was actually pretty easy to put together and shows some of the work I could do for your events and parties!

The sad news is that my spring schedule is busier than ever this year, so if you are interested in booking a session or event, the time to do so is now!

If you are interested, check out my calendar here and message me here for more information!

And stay warm!!