Archive for May, 2017

May 16, 2017

1this session has been several years and three babies in the making.. see, in the west household, I have been given the nickname, ‘the inducer’. when I photographed kelly and alex’s wedding, I knew how excited they were to start a family ~ so when they learned that they were expecting their first child, daniel, I knew we were going to be doing a maternity session. we got the session on the schedule and then shortly thereafter, she went into labor. everyone was fine, but the session never happened. then, a couple of years later, kelly was pregnant with their daughter, hadley. we got the session on the schedule and kelly even went out and bought a dress. and then….. yep, she went into labor. happy and healthy little girl, but no session. so this time… this time! we were on a mission. kelly texted me to let me know that she had gotten the dress and I teased, ‘okay, lay down and don’t move until the session’. we laughed, but I think we were both crossing our fingers at the time. but we needn’t have worried ~ we were given a beautiful day and I had the best time working with all of them. daniel and hadley are so much fun and kelly and alex… well, they’re just about the coolest couple I know. I am looking so forward to meeting the newest baby west and am really grateful that we were finally able to make our many plans and ideas a reality this time. I love you all and am so happy for you! xoxo

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May 05, 2017

1I couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off the 2017 summer season.. ashley and cj’s wedding was a dream from start to finish. I knew as soon as I walked into the bridal suite and met ashley and her girls for the first time, that this day would be special. for one, it was quiet.. really quiet. to be honest, at first I thought I had the wrong room. but as I walked in, ashley was getting her makeup finished and the other ladies were eating lunch and getting ready for this special day. as soon as she saw me, ashley reached out for a hug and I was so excited to work with her. she was beautiful, calm, and very ready to marry her love. for late april, the day was a bit steamy… in the 90′s, but it was glorious and the spring colors of the congressional country club were in full bloom. as we made our way outside for her and cj’s first look, I could sense ashley’s joy. this day has been a long time coming.. because of their school and work commitments, the two of them have spent a large portion of their relationship apart. during the toasts, the main thing that people kept returning to was their ability to make it work, despite time and distance. their’s is a love that was obviously meant to be ~ no matter what. the whole day was just so lovely – their friends and their families were so kind and fun.. I immediately felt right at home with all of them and am happy to have made some wonderful new friends. I am SO very happy for you both and wish you all of the love and happiness that the world has to offer!

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May 03, 2017

1I first met sarah and randy when they attended the wedding of one of my favorite couples, maggie and shane. I remember them cutting up the dance floor and just having a wonderful time together ~ so when sarah contacted me about their upcoming wedding, I was looking so forward to seeing everyone. well, I guess I should say their celebration, because sarah and randy had already gotten married but wanted to reaffirm their love and commitment with all of their friends and family. I have photographed several of these events and they always makes me smile – to see a couple get as excited as they were when they first said ‘i do’, is a really lovely thing to witness. and they were definitely excited.. as sarah walked down the dock to see randy for the first time that day, they were both so happy and looking forward to the day ahead. I loved their ceremony.. portions out of one of my favorite books, ‘the alchemist’ were read – some pretty perfect passages for a day like this. and as they sealed forever (again!) with a kiss, everyone applauded as the sun filtered in from the bay. one of my favorite parts of the day were when sarah and randy facetimed with sarah’s grandparents after the ceremony – they had a little difficulty figuring out where the camera was which had all of us laughing, but their excitement and happiness for their granddaughter and randy was clear. sarah and randy, even though we only spent a couple of hours together, I loved every moment spent with you and all of your people. I wish you a lifetime of love, happiness, and dancing!

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