.favorite thing 2013 #6. {redding, ca photographer}

I don’t know what I would do without FAVORITE THING #6!

It is my place of relaxation & sometimes the deep breath between all that life holds!

It’s definitely a treat & I am so grateful every time I get to experience a facial at  ART OF SKIN CARE !

Put it on your Christmas list, because you will enjoy every second of your facial with either Jeana or Amanda!!!

Also, super fun news!! Art of Skin Care is hosting a Grand Re-Opening December 12!!! Be sure to stop by!!!!!!

Details Here:

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I wash my face daily with Rhonda Allison!!! AHHH! Best product EVER!

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this nail polish could be a FAVORITE!! Seriously! It is all natural, no crazy chemicals & it stays on longer than most nail polishes that I use! Seriously impressed & LOVE it!!

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I’m so thankful for you sweet Jeana! Thank you for always being there for me & for all of your wisdom! I cherish it!

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& the WONDERFUL Gill Family!!!!!!! It’s always so much fun getting to capture this family!!!!!!!

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.favorite thing 2013 #4. {northern california photographer}

Okay, so I could seriously have a wall covered in favorite thing #4! I am such a word person, so this just compliments that for me!

Favorite Thing #4

Word Boxes by Primitives By Kathy!

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Just had to put a word box in a family shoot!!!!! LIFE IS GOOD!! This shoot was just awesome!!! If you could have seen behind me you would be smiling!!

I had two awesome assistants on this to help it be a success!!! Esther Gareau & Jessica Kopp, thank you!!!!!!!

Smarties & loli-pops kept smiles coming & I was even super brave & let s centipede crawl down my hand!!! Yes, it got everyone to look RIGHT at me!

Havilah & Ben! I just love your family!!! I just love you all!! I’m so happy you are living here now!!! It’s sooo good!!

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I so loved capturing families this year up at Old Shasta!! We even had our family pictures there!!!! Something so special about  this place!!!

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.favorite thing 2013 #3. {redding, ca | gover ranch photographer}

One morning, as I was getting ready for church I looked down at my perfume & noticed a new bottle!!! My sweet hubby surprised me with a new smell!!! AHH!

Favorite Thing #3

Chanel COCO Mademoiselle

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and one of my FAVORITE families EVER!!!! Literally they should be one of my favorite things run!!!

The Rodriguez Family! We had a great shoot! Gover Ranch is an amazing venue for a family shoot!!!!

I love family shoots!!! So many moments captured!!!!!! There’s nothing like pulling together to accomplish a family shoot!! The reward is always what is captured!!!!

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Brittnay Martin ALWAYS does an incredible job with make-up!!! AHH!! Heather you are STUNNING! Thank you for letting me capture a few of you! 

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Best OUT-TAKE EVER!!!! Look close!!!!!!  So so smiling!!!!!!! Carson & Heather I love your boys!!!

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.favorite thing 2013 #2. {redding, ca senior photographer}

Favorite Thing #2

Favorite Thing #2 is Downton Abbey!!!!!

A few different people told me about it, but I honestly wasn’t convinced that I should watch it…

Well, one night & nothing new on Netflix, I decided I would see what all the fuss was about!!!!

After two episodes I was hooked & my amazingly awesome hubby was hooked too!!!!!!

Watch it! You will LOVE it!!!

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and KAESEN!!! Finally got his pics up!! YEAH! YEAH! We had an awesome shoot!!! Really loved capturing him & a few with his lady!!!

Congratulations Kaesen!!! Thank you so much for having me take your pics!!!!!

Continue to pursue what you’re passionate about!!! I know you will go so far in life!!!

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.favorite thing 2013 #1. {redding, ca family photographer}

happy december 1st! oh my word! can you even believe it!

25 days until christmas!!!!

well, it’s that time of year again! the countdown!! of my favorite things!!!!!

this year’s 1st favorite is brought to you by one of my frequent blog commenters.

she gifted these to me about a month ago & let me just say I am LOVING them!

Favorite Thing #1

Tom’s Desert Wedges!

I seriously could own EVERY color! They are so comfortable & easy to wear & attract tons of compliments! A must!

(thank you ingamae)

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I was so excited to capture my cousin Rebekah’s family! She is like a sister to me!

She is such an inspiration & I am so truly proud of her! She married the sweetest guy & not too long ago had one of the sweetest baby’s ever!

Mr. Leon!!!

and my cutest nephew, I mean cousin! By the end of the shoot I was Leon’s Auntie! :) It was just easier to say, “Look at Auntie Heather,” than saying “Look at cousin Heather!”

So much fun taking their pics!!! Leon is the CUTEST!!!!

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.madison. {redding, ca photographer}

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How cool is today!? 11.12.13!! I mean seriously! What a memorable day! Could not miss posting today!!! 11.12.13!!!!

Hello! Hello! AH! I miss my blog!  It’s little pieces of me, reflection, frames of moments, of memories!!

It’s been a  little full  lately! Blogging! AH! So behind! Sorry. Sorry.

I kind of had to beg for these 4 minutes of pictures of my girl!  Oh to be the daughter of a photographer!

Madison came home from school today & she just looked so beautiful that I was so moved to take her pictures.

She wasn’t quite as moved as I was to “take” pics, but she let me, if she didn’t have to wear shoes……

My baby is growing up on me! Fun to see her alive in who she is. She just finished up soccer season & is now playing basketball! Loving every minute!!!

5th Grade is exciting! Making new friends & enjoying her amazing teacher!! It’s really been a fun year for Madison thus far!!!!

I love you Madi girl!

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.happy monday. {a day in the life}

Just received a text from one of our dearest friends, Paul Halverson, with these pictures!!!  (Thank you Paul, your iphone photo skills are off the charts!)

He & his family are awesome & this weekend got to hang a bit at ONE of the three weddings we shot! (love you all so so much)

Anyways! Instantly knew I had a blog post… even with my animated eyes, that were literally saying.. “cheese!”

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Yes, THREE weddings in three days!! How they all lined out blew my mind, & that we did it even blows my mind more, but yeah! We did it! Which leads me to a few thoughts…

1. In the midst of hard work, attitude is key! No matter what, keep a happy attitude!

2. To all of those around me, thank you for your support! Seriously I couldn’t do what I do without you! You all know who you are & I just love you!

3. Ben! I love you! Thank you for shooting with me this weekend! & mostly for ALL of your support & strength! I love you so so much!!!!!!

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.good by summer. {redding, ca photography}

Make the most of yourself; for that is all there is of you! -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why does summer go so fast? I hope you all had a great summer! Today is bittersweet! Love the kids going back to school & the routine of things, but definitely miss SUMMER! Yah know!

Thank you all for your patience! I can finally now get more caught up with emailing, blogging, etc., etc.!

Today was Conner’s third day as a freshman & the girl’s FIRST day of school! had to do a little shoot before school started! With all the excitement everyone was ready super fast! LOL!

Happy back to school!!!!!!! It’s gonna be a great year!!!

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Madison: 5th Grade

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Kira: 7th Grade

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Conner: 9th Grade

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Last year’s First Day of School Pics HERE–!! I love seeing the changes!

I was chatting with my mom & she mentioned putting together some of the earlier “first days of school! ” I think I found each of the kids “first” days! :) Praise the Lord my photography skills have improved!

Conner’s first day of Kindergartenl!!!!

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Kira’s first day of Pre-School!!

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Kira’s First Day of Kindergarten!!!!!

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.the big reveal. {redding, ca photographer}

The Big Reveal!

I have had the beautiful honor of capturing incredible moments in this family’s life.

I absolutely fell in love with Starr when we met at Starbucks for a bridal meeting!

Everything in me hoped she would hire me! So thrilled to have captured their wedding!

I still pinch myself when I show off their album, or look back through their day!

Getting the news that Starr was expecting brought tears to my eyes! So excited to see their family grow!

Jake & Starr! Congratulations! Oh my goodness! So excited for you!

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