My first photo shoot of 2013 was baby Julian!!! Such a treat! In 2011 I photographed OJ & Amanda & hearing the news that they had a baby was so exciting!
Congratulations OJ & Amanda! So so happy for you!!!! Thank you for the honor of capturing your handsome little boy!!!
Thank you ALL for your faithful comments!!! Truly! It means so so much!!! It so made blogging TWENTY-FIVE days in a ROW worth it!!!!
Ahhh! I cannot even begin to express how much it meant!!! Thank you! Thank you!
Thought it would be fun to make a video to announce the winner……
& because I love to show off the amazing families that I get to capture!!!
Oh to wrap up TWENTY-FIVE days of blogging! Crazy, huh? Oh man! I have loved it! Loved the incentive to blog!! Many more to come!!! I still haven’t caught up!
Thank you all for taking time to look at all the beautiful people I have captured over the last several months! It means more to me than I could express!!! Comments are truly so valued! Thank you!
Today I so enjoyed! I paused! Took it in. Sat on the couch, without my iphone in hand, or TV on, and I just sat, & took it in. Our house is so full of Christmas! So full of celebration!
We also enjoyed, together, Christmas movies!! Yes, that’s right, Christmas movies! Christmas movie marathon! Whoo Hoo!
& YEP! Favorite Thing #25 : Christmas Movies!!!!
The one’s when the kids go to bed, although this year they enjoyed While You Were Sleeping with everyone!!!
Home Alone!! Do you see it?? Love Home Alone! Couldn’t find our Home Alone 2 when I shot these… But LOVE Home Alone 2!!!!
Gotta love the CLASSICS!!!!!
Yep! The Grinch! You know it!
And my ALL time FAVORITE!!!! ELF! Yep! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE… E L F! Could watch it every day of the year & twice on Sundays! Well, yah know!
and from our family to your’s .. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!.. enjoy a movie or two today with your family!! cuddle up & enjoy!
a few shots… my sister-in-law staci came along & snapped a few.. so grateful.. we had to cancel our family pics b/c Kira got poison oak along the side of her face… ;(
Favorite Thing #23 is bringing back a lot of memories!!! Triggering songs that I once loved & now have access too, since I no longer have a cassette player!
Favorite Thing #23 is SPOTIFY! It’s a lot like Pandora, but better!!!
Olivia has been such an inspiration to me & such an encouragement! I am so thankful for her & her family! It was a treat to capture them once again! Love you Shupe Family!
(& Revival… the family dog….you’re too cute!)
Okay, so nail polish is definitely a FAVE! I love it all! I do! The colors! Oh the colors! It pretty much all seems to stay on the same….. Lately my favorite has been more of a specialty, I suppose.
My Favorite Thing #21 is Butter of London Nail Lacquer!
It is so beautiful & the colors are just fantastic!!!! & the nail remover is scented so beautifully! For all of my Redding followers, you can now find BUTTER in Macy’s.
I’m in love with this family!!!! Oh they melt my heart in every way!!!!
I just, recently, for the first time, experienced a spray tan!! Instantly IN LOVE! OMG!!! Seriously my white skin looks waaay better tan!!!
Favorite Thing #20: Sunkissed Tanning Salon in Redding, CA
Mystic Tan is amazing!! Nothing like a beautiful & quick tan!!!
I have been photographing, Jenn Goering’s, the owner of Sunkissed Tanning Salon, for almost five years now!!!
I absolutely love this family & truly am so honored to capture amazing moments of their lives!
Favorite Thing #19 has LITERALLY changed my life, I mean our families lives!!!! Ben was worried at first that these sheets would be over the top way to HOT!!!
He now LOVES them & after our kids have snuggled up with us, they are getting a set from Santa!!! So happy they don’t read my blog!!
To cozy & warm I love these sheets so much!!!!
Favorite Thing #19: Fleece Sheet Set from Costco
Thanksgiving this year was absolutely beautiful! The weather was INCREDIBLE!!! Oh such an enjoyable day!
We spent Thanksgiving down in the Bay Area with Ben’s side of the family! It was so great!!
Ben’s older sister, Alisa, & her husband Larry put together a Family 5K Turkey Trot & a Fun Run! We all had a blast running together!! Such great memories!
Well, after dinner, being the awesome auntie that I am, offered pics!!! It was just sooo nice out! Happy that a few took me up on the offer!!!
My nieces & nephew are the cutest!!!! AH! Love them so so much!
and a few younger cousin older cousin pics that just turned out too cute!!!!
I have been going to Favorite Thing #16 now for over ten years! Absolutely convenient, let me tell you. Mall walking one day, with Kira in the stroller & Madison in the front pack, Conner at pre-school, I discovered an eye-waxing bar! At the mall! I was so excited. Kid in tow, I could get groomed & pampered all in less than twenty minutes for an amazing price! Always done to perfection & with great care, the Benefit Bar makes you feel amazing & your eyebrows looking awesome!!! Favorite Thing #16: Benefit Brow Bar! If you are in Redding, there is a Benefit Brow Bar right inside of Macy’s!! Treat yourself! You will LOVE it! Request Julie! She is awesome!
Favorite Thing #16: Benefit Brow Bar
Believe it or not it was supposed to rain during this shoot. We went back & forth whether or not we should cancel & I’m so glad we didn’t because everything was perfection! Truly couldn’t have asked for better weather & the light was just magica!
Hazeleur Family! You are the best! Thank you for the great shoot! Loved the adventure of hopping around to different locations!
This year my french press of five years bit the dust! It was a rather sad day for me!
So! Thus began the search to replace it, & I suppose that type had retired, because I couldn’t find it anywhere– even on eBay.
This beautiful Cherry Red caught my eye, however, as I was searching around! I went for it! Favorite Thing #15 I enjoy pretty much every morning!
Favorite Thing #15: Le Crueset Cherry French Press
It’s especially enjoyed with Starbucks Verona or Starbucks Christmas Blend at the moment! & a little cup, so every sip is nice & hot!
I love this family!!! Our shoot got completely, I mean completely rained out, but had to make it work!! So, Turtle Bay let us shoot inside a bit & then found a little spot outside, that was covered, & yep, we shot there! Sometimes you just have to go for it, despite your circumstances! Make the best of it, & just enjoy capturing the LIFE & CONNECTION of family! It always turns out in the end!
Love you Silk & Serpell Family!! Thank you for your courage & your awesomeness! Love you!