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Sometimes you just have to do a little impromptu photo shoot!!

Kira is almost 14, so I thought maybe this would be her “14 year old” shoot….. but, if we happen to do another one, great!

This girl is amazing! So inspiring!

Enjoying 8th Grade, working in the nursery, playing basketball, acting & singing, taking Polaroid’s, listening to old records, cooking, watching once upon a time, & friends!

So excited for what life holds for her!!

Love you Kira!

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.favorite thing #25 + starbucks giveaway. {happy christmas everyone}

MERRY CHRISTMAS from our FAMILY to YOUR’s!!!

I am so thankful for each of you! I am! I just hope you have the merriest of merry Christmas’s!

Here is a fun pic of the family from the Christmas Eve service that we attended tonight at the Civic!

It was really beautiful to focus on the birth of Jesus! & to celebrate Him! Sing Christmas songs! & be with family!  So so thankful!

Happy Birthday Jesus!!

& yeah for iphone selfies!!

(christmas card pics will be released soon, but literally they are going in the mail late!!! better late than never, right?? had to get over it!)

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So!!! Favorite Thing 25! Yes ! Yes!

I am sure you know what THIS FAVORITE thing is, since it hasn’t been mentioned ALL 25 days!!!

Yep!! Favorite thing #25 is STARBUCKS! But what you ask…

This year my favorite thing from Starbucks has been the insulated cup! I have ka-tripled my intake of water because of these cups! Seriously!

Sooooo!!! ANOTHER GIVE-AWAY!

Leave a comment & tell facebook or instagram to participate in the give away & you could win:

Winner will be selected after the first of the year!

1. A $20.00 Starbucks Gift Card

2. the Oh What Fun insulated cup

3. a fun STARBUCKS ornament

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I’m REALLY excited about this post!!!!

Today, Christmas Day is Hudson’s FIRST birthday!!!! Happy Birthday Buddy!!!!

I have never had a Christmas Birthday, so I am THRILLED to be sharing little Hudson today!! & his beautiful family!

Happy ONE YEAR Birthday Hudson!!!!!!

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.favorite thing #23 + give-away. {redding, ca photography}

Favorite Thing #23 is probably one of the TOP faves of 2014.

Literally! I think I bought over 10 of them! I know. I know.

I bought one for myself & then gave it to a dear friend. Had to have another, & gave it away. Bought a few more just to have in case I gave some away..

I felt like it was a giving-key-bracelet……

 & then bought a few for gifts, etc! Needless to say it’s REALLY my favorite! So close to my heart!

This year was definitely a year to be BRAVE! To take risks! To be stronger than possibly imaginable.

To brave loving! To brave new! To brave!

I found the bracelet in this really HAPPY place in Redding called Altered Wing Studios!!! Such a treasure store!!!

Favorite Thing #23: You Make Me Brave bracelet made by the amazing Anne Ballard of the Crowning Jewels!  who sells her beautiful things in Altered Wing Studios!!!!!

I want to give one away to YOU!

Leave a comment & tell me how you have had to be brave this year!!!!!!

I will randomly pick a winner the first week of January!

I need to get some momentum going on these give-aways!!

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Again! I owe the success of this shoot to Kira!!!! She had these boys full attention… had them giggling! I was in awe!!! 

Of course SMARTIES always do the trick, but Kira played a huge part in their smiles!

Havilah & Ben Cunnington are true inspirations! Havilah is starting a really cool Bible study in January!!! Jump in & get started! I’m signed up & cannot WAIT!

Here is a link to sign up!

Anyways- truly honored that they would have me capture their beautiful family!!! Truly! Truly! So much fun! So many giggles & lots of dirty knees… Yeah for black jeans!!

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.favorite thing #22. {redding, ca family photographer}

Favorite Thing #22

I have been loving blankets & all things cozy this season. I don’t know if it is just the amount of rain, but I do love all things cozy!

Favorite Thing #22 was supposed to be in our family photo shoot, but our parcel key broke & it was stuck in the mail box….  Next year!

Favorite Thing #22 Sackcloth & Ashes!

I am in LOVE with these blankets!!!! So excited to do some shoots with these & I just love that for everyone purchased one is given to a homeless shelter!

Order one today or pick one up at an Anthropologie!!

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Seriously this shoot is one of my favorites! It just makes me smile when I think about it!

Kira, my oldest daughter deserves an award! She helped with with the big family shoots & they would not have been a success without her!

She is a natural & all of the kids just LOVED her!!!! Thanks Kiki girl! It was fun working with you!!!!!!

Bob & Kimberly are incredible! The gift of family on their life is remarkable! Their story is jaw-dropping! So excited to see what God is doing in them & through them!

Their family grew this year from 3 kids to 5! So exciting! & so fun!

This shoot was one to remember! Well at least this shot is!

You see most of the time family shoots are busy & for lack of better words chaotic! Really! I know! I know, but with five kids under five, it just is…

You pray & hope they turn out– well, I know they will, but yah know, in the middle of it all, that perfect shot.. it’s a gamble.

This shot here is the real deal!!! It makes me so happy we caught it!!!!!!!

Cade didn’t want to old Ari. Eli just was sad most of the shoot, & Ari & the baby were good to go!

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You are incredible, Bob & Kimberly! Thank you for the amazing shoot! Your patience is astounding!

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one more time just because I know it will make you smile again!

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.favorite thing #20. {redding, ca photographer}

Okay! So I am super excited about this FAVORITE #20!!!

REALLY Excited!

I received two of these candles as gifts on the same day & let me just tell you I was in HEAVEN! Smell heaven!

I have to say, I love candles! I really do!! BUT these candles are extra special!

My daughter’s best friend & her mom have started a candle making business & let’s just say the candles are AWESOME!

If you need a last minute Christmas gift!!! These candles are perfect!!! or just a lovely smell in your house!!! these are a GOOD Stink!!!

Favorite Thing #20 : The Good Stink Candle

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I believe this marks seven years capturing the cortopassi family!

Had to change locations up this year for the shoot!!! Drove up into the woods. Despite how cold it ended up being, we had a great shoot!!

Love you all so so much! Thank you for the honor of getting to photograph you every year!!!!

Such a beautiful family you have! I love you all so much!

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.favorite thing #19. {redding, ca family photographer}

Favorite Thing #19

Favorite Thing #19 was recently discovered. It was a gift! & I had no idea that I would like it as much as I do, I mean, we do.

Ben, my husband, loves it just as much!!

Thank you Carson & Heather for this amazing gift & for turning us onto essential oils!

FAVORITE THING #19 doTERRA Essential Oils

My favorite of the oils is the Wild Orange!!!!

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ahhh this family!!!!!!  I couldn’t be more proud of them! Such amazing parents & such awesome boys!!

So much crazy fun we had!!!!! Gotta love a little adventure out of town into the woods!!!!!

Love you guys so much!!! Thank you for having me capture you every year! It means the world!

So excited for BABY #3!!!!!!!

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.favorite thing #18. {redding, ca photography}

Thank you for your patience. The last couple of days! AH! It’s all starting to catch up on me!

BUT stay tuned! A few more fun give-aways!!!!!!

My favorite thing #18 is Katie Walden of the Floranthropist!

A few months ago we just did a fun little “playful” shoot!

I had stopped by for something & convinced Katie to let me photograph her!!

Let’s just say I was so excited & felt so alive & free to capture her!!!

She has not just been someone that I work with & love to refer, she has become a friend.

She literally sprinkled flower-pretty on me when I was having a bit of a tough go of it!

She truly exudes creativity & life!! How truly precious & beautiful you are, Katie Walden!

You are my FAVORITE THING #18:

The FLORANTHROPIST

She is selling Christmas Center-Pieces if you are interested click HERE! & order your arrangement today!!!!!

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.favorite thing #16. {redding, ca photographer}

happy day #16! whoo hoo! the countdown is continuing & we are getting closer to Christmas!

Do you have all of your shopping done??? I am getting closer. Ah! The little things to wrap up!

Okay! Favorite Thing #16 is an amazing make-up artist here in Redding, CA! & basically anywhere you want her to travel!

Working with her is a dream! I know that anyone getting make-up is going to be on-time! I know that their make-up is going to be flawless

& I know that they are going to have an amazing time getting their make-up done & feel absolutely stunning afterwards!!!!

Favorite Thing #16!!! Make Up By Brittany!!!!

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Seriously if you have not had your make-up done before, going on a hot date, getting married, going to prom, getting  you pictures taken,  give Brittany a call! Book her! She’s amazing!

I love you Brittany!!! I love that you smile while you work! It’s so beautiful!

Here is a pic from one of the last weddings we did together! Seriously stunning work!

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I was beyond flattered when Brittany asked me to capture her family photos!!!

Yes! I was so nervous!!! Goodness! It’s one thing capturing her, while she is working, but an actual shoot!

& it was about to RAIN! Actually it’s pretty much rained all month, which is a miracle, but she was like, “yep! let’s just go for it!”

So glad we did, because this family was a dream to shoot & I just fell in love with them even more!

Thank you for the honor of capturing your family, Brittany!!! Love you friend!

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.favorite thing #15. {redding, ca family photographer}

my favorite thing #15 is:

artifact uprising!

It is the COOLEST place to print your products, calendars, & books! Seriously! Amazing! Check it out!

Printing is the BEST!!! Bring your digital to real life & print something with ARTIFACT UPRISING!

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and I love this family so much! I think we figured out that I have been taking their pictures for EIGHT years!

We did Christmas/Maternity pictures when Michelle was pregnant with Owen!!!! Man does time fly!

It is truly the GREATEST honor to continue capturing these families that are so very dear & precious to my heart!

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