Hope, Alaska

We got out of town this last weekend! I had a session almost every day before we left, so it was a nice little break, but now I’m procrastinating by blogging instead of editing like a good little girl. Ha!
Sometimes I even wonder if anyone reads this, but I guess it’s for my own sanity?
I tried to capture Hope’s beauty, but these are nothing compared to seeing it in person.






The simple things

Just recently I have fallen in love with freezing time. (Photography) – May sound silly, seeing as how I help supplement the extra spending we seem to do around here. I don’t know how to explain it, but things are just clicking for me. I do know that trying to explain and teach someone recently how to use their camera in about 20 minutes, and they had NO clue what Manual Mode meant to begin with. To  watch them repeat and explain back to me how ISO, The “F thingy”, and shutter speed was and how they work together…I was impressed then with what I actually knew. (Thanks to Amy Earle’s class, and her awesome teaching skills. – http://www.amyearlephotography.com/ )
Anyway, I’ve been inspired none the less to take photos of things that matter, moments that matter.

That moment definitely mattered to my son. It mattered that I was watching and paying attention.

Definitely glad we didn’t miss this one!

This moment definitely mattered because Kya, my daughter blew one bubble inside of the other, which made her the bubble master!

I kid, but I think the whole idea of freezing moments for a photographer is becoming so comfortable with my camera that I get to catch those moments and keep right on rolling with life.

I definitely DON’T say this to be a sassy pants, I say it to encourage all those out there who are afraid to take it off the green square and practice till it starts to click and make sense. I have a ton of learning to do still! Tonight I looked at a blog from Andria Lindquist, and thought it would be nice to be like her one day… so keep your camera handy ALWAYS, have fun, and fall in love with freezing those memories and simple moments. And for all the smart phones users out there who’s phone’s have thousands of photos on them, BACK THEM UP!!  (preaching to the choir)

This moment(s) is special to me, and was fun for my nephew Trey.

We will miss you so much while you are away. 

The Beautiful Cluff Family

This is my forth year to photograph the Cluffs. They are such beautiful people. Editing their photos makes me so thankful for my job. The colors mom picked out are so fun!

She even painted the girls’ toes to match. I truly do believe that she is the Wonder Woman of moms!

When I do large families I always come home and brew over all the poses I could have tried. Things move so fast, or should I say, I move so fast on photo sessions I sometimes wonder how I capture anything at all! This session I brought along my husband and daughter (11yrs.) Tommy is so great at wrangling kiddos, and  switching lenses for me. My daughter Kya is learning how to use a reflector at the moment. 

On each family session, I always try to photograph each person by themselves. Children can be a challenge, but I think adults are more difficult..most of us don’t like to be photographed (myself included) – I used to see people with a camera and couldn’t relax really, pretty much worried they would try to sneak a photo and my mouth would quiver, or that I’d look silly. So I understand when others get nervous. But it is definitely a breath of fresh air when moms as beautiful as this one smile effortlessly and have a quiet confidence that we can all only dream of. 

Sarah – Chugiak Senior 2013

My first senior for 2013 is Sarah H. What a gorgeous human being. We started shooting in downtown Anchorage with sun and ended at Point Woronzof with a lot of rain. The day couldn’t have been more perfect. Sarah is a dancer, and when she said she had a black tutu and leotard, that meant rain, mist, and clouds were a must.

Getting out and enjoying Alaska

Sometimes getting  out of your routine, and seeing/enjoying where you live is the best medicine for a heavy heart. That’s just what we did these last few days. Homer is special to us. Maybe it’s the sea air, the ocean life, the simplicity, the colors/textures…just to name a few.