I’ve worked with Mary twice before – once for her senior session last year, and then again when she modeled for my friend Jamie and I for a spring vintage shoot. Mary is now happily married and expecting her first baby, a sweet little boy, in just a few short weeks. I’ve been wanting to shoot a maternity session in the Valley of Fire forever now, and Mary was the perfect model for what I had in mind. Not only is Mary obviously gorgeous on the outside, but she is also one of the sweetest, nicest people I have ever met. I just love this girl! I cannot wait to meet her baby and am sure he will be just beautiful!
I think I will let the photos do the talking here. Thank you so much for making the trek out to the Valley of Fire, Mary! You truly are beautiful both inside and out, and it was so much fun doing these for you! <3
My birthday was last month. We won’t go into which one. 😀 Needless to say, there was really only one thing I wanted – the Canon 200mm 2.0L lens. What Canon shooting portrait photographer doesn’t lust after this lens? It was kind of hard to justify with such a hefty price tag, but my husband encouraged me to go ahead and get it, along with a dose of “You deserve it!” Well, of course I do! 🙂 Anyways, to make a long story short, I bought myself a very nice birthday present. And I wanted to go test it out the same beautiful day it arrived on my doorstep. I attempted to do a test drive using my own 2 littlest girls as models, but alas, it was not to be. Their Photographer’s Child Syndrome was acting up quite badly this day, and they really weren’t having any part of my camera being in their faces. I miraculously got a few halfway decent shots, but this was not the test drive I had envisioned for this lens.
Moving on to plan B, I put out a model call on my Facebook page for a little redheaded girl with LONG hair. Hey, I might as well pick a photographer’s dream subject after dealing with the attitude my girls gave me. 🙂 Enter the beautiful and very sweet Miss Jillien. Her mama and grandma brought her up to my house the other day, and oh my goodness! What a way to get this photographer girl excited for a photo shoot – she is absolutely GORGEOUS! And, I am totally envious of her hair. And even better than all of that – she was cooperative! I think I about died and went to heaven. lol Anyways, enough babbling from me – check out the lovely Miss Jillien. She rocked these shots better than any 7 year old I’ve ever worked with. She is such a sweet and beautiful girl, and I consider myself lucky that I was able to get her in front of my camera. I’m already planning round II. 🙂
Please check back again as I may still edit a few more and sneak them into this blog post. How could I not? 🙂
“A cobbler’s child has no shoes.”
When I first became interested in really learning photography, the ultimate goal was to ‘take better photos of my children.’ As time went on, I found that I was taking photos of everyone’s family BUT my own. I’ve vowed to make 2 changes this year. 1 – I will actually print some of my photos of my own kids AND hang them up on the walls rather than just leave them on my hard drive, and 2 – despite still needing to lose my pregnancy weight, I WILL get a photo of my whole family together. I didn’t care if it was perfect, I don’t care that I still want to lose 30 pounds, I just wanted a nice image of my family. It’s something that I think EVERYONE should have. Moms tend to be the one who is behind the camera all of the time, and I do not want my children to look back on photos of their childhood and wonder where I was the whole time. Despite not particularly enjoying being in FRONT of the camera, I knew this was something we needed to do.
Thank you SO very much to my dear friend Jamie Rubeis of Jamie Rubeis Photography for taking time out of her day to drive out to the Valley of Fire, brave the heat – 111 degrees this day, and put up with can only be described as energetic chaos (a la my kids) to help me get these photos. I have no idea how I can ever repay her for this as she has given me something that is priceless in my eyes. A photo of my family – all in one place, all together, and looking happy. I LOVE these photos and have already ordered them to hang on the wall.
Do YOU have a photo of YOUR family? With YOU in it? If you don’t – please make it a priority to get one! It is so important! If you would like to schedule a family session with me, get in touch soon as my fall fills quickly!
Just look at all of these beautiful, happy faces – I am one very lucky gal. <3