personal | gender reveal


There is always something fun and exciting about having a new baby. Since I am a first time mommy, my main concerns are getting it here and getting it here healthy. Ironically I didn’t care what the sex was or about waiting the full 20 weeks for our ultrasound. I am just glad to be pregnant. (I am going to start sharing our fertility story soon) So when the time started to round the corner, our families anxiously asked us if we were going to find out the gender, and if they could have a party to celebrate. I personally was fine waiting until the baby made it here to know what it was, but my sweet husfriend just couldn’t handle the anticipation. So I agreed to find out the sex. I didn’t care if we had a party or not, I figured those who wanted to know would find out eventually. But after some arm twisting and convincing I agreed to it. We however decided to do a backwards reveal.


Husfriend and I decided that we couldn’t wait until that night with everyone else to know what the baby was. So we opted to find out in the ultrasound. So the party went a little something like this. We knew the gender, so I made the desserts. ONE cupcake was filled with a colored filling and the rest had nothing in them. We would gather our family and friends and on the count of three we would let me bite/rip open the cupcake and reveal to everyone else what our sweet little would be. I tell you what it was really hard to talk to family and not slip in a he/she when chatting about the ultrasound. But we made it through.




The party started and everyone got to make their guesses on a cute chalkboard, and then wear a clip with their choice on it. Blue bowties or a pink curlie cue. After everyone had guessed we had everyone grab a cupcake and join around the table. We caught the whole thing on film, it was too fun! On the count of three we allowed them to bite/tear/cut/rip to the centers to find out what the baby was. My mom got the lucky cupcake and announced to our family and friends that we will be having a little boy in march.


Huge thank you to my family for decorating, planning and making that day one I won’t forget. Especially my little sister, who took it upon herself to do this whole shin-dig for me. Love you k.


Now comes the hard part.. deciding a name for the little fella. Any of you have suggestions??

ten hours in seattle


I am going to start a new photo series, every time we visit somewhere I am going to document it and label it by the amount of time I was there. So here is the first, Seattle. We often take day trips, they are fun to do we are only gone at most 14 hours and we don’t have to pay for a hotel. Bonus. For my birthday this year we decided a day trip to Seattle was in order. We both wanted to go and have never been so we went for it.


We always ride public transportation where ever we go, this trip was no different. We rode the subay into downtown. The ride was beautiful and so so green. I love it. We arrived at the city center hub and embarked. We decided to go down to the market first, since it was about 8am. We got there just as the fisherman markets were opening and the floral vendors were unloading their flowers for the day. It was a beautiful sight. We walked around and looked at all the beauties and decided that we would come back later in the day to see the market in full swing.



Of course we stopped and had a drink at Starbucks, a staple there. I had a hot chocolate, and it was delicious. After our drink we made a game plan to go and see the space needle and visit around the area there and then to make our way back to the market.



We traveled by monorail to the space needle and arrived just as things were opening. It was a pretty big place and we took a good gander around. They have a music museum, a Dale Chihuly exhibit and a children’s museum there in addition to the space needle. We opted not to walk inside of them or ride to the top of the space needle but to just enjoy the area.


By the time we walked around most everything there it was getting close to lunch time. We stopped at the food court there that is housed inside the Armory. We went to an amazing pizza place called, Mod Pizza. It was delicious people and you can build whatever you wanted. Amazing stuff. We split a mexican coke and then were on our way.




We took our time and stopped by a few fountains, one of which the hubs got daring to climb down in and touch the center. Crazy person I tell you. Then made our way back to the market.




The market was a bustling scene now. We made sure and stop by the gum wall, which made me want to puke, could be the prego senses acting up.


And then made our way around. We saw a few fish throws and met some incredible artists. That place is a neat little mecca of artisans. After spending a few hours there we walked the streets nearby for a few and then headed home.




Seattle was an amazing little stop and one I know we will be doing again. Thanks for the 10 hours Seattle, it was fun.


Where should I go in Seattle the next time I am there?

mini session | peay family

This adorable mom of two asked me to do a mini session with her littles, and I have to say they were a blast to work with. Can we just talk about that little boy’s smile? Oh man, and that girl has a killer personality the best mannered and fun too. I love doing family photos, they are the highlight for me. I get to know people in a way I hadn’t before and spend a good chunk of time with them too. I was lucky to meet this family through another friend and it was really my pleasure to meet and get to know this family.


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*I would love to meet and shoot your family! If you are interested in booking a session, email me at!

date night ideas

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A while back I wrote this post about date nights. I still love them, and cherish the moments I get to spend with my love. They are so few and far between that date nights are the highlight of the week for me. And with our new bundle coming soon, we have to squeeze in as many as we can. So here are some more ideas of dates you can do!

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. A day at the movies. We have discovered matinee movies, where the crap were we when we younger. These things are great, you can go and pay half price and watch a flick and still have day when you come out. We alternate picking movies when we do go, once every few months, but it is still fun to do.

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. Picnic in the park. We try and get out with our sweet puppy as much as we can, so taking advantage of the park and him getting the place to run. We usually stop by a cheap food joint and get our meal and then trek to the park. It is fun and often under $20.

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. Build a fort. Yes I said a fort. Channel your younger you and just do it, bust out the couch cushions and blankets and make yourself a fancy place. Play a game, eat or watch a movie together in it. Forts are way cooler anyways, just saying.

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. Visit a planetarium. These things are fun to visit and educational too. Not to mention you can lay under the stars with your lover, how romantic is that? They usually don’t cost much to get into and can give you a few hours of entertainment.


. Hit up a free concert. Here in Utah we have what is called the ‘Rooftop Series’. It is pretty fun, they get a local artist to come and play and the concert is 100% free. That is right FREE. They happen on the first friday of every month during the summer.

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. Go and fly a kite. Yes seems childish, but it actually is calming and fun. Since there isn’t a ton of movement involved when you get it up in the air it gives you time to talk to each other and just enjoy your company.


Lately with our date nights, a big thing we are trying to do is to turn off or put away our cell phones. We have found that we have a way better time when we are less distracted, and guess what the people of instagram and facebook will still be there when you get back on. Amazing. What fun dates do you go on? Anything I should try?

personal | american fork canyon

I am lucky enough to live in Utah, where we get all four seasons (although some seasons often only last a week). Fall is my favorite time of year, I love the changing leaves and the chance to bust out my boots and scarves. Every year we make a point to go on a drive up the canyons here and take photos of the beautiful surroundings, I mean how can you miss those colors?! So we recently ventured up american fork canyon, with pup in tow.


There is a spot up there called Big Springs, a very pretty place with a river and all sorts of plants growing. We stopped here for a stretch your legs walk and found some amazing plants and beauty. And Jet may have spotted a fish or two.




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Can you tell who my little muse is? I sure love this pup and his patience with me while I take a billion photos of him.


Welcome fall! I am so glad you are here, even if it is just for a few brief weeks.

family session | prentice family

Let me tell you, it is always a pleasure to photograph a family. But it is even better when the family is as amazing as this family is. I was lucky enough to know the mom since junior high, and she really is the most amazing person ever. And not to mention that their daughters are both as stellar as they seem. These girls were SO much fun to work with, and their dad is amazingly lucky to boot. Thank you prentice family for spending your afternoon with me, it was really a pleasure!

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I would love to photograph your family! If you are interested in a session, shoot me an email at!

baking | pumpkin chocolate chip cookies



Fall for me means beautiful leaves, warm sweaters, hot chocolate and all things wonderful. One of my favorite things about fall is pumpkin desserts. One of the favorites around here for fall is Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies. Chocolate and Pumpkin I can’t imagine another perfect match. Here is how I make my cookies.


1 1/2 c sugar

1/2 c shortening

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup pumpkin

2 1/2 c flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cloves

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp allspice

chocolate chips


Start off by heating your oven to 350. Grab your mixer and let’s get to work. First we want to cream together your sugar and shortening. Mix these until they make a creamy mixture. Then add your eggs, vanilla and pumpkin. I use a canned pumpkin, one batch takes about 1/2 a can. So you could double it and use the full can. Mix these until they are well mixed. Then add your dry ingredients – flour, soda, powder, salt and spices. Mix until you get a sticky dough, this is more sticky than normal dough. Fold in your chocolate chips. You can add as much as you would like, I like to use milk chocolate chips and to make sure each cookie has at least 3-4 chips.


Scoop out the dough into balls. I did them using a 1″ cookie scoop. They will be a bit tricky to get out, but be patient and work them out. I put 12 cookie on each sheet, and then slide into the oven. Bake them for 15 minutes. After they come out of the oven, transfer them to a cooling rack. You don’t want the bottoms to cook. Allow to cool and enjoy!



And since they are so little try out two or three.. and of course with a glass of hot chocolate.FinishedCookies

maternity | gender reveal

As I had mentioned before I have a pregnant sister, sister in law, and myself. Three babies all coming in the next 6 months folks. It is about to get crazy up in here. My sister decided to do a gender reveal party with this baby, and of course I had to take a few shots. Besides who doesn’t want some cute photos of the mom, dad and soon to be big brother?


My sister’s sister-in-law on the other side hosted the party and I have to say she is a great party planner. She had the place decked out in pink and blue, complete with an ice cream sundae bar. Yum!



She even had it complete with a girl side of the table and the boys side. Which to choose?!


Of course I had to sneak a few shots of the kids who would let me take their picture, they are some cuties I have to say.



Every one made their guess, including out of town family. It came down to a tie..






The votes were cast and it was time to cut the cake.. ITS A BOY! She is having another cute little stud, and I couldn’t be more excited for her.






Congrats sis, can’t wait to meet your little man!

deal | mini sessions

So I have a lot of requests for photo Mini Sessions! I decided that for the next month I would offer mini sessions. They are only offered for a limited time, so make sure you jump on it!!


Mini sessions are 20 minute sessions at one location and prices start at $50!! SCORE! Email me at for more details and to book!

inspiration | pinterest picks

It is time for the monthly inspiration picks. I have been thinking I want to start something new to incorporate all the ‘pinning’ I do. So starting next month I am going to pick a pinterest recipe and try it and share with all of you. What do you think? Sounds like it could be fun!


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[via Rafael Mantesso]

Guys this is awesome. How creative and fun to draw in animations to your dog portraits. I think I might have to try this out on Jet, although I am not sure he will be as cooperative as this pup is.

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[via Motivated Type]

Another quote to add to the books. I love this one, I want to fall in love with a bazillion things, who is with me??

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[via Out of Towners]

Guys, I have baby on the brain. Planning and picking out furniture and clothes and blankets and what not, so of course I have to share this adorable nursery. I think I could have a baby live in that room. So cute!

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I need a pair of these sweats like stat. I have been living in sweats now for like 3 months and only get dressed when I really have to. Someone??

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On the prowl for fun christmas card shoot ideas, since the snow will soon be upon us I want to be prepared for all those cute photos!

Any fun things you have found on pinterest this month? I would love to see! Add me on pinterest here.