Monday, November 26, 2012

CUTE Christmas Card FREEBIE!

Good morning everyone!! Hope you all had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving! :)

Up for grabs is an adorable Holiday card! I love the simplicity and how FUN it is!

Please know, you will need Photoshop because it is a Photoshop document. If you need help, I will try my best to explain how to use it! HAHA!



Choose the image you'd like to use on the card.
Drag image onto card and size appropriately.
Hide or delete the image that I have already placed on the card.
Place YOUR image above the layer that says "Shape 1"
With your image layer highlighted, click Ctrl Alt G and your image should fall where it needs to be!

Once you adjust the signature at the bottom, flatten the image and save! And VOILA! You have a Christmas card! :)

Please do not sell or reproduce as your own and this may only be used for personal use!

ENJOY!



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Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Subway Art

Good morning ladies and gents!

With Christmas approaching, I am going to TRY and stay on top of the ball and blog some of my favorite Christmas and Holiday printables!

First up, my sister found a super cute chalk board printable on etsy for $15 and I offered to attempt to recreate it for her for FREE! And whadda ya know, it was kinda successful! HAHA! So, here it is for all of you to enjoy as well!


It is sized as an 8x10 so feel free to print and frame it in your home for a FUN, little pop of Christmas! :)

ENJOY!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Phoenix, AZ :: Maternity Photographer

Meet the MacLean family! Aren't they the cutest?! Gina and Matt were expecting a sweet, little guy but he is HERE now! Yay! And I am behind on blogging... again! LOL! But let's just pretend I blogged this a few weeks ago! ;)


This pregnancy is a singleton and they have a cute little set of twins so ready to love on their little brother!


The whole family is definitely waiting for him to make his appearance! The kiddos are so excited and so are mom and dad!


Hehehe, they were telling me how big they thought he was going to be! ;) Gina begged to differ but it was cute they gave such a sweet measurement!


Now, I don't know about you but I am pretty jealous of her belly! She's had a set of twins and you can't tell at all! Not a single stretch mark on her! Grr!


And we'll end it on the lovebirds. ;) Keep your eyes peeled for his newborn session!

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Phoenix, AZ :: Family Photographer

I just love this family. We're the best of friends and our kids are too! :) I love photographing them because they are always themselves! They play and laugh and kiss and it's all without my prompts. ;)


I just love the bond siblings have! Yes, having your children close together is sometimes a challenge but the closeness they have is what makes it all worth it! And these boys love each other!


Look at this sweet little storyboard of Elijah. He's always got a smile on his face but brother ran out of his sight and he was SO SAD! Not to worry, Mommy was there to love him back to happy again! :)


What did I tell you? They are SO sweet! I love these little guys. They give me hope that if we are blessed with another little boy in the future, I can survive it! ;)



And we got a few of the whole family together! They were such troopers, though it was a WARM, Arizona day, you can't even tell! Thanks for a fun session, A family!

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

A Seussical FIRST Birthday!

I've been meaning to get a bit more personal on here so that you all can get to know me better, and what better way to start than by sharing our son's first birthday party with you!? ;)

I went back and forth on a theme for his birthday, it was between The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Dr. Seuss, ultimately I made the decision because I could dress my kiddos up in Thing 1 and Thing 2 shirts and this was the only year the numbers would match their age! HA! So The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be saved for another year!


I'll start with a super cute picture of our little man at his birthday party! He really enjoyed himself and rocked that Thing 1 shirt! ;)


Here is the center island! I absolutely LOVED how it turned out! My sweet hubby did NOT get my vision but he also was in love with it when we were done setting it up! That red painted "thing" in the middle with the yellow tissue paper on it was a homemade cake stand! It was SO easy and only cost like $4! I found the original instructions on pinterest and here is the website! The cupcakes were made to look like Thing One and Thing Two, with red velvet cupcake mix and cotton candy blue icing. YUM!


Made some Truffula Fruit, grapes, Marshmallow Pops, and some Veggie Cups, which are always a huge hit!


The blue drink is Beezlenut Spash, which was Sprite and blue jello, which tastes AMAZING! Next is Cat in the Hat Pops, sliced banana and strawberry, Oreo Pops and, of course no Dr. Seuss party is complete without Green Eggs and Ham!


The VERY cute cakes my Aunt made! I love the little hat on top of his smash cake!


A few more of the decorations. I made paper chains, which were cheap and really cute! The fun water bottle labels and his beautiful chair that I found on craigslist and my sweet Hubby painted, TWICE! What a good guy. ;)


We did a photo booth which was SO fun! We got lots of cute, funny pictures from our guests and they seemed to love the props!


We decided to do a candy guessing game because who doesn't love the chance to win yummy candy?! I framed the Suessical poem to spice it up a bit. And I got "1" candles and the jars from the DollarTree! Woohoo! We ordered the Happy Birthday To You book from amazon (my FAV) and asked the guests to sign it for Mateo! Again, framed a fun poem with the instructions.


We bought lots of Children's toothbrushes to give out as favors! I framed a little excerpt from The Tooth Book and tied a little thank-you card to each! These were a HUGE HIT! Definitely didn't expect that. HAHA!


And here is one last picture of my little man "smashing" his cake. HA! And big Sis was right there to lend a helping hand! Love my babies!

Hope you enjoyed the walk through his party! He really enjoyed it and I loved planning it. Dr. Seuss for a first birthday was lots of fun! :)

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Surprise, AZ :: Newborn Photographger

Meet Mason, who was 7 days new during his session! This sweet family of three made my job so easy! They are so in love with their little man, and it showed! Even their dog couldn't get enough of him. ;)


These are just two of the amazing details of this little guy's nursery!! His mom has great taste and I could probably do a whole blog about what I loved about his room! Haha!


I just love when couples are themselves during their session! Makes for such relaxed photos!


Here are a few more little details. ;) I love little newborn details photos and try to get as many as possible for my families!


Can you tell they are IN LOVE!? I think that is definitely clear!


And one last one of my favorite shots of Mason. He looks like such a little angel! And he totally was! He hardly made a peep and when he did, mama started to nurse him and I got some beautiful shots of that too! :)

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Phoenix, AZ :: Newborn Photographer

MAN! Have I been slacking or WHAT?! Maybe I can chalk it up to planning our little guy's first birthday party and that was consuming my life... but really I think I just got lazy! We all have those moments, right?

So let's catch up!

Here is my sweet friend, Crystal. I'm sure you remember her as the super cute preggo in the bathing suit! Well she had her little guy and he is the cutest thing!


Such a sweet little boy. He was so cooperative during the session too!


I love lifestyle newborn sessions! They make for much more personal photos than the very posed ones. I, of course, will get a few of those, but my sessions, for the most part, are the new family!


I just love this picture! Such a fun angle! Sleeping so peacefully in the carseat!



He told me that he had had ENOUGH! ;)

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Birth Photography Interview

I received an email a few weeks back asking if I'd be interested in talking to 12 news about birth photography. The email said "my name came up." My heart raced and I instantly felt a mixture of nerves and excitement! I was honest with them about only having done ONE birth session so I didn't feel like I was the most qualified but it is an area that I want to expand more into, so I did it! If you know me in real life, you might know that I have a crippling fear of speaking in front of anyone, even our Bible Study group that we've been with for two years! I'm a crazy girl. So I was SUPER nervous but it went well and I even had FUN! :)

Here's the video! I know I sound nervous but everyone I know has lied to me and told me I didn't. ;)



AND if you know someone getting ready to give birth, looking to have it documented, pass along my information! :)

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Phoenix, AZ :: Family Photographer

This wonderful family HAS to be my longest running client. Or maybe just the client I have photographed the most. Either way, I love em! Jason's family came to town and they wanted a session done and braved the insane heat to get it!


They were all so sweet and totally NOT cranky despite the Arizona sun!


I love that Connor is wearing his soccer uniform. I love when a session really reflects the lives of the client at that time! And this totally does!


See the family resemblance between these two men?!


Thanks Reed family for allowing me to be a part of your lives! :)

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Phoenix, AZ :: Maternity Photographer

This is my wonderful friend Crystal and her sweetie, Anthony! This girl and I have been friends a looooong time and she was actually in my wedding. ;) So I was SO happy to hear that she was expecting and wanted ME to photograph her!!


How adorable is this lady! She is ALL belly and looks SO good!


I can not wait to meet her little man and get some squishy newborn photos of him! She actually went into labor TODAY so this seems fitting to get this session up. ;)


Not too many women would be comfortable rocking a two piece while 9 months pregnant but she DID! And I LOVED it!!


Congratulations Crystal and Anthony! So happy for you two! This is the day when life begins!

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Anthem, AZ :: Maternity Photographer

This is the season of BABIES! I don't think I have ever shot so many maternity, newborn, birth sessions in such a short period of time! I love it! New life, new love!

Meet mama Mary and Jeremy! I have known this little lady since high-school, back when I was still JJ. ;)


They are such a sweet couple. Both so giddy over the arrival of Annabelle! Isn't that a cute name?!


Isn't she stunning? Man, this girl makes being pregnant look so easy! She's glowing and has the perfect skin we are all promised and no one ever gets. Hehe!


Look at her cute belly!! And Jeremy is such a sweet guy with her! I love love!


Can't wait to meet you baby Annabelle! <3 Thanks Mary and Jeremy for letting me capture this special time for you!

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Phoenix, AZ :: Birth Photographer

Meet my sweet friends, the Alvarado family! We are in a Bible study group together and have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this little man!


I felt so honored when they asked me to come meet the little guy! I was able to go up around 7:00pm so I wasn't able to photograph the family meeting him but I did get to catch some special photos for them!


He is such a handsome fellow! I am smitten! As are his mommy, daddy, aunties and uncles, grandparents! You name it! And all the women in our group are swooning too! ;)


Thanks for letting me meet him! Welcome to the world Elijah!




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Friday, May 4, 2012

Phoenix, AZ :: Maternity Photographer

Meet the Allen Family! You may remember seeing their beautiful wedding a couple of months ago, HERE, and now I got to shoot their maternity photos! She decided to do them a bit earlier than what's "normal" because waiting to do them in the dead of summer in AZ would not be fun! Can't blame her!


They have one little guy and are welcoming a sweet little lady into their family! Noah is such a character and he's excited about baby Mia's arrival!


Mikey is thrilled to be having a little girl!! He's ready to spoil her rotten!


Isn't she stunning?! Her belly looks so perfect! And I can't believe she's had TWO kids! I'm a bit jealous. ;)


And during the session, sweet little Noah reminded me to stop and smell the flowers, even when running around like a chicken with her head cut off! ;)

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