In the Desert Light

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Here are some gorgeous personal images I took in the beautiful Las Vegas desert.  I attended WPPI last March and had an incredible time.  I met up with my good friend Autumn and decided to take advantage of the new landscape.  While Destin, Florida is absolutely gorgeous I love exploring new areas.  Also, my friend Autumn is one of my favorite models ever and who could resist the opportunity to take pictures of this beauty?!  The sunlight was gorgeous and so was the Red Rock setting.  We explored together and just enjoyed our time playing around together.  I love sessions where everything just falls into place.   :)

Also!  These images were edited with my Make Believe Actions soon to be released Dreamer Set!  The color edit is called, ‘Luna’ and the Black and White edit is called, ‘In the Fog.’  Check out my Make Believe Actions Facebook page to keep up with the latest news!

Filed under: High School Seniors, Make Believe Actions, Personal Work

4 lovely notesMarch 27th

Adventures in Red Rock…


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Some of you may recognize my beautiful friend Renee from the beach maternity pictures I took of her while she was in town visiting me.  If you don’t you can see them here.   I had mentioned in that post that we had also been planning to do another maternity session in Vegas.  If you don’t know Renee and Ryan got married in Vegas and tend to visit the area often as they love it.  It really is their 3rd home (my house is their 2nd!).  Ryan is an amazing magician so it seemed sort of perfect to get married in Vegas right?  Well, we couldn’t think of a better place, than the same area they had their wedding pictures taken, to do this maternity session.  We rented a car and headed out to Red Rock Canyon.  It was overcast and cold on this day, but we didn’t let that stop us.  Even though I am a sucker for the bright sunlight, I don’t mind an overcast day as the look can be soft and gorgeous.  It’s nature’s softbox.  :)  We sort of just drove through the trails and when I saw a place I thought looked pretty, we would stop and shoot.  Apparently, I am a magnet to good stories because one of the areas we stopped was full of drama.  Let me explain.

We pulled over (this is the 2nd picture shown) and decided to spend some time in this area taking pretty pictures.  As I was focusing on my subjects I started hearing a strange running noise.  I lowered my camera and looked in the distance and low and behold I saw 4 coyotes running in our direction!!  I feel like I need to explain my reaction to what I saw before I actually tell you what my reaction was.  Right before my husband and I left for Vegas, he showed me this crazy YouTube video with wolves.  You can watch that same video here and I suggest you do before you read any further.  ;)  WELL, I’m assuming you watched that video so I will continue.  When I saw the coyotes, my first instinct was that this video was coming to life and that the coyotes were possibly WOLVES.  Even though I only saw 4, I just knew that 50 of this pack’s closest buddies were about to join them.  My second thought was RUN!  So that’s what I did.  I looked into the distance at the coyotes and as I ran away from my friends I screamed, “COYOTES!!!!  RUUUUNNNN!!!!”  I didn’t even look back.  I just ran and the whole time I was thinking, “What kind of friend are you!!!?  You just left them!!”  Thankfully my friends ran just as fast, right behind me and we made it to our rental car safely.  Also, the coyote/wolves never multiplied, and never made it close to where we had been.  So many things about this session will never be forgotten.  The sound of the coyotes running, the look on my husbands face as I ran towards the car and watched him look like he was confused, but also terrified as he patiently waited for the electric window to roll up… I’ll never forget how hard we laughed as soon as we had made it to safety (the car), and at how fun this session really was.  Even without all of the drama, this session would still stand out in my mind as the time I got to document this time in my best friends life, in such a special place.  I can’t wait to meet their little girl that they, playfully call “Houdini” until they are ready to tell everyone her secret name.  :)

Filed under: Make Believe Actions, Maternity

1 lovely noteFebruary 26th


Santa Rosa Beach Newborn Photographer

Gosh I love a newborn photography session.  *SWOON*  This is little Jonah.  He is absolutely precious.  His Mommy and Daddy were once wedding clients of mine. You may remember them from this blog post.  I just love seeing their family grow.  I went to Shannon and John’s house to take these newborn images.  I got to see his adorable baby yawns, his tiny little cry, and watch his parents and big sister love on their newest family member. ( It made me excited and anxious to welcome my own new baby into this world.  Soon, soon. haha!)  I wanted these photographs to be very organic and real.  Sure I could have photo shopped the flakes of dry skin off, but I just loved it.  It’s a part of this stage of life, and it goes by so quickly, so why not?  Now, if someone could please invent a way to capture baby smell in a bottle… that would be great. ;)

If you are interested in booking a newborn photography session here are a couple of tips.  Don’t wait! The best time for newborn pictures is in the first two weeks of life, AND they aren’t newborns for long.  You don’t want to forget this stage. :)   Also, just do it!  Sure it’s an expense, but it’s one you will never regret.

Filed under: Children, Families, Newborns

2 lovely notesFebruary 18th

Santa Rosa Beach Maternity Photographer

Santa Rosa Beach Maternity Photographer

This is my gorgeous friend Renee.  If you read my blog, this face should be familiar to you.  If you don’t read my blog, shame on you!! Just kidding, she has been featured here and here.  :)  Renee is expecting her first baby (a girl!) this June, and from the moment I found out she was expecting I have been planning to do a maternity shoot with her.  Renee lives in Ohio so I don’t get to see her much, but I knew she was going to see me early February and again early March (in VEGAS!).  I knew, at some point, we would have an opportunity for a session.  We knew we wanted to do some sort of maternity shoot in the Vegas desert (we still will do a Vegas shoot), but we also wanted to do a shoot here on our gorgeous emerald coast beaches.  The solution? We decided to just go ahead and do maternity photos twice!  I mean, why not?!  :)  At first, she was afraid she wasn’t far enough along in her pregnancy for photos, but I convinced her otherwise.  I am so glad we took these images!  Renee was a trooper braving the cold water with me for this shoot, but it was totally worth it!  There are so many from this session that I am breaking this blog post into two parts.  Stay tuned for part II!

Also!  Photographers!  These gorgeous images were edited with my Make Believe Actions soon to be released set!  This action is called Luna…  I can’t wait to release these!!  xo

Filed under: Make Believe Actions, Maternity, Underwater Photography