There is something about the pool that seems to shine a bright, hot spotlight on how much my boys have changed since the year before.Read More
What I want to remember about January, 2017:Read More
Every time I watch this film, I'll remember these 10 things and so much more.Read More
Whatever your favorite traditions are, I'd like to challenge you to take photos of your family actually living those traditions this Christmas.Read More
I’ve been photographing real families in their homes for almost two years now, and photographing my own for even longer. But last month was the first time I’ve been on the other side of the lens in this format, and I have to tell you, it was a little different than I’d expected.
Logically, I knew what this was all about, inside and out. But there is something different about being the family photographed, in a documentary-style photo session. It was a learning experience I couldn’t have gained any other way, and I want to share my top 3 take-aways with you.Read More
This fall has been a tough one for my family. My husband and I have had busy work schedules, and between the boys’ school and after-school commitments, sometimes it’s felt as if I couldn’t catch my breath. Can you relate?
In all the running from place to place, reviewing spelling words and Spanish vocab, and making sure lunches are packed every day, the weeks have flown by, with weekends whipping even faster.Read More
I still remember my first visit to the Clickin’ Moms website.
It was four years ago, just after I finished my very first DSLR photography course.
I had learned all about the exposure triangle, and I was intent on using my Nikon – in manual mode! – to take a photo of my boys for our Christmas card.
The only problem was, I couldn’t figure out how to get all three of them in focus AND get the blurry background I wanted.
As I searched through the tutorials, finding the exact one to help me, I couldn’t help but notice the gorgeous photographs that filled the Clickin’ Moms website or that each article was written by women who were practicing professional photographers – Click Pros.
I remember sitting cross-legged on my living room couch that evening, and thinking, I cannot imagine ever being on their level.Read More
My husband has a lot of wonderful qualities that make him a great provider for our family.
He’s a saver.
He researches major purchases for months before investing.
And I can tell you for certain, he’s not hopping on any bandwagon, just for the ride.
It makes total sense that he’d think, “Hey! I love my wife’s photography! She should do all of our photos! We can save money by using her skills, and she’ll have photos in a style she knows she loves!”
The problem with that line of thinking circles back to one fact.
I’m missing from our family photos.Read More
I fell in love with Family Films from the first time I saw one, and I knew I had to learn how to create them.
I know that the movement and sound captured in these videos will take our hearts back in time in a way that's totally different from photos, and just as valuable.
Long after our boys are grown, we'll have their little voices, their foot steps, their hobbies, and their giggles in this time capsule.Read More
There's nothing quite like an "ice cream goatee," and at this stage of our family life, I know those days are soon coming to an end. I'm so thankful to have these photos of my kids' contented...ice cream-covered...faces, enjoying one of the best parts of summer. I know they'll be thankful, too.Read More
In Part 2 of my project to document OUR 2016 summer in Albuquerque with photos, I'm sharing our 4th of July.
I want my kids to remember the sense of community and pride we felt that morning during our neighborhood parade, and the wonder and excitement they felt, setting off fireworks in our backyard.Read More
This summer I'm documenting my family's life, with photos that speak to the iconic moments of OUR 2016 summer in Albuquerque.
When my boys look back at these prints, years down the road, I want them to feel these memories in their hearts and know that this was summer for us.Read More
This past month has been incredibly busy, but I've loved having the 52 Project to force me to continue to shoot for myself.Read More
Almost daily, a new fort took shape, with couch cushions and pillows for the walls, and afghans and blankets for the roof. Stuffed animals were used as anchors and flying buttresses.
By afternoon, though, the walls were crumbling, and the roof was caved in. (Why our dog thought it was the perfect spot for a nap – repeatedly - is beyond me.)Read More
I'm continuing to try new things with my 52 Week Project.Read More
When I am old, and my hair is gray,
These are the photos I’ll want.Read More
My personal project "A Year in the Life" continues.Read More
I'm so excited to join the A Year in the Life 52 week Challenge for documentary photographers! Last year was one of huge growth for me, and I can't wait to see how my technical skills continue to improve and how my artistic voice will continue to emerge.Read More
I have a confession.
When I look at myself in photos, I see that my nose is too long.
That my eyes are too close together, and that they always have dark circles under them, no matter how much sleep I get.
I see how I STILL struggle with acne and scars well into my 30s.
And that my belly always sticks out a little from 3 full-term pregnancies (or maybe from the amount of burritos I eat. Who knows, really.)Read More
My grandfather was the photographer in our family. He shot with a Canon - a T70 with a 35-105mm 3.5 lens (for my fellow photo geeks). It was huge and heavy, with a patterned strap that reminded me of snakeskin.
But what I remember him using most, was his Polaroid. He loved its instant developing film – partly, I’m sure, because he loved watching my sister and me laugh joyously at the miracle of their development. He would bring it - and about a hundred extra film packs, it seemed - every visit.Read More