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Took my favorite little guy conductor to his favorite little train park for an ALMOST birthday photo shoot.  He asks for the train park at least once a day.  🙂

I put this hat on his head and it would literally be there for 2.5 seconds before he ripped it off.  Dang!

Thank goodness I’m pretty quick!  😉

It was one of those days where it felt like I didn’t get many pics (he was CRANky!!!) and then I found some winners when I got home and poured through the files.  In fact, I have lots and lots to choose from. Yipppeeee!  🙂

[NOTE to parents] Although sessions with me are ultra-relaxed and we let the kiddos do their thing (while taking pics) you can, at times, feel like I’m not getting any good pictures of your child.  That is SOOOO normal!  At that point, you just have to trust that I’ll do my thing and catch those in-between perfect moments that you can’t see from behind the lens.  Believe me, we’ll get some great stuff!  🙂  Can’t wait for all my upcoming sessions — looking forward to each and every one.

Have a great weekend!  ~m

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^ a little seaweed  🙂

Just thought I’d share some images of Peach’s love for all things beachy from our CA trip.

Have a good day.    ~m

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Loved your email guesses.  🙂

Look at this curious eye!!!

…..So, we got two Betas and a little 2.5 gallon tank for Peach’s room (but it didn’t start out that way)!!!  🙂

We originally went to the pet store because Peach received some $ from her great-grandma for her birthday.  She had been asking for a hamster for a long while & when I saw her with her cousin’s pets (hamster and guinea pig), her loving nature was just SO apparent and she just glowed holding their pets.  She’s a responsible kid and loves taking care of the pets we have at home, so we figured it was time.

Well Pet store #1 only had dwarf hamsters.  The salesman tried to discourage us from hamsters in general (and promote rats or guines) because apparently, hamsters bite!!!  I grew up with tons of friends with hamsters and never remember a crazy biting one! He sent us to find a more docile breed at another store.

So, we ended up heading to Pet store #2.  The salesman there also strongly discouraged us from hamsters, too (even the teddy bear one, which we came to see)!  He kept trying to get one out of the cage and saying “Ow”  “oooh”  “ouch” being overly dramatic so that we would be scared off.  We were.  There was NO WAY, I wanted some crazed rodent around here biting my kiddo!

When we tried to talk about not getting a hamster, P’s eyes welled up with tears.  Hubs started motioning over to the birds and all I could think of was “Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo.”  A bird at a home with a bird DOG???  Uh UH!!!

Even though we have fish at our home already, we asked P if she’d like her very own tank in her room.  She got really excited and loved choosing things to go in the tank.

White rocks, plastic shimmery shells, a castle, flower, a red/pink fish and a blue/purple fish.   I’d like to introduce you to La-La (above), short for Sha-la.

Her blue fish’s name is Lou-Lou, short for Blue-Lou.

Gotta love a creative, adorable 4-year-old.

Have one super day!  ~m

Oh, and the tank looks a little odd because there’s a divider in the middle because Betas love to fight!!!

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These two birthday buds always glow when they see each other.  And look how they jumped in at the exact same time and started swimming.  TOO CUTE!

Had a splashin’ cool time today at a new water park for kiddos.

^ This gal never poses for me (on purpose!), so I was shocked when she gave me a little tilt of the head!  🙂

^ Fella had fun.  He honestly *thinks* he can swim (and this “pool” has a strange depth for a little one like him) SO it made me a little nervous to have him parading around.  We stuck together though…


unlike little C (above on the right) who was a waterslide maniac!!!  🙂  Her momma got a workout today.  This was a rare still moment for C!

^ Most moments are this sweet between these two.  She’s pretty good at taking care of her little bro (unless he has something she wants!!!).

Ready for mini session info?  COMING SOON!  🙂

Have a super day.  ~m

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I had the pleasure of photographing Miss M, a high school senior, while I was vacationing in Long Beach.  This gal, who is completely gorgeous inside and out, just so happens to be my cousin.  🙂  We had lots of fun catching up and roaming around some of her favorite beaches.  It was SOooooo windy!

She’s a surfer girl, so when I suggested a couple locations and she said THE BEACH, I was thrilled!  🙂

I can’t believe this young woman was the little flower girl in my wedding 10 years ago!

Can’t wait to see where life takes you, M, and I look forward to hearing about (and seeing!) all the amazing things you will do!   IF you do decide to teach, those kids will be so lucky to have you as a teacher.  🙂

More images from a different beach at sunset coming soon….

Have a terrific day.  ~m

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^ pulls at my heart strings:::this is SO her

^ fun storyboard…i love the colors (+ pink peeking flowers), angles & her wet curly hair.

^  the cute & pesky (not really!) little brother who, of course, only had eyes for the mud

^ Ahhh…California morning sunshine 🙂

Gorgeous senior tomorrow (at the BEACH!!!)!

Have a great day.  ~m

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We’re BACK!  And it’s a bittersweet return.  We had such a wonderful time with friends and family, it’s hard to come home…BUT…there’s nothing like your own bed and some structure!  🙂  The kiddos were getting a little wacko with all the loose schedules (i know, totally my fault!).

Spent today unwinding, unpacking, reading with the kiddos.  They also played with every toy that they missed, so the house was trashed by 10am.  🙂

So, for the trip…

These fun pics were taken the morning after we arrived in Long Beach.  The kids are so used to being INside with the AZ heat, they absolutely LOVED being outside.  They watered all the plants by my aunt’s house (and there are a TON!!!) for at least an hour.  There was tons of giggling and, of course, soaked clothing.

My faves of the watering pics coming soon!

Stay tuned for some actress headshots, senior beachy photo shoot, family of EIGHT photo shoot (a first for me!), and more from our incredi-trip to Cali and DISNEY.  This is going to be a busy place again!  Have one super day.  ~m

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