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Just out exploring {gold beach family photographer}

Sometimes I take a break from shooting clients.  From doing formal assignments.  And I just shoot from the heart.  I have to remember what I love and why I started doing photography in the first place.  Sometimes I hop in the car, and drive.  I end up pulling off the road at whatever cool spot strikes my fancy.  Wherever the light is streaming in beautiful rays, those are the places that call to me.  Where things are old, and crusty I see beauty and potential.  Good thing I have a quiet little, old soul who is willing to be patient and ride along with me to be my model.  God knew I needed at least one like this.  We found the light together, and it was magical.



Golf Course Wedding {Brookings & Gold Beach Oregon Wedding Photographer}

2015 was the year of the wedding for me!  I’ve turned down many many weddings over the years after doing a couple early in my photography career.  The first couple I did, I just didn’t love.  It’s sooooo much work, and I think because I had small babies at the time, it was just completely overwhelming for me.  I was not interested at all in pursuing shooting weddings.  All of that changed this year!  I decided since my kids are all a bit older now, that I would accept a few on a limited basis, and work them around my families schedule.  Guess what???? I fell in love!  I love shooting weddings now.  The love, the details, the party.  I love it all.  It’s like a whole new photography world has opened up to me, and I can’t wait to see where that takes me in 2016!  And this wedding was absolute perfection, especially as one of my first 10 weddings.  This couple have so much genuine love and friendship they made my job a piece of cake (wedding cake lol)!  Small, intimate, last minute, gorgeous, and super fun. 


Lucky Ducky {brookings oregon family photographer}

This amazing family won this session at a fundraiser.  As it turns out I was just as lucky to get to photograph them.  3 amazing sisters, and 2 amazing little ones, and 1 more on the way!  Seriously, they are the cutest.  We had a blast walking in downtown historical Jamestown, California.  So many beautiful old building, it’s like a photographers dream location. 

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Day in the Life {brookings oregon lifestyle photographer}

I got to try out a totally new concept with sweet little Caleb, and his awesome mama.  I spent 4 hrs just following them around, and documenting their every day life.  All these little moments add up to the parts of life we actually remember!  They are so important, so fleeting, and so…. ordinary.  This could not have been more fun for me.  We didn’t pose anything, didn’t dress up special, didn’t tell anyone what to do.  Just let life happen, and it was beautiful all on it’s own.  I know that in several years,  Sarah will be reminiscing and looking back at this regular old day, and loving every minute.  He’s so small, and that doesn’t last long.  Perfect, ordinary, every day grace.  FYI I would do this again any time for anyone 😉  No need to have a fancy house, just be you.

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Cute little family {gold beach and brookings oregon family photographer}

Gahhhhh, ya’ll know how much I love babies.  And this one…… he’s so squishy and tiny and sweet as pie.  And his mama wraps him up, and holds him close.  Some of my very very best memories from when my kiddos were this small was wrapping them up.  Their sweaty little heads laying on my chest, just perfection.  Then you can so easily reach down and kiss their head that smells like heaven.  Nothing better.  Such a special session as a brand new family of 5!  These girls love their baby brother.  We had another beautiful garden session, with the most lovely light. 

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