Forever Together- The Lewis Family

Forever Together- The Lewis Family

I’ve been going through an artist’s struggle the past couple of years.  And if you’re any kind of creative (you should be, we all are!), you know what I mean.  I’ve been going through that constant cycle of “This is awesome.  This is tricky.  This is crap.  I am crap.  This might be ok.  This is awesome.”  And so it goes, round and round, each new cycle teaching me something more about my craft, my creativity, my darkness, my need to create.  There’s this really great quote from Ira Glass that you can watch/listen to here that describes that artists struggle to a T for me.  And so I keep on trucking.  Every time I feel like my art is crap, I know growth is right around the corner.  And I keep wading through the crap until I get to that feeling of “This is awesome!” once again.  Because the artist’s journey is never over.  There is always more story to be told.  And I’m determined to be the author of that story.

The Lewis Family is a very special family in my life.  They are, by and large, just like any other average American family, trying to live the dream.  But they have something that sets them slightly apart from many families, and that is that they are all choosing to be a Forever Family, together.  I think that is something incredible and amazing.  This session came up for me when I was deep in my funk.  Not feeling the flow of my art.  But when I found out that they were finalizing their adoption, I couldn’t think of anything more joyful to capture.  This family, for me, embodies grace, joy, patience and gratefulness.  I think there is something very profound about intentionally choosing to be a parent, intentionally choosing to love unconditionally.  It truly touches my soul, and I feel so grateful myself to have them in my life.  We were able to meet for a very quick session before they headed out to the courthouse to finalize the adoption, and make these amazing kids officially a LEWIS!  It was truly an honor to be a part of this day with them, and to be able to capture memories that I know will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Here’s an overview of our short, but extremely joyful morning together.  One of my favorite parts was when they first got there, and Michael RAN into my arms and hugged me, and I could feel his excitement and joy exuding from his little body.  I don’t know if my heart could have withstood any more joy and gratefulness than I felt in this morning.  Thank you Lewis Family for sharing it with me, and allowing me to tell this part of your story…

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A new forever family jumping for joy! Congratulations, Lewis Family!

Swordfighting through the forest…

Swordfighting through the forest…

So the Huffstutter’s took me to this awesome park that made me feel like I was in the middle of the forest, but I was in the middle of Costa Mesa! It was gorgeous.  The light was pouring in through the trees in the beautiful way that it does at the end of the day, and the evening felt just magical.  I sure do love my job!  Check out this ever so active family, and this awesomely fun photo shoot we had!

 

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Generations of Love

Generations of Love

I had the opportunity to capture this beautiful family, 3 generations of love.  They were so much fun, and the grandpa was a crack up!  He liked making me do all my little tricks to get them smiling.  This was my first time shooting at Central Park in Huntington Beach, and oh my goodness was it beautiful!  Check out it out!

 

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Summer love and a boy who’s 1 {Redlands Family Photographer}

Summer love and a boy who’s 1 {Redlands Family Photographer}

A good friend of mine came back to Redlands for a vacation, and so we could see her sweet little boy turn 1!  Lucky for me, she asked for some family photos while she was home, and some photos of Alekzander becoming a toddler.  What fun it was!  I haven’t had to chase a kid that hard for photos in some time.  That is one busy momma!  Here’s a few photos from their session.  We will miss you when you go back home!

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Family Fun {Yucaipa Family Photographer}

Family Fun {Yucaipa Family Photographer}

So, it appears that blogging is not my strong point. I seem to end up editing every time I sit down at my computer… or doing something else that is not a wise use of my time.  I’ve also been researching and daydreaming about the wedding I’m shooting in Red Lodge, MT because it is going to be a dream come true!  For me, and for the bride  😀  I am so excited to share those photos when they are done!    More photos soon to be shared, I need to catch up on some sessions!  Here is a session I did a couple of months ago.  These boys had me running!  It was a blast to capture their sweet personalities.

 

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Memories for Generations {Cherry Valley Generational Photographer}

Memories for Generations {Cherry Valley Generational Photographer}

I was called to do an exceptionally special photo shoot with an amazing, spirited, hilarious 104 year old grandmother.  It was an honor!  I heard stories that made me laugh and cry from this phenomenal woman, who was accompanied by her granddaughter, and her family.  We were doing a generational photo shoot to preserve these precious memories.  It took 4 hours, 4 different locations, and it was a blast!  Here are some of the sweet moments captured from this family that exuded love…