Few things bring me as much joy as experiencing new culture and quality time with loved ones. In fact, recently I was lucky enough to have a week full of both!

I had the pleasure of visiting Japan and I can’t express how much I enjoyed it. I so missed going overseas. There’s something so magical about seeing the different culture norms, and how others live interact with and view this wonderful world around us.

The buildings, the cars, the streets, the snacks, the cultural norms and customs— they were all so different and all truly fascinated me. It’s breathing proof that there is not necessarily one ‘right’ way to do things and live in this wide world. There’s so much more to say about what I saw and learned, but I think that’s going to have to be in it’s own special post!

And the quality time I enjoyed with my wee one was much needed and birthed some of the most special memories of our lives so far. She’s growing so fast— toothless and sassy and loving.

She was so cute with she was tiny, chubby cheeks and all, but watching her morph into her own unique little person is such a special privilege. No one wants their kids to grow up fast, and or do I, but I am truly so excited to watch her continue to learn and grow. I know there’s a slight chance that I’m biased, but she is my favorite little person and I treasured all our one-on-one time more than anything.

Oh sweet girl, here has the time gone?

You graduated kindergarten, turned six, and even braved the water slide at the pool. You rode a horse, discovered the magnificence of bath bombs, and drew quite the mural on my whiteboard at work. You covered your arms, legs, and back with temporary tattoos, enjoyed fireworks without ear defenders, and finally came to (somewhat) appreciate nap time.

We had so much fun eating ice cream sundaes and building blanket forts. I loved watching the Incredibles with you, and laughing together at the same jokes. It made my heart so happy that you loved reading A Light in the Attic as much as I did. And I will never tire of hearing you say you just want to snuggle with me.

The hardest part of parenting is having to let you go, little by little, as you become your own amazing and interesting person. You are growing up my wee girl, and now, are off to embark on an adventure all your own.

There won’t ever be a day that goes by that I won’t think of you. Be my brave girl. Try new things, and soak everything up. Enjoy broadening your horizons and experiencing a whole new world and culture. I’ll be right here waiting for you when you’re done, ready as ever to enjoy the marvelous human being you are growing up to be.

 

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These are the days that mean the most. The days where there is no grand occasion to force togetherness, in celebration or in grief. These days aren’t filled with to-do lists, or dreaded grocery shopping. We’re not rushing to dance class, or working hard on tedious homework before hurrying into the bath and bed. Instead, we mosey comfortably from activity to activity, not because we have anything in particular that we have to do, but because we feel like it. Because we’re having fun.

On these days, we eat dinner outside on the porch. We watch the kitten try to catch birds or bugs, while the sun sets around us. On these days, we pick flowers and make daisy chains, and make wishes on the wind. We draw pictures together and color them in just right, so they are worthy of the Wall Art Cork-board in the kitchen.

These are the days I hold nearest to my heart. The days I never ever want to forget.

 

 

 

 

I say it a lot, but I just don’t know where the time has gone. How is it that I have an almost six-year-old daughter?

Yesterday, we had dance recital pictures. I didn’t get to photograph and document as much of the getting ready process as I wanted.  Documenting yourself and your fidgety daughter on a time crunch is hard. But we had a blast. We belted out songs while I curled Evey’s hair, and we played with some make up, before going to Bob Morgan’s Portrait Studio.

After her studio photos, Evey and I went down the street and had our own mini lifestyle photography party. I cannot express how much fun I had watching her prance around in her costume, showing me her sweet dance moves and being a giant goofball. It was a spur of the moment, off-the-cuff sort of photography session but man did we have an amazing time. We stayed out playing until the sun went down. And I honestly couldn’t ask for a better way to spend a Friday night. Nothing is better than quality time with my favorite tiny person. I hope you enjoy these images as much as we do!

 

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lifestyle photography Clovis NM

lifestyle photography Clovis NM

lifestyle photography Clovis NM

lifestyle photography Clovis NM

lifestyle photography Clovis NM

lifestyle photography Clovis NM

lifestyle photography Clovis NM

lifestyle photography Clovis NM

lifestyle photography Clovis NM

lifestyle photography Clovis NM

lifestyle photography Clovis NM

lifestyle photography Clovis NM

lifestyle photography Clovis NM

lifestyle photography Clovis NM

It’s Easter weekend so everyone is doing Easter-y type things. Including my tiny family. Which means my camera has been out nonstop and I’ve been photographing all the Easter-y things. But this weekend has also been rife with nostalgic overlaps from my own childhood.

I was a pretty artsy kid and loved all things crafty. I even came up with my own system of how to make little pipe-cleaner people for my sister and I to play with. And now Evey was finally old enough for her very own little pipe-cleaner people. This weekend, I introduced my wee girl into the art of pipe-cleaner creations. So of course I had to document the occasion.

 

We had a blast. And of course she insisted on taking her little people everywhere with her.

 

It made my heart happier than I can explain, seeing her play with the little people I created for her. Documenting the joy on her face as she watched them come into being was absolutely wonderful. There was something special about bringing something from my own childhood back to life, and watching her enjoy it as much as I did. And let’s be honest, I still do.

 

As we all know, today is Easter. Easter egg hunts were always a special activity for my family growing up. As we grew older, my parents made them harder and harder to find, and I must say, the hunts grew very elaborate. We even continued the tradition into adulthood, and my sister and I would take a turn hiding eggs for my parents to find as well.

So watching Evey grow to love hunting for eggs is also very special for me. She is getting so much better each year! I can’t wait to up my game next year.

And while the egg hunting is super fun, the most touching part was being able to watch her run around and enjoy her day, in an Easter dress passed down from my sister. A dress that I remember my sister wearing as we hunted for our own eggs in our favorite house in England.

Parenting is hard. Seriously. Anyone who says otherwise is lying. But these are the moments I live for. These are the moments I am compelled to photograph, so I can’t ever forget them. I cherish the fun times we enjoy and the passing down of fun family traditions. I feel so lucky that I can share these fun things from my own childhood, and bring them back to life with my sweet girl.

 

 

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