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Kristy + Kelly: St. Gerard’s Parish and Eagle Eye Golf Club Wedding Feb 26

Kristy and Kelly are the kind of laid back couple that you just want to kick back and have a beer with (Kristy was a bride-chilla, as my friend Kate would say). Their wedding day was focused on family, love, laughter and a good mix of living in the moment and remembering happy memories together. Kristy and Kelly, thanks for letting me be a part of capturing the new memories that you created that day.

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Baby it’s Cold Outside Feb 9

I got to spend a cold winter day in January with this snuggly little man.
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A Memory Box: Printing Our Favorite Images from 2014 Feb 9

We’re now on our fourth year of a tradition that I hope will last for years to come. Every Christmas, I take time to pick out my favorite images from the year and print them. I put them in a memory box on a bookshelf in our family room so that they’re easily accessible—not just hanging out in a box at the back of the closet.

I may have gotten a little carried away this year. After taking a photo of Zelda every single day for The Daily Z (some were admittedly better than others as I mixed iPhone photos in with higher quality photos), I labeled and printed out a photo from every single day, plus a few extras that I loved (yes, I’m totally insane, I know). The box is quite a bit bigger than years past (2012-2013, 2010-2011), but it works perfectly as a keepsake box for a few of the special things that we still have from Zelda’s birth, like the little knitted hat she was given at the hospital, and her hospital bracelet.

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Baby Lucy Feb 4

Here’s the thing—there was a long period of time in my career as a photographer when the idea of photographing newborns sent me running. I absolutely refused to do it. I respected it as its own art form, one that required a whole separate set of talents beyond those that I had as a wedding and lifestyle photographer. Then I had my own daughter, and I became a bit obsessed with getting the perfect squishy newborn photo. I chased down the pregnant women I knew (and some who I didn’t know) and asked if I could practice with their babies. I took an awesome workshop with two amazingly talented newborn photographers. I learned posing and patience and preparation and all of the other things that go into making a newborn photo shoot successful.

And here, more than a year after my first shoot with my own daughter (one that I never shared on this blog because I didn’t feel particularly proud of it), I’m getting into a groove with newborns. I’m excited about spending cold winter days in an 80 degree room with tiny new people. I’m excited to capture these moments that are so incredibly different from weddings, but just as special and fleeting. It’s going to be a good year.

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Let’s not forget big sister cuteness!
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