Brand New Look, Same Great Taste

The more I look through all the blogs of photographers who I greatly admire, the more weddings appeal to me. I've been thinking that maybe next year I might want to start shooting weddings. SO, I've been working on a new look, a new name, new brand, new well... everything!

I've transfered these blog posts over to the new blog which I will continue posting on. This blog will stay open to direct over to the new sites. I also have an ACTUAL WEBSITE! Which I am so proud of because I programed it myself - something I never thought I'd be able to do. So if you could, once you click over to the new site or the new blog, add them to your favorites and I look forward to posting on the new blog!!

Welcome Baby Vincent!

"I feel like I've known him my whole life. And I don't know what I'd do without him." New mother Jess spoke the same words I had spoken only two years ago. This last Saturday I spent the morning with 8 day old Vincent Miguel and his lovely mama. Talking about labor and delivery brought me back to those first magical months. Those months where sleep, showers and whole meals are hard to come by but you hardly notice because you've got the most amazing baby in the world. Who needs sleep when you've got this little one?You could tell he was already in love with his mom.
And that she felt the same :)
Of course all new babies love to nurse! I think he would have stayed there the whole time if we'd let him!
Here's his papa, John who was sleeping nearly the whole time I was there - Booooo!
This one is my favorite of the day

If you're a friend of Jess or a family member, leave me a comment and let me know what you think! And Click here to see all the photos from the day :) Thanks for stopping by


Looks good in dots

This morning I woke up and asked the sun if she could lay off today. Just for today. I'm gonna be out ALL day, I told her. Her reply was, "oh no. No no no no no, I don't think so." And just for ASKING, she gave Arizona double sun and double heat today.

My day started early and ended late -So I'm exhausted but I'll post tons more soon, and for now, here's a preview of 8 day old Vinnie who looks good in dots.


We're Fascinating Creatures

Have you gotten a Frances England Cd for your kids yet? I ordered mine through the Pokey Pup and just received it today in the mail. I guess this is the older one, so I'll have to order the newer one soon. Frances writes the most beautiful children's songs - you can click here and here to hear clips of her music.


Linking Love

I'm finally getting around to posting a few blogs I've come favor over all the rest. I've been meaning to do this for awhile because I'm sure everyone out there is always looking for a good blog to read. Lets start at the top:
1. Dooce. I'm sure everyone knows already about Heather B. She's called "Goddess of Blogging" and although I'm not much for profanity, her writing is pure gold. She's by far the most relatable person online and I can't say enough good things about her.

Heather lives in Utah with hubby Jon, Daughter Leta, Dog Chuck and Dog Coco. She's gone from BYU grad to a web designer in LA to a wife and mother in Utah. After reading just one of her posts, (particularly her monthly newsletters) your eyes will sting from crying so much and your abs will hurt from laughing so hard. You'll leave her blog an emotional mess with a greater appreciation for life, love and your family.

I first found MeRa last May when I was just discovering photo blogs. I think they way she is different from other photographers is that EACH INDIVIDUAL PHOTO IS CAREFULLY THOUGHT THROUGH. When I say that, I mean it. A lot of great photographers give a lot of sparkly images but none really evoke emotion or tell a story like MeRa's.

Her blog is loaded with photography tips and each month she holds a photo contest that her readers can enter and vote on. If you're a mom and love to take pictures of your kids, you'll dig MeRa's blog.

3. The [b] school.
Becker is probably the COOLEST photographer on the planet. He's been shooting weddings forever and has a ton of knowledge and his giving spirit decided to start the [b] school. Right now it's a video blog for photographers giving tips on taking photos, running your business, photoshopping, etc. Soon the [b] school will launch and be a place for photographers to learn and network with each other.

Beckers personal blog is another one of my favorites. Just look at these images!

Don't they totally take your breath away? Get addicted to [b]eckers blog, you can thank me later.

I actually used to spend hours at church camp with Melissa Hester trying to better understand The Bible. I'd thumb through HER copy in awe of ALL THE NOTES in the margins. Years later, I saw a beautiful photo taken by 'Melissa Jill.' Then I saw ANOTHER photo by Melissa Jill. Finally, I googled Melissa Jill and found that it was my Melissa Hester. Her blog is one of the best out there because she posts so often! I lose interest in a blog when the blogger posts like, once a month... Melissa posts FAQs from other photographers, she checks off one by one her 101 goals, and of course, she posts crystal clear, bright and shiny photos.

This blog is perfect for ANY mom out there. Theres so much to read through and take from it. This is a blog you really GET INVOLVED with. I think the banner alone is a great explination: Bringing Moms Togeher!

He Talks!

Kayden has been saying "Bubba" lately. Only today did we figure out it means Zebra.


More From Tucson

On our Tucson photo hunt, I found this awesome stoop. I wanted to get a shot of Kayden sitting like a little angel on one of the steps. I sat him down and backed up while he got up, walked over to the door and KNOCKED! Fortunately, no one answered, but he was anything but cooperative. Much too curious about these people and their stuff.
Last but not least, my friend Marilyn recently returned from Hawaii and brought me back this beautiful turtle necklace.
Isn't it the sweetest little turtle you've ever seen? Thanks, Marilyn! I love it!

Also, I just saw for the first time a preview for Hancock - it looks fantastic!!! I totally can't wait to see it!