My niece turned 8 years old yesterday.   Every single year, she never ceases to amaze me.   The moment I held her in my arms for the very first time was a moment my life changed forever.    From that point on, things mattered.    What I did mattered, because there was this sweet little face looking up at me and eyes watching everything I did.   I wanted to do good and somehow try to give the same love back that I felt now that she was in my life.    In this past year alone, I have seen Madi go through so many changes.   She has rolled with the punches and embraced the blessings.   I watched her become a big sister and have never been so proud.   Seeing her take care of, welcome and love Annabelle leaves me amazed. I look at the two of them, and can not help but see a spitting image of my big sissy and me.   :) Happy birthday Madelyn Grace.   You truly are my ray of sunshine. 

"I carry your heart with me,
I carry it in my heart.  
I am never without it.
Anywhere I go, you go, my dear.”
~E.E. Cummings

On February 7, 1985, I opened my eyes and you were the first thing I saw.  Your arms were the first comfort I felt, and your love was the first thing I knew.   This love, comfort and presence has abundantly been a part of my life and shaped me into the person I am today.    I may be an adult, but I will never stop needing you or your love in my life.  


You have given so much to me, so today is about you.  

Here’s to you on this Mother’s Day.   
For all of those times you had the words of wisdom I needed to guide me.  
For all of the times I wasn’t ready to talk, but no words were needed.  Your presence alone let me know I was not alone.
For all of the hugs, kisses, squeezes and cuddles,
For reminding me of who I am and what I deserve when I feel lost,
For being the first to celebrate and take pride in my accomplishments,
For all of the times you sat on the bleachers and watched me cheer at each and every game, 
For the unconditional, over-abundant love that has made me feel like I can do anything,
For going out of your way to let me know that there is no where else you would rather be but there for me,
For worrying enough for the both of us,
For never letting me wonder if you would be there,
For giving me the gift of being a sister to Alicea and Scott, 
For my childhood, which is filled with memories of you, your love, and our time together.   
For all of the times you braided my hair and played with my hair until I fell asleep.
For the hours of sleep you have lost, things you have given up, and sacrifices you have made.
For all of the support that has shown me how to fearlessly give myself everything that I have ever wanted in this life.
For not only calling me, “your angel” but always making me feel like I was.

For everything, thank you.   I needed your love and felt it each and every time.   I have always felt the importance of following my heart, and knowing that you have given me so much of your heart, I feel that no matter where I am in this big, big world…..I am never alone.   Our hearts are one….and each and every time I take the steps to follow my heart….you are there.  You have given me so much of your heart, strength, love, support, and guidance has given me the wings to become my own person and work on leading a life that would make you proud.  Your belief in my ability made me believe in myself.   When I count my blessings, you are always at the top of that list.   For all of this, and so much more….I love you to the sky. 

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"I carry your heart with me,

I carry it in my heart.  

I am never without it.

Anywhere I go, you go, my dear.”

~E.E. Cummings

On February 7, 1985, I opened my eyes and you were the first thing I saw.  Your arms were the first comfort I felt, and your love was the first thing I knew.   This love, comfort and presence has abundantly been a part of my life and shaped me into the person I am today.    I may be an adult, but I will never stop needing you or your love in my life.  

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You have given so much to me, so today is about you.  

Here’s to you on this Mother’s Day.   

For all of those times you had the words of wisdom I needed to guide me.  

For all of the times I wasn’t ready to talk, but no words were needed.  Your presence alone let me know I was not alone.

For all of the hugs, kisses, squeezes and cuddles,

For reminding me of who I am and what I deserve when I feel lost,

For being the first to celebrate and take pride in my accomplishments,

For all of the times you sat on the bleachers and watched me cheer at each and every game, 

For the unconditional, over-abundant love that has made me feel like I can do anything,

For going out of your way to let me know that there is no where else you would rather be but there for me,

For worrying enough for the both of us,

For never letting me wonder if you would be there,

For giving me the gift of being a sister to Alicea and Scott, 

For my childhood, which is filled with memories of you, your love, and our time together.   

For all of the times you braided my hair and played with my hair until I fell asleep.

For the hours of sleep you have lost, things you have given up, and sacrifices you have made.

For all of the support that has shown me how to fearlessly give myself everything that I have ever wanted in this life.

For not only calling me, “your angel” but always making me feel like I was.

For everything, thank you.   I needed your love and felt it each and every time.   I have always felt the importance of following my heart, and knowing that you have given me so much of your heart, I feel that no matter where I am in this big, big world…..I am never alone.   Our hearts are one….and each and every time I take the steps to follow my heart….you are there.  You have given me so much of your heart, strength, love, support, and guidance has given me the wings to become my own person and work on leading a life that would make you proud.  Your belief in my ability made me believe in myself.   When I count my blessings, you are always at the top of that list.   For all of this, and so much more….I love you to the sky. 

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In one day your entire life can change.   April 27, 2012 I was there to welcome my niece into this world.   I could not have been any more proud of my sister.    She was an absolute rockstar.   This is just a little sneak peek, because I’m saving the really good ones for the BirthStory….I’d sit here and write some more….but sorry guys, I have a baby to go visit!!!   :) 

 Love at first sight looks a little something like this…..

Travel and Photography.   They are two things that I not only love, but I feed off of.   Despite the mood I am in, no matter how tired or sleepy or overworked I may be….as soon as I show up for my client, and that camera is in my hand, by the release of the first shutter click, I am alive.   The adrenaline starts pumping and immediately, I am revived, excited, and inhaling creativity with each breath I take.   That is how I am doing exactly what I was meant to be doing in this life.   The same energy seems to start each and every time I travel to a new corner of the world.   As soon as I am able to drop off my suitcase, I begin to explore.  No plans, no expectations, and no idea of where the day is going to take me.  It seems that my best ideas often come to me during my travels.  When I shoot and when I am traveling, my mind clears the clutter.   Nothing else lies between me, my camera, and the world and people I see through it.   
Here is a sneak peek of the upcoming destination engagement session that brought me to a place near and dear to my heart…..Dallas, Texas.   More to share very soon! High-res

Travel and Photography.   They are two things that I not only love, but I feed off of.   Despite the mood I am in, no matter how tired or sleepy or overworked I may be….as soon as I show up for my client, and that camera is in my hand, by the release of the first shutter click, I am alive.   The adrenaline starts pumping and immediately, I am revived, excited, and inhaling creativity with each breath I take.   That is how I am doing exactly what I was meant to be doing in this life.   The same energy seems to start each and every time I travel to a new corner of the world.   As soon as I am able to drop off my suitcase, I begin to explore.  No plans, no expectations, and no idea of where the day is going to take me.  It seems that my best ideas often come to me during my travels.  When I shoot and when I am traveling, my mind clears the clutter.   Nothing else lies between me, my camera, and the world and people I see through it.   

Here is a sneak peek of the upcoming destination engagement session that brought me to a place near and dear to my heart…..Dallas, Texas.   More to share very soon!

Got to check out the G.Love and Special Sauce show at The House of Blues in LA last night with Becker.    3rd time seeing these guys…..Their shows never disappoint!    Highly recommend catching a show at the House of Blues and seeing G.Love! 
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“My Baby’s Got Sauce!” - Good times with @ash_a_ley at the G Love concert last night.  (Taken with instagram)
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Got to check out the G.Love and Special Sauce show at The House of Blues in LA last night with Becker.    3rd time seeing these guys…..Their shows never disappoint!    Highly recommend catching a show at the House of Blues and seeing G.Love! 

thebecker:

“My Baby’s Got Sauce!” - Good times with @ash_a_ley at the G Love concert last night. (Taken with instagram)

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