I am not one to make New Year Resolution. I know that whatever I stated boldly would end miserably by day 4. Yes, I want to be healthy, skinny, amazing skin, have a kick ass marriage, and raise well mannered children. But that is my daily prayer every day. But having a new year is pretty exciting as it feels as though it gives us a chance to start over again. Truth is, every morning is that. A fresh start. Hopefully that fresh start doesn’t start with you climbing out of bed to stepping in a pile of cat vomit your kitty left in the middle of the night.

I did have a new heart as I started this new year out. I want to get to know God more, learn more about myself and live more in the truth. For photography too.

I have never been one to push my name out there, knock on doors, and even hand out cards. I am super terrible at promoting myself. I hate that feeling of a sales car person. Just not my personal strength. I have a huge passion for wanting others to document their everyday moments but have such a hard time verbally sharing that passion without that inside feeling that I am trying to SELL something. That is totally not my heart, but I very much do want others to enjoy the gift of documenting their and their children’s life.

I love having my own little home studio. It small but peaceful and perfect for babies. But my heart has continued to follow the direction of.. truth. Real raw moments. Lifestyle. Families and children as they are. I want to keep building that and offering my talents to keep offering families a way to document their moments. I want to help documents milestones, everyday bits of life, the ordinary and the not so ordinary. I want to capture love, life, chaos, romance, and childhood. And I want to be able to mix that in with video. To show you the beauty that surrounds you. Photographs are mementos that are priceless but to see a memory replay over and over again, showing details, playing the sounds of the moment… that is more than priceless.

For Christmas, hubby surprised me with a piece of equipment that I have been wanting for years. A fig rig. It is a stabilizer contraption that looks like a steering wheel. Giving me more support when I am filming and giving me freedom to run alongside children in motion.

This year, I will be focusing MORE on being there in YOUR life in YOUR surroundings. Together we will chat about your life and the moment you want to have captured. We can discover outside locations in the area and still do family portraits as before but I will be adding a more lifestyle touch to each session. And of course offering more video Pure Moment Sessions.

I LOVE babies – like never ending baby fever and I love everything that has to do with babies, but I have noticed and realized that now that my “babies” are older (sniff sniff), my photography has taken that lead and has become more focused on children and families. Of course, I am always more than happy to photograph and document your new little one, but instead of the studio setting with the organic creamy background and focus on sleepy baby; I will gather up my camera and lens and come document your new little one either at the hospital or in your home  – again with that lifestyle raw storytelling feel.

By the end of the month, I will have updated my website and pricing to reflect all the changes and until that is released, I would love to have some fun and offer a session special!

Pure Moment Video$250 will include a consultation questionnaire, 1 hour of shooting time, 10 digital images and a short completed video. Offer only available for January

Storyteller Session$175 will include 30 minutes of shooting time and 10 digital images. Offer only available for January.

Before the snow fell, I was able to meet a couple from my old neck of the woods – military style. They recently moved to Idaho from Virginia which tickled me pink because I was not aware that any Navy military was over here in Idaho but alas there are a few! This adorable couple are expecting their first little baby and we had some fun playing outdoors in the trees and in the studio with some Christmas outfits and some milk bath sets. Here is a sneak peek into their session.

Give them some love as they are expecting their little bundle of joy very soon!

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The beautiful winter wonderland of Coeur d’Alene Idaho can give clients a fun family snow day background.

This momma was soon to be due with her second baby and they celebrated with family photos with both her mom and her husband’s mom with some family photos.

I love our snowy backdrop we get to have up here in Idaho.

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The creation of beauty is art. And in due time – this creation will be held by a loving mother that has been waiting 9 months to see the little details of his or her beauty.

 

For myself, seeing the beauty in pregnany will never seem old as it is more than skin deep and more than stretch marks to me. I can see the way the man can see his lovie look so precious and so beautiful and I can see the miracle that one is forming and growing inside of a momma.

“A healthy self-image is also a thanks to God. He created us, and when we love ourselves, we are telling Him that He did a good job.”

 

With this sweet momma’s newest baby due very soon, she wanted to make this pregnancy amazing in every way she could with a maternity session that include a tradition studio session, a milk bath session and then a Pure Moment Film Birth Story and of course a newborn session. I am all very excited about this and then presenting all these pieces coming together for her to see at the end.

To start with her collection we met up one afternoon and had some nice one on one mommy time together for her maternity session. It was  a great time for us to catch up with each other and for me to check in with her in a safe and honest place where she doesn’t feel like she needs to use a filter.

Here is a sneak peek into our beautiful maternity session here at my home studio in Spirit Lake.

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