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Celebrate Mom!

April 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I'm slowly getting back in the photography game after a long break with my pregnancy and having a new little one at home! I'm excited to be partnering with Fit4Mom to celebrate moms this Spring! If you haven't heard of them, they are an amazing group of women committed to helping mama's like you and me to have healthy bodies and healthy lives!


fit4mom sessions

Here's a link to the event!  Hope to see you there!   

On Why I Have Been Missing

September 26, 2017  •  2 Comments

It's seems it has been quite some time since I last wrote anything down.  Practically a year.  I could make many excuses  give you all the reasons, but the really important one arrived earth side near the end of August.  The newest member of the team Engelhardt couldn't be any sweeter if he tried and we are so in love. 


Big sister wants to snuggle all the time. She is so in love!


My pregnancy was pretty awful, to put it mildly.  I suffered from lots of nausea and intense anxiety.  I'm so thankful for my family and the tribe of amazing friends who are family that surrounded us during this time.  It was hard for me and my family suffered as well.  My other two kiddos watched so much tv they were sick of it, my husband worked and came home and took care of all of us while I spent lots of time in bed.  I decided it was best to take a break from one of the things I enjoy most because, well, because I seriously couldn't get out of bed.  As my pregnancy got near the end, I was able to pick up my camera again for a few small sessions, but in general it went unused for most of 9 months. 

To say we are thankful that baby is here is an understatement.  I am so much better not pregnant and I think my whole family would agree.  Along with that, I'm stoked to finally pick up a camera again!  Most of these images are quick shots I managed to grab in between feedings and sleeping and taking care of all the things- but some sweet times need to be documented and these are just a few. 


*photo cred to my 5 year old on this one :)

I'm anxious to get back in the photography game, but am taking lots of time to cherish these moments with our sweet boy.  Welcome to the world little man- we love you!  

Creative Juices Stopped Flowing? What to do When you don't know What to do.

October 28, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

What do you do when you aren’t feeling creative?  Sometimes I’ve been working on a project for so long, I just totally lose interest- like I don’t even like anything I’m creating anymore.  Quitting isn’t an option, so what do you do to refresh and get back on track?  Here, in no particular order, are a few of my favorite go-to’s when I’m feeling dry.


1) Talk with a fellow creative and ask for encouragement.

In today’s world, we are all supposed to be self-sufficient and independent (especially if you are a woman).  Guess what- I’m going to let you in on a secret?  That’s bulls=&*.  We are human beings created to be with one another- to learn from one another and to care for one another.   In reference to the world, we are in the minority when it comes to not being a communal culture.  What am I saying?  Go ask for help for goodness sake.  When I’m feeling discouraged, I pick up the phone and shoot a text to one of my fellow photographers and ask for encouragement, advice, and constructive criticism.  Without fail I feel better after talking with her.  Truly.  Try it- I dare you. 

2) Step away from the computer. (or canvas or whatever medium you use to create)

Go grab a latte or a steaming hot cup of tea and take a minute (or 5 hours) to clear your head.  Read a good book or take a long shower: all things that help me immensely. 

3) Browse Pinterest.

While it can be our arch-nemesis, sometimes looking at Pinterest and into someone else’s creativity can re-spark your own.  Looking at image after image of what other people have done can be really helpful- just don’t let it be a discouragement.  Whoever posted that perfect looking living room with matching décor probably took half a year to decide what they wanted and then another half a year to re-decide what they wanted- then they cleaned the house and snapped a photo and then it was clean for another .2 seconds before their 2 year old threw Cheerios everywhere- I promise. 


These are just a few things that I try to do when I need a little creative pick me up.  Do you have anything that helps you?  Feel free to leave your comments below and we can all help a fellow-creative out!  Now, go get that latte and call someone!

Don't Quit Your Day Job

September 29, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I’ve been milling around this idea in my head for quite some time and I’m finally able to put some pen to paper , keyboard to computer.  I often wonder about my business and want to know if it’s even worth it.  Will I ever succeed?  What does success even look like?  What can I be doing better?  Questions one and two are directly related to number 3.  As creatives and creative entrepreneurs, it’s easy to get caught up in it all and want to quit your day job, pursue your passion, and make tons of money. 

Who of you knows a creative that makes tons of money right away?  Yeah, me neither. 

ANYWAY, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and reaching out to some of my family (namely my awesome sister co-founder and co-owner of Ju-Ju-Be Diaper Bags)

and friends and have come up with a few tips on “what I can (and you too) be doing better.”  We’re calling this entry “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” and wouldn’t you know it- that’s tip number 1.


  1. Don’t Quit Your Day Job:  Ever heard of that little ol’ book, “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert?  Yeah, she finally quit her multiple other jobs after this book hit number one on the New York Times Best Seller List.  Her book “Big Magic” is an awesome resource and you should be reading it if you aren’t already.  She says this to creatives, : “I also advise against the goal of having your artistic work support your life, financially. Of course this is the dream of dreams—to make a living by your art—but it is a rare thing, when that works out.”  
  2. Dont forget about yourself or your family.  Hard work is great, but if you don't take care of yourself, everyone suffers.  
  3. Work Environment Is King:  Make sure to balance hard work and fun.  It makes everyone in your business happier and healthier and is great for team bonding.  If you don't have a team this is still important.  Read a solid fiction novel once a month (see number 5 for a good one), get lots of exercise, and make your work space a nice place to be in- since you are there a lot.    
  4. Network,Network, Network:  Get to know people, even if it makes you feel uncomfortable.  You may get to talking and find out you have just the skills they are looking for- or maybe even they for you.  You might even find a mentor or seasoned creative who can encourage you to keep going, to keep pursuing your passion. 
  5. Show Up:  Keep practicing.  Keep learning.  Sign up for that online class or check out a new book from the library  If you are a writer, write; a painter paint; a photographer, get out there and shoot something new!  You can’t get any better if you don’t keep trying.  Here’s a great blog post you can read about showing up written by my friend Jackie Lea Sommers, author of “Truest”: https://jackieleasommers.com/2014/06/04/butt-in-seat-why-showing-up-works/


Inspired yet?  I hope so.  Don’t ever stop being a creative and keep on keeping on.  You are doing great work and encouraging others to do the same!    

Perks of Administrating

September 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I mentioned in my previous post that I work as an Administrative Assistant Ninja for Joshua Lance CPA, LLC.  One of the perks of being a photographer and an Admin Ninja is that I get to pick the images that people see of us on our website.  And by pick, I mean capture the images myself and make sure they are up to my standard of liking.  That is what I call #winning.  Here are a few shots of my lovely co-workers.  Oh and shameless plug, if you need an awesome firm to take care of all your accounting and tax needs, check us out!


It's so fun working with these people.  We are all so different and that's one thing that makes our firm super unique.  I like to tease them that they are all nerds but really, we are all nerds, we just geek out about different things.  Somehow I have decided my nerdiness isn't as much since I like cool things like font and color scheme :)  I couldn't really ask for better co-workers!  Thanks guys for being so fun and awesome (even if you are all accountants ;))