PEREZ MATERNITY AT HOME | Hudson Valley, NY

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PEREZ MATERNITY AT HOME | Hudson Valley, NY

OH BABY

Ya’ll, if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that the Sundance Film Festival is a testament to the emotional, physical, and mental strength of humankind. I’m only semi-joking. This year’s whirlwind expanded and contracted in jest, taking me to peaks and valleys at a moments notice all the while offering up challenges and inspiration to fill me up to capacity.

As with all endings, transitional periods come with a sharp edge for me, albeit one that has been mercifully dulled over time (I’d like to formally thank my meditation practice here), and in refocusing my energy towards everyday life and the year ahead, I’m finding that a delicate balance of planning and un-planning is needed in order to let life surprise me in all of the best ways.

Speaking of transitioning, with the impending birth of their (first) little one, these two were about to go from a camp of two (plus Salma the coonhound) to a brood of three.

Escaping to upstate NY has been a tradition for them and they loved the idea of combining a getaway with an intimate photo session to commemorate this monumentally special period of life, and I don’t think they could’ve found a more charming nook to stay in. Xxo

 

Interested in booking a maternity session at home?

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LAURA, STRADER + COYOTE AT HOME | Venice Beach, Ca

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LAURA, STRADER + COYOTE AT HOME | Venice Beach, Ca

CATCH UP

Hey blog fam! Oof, 2019. Hi. So, last I checked, blogging is still a thing, and even if it wasn’t, over the past 8 non-blogging months of my life, I’ve come to miss it.

It became clear to me that it’s another avenue for me to exercise my storytelling muscles and since that is a practice I feel is worth putting energy into, I’m back at it with a swell of fresh mojo.

When looking back through my galleries deciding where to pick back up (almost 200 by the way whaaaat) I felt a twinge of shame at how few I’ve shared. These stories deserve a home outside of my hard drive and I’m pumped to start chipping away at the block.

First up, Laura, Strader, and their Adonis baby boy, Coyote Hawk. I passed this long haired fam on the streets of Abbot Kinney in September 2017 during the annual arts fair, and it only took about 5 full seconds after passing them for me to stop, turn, and backtrack to ask if they’d be interested in a family photo shoot while I was in town (getting better at this, ha).

The stars aligned and they invited me into their home in Venice Beach, which, funnily enough, they’ve since moved out of, making this post all the more relevant.

Don’t forget to check out Laura’s jewelry company Turquoise and Tobacco and be sure to click the heart at the bottom if you enjoyed the post. Xxo

 

Interested in a family session at home?

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MORGAN + SAM COUPLES PORTRAITS | New York City, Ny

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MORGAN + SAM COUPLES PORTRAITS | New York City, Ny

SERENDIPITY IN THE CITY

I fully believe that every event in the whole universe is connected to every other event in the whole universe, and while our limited human intellect cannot grasp that massive totality, on occasion, we get to see a glimpse.

December 2017 I was on my way to my beloved New York City.  I stepped aboard the plane, wended my way back to my assigned seat but, upon seeing the man at the end of my row, suddenly got the urge to turn in one row early.  I plopped down next to the window, hoping I wouldn't be asked to leave and 2 minutes later a couple situated themselves next to me.

I'm usually wary of starting conversations on long flights but my willy-nilly seat decision left me no choice but to speak up lest I be moved and asked to sit next to the heebie-geebie man.  They were extremely friendly, let me know that they don't like window seats anyways and that our arrangement suited them.  Big sigh.

Emboldened by my luck I furthered the conversation and found out that the couple was headed to NYC for the first time to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary.  They had left their 4 babes at home for the very first time and my oozing romantic heart couldn't help but drip with love for them.

All of a sudden I heard myself offering to do a quick little commemorative photoshoot with them in Central Park in two days time.  WHO AM I?  Nooooot the kind of person that actually does this - keep in mind I want to shoot everyone I meet, and I offer free shoots silently in my head all.of.the.time but rarely do I actually verbalize it.

Well, they weren't weirded out, they actually showed up, and we actually did it.  Big, big sigh.  I don't get to create what I do without a subject so I'm always forever grateful to the ones that allow me to point my camera at them.

We could've taken different flights (or not taken a flight at all), I could've not gotten the heebie-geebie's and sat in my assigned seat, and on, and on, and on.  But life delivered these two on my path and I got to capture a slice of their journey. Xo

Is 2019 your year for couples portraits?

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801 MERCH | A side project

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801 MERCH | A side project

To put it simply, my heart buh-leeeeeds for Salt Lake City.  Utah is my unabashedly gorgeous home state where I entered this world and spent my school-age years, and after a year stint in the big apple 8 years ago, consciously chose as my foreseeable forever home.

Since making that choice my love for this great state has only grown, and it has become very apparent that I am not alone in this cherishing of salty land.  Though wary of logos by principal, repping the 801 with a cap marked as such has become my trademark, proving to be an excellent conversation starter when on the road.

I've always had the itch to create things that I would personally use in the world, and my latest endeavor encapsulates just that - a line of products sporting my custom designs created in the name of supporting our Salty City (and surrounding areas).

What's better than a cap for you and your partner?  A cap for you and your babe to 'hashtag - twins'.  Click the button at the bottom of the post to shop caps and totes for your fellow Utah loving folk, and support a local, female run business along the way! Xo

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NIELSEN FAMILY AT HOME | Salt Lake City, Ut

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NIELSEN FAMILY AT HOME | Salt Lake City, Ut

Pool time in the middle of winter?  Yes please.  As someone who thrives on life in the sun and summer activities, these long dark nights of January have always been a bit of a challenge for me.  How do I make it through?  Snowboarding, puzzles, and loooots of Netflix.

When a session includes a specific activity that speaks to the character of the family I get a little thrill at imagining the potency the images will have 30 years down the road. 

Will the family always live in this house with a pool?  Maybe, maybe not, but knowing the memories will live on outside of the kids hearts and give them something concrete to look back on makes these types of sessions all the more satisfactory.  Xxo

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