I'm a bad blogger.
And this last year has been a year of exponential growth. Spiritually, mentally, physically.
I want to share it. I want to share the bits & pieces of our daily little life.
My favorites from recent shoots. Our business ventures.
We're on the road to a few new ones and I am excited.
Excited for what's to come.
Reflective of where we've been.
In awe of how we got here.
Our God is so good.
"And then, when you hold your dreams with open hands, you get to watch God resurrect what seemed dead & multiply what seemed small." -unknown.
I just finished and packaged a custom AP collective order for a bride...she asked me to make a clutch for each of her bridesmaids -- how lovely is that idea?!? creams and pinks. divine.
just wanted to share these little lovelies with you....
this one has stolen my heart. I wish I could keep her.
Happy Day, friends...have a blessed Good Friday.
oh goodness. I can't even TELL you how much fun I had on this session! I shot this WAAAY back in April as a surprise for Father's Day...so I couldn't share...and then it got lost in the shuffle.
Oh goodness, there's something so magical about this session..something so amazingly beautiful about the way this girl and her momma interact. such pure love and adoration..
something so magical.
spin spin spin!
then, we played dress up with momma's fancy jewels and lipstick. I LOVE when my clients think outside the box and come up with pure brilliance!
all dolled up!
and then we finished off with some bubble fun!
and as a little added bonus, a little extra father's day love, Thereza let me capture the beauty that she so boldly possesses.
Thereza...thank you SO much for letting me have the opportunity to capture the bond that you and your girl share. From having backyard tea parties regularly, slumber parties in the living room often and weekly bathroom pedicures, you're relationship is truly inspiring. I was absolutley honored to document a slice of your and Sammy's day to day..love, ashley.
okay....another round of things I'm loving this day. Tuesday, Oct 6.
1. pumpkins. I have SO much fun searching the bins to find the best ones, with the best stems. Jon was quite the trooper as I told him, that one! To which he just looked at me as if to say, are you serious? I mean...seriously?!? But he just gently shook his head as he dug deeper & deeper, tossing me pumpkins to throw into the other bin to unearth this beauty with the perfectly curly stem (which is all I saw of it when I exclaimed that it had to be mine!)
2. letters from my Grandma. I love her. <3 <3 <3
3. Halloween costumes. I love talking with the kids and listing off ideas, brainstorming costumes, etc. Its a BIG decision you know.
I SOOOOO badly want Xander to be Max from Where the Wild Things are
photo cred. (isn't it perfect?! she made this for her son! swoon!!!)
but he is dead set on this fellow.
which WILL be fun to make...
4. my new boots. I've been on a quest for YEARS trying to find great boots. Not too high, not too low. Comfortable yet super stylish. Well my friends, I've found them. And at quite a steal, I might add!
5. coffee mate. oh world, this starts my day off right. A great cup of starbucks coffee with a pour of coffee mate? bliss. And right now, there are SO many varieties that sound SOOO delish, I literally have 5 open containers in my fridge right now. And I fully intend to go out and get another as I heard from a friend that my fav, Peppermint Mocha, has hit the shelves. YUM.
6. International orders. I shipped off two items from my etsy shop to France and Australia. SO crazy to think that these little lovelies that I made are seeing the sights in such beautiful, far away places [especially since I've never even left the country].
7. our new chair. oh goodness. I actually gasped and pointed when I saw this beauty at a Savers in Tucson a few weeks ago. and it was just $15!!! such amazing lines, construction super sturdy and custom reupholstering from Macy's New York. LOVE.
and you can bet that you'll be seeing it make its way into some photo shoots (already used it once last week...)
8. Infinite Aloe. As the weather changes, this stuff keeps my skin soft and smooth [and as an added bonus, it improves the elasticity in skin -- ie: amazing for stretch marks..seriously, within DAYS.]. Such a lovely gift from my mom. :)
10. my mama. super obvious, I know. But I just love her. and its just so nice that she's a phone call away. This morning I called her just to get a second opinion if I should keep Evie home today. Evie had a pretty wicked cough yesterday (sounds like allergies), but she went to bed with a slight fever and crawled in my bed this morning at 5:20 sniffling and felt warm. And you know school policy is to keep them home for 24 hours fever free. But she's acting totally fine. So I just needed to use her as a sounding board.
And yes. We kept her home. :) just to be safe.
Have a beautiful Tuesday..
perhaps, one of my most favorite presents for one of our kids would be this red camera. Karen asked us last year what they should get Miss Hailey (they were getting age appropriate computers for ALL their grand babies, but Hailey already had one...so the question was...what do they get Hailey?)..she LOVES to take pictures, so I mentioned it would be AMAZING for her to have a decent quality camera.
And there it was. Black Friday (one of my MOST favorite days in the year -- nothing beats waking up at ridiculous hours with my mom, my sister, and my sister in law to go freeze in lines to save some cash...working as a team, assigning products for each of us to grab. and scouring the ads on Thanksgiving Day -- which is a crucial element in our strategy..)...so yes. Actually on Thanksgiving, we were pouring over the ads, making notes of where the best of the best sales were, when both my sister and I saw this at the same time. a fab 10+ mega pixel, Kodak camera for less than $90. I grabbed my phone, rang Karen and told her this was perfect. We agreed that Jon and I could offset some of the cost and this could be her present from Nana and Papa...
So there we were...Mom and I, holding our spot in line, while Nikki and Jill fight the Starbucks crowd to order us our peppermint mochas -- triples. And then we wait. People try to sneak around and we laugh at their attempts to get in front of us. If you've ever seen someone try to get in front of my mom in line (be it the grocery store, Disneyland, or in this case on Black Friday), you'd know that you should think twice. We Wills woman show no mercy when it comes to our precious place in line. You got up late? Too bad. Make your way to the side of the store where the rest of the late risers are.
and then we're off.
So..I downloaded Hailey's card in July -- its a 4gb card, which in NO WAY was full, but I thought she should see the fruits of her labor. When they were done downloading, we delighted in watching the slideshow of memories that Hailey caught through her eyes. They way her 6/7 year old mind interpreted and saw each event. Her perspective of people and things.
perhaps my favorites were her self portraits. This is just a drop in the bucket of the ones she shot, but these are just a few that made me smile..
..and just some random events that she captured..
there are SO many more that I plan to print and encourage her to scrapbook or at the very least slip into a slip album. Its been so amazing for me to see things from her perspective.
Through her eyes.
its one of my favorite trips of the year. we do a TON of traveling, but this trip is one of my top priorities each and every year. Its tradition. and I LIKE tradition. With how often our lives change and we're constantly forced to go with the ebb and flow, I like the things that I can count on staying the same. This is one of those things. Since Miss Hailey was only 18 months old, we've made this trip to my parent's property each and every year. In '06, we bumped the trip up to the 4th of July weekend, but that's because otherwise we would have made the trip with me a whoppin' 38 weeks pregnant...no thanks. :) But most of all, I think I look so forward to this trip for the relaxing aspect. Its so nice to have 3-5 days (depending on how long we can sneak away!) to just BE.
This year, my parents, with the help of some our lifelong, family friends that came up for a visit (Don & Nancy), made two full size tee-pees. And my mom had the most magical idea to let the kids paint them. No plan, no direction, just let them go. Only restriction was to leave the doors alone to allow for the kids to put their hand prints on them. LOVE IT. Seriously I think this was the BEST trip yet b/c I LOVED seeing all the kids (and all of us kids) get creative and let go. Alexis' precise cursive and astronomy-inspired creations, Mikayla's cafefree polkadots and designs, Vance's "splatter-mon" (I think he was attempting a Jamaican accent), Hailey's careful printing and designs, Evie's abstract creations, Xander & Kinzie's haphazard mayhem. I LOVEd it all. The adults even got involved adding some of our own ideas and bits of beauty to the tee-pees.
Seriously, Mom. BEST. IDEA. EVER.
With being in FULL SWING of our busy busy season (really, I barely have time to breathe), I love having this trip as our last hurrah. Not to mention getting out of the 115 degree madness, to a sweet high of only 74 degrees. LOVE.
Here's just a glimpse at our weekend...
Xander HAD to have a rocket. I painted the rocket and he added the little einsteins inside. And that orange thing to the left? that's big jet. LOOK OUT!
this pic is SOOO blurry, but I LOVE it. His expression just melts my heart.
not sure why miss Kinzie is so sad here, but I love this one of my sis consoling her little chica.
HERE WE GO!
Steve adding his tribal influenced designs.
I want this print HUGE in my office. so inspiring.
...and the finished product...
my mom making sure that Xander knows what to do if he gets lost in the woods. Each kid is REQUIRED to have a whistle around their neck each time they set foot outside. Its just the rule.
I like it.
Perhaps one of my new favorite things is my Mom's trip to the farmer's market -- I've never been there with her, but was INSTANTLY jealous of the pick of fresh fruits and veggies. Everything was SO fresh. SO beautiful. Made me want to grab one of each thing, and get all domestic.
oh I so wanted to sneak off with this gorgeous scale!
all of the yumminess that we brought back...
we also celebrated our little man's 3rd birthday! :)
Lastly, I told my beautiful nieces (well...the two older ones), to bring something for me to do photos of them. We drove down to the clubhouse and spent about an hour playing and shooting. I'm not even done sorting the pics, but wanted to give my girls a little preview....
I LOVED this very Alice-esque door knob. delish.
I wanted to do photos with a big bouquet of these HUGE dandy lions that I saw on our drive in, but we had a MASSIVE rainstorm the day before we did pics, and sadly, the rain took out almost all of these beauties...we managed to find 2 on our drive over...
aren't they INSANE?!
and my goodness. I could just swim in those clear blue eyes....gorgeous...
And my word, what a beauty..
this photo is the epitome of the girls' relationship...always whispering, sharing secrets, laughing. I LOVE THESE GIRLS!
Alright...I simply MUST get to work. My to do list is WAAAAY too long...
wow! can you even believe its that time already!!! We are starting to book out our Christmas sessions -- spots are filling up FAST -- only a few spots are left for September and November, and October is well on its way to being filled! I very much want to be able to photograph each and everyone of you, but as this is AZ's wedding season, I'm taking somewhat limited sessions...so call me! FAST! Get your $50 deposit in now to reserve your spot! our prices are the same as last year -- get in before we raise them for 2010! family sessions start @$225 -- check out our website for detailed pricing..[under investments > portraits]
And since last year's Christmas Card special was such a hit, we're offering it once again -- 25 free custom designed Christmas cards with your session! Book before September 1st to get in on this special!
Thanks to everyone who's made (& is making) this year a success! We love what we do and feel SO blessed to be doing what we LOVE!
I will leave you with a few of last year's Christmas cards..
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We are SO close. so so so close to opening up our online boutique.
I can't even express how crazy excited I am! allllll day yesterday was in prep for it -- Jon was my photog extraordinaire [props to him for catching this in-between-takes shot yesterday...I guess that IS what we do...]! We ran out of daylight yesterday and had a crazy busy day today, so hopefully we'll be able to squeeze in a few more photos in the next two days to bring the store LIVE super soon. SUPER. SOON.
and this I've realized.. I've had to let a few things go. I wanted to have EVERYTHING, each and every idea, that I wanted to make ready for the initial launch. but I just had to realize it wasn't possible. I have enough projects twirling and dancing in my head to fill up an entire year or so of work. for real. So if you don't see something that you're looking for or were hoping for, please be patient with us. We plan to update the store as frequently as possible [these fingers can only take so much hand stitching...and there is one other thing..oh right. the photo gig].
PLEASE, totally feel free to drop any and all suggestions of product you'd LOVE to see in the comment section below.
for now, I just want to remember this. this moment. how super stoked I am that this long time dream of mine [a boutique full of my handmade lovelies -- online counts, right? right?!?!] is just about to come true.
a photography business AND an online boutique of beautiful, handmade loveliness?!?
oops. how'd that little sneak peek get in there?!?!