I’ve known this amazing little family since we lived in Twentynine Palms, CA. We just so happen to live in the same place – again!
They welcomed a new addition to their family and I got to help create memories. THIS is why I do what I do! I love being there for families. It’s an honor!
Best of luck with your sleepless nights to come, Becky! Nixon is adorable.
I may not offer Newborn sessions but I really love to visit families in the hospital! I offer Fresh 48 sessions in the Phoenix, AZ valley. These sessions take place at the hospital while mom is still admitted and just before the journey home happens.
For more information on how book a Fresh 48 session, contact me! I’ve priced my sessions so that they may be gifted, affordably!! This is a great gift for someone expecting!!
Ever notice when you quiet the hustle and bustle around you and just look at what you’ve been given in life – the simple things in life are sometimes the most amazing and rewarding? This is an image taken in the waiting area of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. There’s so much love in my heart for her.
I was born in , raised in, and still visit Grand Rapids, MI. It’s where my parents bought a tiny red brick house and made it their home. It’s where the kids left the nest from. It’s my mother’s resting place. It’s where my daughter loves to visit Papa.
It’s where I met my husband, it’s where my husband’s family lives. it’s where I see my in-laws, its where my husband sees his parents and family. It’s where my daughter loves to see GiGi and Grandpa Joe.
Regardless, it’s a place full of memories. It will always remain a place of memories.
I mock the hashtag and saying #PureMI or #PureMichigan because of the semi-famous “Pure Michigan” (click that for commercial) travel ad campaign that started in 2007 and still runs to this day. I have friends here in Phoenix, AZ that they always see the ads, I saw them when we lived in CA and people worldwide probably have the same testimonial.
She’s never seen a whirly-bird before. (helicopter, whatever you call them.) Her shirt? says it all.
This trip revolved around my brother getting married to his amazing fiance. I may be a bit bias, but she’s awesome. I didn’t photograph their wedding, thank gosh, because I had enough fun in the party to convince me to never shoot a wedding I’m invited to, ever. The amazing Peach Moon Photography based out of Grand Haven, MI shot their engagement photos and wedding photos and were great people to work with. I’m the tall blonde in the family image on the alter with the PRECIOUS flower girl that is my daughter, and the tall bald ravishingly handsome man that I’m married to. Thats my “cleans up well” dad next to me, and then of course her family on her side.
There are plenty of other #thelillis wedding insta-pictures on my IG Feed but you gotta go back a little ways. You can’t miss ’em!
Besides being there for their wedding, we were there for personal vacation as well. We saw plenty of family, scenery, and I took so many nature/still life shots it will make your eyes numb.
We went to the Grand Rapids Arts Festival downtown Grand Rapids, MI.
We went to Traverse City (TC), MI which is known for their berries, and cherries. We went because our daughter had never been there, and I haven’t either. There’s this place called the Sleeping Bear Dunes which is like, arguably one of the prettiest places to visit in the lower peninsula of Michigan. WE LITERALLY SAW A BEAR CUB CROSS THE ROAD. <– caps necessary.
Known for their berries and cherries, so naturally I had to have a very berry filled pie at Grand Traverse Pie Co. Some lighthouse that wanted $4.00 to walk upstairs in it. No thanks! We visited family for Father’s Day. The best part was that my dad came along with us to my husbands side of the family’s gathering. It’s so nice to have them integrated!
My husband and I respectfully saw friends I see once a year (when we visit.) Nothings more refreshing, more awesome, and more rewarding than maintaining friendships over years and years. We pick up where we left off the last time we saw each other — it’s how I’m able to have friends nation and world wide. Friends are the flowers in the garden of life!
Making S’mores with out friends Lisa and Conor whom will be getting married this year.
childhood best friends grow up, and have kids, who hang out with each other — i’d say that’s more like family.
The literally awesome part of the friends that I visit is they continue to grow up, prosper, and I get to see them from afar on facebook them actually meet their kids they’ve had or the ones they’re about to have! (a friend announced she was pregnant on fathers day!)
I saw old high school friends, old family friends. Family.
Oh, and I continued to shoot barns for no good reason at all.
I was ecstatic when I got the text that said “baby is here! here’s our room number, when will you be by?”
I LOVE visiting these itty bitties in the hospital, so fresh and so new and so amazing. All they know is mom, the sound of her; the smell & what she offers for them.
to view the whole album, visit my portfolio page link at the top, or click here!
I am honored to be onboard with this family for a year for Newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months & 1-year shoots. Although I’ve done numerous (and I mean NUMEROUS) shoots of different ages of different children I can’t say that i’ve been around for all 5 of those awesome milestone ages for too many people that weren’t my direct friends. Needless to say, I’m super excited!
I had a great family shoot this weekend with a super sweet family. It’s hard to believe mom has had 2 kids. WHATTTTTTT — right? & both the lil men have just the best photogenic smiles. Mom, you did well!
It was so good to have such a great shoot after not being able to book with this house selling crap. The day was gorgeous, and the whole family was so easy going. This once again was shot down in Morongo Valley, CA (one of my most favorite places to shoot — ever. )
Recent events in my life, mostly my mothers health, have made me realize that if you got it – flaunt it.
I have a beautiful mastermind child. I have a strong, handsome, giving husband. I have a clean bill of health. I have the luxury of moving around the country on the governments dime. I have the amazing ability to capture moments that scream, “FRAME ME.” I have skills with photography, photoshop, and knowledge of professional print labs.
For my 26th birthday, I’m promising to myself that when we move to Arizona and make a comfy rental our own for 3 years, that I will MAKE it our comfy rental.
I’m talking ACTUAL, PROFESSIONAL GRADE printed, framed images. throughout.
My walls are bare, and there’s no reason for that. I have so much to show off in my life, but I don’t. But I should. i should be screaming from the top of my house that life is good.
My mom has pictures of her only grand child, my daughter, strewn everywhere in her house. It’s a shrine to Hailey. She’s got pictures of me as a child, pictures of my brother, old picture Christmas cards, pictures of my dad and her, a picture of her passed parents. She’s embracing what she loves in life, even if they’re passed. She’s got a happy picture of sunflowers, and a nostalgic blue-print/map of their sub-devision when it was first mapped out in the 50’s-60’s.
I’m making it for my birthday, but thats because i’m sure this will be a costly endeavor. (mostly on frames.) Birthday = money. But, I can’t enjoy that promise and wish to myself until I get to Arizona with the Mister because of selling the current home. (it’d just be pointless to decorate now.)
I never put up all the pictures from Big Bear when we went. I think I was busy at the time, or something. I love going up there because I know my husband likes the snow, my daughter loves the snow and as much as I hate it — the snow photographs amazingly. It was surely a win-win visit when we went. i knew all parties would be satisfied!
We also experienced what putting chains on a Prius was like just to get out of a parking lot. that was interesting to say the least. My lovely awesome baby girl fell in love with these ducks. They were quite domestic. In the gonna-bite-off-your-hands-because-we’re-hungry way. Need a candid close up of a duck? go to Big Bear.
There were things that I went for:
Then there were the things that the two of them went for:
And THEN there were things none of us were there for…
The terms “chains required” I suppose is loosely translated to “you can bring them if you want, I guess” to Big Bear travelers.
On our way home chains were required due to conditions. Not everyone knows that it is illegal to travel the mountains without chains in snow season. (completely empty threat, by the way.) With that said — there was a few dozen car accidents. And we were about #5678874 in line to get down the mountain. Hailey watched through an entire movie (Lorax.) I played with lowlight photography and captured the headache my husband was enduring.
Let me tell you, the sound of chains traveling on snow and ice covered roads is really intimidating and borderline scary. Mostly because its so foreign to me. But what’s scarier is the thought of us not having any and trying to go down that windy, steep hill without them.