If you’re anything like me then you were more than happy to shout HAPPY NEW YEAR when that ball drops. This past year has been a challenging one but when that happens all we can do is pray and look ahead to a brighter day. I keep telling myself that 2020 is my year. It’s our year. It’s the year for my family and it’s the year for my business. You guys I’ve been doing this for over 10 years. And I’ve been lucky enough to be a Las Vegas Family Photographer. But my family and I have moved around so much that I can’t ever seem to gain stability and a following in one place. As far as I know we are staying in Vegas but I’ve said that before many times and we’ve gone from Seattle to Alaska to Texas back to Alaska to Arizona to Montana to another city in Montana to Vegas. And we’ve been here for a year and a half. But…I look back on all the places we have lived and honestly I wouldn’t trade it. I loved growing up north of Seattle and I loved that our son was born there. I loved Alaska and it’s beauty and the people we met there. So often I think of Alaska more as my home because that’s where our family grew and we have so many memories there as a family. I sometimes wonder that to myself, why do I consider Alaska more of a home to me when I only lived there for four years but was in Washington State for 25 years of my life? And that’s definitely why. It’s because that’s where our family basically started and continued to grow. Rick and I got married in Snohomish, Washington and family came from near and far. John (who is now 13, yikes) was born in Kirkland, Washington but we moved to Anchorage, Alaska when he turned one. Two years later his sister Abby was born in Anchorage, Alaska and we remained there for another year before we moved to El Paso and then came back to Alaska for a year because we desperately missed it! We still miss it from time to time. I always used to say I need my Alaska fix. And my husband was there much longer than I was. He left and moved back many many times, it’s too many to count. So I think we are staying put and 2020 is our year.
I absolutely adore photographing families. I remember the very first family shoot that I did in 2009. It was the first family that I actually charged to let me photograph them. I think I charged her $50 and gave her all of the edited images. My editing was rough back then. Sometimes I feel like I’m still trying to find my style. But these days I try to stay more on the natural side of things. I love images that show the true form of what I captured in the camera with a little extra pop of color if needed. Why do I love photographing families and being a Las Vegas Family Photographer? Well it’s simple really. I love telling their story. Because everyone has a story. Did you know that? It’s true! No matter how bland you think your story is, you still have one. And if you told it to someone else I guarantee you they would think it was amazing. I take photographs of people because I want them to sit down in 10 years and look back on those images and think wow, it wasn’t so bad back then. I want them to remember that their family was together. Everyone was healthy. And we were all together.I want them to look at those photos and go oh my gosh! Emma used to do that funny smile! Or Brandon always carried that little monkey stuffed animal with him and we couldn’t get it out of his hand not even for the pictures! But he was so so happy when he had it! Look at how big his smile is! Or yesterday we found out terrible terrible news but today we aren’t thinking about that. Today we are together as a family. All in one place and all celebrating our love for one another. Photos have a way of exuding emotion in us. If we were to sit down and open up a photo album from 20 years ago and look through the photos I guarantee you something in them would cause us to become emotional. Not in a bad way but in the way that it brings us back to that moment. Shortly after Rick and I got married I really got into scrap booking. So we have multiple albums to this day of our wedding, before our wedding, and after our wedding. I love showing these albums to our kids and going through each page letting them know look! This is where your dad and I met! Wow look at the people at our wedding! Those people we talk to all the time still but those people we don’t see anymore. And look this was the first house we lived in! Here’s your first best friend! You were one so you probably don’t remember them but here’s a photo so you can maybe think back on what that time must have been like. Photos have a way of transcending us back to a time in our lives and a memory that we can’t get back. Photos give us that opportunity to relive moments that we can’t really relive. And that’s why I do what I do. That’s why I love photographing families and telling their story year after year with beautiful images. But that part my friends is for another blog post! Stay tuned and remember, if you need a place where women lift each other up and you’re looking for a tribe to support you and a tribe to support yourself then come join Exist in Photos. Click that link right there and you can join a community of like minded women who strive to lift each other up and in turn, grow their own confidence. I hope to see you there! And if you’re looking for a Las Vegas Family Photographer, then I’m your girl.
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