Father's Day 2016

This year for Father's Day I decided to go back through all of my photos from the past few months and find my favorites of my favorite three guys...Mike, my dad, and Popaw. These three mean the world to me. They each are so special to me and each have made me a better person over the years. They all love Jesus and they are all such hard workers. 

To my daddy, I will always be your little girl even now that I'm grown up. You have taught me so many things. I know that I get my drive to work hard and run my own business from you. We have the same competitive spirit when it comes to games. I think you won't play Catan because you're afraid I'll beat you! ;] You've taught me to always tithe my money and to give back to Jesus. Thanks for always teaching me to love Jesus, to put Him first, and to marry a man who love Jesus. And thanks for letting me go to the Honor Academy + all those mission trips...it changed my life. (Without it I wouldn't have married Mike.) Sometimes I miss being little and going to feed the cows with you in the mornings but I know that soon Ellie will get to go with you and make those memories too. Now that you're Pap, I get to see you love my little girl so much. She already loves checking the cows and chickens with you. You've taught her to swing like a big girl. She loves to give you kisses and squeeze your neck. =] You're the greatest Pap and we love you!

To my Popaw, my best buddy. You've taught me everything I know about gardening and I'm determined to have my garden look as nice as yours one day. I'm so thankful for all the crazy projects you've helped me with and the things you've helped me build (namely my bed and several tables). All the games we've played, the cookies we baked, and the nights I spent with you and Mimi will forever be engrained in my mind. I know Ellie is crazy about you and will get to make all sorts of fun memories with you too. She already loves you so very much and has special things you does with only you (sitting on your stumps under the tree). Thanks for always being there for us. We love you!

To Mike, my Hubs, and Ellie's Daddy, you are my #1. I know we've only been married for about 3 years but I am so thankful for you. Life is so fun by your side. I have loved watching you grow as a man as you've grown as a dad. It really makes me fall even more in love with you. Ellie is crazy about you! She gets so excited to see you when you come home from work and she boo-hoos when you go back after lunch. She loves when you put her on your shoulders and fun around the yard! She adores playing games with you and reading books together. We love cuddling with you and being silly and having fun together. You're the very best fella God could have given us. xoxo

Print Your Images!

Alright friends, let's talk.

Four years ago I was living in Lima, Peru as a short term missionary. In fact, tomorrow will be the exact date I would have been coming home. It's all really surreal to think about and I truly hope that I'm able to go back with Mike and Ellie one day. I had such an amazing time; I learned and experienced so much in the four months I was in Lima and I'm so grateful for the my time there and the friends I made. 

Last week I was asked by a friend of mine to speak at a homeschool co-op meeting and share about my time in Peru. I started thinking about what photos I would show, what items I could bring to show the kids, and what I would talk about. I looked around the house and found a few Peruvian coins, my Peruvian [soccer] futbol jersey, my favorite chullo [beanie], an alpaca blanket, and a couple other items.

And that's when it hit me. 

I never printed any images from my four months in Peru. Not one! Here I am a photographer and I have no photos of four of the most amazing, challenging, fun months of my life. To be honest it's quite depressing for me to realize that. So today I'm reminiscing about all of the adventures, and ups and downs, and my friends in Peru. 

I'm also taking this opportunity to remind you to PRINT YOUR PHOTOS! There is nothing like being able to sit down with a stack of photos or a printed album and flip through them. It just puts a smile on your face! And it's nice to look through old photos with family and friends and reminisce together. 

This is why I am thrilled to include a beautiful leather album with every session! I understand that most people want to have the digital images from their session but I want all of my clients to walk away with a professionally printed product that can be treasured for years to come! My hope is that I can take a little off your shoulders and make taking photos just a bit easier. =]

So today I want you to promise me that you'll make a little time to print out some of your favorite images. I don't know who said it first but the best camera is the one you have with you. [pssst Chatbooks is amazing for iphone/Instagram photos...the books are cute and they're so easy to order! Use code WZWA7J4T to get your first book free!] So take photos and make memories but be sure you book a photo shoot with me so you can be in photos too.

And now, here's a few photos of my favorite moments in Peru...