Monday, April 7, 2014

Motherhood and Maternity, at 30 somethin'

Welcome to my second installment of Motherhood and Maternity...

30 Somethin'

Pregnant and 30, not on her first, but not on her last,
This mother has been here before!

She spends her days chasing small children, 
Wishing for the youth of her twenties, but grateful for the experience time has brought her.

While she has a long road to go, and many lessons to learn,
She is happy right where she's at- cherishing the opportunity to bare another child.

The things she took for granted in her twenties seem far more important to her now.
Her life is calming and she can see that these precious days will be but fleeting moments.

Well, I won't ask you to applaud this mother- because, well, it's me! :)

But, here are the pictures from my maternity session- a mother of 30 somethin' expecting her 5th child:

Well, what do you think?  What was pregnancy like for you in your 20's, or 30's?  

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to catch my final installment of Motherhood and Maternity: at 40 somethin'!  :)

Until then, have a lovely week!!!


Friday, March 21, 2014

Motherhood and Maternity, at 20 somethin'

Motherhood and Maternity, at 20 somethin'!

There comes a time in a woman's life that the all the walls come down.  Boundaries between age, height, beauty, status- they all come crumbling down.  We find ourselves on even ground.

For me, that time was found in motherhood.

All of a sudden my girl friends were not merely the girls I knew from high school or college, the girls my own age, or the girls I worked with.

No, I now found myself in the company of a much different group: mothers.

My new friends varied in age, size, social status and every other difference you could think of, but we all held one thing in common: we were moms.

For this shoot, I wanted to embrace that idea of the bond of motherhood.

First up, I have the lovely NEW mom, the mom of her 20's.

She is beautiful and full of life, ready for whatever comes her way.  She knows she has no idea what to expect, but tries her best to be prepared at any rate.  

This beautiful mama is expecting her first child, a lovely baby girl!

Please, join with me in congratulating this maternal beauty!

Stay tuned next week for the Motherhood and Maternity at 30 somethin' and 40 somethin'!

For now, have a wonderful weekend!!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Blossom Little Looky!!

The Blossoms are BLOOMING,

it's time for a Little Looky!

Here is the breakdown:

*5 slots from 6-7pm on Saturday, March 22.

*$75 for a 15 minute slot (up to 4 children per slot)

*You receive 5 digital images and a print release

*Email me at to reserve your spot today!

Have a beautiful day!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Open Casting Call!!

Have you ever dreamed of having YOUR face on the COVER of a book???!!  How about an AMAZING book??  

Maybe something like this book??....

Well, your dreams may just be coming true!

I shot this book cover last year, and now the author is ready to shoot the cover for book 2.  

We are looking for a young man between the ages of 18-21, or could pass for that.  He needs to fit the description of the character JACK in the book:
blue eyes
dark hair

Here is a picture from the author's website:

If you fit this description and want some free pictures and to hang out with the coolest author in the area, please email me at

We have cast Pip and Phin, already and need to get to work as soon as possible, so please pass along this info!!  If you or anyone you know may be interested, we are eager to find our Jack and start shooting!!  

If you just want to read a good book with an awesome cover (ahem ahem), then head on over to for all the latest on the Hale's Storm series!!  

I cannot wait to get back behind the camera and shoot this cover- it's always a good time with Alissa!

To everyone else, have a wonderful day!!


Thursday, January 2, 2014

And a Happy New Year!!


Well, sadly, I have been away for a while- yet again.  Between Christmas, 3 birthdays, and the illnesses that winter bring with it, my time has been consumed!  

But, here I am- so, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and, if it applies to you, Happy Birthday.

Now that we've got that all squared away, let's get down to business.

This is not your average New Years post.  First of all, it's not New Years- a day late and a dollar short.  But, also, I'm NOT making ANY resolutions.

Breathe, it's not because I think I'm perfect, or in no need of improvement- because, well, that couldn't be further from the truth.  

No, no, it's because I've chosen to look at things differently this year.  Instead of focusing on my faults and flaws (which can be ever so time-consuming), I have decided to enhance the good.

Sure, I will still set goals and work on improving my imperfect self, but that is not my focus.  This year, I am concentrating on the good.  Working on loving myself and those around me.

So, for this New Year, I am rewinding the clock.  Not too far, just a week. Back to Christmas.

WHAT?!  I know, I'm sure you've all had your fill of shopping and cooking and baked goods.  That's not what I mean.

I LOVE Christmastime!!  

Not because it brings with it my birthday, presents, and the yummiest treats.  Not even because of the elf on my shelf that insured the well manners of my young children for a WHOLE month.  No, not any of those.

I love the kind smiles, the patience, the generosity.  I love the spirit Christmas brings.  Everyone seems to be just a little bit nicer, a little more loving and kind.  It's beautiful!  I don't mind waiting in the ridiculous lines to buy my son that one last item, or driving a little slower to accommodate the extra friends and family on the road.  I love the constant urge to seek out those in need, to provide a wonderful day for those around us.

Ahhh, it really is a month of beauty!

So, why does it have to end?!  We acknowledge the birth of Christ and then WHAM, as quickly as the white wonderland was blown in, it flies off- leaving us with 11 months of ME ME ME!

Well, NOT this year!

My goal is to enhance the good- to keep that Christmastime love in my home all year.  

No, this is not an excuse to not take down my lights or leave up my Christmas tree, this is a chance to take that best part of ourselves that we reserve for the holidays and try to spread it through the rest of the year.  Notice the old lady behind you and hold open the door, be patient with the young mom slowly crossing the road in front of you (that's probably me and my zoo), smile at the cashier who is trying so hard to help you.  

With that being said, I have saved my Nativity Shoot to share with you this New Year, as a reminder of the wonderful gift of the holiday season.

May ALL your days be Merry and Bright!


I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane!

What qualities will you enhance this year?  

What is your favorite thing about Christmas?

Thank you for a wonderful year!  I look forward to another amazing year filled with shared memories and smiles!

For now, remember to enhance the good and have a wonderful day!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Holiday Mini Sessions

The Holidays are among us!

What does that mean??


I have been getting so many catalogs filled with all the latest card trends:
glitter, gold, cats {yes, Kelly, there is a cat card}... the sky is the limit...

The one main requirement:


And, my friend, you are in luck, because there is STILL time to get it all done!

For the first time, I am doing Holiday Mini Sessions, just for 


November 22nd & 23rd {yes, next week}

Here's the deal:

30 minute session
10 digital images
1 Christmas card layout {your work is done, all you have to do is order them at any print lab}
Print Release

At one of FOUR different locations!!!

11/22 from 2-3, I will be shooting at the Paso Inn

11/22 from 3:30-4:30, I will be shooting at Pomar Junction

11/23 from 2-3, I will be shooting in Harmony

11/23 from 3:30-4:30 I will be shooting at Hearst Beach

There are still 3 slots left.. so, what are you waiting for!!  Hit your email, dial your phone, crank up your facebook.... whichever way tickles your fancy, just GET AHOLD OF ME to claim your spot!

And, just because I love pictures so much, I've compiled some photos from all of these locations for your viewing pleasure:

Thank you for stopping by and have a WONDERFUL weekend!!