Monday, April 21, 2014

Motherhood and Maternity, at 40 somethin'

Motherhood and Maternity
40 somethin'

So far, you've seen me post about pregnancy in her 20's, expecting the first child and pregnancy in her 30's, expecting her 5th child.

Now, is time for pregnancy in her 40's.

Expecting lucky number 9, her last child.

The mother at 40 somethin' is graceful and sure.
She has not only been here before, but has seen every stage of childhood.

From bringing home 8 boys before, to sending 2 on their way in the world,
She knows every pain, struggle and triumph motherhood holds.

The panic of motherhood has been replaced by a calm awareness,
Not because she has conquered the task, but because she has faith that her best is enough.

She knows being a mom is hard and demanding, she's tired and frustrated at times,
But she finds no other place in the world she would rather be.

With age comes experience,
With age comes peace.

Here's to a wonderful mother, expecting her first girl after 8 wonderful boys!!

Isn't she beautiful!???

What are your thoughts?  How did you feel at different ages of pregnancy?  Were you one who LOVED being pregnant, or did you find yourself yearning for the 9 months to come to an end?

Thank you for stopping by!  Stay tuned tomorrow for a follow-up on this mom as I reveal a session I did with one of her oldest sons as he prepared to leave on a two-year mission!

Have a wonderful evening!!


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!