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January 1, 2019

2018 was an absolutely amazing year.  Sometimes I cannot believe that my job is being a photographer.  Looking back at all the selfies with my couples from the year makes me so incredible grateful for each and every one of them.  They trust me to document one of the most important days of their lives.  It’s freaking mind blowing sometimes.

December 27, 2018

As the year comes to an end, it is time for me to look back on all the fun I had photographing weddings!  I still have one more wedding left this year, so you will have to wait for all the selfies.  But, I have all the behind the scenes goodies for you now!  Ok, enough talking, let’s get to the goods!

September 25, 2018

I have always had this dream of harvesting fruit from the wild and making gifts for my friends and family.   I really wanted to make prickly pear/blackberry jelly.  But, we were not able to find any blackberries this year, so Prickly Pear Jelly it is!  (You can read about our harvesting adventure here.)
Step 1: Removing Glochids
This was an adventure all in itself.  To make the jelly, first, you have to get all the glochids (tiny thorns) off.  The most common method is to burn it off.  The guys on youtube all use crazy torches, but I figured any fire would be fine.  Right?  Wrong.  We made a fire in our fire pit and grabbed our marshmallow roasters.  We stuck the prickly pears on and put them over the fire.  What happened is we just cooked the prickly pears and did not get the glochids off.  Good thing we only tried with a few.

September 6, 2018

I have always had this dream of harvesting fruit from the wild and making gifts for my friends and family.  I had so many Sedona engagement session this year, that I got to watch the Prickly Pears ripen.  I was so excited, because I usually miss them at peak picking time!  But of course, prickly pears are not enough for me.  I also wanted to harvest black berries!  I mean, prickly pear and blackberry jelly; how amazing does that sound?!  So, my husband and I planned a berry picking/prickly pear harvesting date in a location where we knew there was berries and pears.

August 29, 2018

Today is my 15th anniversary with my husband.  That’s right, 15 years ago since this dude started talking to me about bands in a pool and held my hand while watching Finding Nemo.  I have known him exactly half of my life.  Since the day I met him his has encouraged me to follow my passions and inspired me to push myself to become a better person.  To celebrate the past 15 years, I wanted to share 15 pictures from our relationship.  Ready?  Let’s go!

July 24, 2018

The first time I hiked to The Crack, I was playing hooky from work.  Or, taking a mental health day as it is called now.  I told my husband on the next day off he had during the week, I was going to call into work and we were going hiking.  I didn’t care where, […]

June 19, 2018

I am a bit of a nerd about stars.  I took astronomy for my science classes in college, so of course, I think I am a bit of an expert.  Or at least, I can share some wisdom with my friends while we are out camping.  And some of my favorite quotes have to do with stars.  “I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars make me dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh and “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground” – Teddy Roosevelt.  Oh, and then that Coldplay song, “Look at the stars, look how they shine for you.”  And we cannot forget Neverland, “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.” I digress.  My point is that I have this thing for stars.

May 29, 2018

My husband and I skipped our December Disneyland trip so that I could quit my full time job.  Every month that went by, we wanted to go to Disney more and more.  We normally go out with a 3 day pass and stay at the Disneyland Hotel.  Character dining, the Blue Bayou, all of it.  But that was definitely not in the cards being newly self employed.  So, I started to do some research to see how cheaply we could go to Disneyland.  Old school style, like when we were in our 20s and still living with our parents.  

April 24, 2018

Josh and I used to take annual camping trips up to the Rim every monsoon season.  We have not been able to make it up to the Rim the past few years because I was using all my PTO time to photograph weddings and other business related ventures.  Since I left my other job in December, I had a list of things I had been missing out on that I wanted to do.  One of them, was camping on the rim.

April 12, 2018

I have always dreamed about going to the Pacific Northwest.  But, I was always a little afraid that if I went there I would not want to leave.  Rain, humongous trees, and green everywhere?  What is not to love?!  So for my 30th birthday, I decided to check Seattle off my bucket list.  We planned to take the trip a week after my actual birthday, because I was photographing a wedding.  (Of course I was!)  So I booked our plane tickets, hotel, and rental car and planned out what we would do each day of our trip.