Happy 2017! Here we are, six days into the new year and we’re off to a great start…we even woke up to a pretty dusting of snow today. πŸ™‚


I’m so excited that we are able to start the new year off working on some fun projects! We have two weddings to shoot in the first week of the year, in addition to two portrait sessions.Β Cromwell Valley Park was the location for both shoots – individual portraits and an engagement/family session – and we rarely have a visit there where we don’t run into other photographers. It is easy to see why, too! We love this park not just because it is perfect for the trail running, geocaching, and hiking we enjoy, but there are also countless places that make for wonderful shooting locations.

I first shot a few photos of my sister. We have drastically different schedules and don’t see each other often, so it was nice to catch up! She is beautiful and fun to shoot with – relaxed and natural, and she doesn’t mind when I ask to hike all over creation to find the perfect spot. πŸ˜‰

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I’m thrilled with how Joy and Monica’s engagement photos at the same location went! We’ll be shooting their wedding this summer as well. This time my husband shot while I assisted, as you can see in a behind-the-scenes photo below!

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Joy and Monica’s children joined in for a few family photos too. πŸ™‚ I love that we were at the park at just the right time to capture a beautiful sky and sunset! I love when couples with children get them involved in wedding details. It was so important for us to have my son involved in our wedding, from planning to the wedding day itself.

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What creative ways have you started the new year? Do you have any 2017 resolutions or goals for your artistic work? I enjoy the symbolic clean slate to reassess what I’m doing and where I’m going. I have been list-making and goal-setting for many areas of life – school/career, personal/family, health, and creative work – but at the same time, trying to allow myself a bit of time to breathe too! My son and I had really satisfying meditation together over the holiday break, and I’d love to make that a part of our normal routine even during the week when it is busy (though it feels strange to say “meditate together” when it is a fairly independent activity – meditate simultaneously? Meditate side by side? You get the idea). 2016 taught me that no matter how busy you get, it is critical to have some sort of down time for yourself. Whether that is a 10 minute meditation while waiting for my son to get out of an after school activity or a bit of reading (not including text books or work material!) before bed, I’ve learned how important it is for all of us to take a moment to breathe…

I hope your 2017 has gotten off to a wonderful start!