Category Archives: Photography

Be Known


I have thought so many times about what has been hard about moving across the country. It may seem obvious, but it still makes me ponder. Sure, you leave every shred of comfort that you know and love, even the things you hated you find yourself missing. All the familiar is gone, the second you drive away. It was and still is overwhelming sometimes. BUT…one of my children said it best the other day…


“I just want to wake up and feel normal.”


And so I got to thinking about how to help make them “FEEL NORMAL”.


Cue a visit from a bestie and her family. Perfect timing. There is such comfort in souls that are intertwined from years of history. Ones who know you. One who gets you.

It’s irreplaceable.


It takes time to build that and we will. God provides all our needs again and again.



It makes me ever so grateful that God knows me intimately, in both California and Missouri.

May I always remember to treasure those hearts that are around me, and to remember in whom I belong in the first place.


Life is absolutely not meant to live alone.

I am so grateful for my people. Both my dearest of friends in California and the new ones I am making here in Missouri.

…and for my parents who will be here to visit in just 11 days.

Happy Tuesday!


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Just Us


Oh pictures!

We tried these today. I decided yesterday to do them.

Everyone grab clothes in your closet. No fresh hair cuts, new outfits, nothing. Real life complete with grumpiness and running late so we had about 18 minutes to get this done before the sun went to sleep, and no time to flat iron my hair.

A toddler running everywhere, a mom feeling mom frumptastic, and my remote stopped working so I did the whole timer and run thing. HA!

I love my family!

PicMonkey Collage

…and did I mention this is in my backyard? Going to miss this view!!!!






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Green Jeans. Summer 2013.


It has been a busy and amazing summer.

If you have a minute, head on over to Green Jeans Photography and LIKE my page. I would sure appreciate it! What a blessing this new venture has been to me personally, as well as my family and our homeschooling!



























Much love to all my clients. I am looking forward to a fabulous fall.


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Green Jeans Spring 2013


I have been busy in the best kind of way. I love to put these posts together every couple of months to look back at the sessions that I have been able to experience with clients. Hard to pick out a few of my favorites! A whole lot of incredible milestones are represented. So blessed to be a part. I consider it SUCH an honor to be capturing these moments.

Happy Monday.




































Will you head on over and LIKE Green Jeans Photography on Facebook?

Thank you!


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Seventy Two Times.

The Lord has truly blessed my business endeavor this past year as I sought an outlet for all things creative, a mommy break, and an additional income to support our homeschool and extracurricular activities. These are some of my favorites from the last month. Boy, was I busy! Christmas photos galore. It was so festive. My camera, my McDonalds peppermint hot chocolate, and I were very busy.

I was thinking through my business plan today. Working on some goals for the new year. I sat down to count the sessions that I had during 2012. I was floored.

I began my business on Mother’s Day 2012. During these almost 8 months I have had 72 sessions ranging from training sessions, to student portraits, to full length sessions, and even a wedding. I am not sure how that is even possible. I really couldn’t be more thankful. AND I’m totally not even just saying that.

I sit in awe of our Lord and what He blesses us with. When things are right, they just are…and they work. When He calls you? go! and He blesses.

I tend to be impulsive. No shock if you know me. I get an idea and I go with it. I don’t like to think through how to do it or if it will work because it will. I will make it. No matter what it takes. Fear generally doesn’t enter the equation. Many times this is fantastic. {Sometimes not so much}.

With this business venture, I was not impulsive. I thought and thought, had friends advice, had husband support, and most importantly, many conversations with the Lord. The night before I began, something hit me that I had not thought about.

What if no one ever hires me? Fear gripped me pretty bad that evening. I prayed and prayed about it and tossed and turned all night. I seriously considered not going for this. Because honestly, what if I suck? I mean who was I to think I could do this? Morning came and I hit publish on this and the journey began. No looking back.

I am so glad I did.

I love what I am doing. I love the opportunities. I love the beauty of the emotion that turns up in these images. I love meeting the people and I really love the kids. Oh the little munchkins make me smile.

I love being a part of an engagement, a birth, a birthday, a reunion, or a moment in time when family members from all over the country are together.

It pretty much rocks.

Pictures are pretty important.

They tell such powerful stories.

Stories of life, just as it is.

I can’t wait for 2013.

I’ve got much more to learn…

More new things to experience…

I’ve got plans, my friends….

I’ve got dreams…

Kick the fear to the curb, it’s not worth it.

What might you miss if you don’t?


I’d love your “LIKE” over at my Facebook page, if you have a minute to visit. My website will be coming this year too. Such exciting things. There is a big smile plastered on my face tonight.







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November has been B U S Y. It has been an unbelievable pleasure working with friends, meeting new people, and reconnecting with people I haven’t seen in years! I am so grateful for all my clients and the joy this first year of business has been to me so far. Here are some of my favorites from November.

Enjoy December with your family and friends!

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Let’s Catch Up, Shall We?

A whirlwind has occurred around here, oh my goodness. It’s like one day I was sitting on the couch eating bon bons and then BAM, ya know? I am once again vowing to not miss this season. The next 2 months are hands down my favorite time of the year. Gonna live in the moment and say NO to that which does not make me scream like a little girl with excitement. That’s my plan. There is SO much I want to do.

I could not be more blessed as I celebrate the first six months with Green Jeans Photography. I’ve had the awesome opportunity to shoot it all from weddings, to newborns, to seniors, and everything in between. I am swamped this season. I love love LOVE what I am doing. I look forward to 2013 and what is to come. So many opportunities.

I began Insanity on Monday, a nine week commitment that will conveniently end on Dec 30th, just in time for New Year’s Resolutions. I have done two days and I am so sore. I am sore in places that I didn’t know I had places. That guy, Shaun T, is crazy. This program speaks my love language. It’s an all or nothing deal. I usually love the bells, whistles, and fluff. I can be swayed by it in a heartbeat, BUT this time, this hardcore, bare bones, grueling and mildly annoying workout complete with music that makes you want to gouge your eyes out, is my choice. After a year at the same weight, I am ready to kick it up ten notches and get this weight loss thing finished. I’d like to live in maintenance land. I haven’t been there in a while. This just fits. It’s what I need right now.

The beautiful thing about how long this weight loss gig is taking me, is that I have been saving money to go on a shopping spree when I am in a healthy BMI range. Let’s just say I have a chunk of change saved up and I will be re enacting that scene from Pretty Woman. You know the one, right? I might even sing the song.

Speaking of weight loss, we just went to Apple Hill for the first time. Oh, the treats.

Apple Hill. The Land of Gum Drops and Ponies. My word. I could live there. We visit multiple times each fall. Multiple apple orchards, like 55 of them or something.

My husband and I often talk about what it would be like to buy land like that and open a pumpkin, crafty, Christmas tree wonderland where we work all year to entertain families all fall. I kinda think that would be a little bit of heaven. As long as I had a wrap around porch, my family, Chipotle, and a Hobby Lobby near by~it’d be near perfect.

We have been getting through the basics of our school day right on track, but without a whole lot of frills, over the last couple of weeks. Tomorrow is teacher inservice day. This means that the kids will be left will a couple of independent assignments and the principal. I am off to spend the day planning for quarter two and to sneak in a pedicure and a hair apt. #homeschoolteacherperks

Did you know that there is just 55 sleeps left until Christmas? Look who was a client of mine last week? Holla.




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I have figured it out.

Avoid a rut. Give yourself an ever needed kick in the boo-tay.

You know that comfort zone? Annihilate it.

Get outside of it. Re invent yourself. Not in a crazy mid life crisis kind of way, but a new hobby and a new adventure kind of a way. I sit here and reflect. I’m all snuggly in my freshly washed hoodie, yoga pants, and leopard slippers. Today I am welcoming fall with open arms and a pumpkin candle as a chill spreads through the house. I have pushed myself so far out of my comfort zone this past year that I turn back to find it and it is but a speck in the distance. My new photography business has been a part of that.

Everyone needs to find themselves in a situation where your nerves parallel the first day of high school and you find yourself  kneeling in a dirty bathroom stall praying that you will survive the day because you just really don’t want to screw anything up.

It’s the scariest and most beautiful of all places.

Realizing that there is a distinct possibility that you might fall on your face. This state of being breathes life into my soul. It’s precarious. It requires effort. The best efforts that you have in your arsenal.

New experiences?

They don’t replace my old life. They blend in seamlessly and wake me up.


Stay alive.

It’s the best way to live.

Find a way no matter what the cost to wake up.

My word for 2012 was passion. I was in a slump and I lost it. However, I have found it again.

I’m so grateful.

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It has been fun to watch my little business come to life. What a blessing it has been.

It’s stretched me {taking pictures of a professional photographer SCARY}, humbled me {try looking at a client’s session and realizing your reflection is visible in every single picture due to a pair of glasses}, and brought me so much happiness, as I have spent time with so many wonderful people. Seeing the connections between families and getting to crawl around on the ground to play with many little friends is just pure fun to a girl like me.

I ran across a designer on Etsy and fell in love with her style. I contacted her immediately about doing a custom package. You know what her response was? I would love to but I am moving next week from Paris to New York. (or maybe New York to Paris, I can’t remember) Can you wait two weeks? I’m thinking what a fun sentence to say and have it actually be true. Two cities that I have always wanted to spend time in and to live there? Magical.

I waited for the two weeks and I am so glad I did. It’s as if she jumped inside my brain, found what I wanted, climbed back out, and brought it to life. She was a dream to work with. I highly recommend her if you have designing needs!

Thanks Andy!

I am looking forward to a fun and very full fall season. My brain is working overtime imagining Christmas photo ops. The possibilities…..

Here are some of my favorite shots from the last month. I have been busy! I did my first newborn shoot ever, met new clients, and photographed a beautiful family awaiting their second child. I had clients who people think are reserved, but yeah as it turns out NOT. I have had many sessions with kids as I am offering a Back to School event for students. I was able to spend time with the sweetest baby ever who loves duckies and photographed a couple of absolutely adorable preschoolers…my heart and my calendar have been full.

Have an awesome Thursday.

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Click It Up A Notch

A fabulous resource for doing just that, Click it up a Notch is on my list of must reads for improving my photography skills {and has the most adorable blog ever}.

One of my favorite shots from July.

Unprompted. Real. Joy.

Genuine giddiness over her soon to arrive little sister.

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