Seattle Girls Trip

Time away to a new place is always so inspiring to me.  The colors, the tastes, the smells.  All fresh and exciting. 

Recently I was able to get away to Seattle with two of my closest friends for a weekend.  It was my first time ever really taking time away like that and I am just SO thankful for it.   It's a gift to be able to work alongside these ladies with Rodan and Fields but that showed itself to be extra true when we could all take this time together largely in part because of our businesses (and our awesome husbands!)  

The London Plane was this amazing little restaurant we went to right after we flew in.  It was at the end of this little brick lined street that I could only imagine is insanely beautiful during the summer months.  

After lunch we headed over to Bainbridge Island which was a true DELIGHT.  Wow.  The ferry life is a sweet life indeed.  I loved being surrounded by all that water and the shops on Bainbridge were incredible!  Delicious ice cream with the sun shining and these precious girls?  Heart exploding happiness.     

On Friday we headed out to Pikes Place where we took in all the sights and smells of that wonderful little corner of the world.  I adore all the fresh flowers there and the beautiful fruit- it's just so full of life. I love it! 

Later that evening we headed out Whidbey Island to stay in a friend of Erin's house and it was a DREAM.  A total dream.  The house was not only decorated like something out of a Nancy Meyers movie but the location was just unreal.  Double bluff beach I think it was called?  WOWZERS.  Go to Washington if you ever get the chance.  

Seattle, I love you because you have my Erin, and I love you because- well- you're just stinking pretty. 

Maribeth + Jon Sneak Peek

I cannot wait to deliver this full gallery!  What a fun wedding day it was!  So much smiling, so much laughing, and so much dancing.  I love to watch two people's hard work of planning come to fruition & I love to capture those small details of the day.  

Portraits of Motherhood

To know Laura is to know warmth and laughter.  She is those things and so much more to me, and even though our friendship is more recent, I can tell it will stand the test of time.  In so many ways I am inspired by her.  Her love for Christ, her family, culture, education, and good food are some of my favorite things about her. And like I said- laughter.  There is so much laughter with her.  But probably the thing I am most grateful for is her honesty.  She has a very impressive life but she is the first to open up and say- don't be fooled- I've got stuff too.  And I just think the world needs so much more of this.  So much more truth telling.  

I asked her if she'd let me spend a morning with her and her kids, where they were doing school and just everyday life stuff.  I wanted to capture her doing the work she is investing her heart into.  It's often the messy, mundane, and everyday stuff that we pour ourselves out for- and that rarely ends up on the other side of my lens.  Some people would not want a shoot like this- but I knew I could count on her to be up for it.  

Between reading stories and cleaning up messes there is just so much happening.  Mothers- you are quite literally shaping the future of the world.  It's a huge deal and I want to celebrate that!

Hanging in my home I have a sign that a dear friend gave me- it says,  "The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home."  

It's in these moments that life is happening. 

And that is so worth capturing. 

Summer Dreams

This summer my little family had the opportunity to visit my sweet college roommate & her family on their farm up in Minnesota. 

You guys. 

This girl has such a huge corner of my heart and to see her thriving & doing something she's just an awful lot to give thanks for.  

Sarah is one of the strongest women I know and that strength & determination inspires me to no end.  Her smile and laugh are contagious & to be with her once more- in her home- brought so many memories back from when we lived together.  Ben feels like a brother and her mother feels like a second mom to me.  Her sweet, sweet baby girl stole my heart as much as their pigs stole my farm animal obsessed 3 year old's heart.  I feel so proud to be a part of her story.  A part of her life.  She makes things so very beautiful.

Going back to these images has me dreaming of summer.  It will forever be my favorite season- when the sunshine is abundant & colors are vibrant.  


I love you, I love you, I love you.