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Avery Meets her Brother Anderson

Beautiful snow-capped mountains surrounded the valley of Phoenix
as little Anderson made his debut into this world!
Later that day, his big sister Avery arrived at the hospital to meet her new newborn brother: )

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Copper Harbor Wedding + Travis and Ashlyn

Shooting photographer’s weddings have a special place in my heart because they know
exactly what I need to thrive and they give it to me: TIME! lots of it.
Ashlyn, Travis, and I started shooting the portraits HOURS AND HOURS before the ceremony, because she wanted a few different locations, and that requires even more time to travel! But starting very early is honestly the key to creative, amazing portraits! (OR a day-after session!) We weren’t rushed! This is an atypical scenario for me (normally I have to RUSH through pictures) so I was grateful and cherished it immensely!
I am so proud of the work I created this day: ) It also helps when I know the bride trusts me 100000000x and chose her wedding date around my schedule!!!!! Its an amazing feeling!!! I want to make her so happy: )

I even had time to drive the dress down the road 5 miles specifically for this shot haha! Usually I spend about two hours during the “getting ready” portion of the day!

Ashlyn is my cousin so I was photographing a photo of my own grandparents James and Margaret Markham and a fish hanky in remembrance of our cousin Thatcher :

I remember Ashlyn texting me getting ready outfit ideas because she understands its another way of showcasing your style and another chance to wear and be photographed in something cute!!! I LOVE what she chose!!! Madewell shorts!

My brother Dylan was with the guys: ) Mr Maev eating breakfast:

My uncle’s famous Bisquick pancakes

Travis, thank you for being emotional: ) Far too many guys suck all their emotions in, and keep it that way all day! I wonder if they know that all their women want is to see them cry hahaha

They read Love Letters to each other… right next to each other. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL.

Taylor Kero crushed the florals:

A bride that will do anything for her pictures haha:

My favorite capture of Dylans:

Please notice the hat falling onto the pavement haha. Its the little things:

Maevs grandpa found a matching hat hahahaha probably from Fourth of July two days prior

Thumbs up haha

Florals and decorating by Honey and Heart Events

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Zoe + Phoenix In-Home Family Photographer

Roxanna and Alex “GET ME.”
They said, “let’s shoot on the pile of laundry on the guest bed that never dissapears.”
YES YES YES YES!!! I am not kidding, this was one of the most inspiring scenes of 2018!
I know you don’t believe me, but its true: )

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It’s Time! The FREE Self-Empowerment PDF is Available!!!

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Why I am Open About Marriage Struggles

My client messaged me recently saying that because we’ve been open with our marriage struggles, when her and her husband were struggling, she realized there wasn’t anything WRONG with them and they could truly work through it!!!!!!!! Then, the more she talked about it with her friends, she realized they all had similar issues!!! Ladies, if there’s one thing I know for a 100% fact, it’s that every partnership has issues. The minute you have a heart-to-heart conversation with someone, they will usually tell you what’s REALLY going on, way way way beyond their Instagram feed! If you’ve had a real convo with me, you know how open I am because I understand the true FACT that I am not alone in my struggles.

That’s why I have a tribe of female friends, we all deal with very similar issues!! It’s usually about wanting our men to open up, talk a little more, or how we keep expecting our men to be different than who they really are, instead of embracing who they are, as is!!!!!! It’s hard!! (Wanting my husband to grow, evolve, and be better is different because it’s the SAME standard I hold myself to. Pushing each other to be BETTER. Human growth is essential!)

I do believe in dumping my feelings onto my friends (sometimes) because, I want to be told: “I UNDERSTAND!! me too!!!! You’re NOT crazy.” Because most of the time, my emotional/feeling center feels very crazy compared to a guys!! (…I think because most men aren’t taught how to ACCESS that emotional center!)

I am also super passionate about breaking the stigma associated with therapy/ counseling because the more we talk about it, the more accepted therapy becomes, the more couples will utilize this gift, and in turn,

Me and my gorgeous husband photographed by Rachel Jane : )

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