Category Archives: Families

{Las Vegas Family Photographer} My Beautiful Children

I’ve always been taken with simple, soulful portraits taken with beautiful lighting.  What started out as some solo images of my youngest little girl, Octavia (I may share these later) morphed into a sisters and brothers series.  I am absolutely in love with both of these images and YES, they will be printed and hung with pride on my wall.  I imagine them as heirloom pieces that their grandchildren, great grand children and beyond will look at to see what their ancestors looked like.  I wanted to share.  Those of you who have followed my work for some time will probably be amazed at how much they’ve grown over the years.  I often get asked how I manage it all – 10 children and a photography business.  The fact of the matter is that I have had to make some serious cutbacks, and am now only taking the VERY rare client session and focusing on my family (priority #1) and my teaching.  And because I also get asked for names and ages – here you go!  From oldest to youngest we have Clint (17 next month), Calista (15 1/2), Damien (13), Theron (11), Adrian (8 in August), Quentin (7 next month), Camille (6), Octavia (5 TODAY!), Elliott (2 1/2), and Gabriel (1 tomorrow!).  I love images that give you a glimpse of someone’s soul, and I think that is why I am so drawn to these.  Thank you for taking the time to look.  This is my pride and joy, right here.  :)

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{Las Vegas Family Photographer} The P. Family

Can I just start off by saying that this is one of my favorite family sessions ever?  I love everything about it from the beautiful people, to the connections, to the locations, to the colors.  It all came together so well!  Meghan is a portrait photographer in Las Vegas herself, so I was very honored that she chose me to take their first family pictures as a family of 6.  They could not have been any sweeter or more gorgeous – what a wonderful family to work with!  Thank you again, Meghan & Oscar – I cannot wait to see what you do with your images.  I am so happy that you like them!  I look forward to our next shoot. :)

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This field of flowers?  Yes, please!  Many thanks go out to my wonderful husband for finding this location for me.  He knows what I like! :) Las-Vegas-Family-Photographer-27 Las-Vegas-Family-Photographer-28 Las-Vegas-Family-Photographer-29 Las-Vegas-Family-Photographer-30 Las-Vegas-Family-Photographer-31 Las-Vegas-Family-Photographer-32

At the end of this session, little Benjamin needed a nursing break.  He made it through a 6 hour round trip car ride and a 3 hour shoot like it was nothing – not a single cry!  I asked mom if she would like a few nursing photos and I am SO happy that she said yes!  This is such a special and fleeting time in the mother/child relationship and I absolutely love capturing this for mothers who are willing to allow me the privilege.  Thank you, Meghan! Las-Vegas-Family-Photographer-33 Las-Vegas-Family-Photographer-34

{Las Vegas Portrait Photographer} Natural Light Workshop – Nashville, TN

I recently had the opportunity to travel to the beautiful Nashville TN to teach a workshop on natural light photography and post processing.  I had SO much fun!  My husband and 2 of my children were able to accompany me on my trip and we could not believe how GREEN it was there!  Coming from the brown desert, it was like an oasis.  We arrived a few days prior to the workshop so we would have time to take in some of the sights – I wish we would have had more time there.  We managed to make it to downtown Nashville, the Tennessee State Museum, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, as well as a day drive to Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains (that could have been a separate trip/vacation in and of itself).  We were all in love with Tennessee, it’s people, and it’s FOOD by the time we left.  I would love to come back someday!

Thank you SO very much to my gracious host, Tiera Betts of Tiera Fath Photography for all of her hard work and help making this workshop come together.  I couldn’t have done it without her!  She and her family were wonderful hosts – AND models as you’ll see in the images below. ;)  My workshop attendees decided on maternity and family sessions as areas of focus, and we were even able to sneak in a gorgeous child model at the last minute.  Tiera and her family stood in as our family models and I seriously don’t think we could have found a more beautiful family if we tried.  They were amazing!  Thank you also to my wonderful, sweet friend Melody Hood of Innamorata Photography for making the drive down from Chattanooga to help me out.  I love you, girl!

I had such a wonderful time working with these amazing ladies and models, and came away with wonderful memories of this workshop and our trip down south.  I miss the green already!  Can you guess what one of my favorite things about shooting in TN was?  The FIREFLIES!!  I have not seen these since I was a child.  When we finished up with Tiera’s shoot on the first evening of the workshop, the field started lighting up with little flecks of light.  Color me amazed!

Please enjoy my Nashville photos, and do not forget to email me about my Raleigh NC workshop coming up in November!

First up is our gorgeous maternity model.  In a creek.  Did I mention that there is NO water around here to shoot in?  This was SO fun!

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Next up is the lovely Sophie.  Isn’t she beautiful?  She was a great addition to our model lineup and I’m so happy that I was able to work with her.  Thank you, Carol! <3

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Our beautiful family models – my lovely host, Tiera Betts and her family!  They were AMAZING!  I love this candid outtake!










Thank you to Melody for capturing this image with my camera when I ran to my car for a tissue.  It’s one of my favorites!  I couldn’t help but add some fireflies – they were one of my favorite things about my trip. <3


You all know I couldn’t go all the way to Nashville and not capture a few images of my beautiful baby boy in this new and lush scenery.  I <3 these!

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Um, can you say GOLDEN hour?


Thank you all so much for a successful workshop!  I cannot wait for my next one!  I hope you enjoyed the images. :)