Such a controversial word. What does it mean? Why does it mean that? Well if it means one thing to you and another to me does that make one of us wrong? What is Christmas really all about?

It's been a question that's been on my mind a lot lately. The cynics claim it is a commercialized holiday that has meaning no deeper then the glam and glitter of it all, I surely don't believe that to be true. But after a recent conversation I had I did find myself questioning certain things. I was not questioning if I believe Christmas to be a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. I do. I was also not questioning my love of the holiday. I love Christmas because to be it is a time that is filled with love and hope and miracles. Do I buy into the glitter and glam of it all? I do. I love that for one month a year the world seems a little bit brighter, I love decorating my house and the cheer that comes along with those decorations. Does this make my belief less? Does the fact that I enjoy putting up twinkle lights and snow globes and a big tall tree make me naive to the sadness and loneliness that can also surround this holiday? No I don't think so.

I was lucky, I grew up in a home where Christmas was celebrated for all that was beautiful about it, I don't take that for granted for a second. I know that for so many this holiday is something to be dreaded, something where the positive memories I am so fond of just aren't there. And it makes me sad. Makes my heart hurt for those who don't know the joy I feel from this time of year. And as easy as it would be to buy into the cynicism I just can't, I still want to make people love it, see it as I do. A special time of year for telling and showing your loved ones how much they mean to you. The presents, the lights and the tree. Honestly it's not why I love it. The glitter and glam are like the salt and pepper. It's not why you are eating the food, but it makes it taste that much better so why not.

 I had an amazing Christmas this year, filled with family and love and laughter. Merry Christmas to you and may your home be filled with love throughout this season!


It's beginning to look a lot like...

Christmas! I know it's not even quite Thanksgiving yet but we recently had a snowfall in our little nook of the valley...
As you can see it was a bit of a winterwonderland we found ourselves in! Absolutely gorgeous.

Jackson was a tired little boy after his day of playing, first time he's ever seen snow and he absolutely loved it...

I'm seriously like a kid when the snow comes. I wake up early...

 Throw my boots on over my pj's...
 And run out to play in the snow!
 Jackson loves the snow so much too!
 He played and played while I snapped away
The three of us had such a fun snow day, love my family so much!!


Have you checked me out on facebook?

If not you really should. My website is almost 'live' but until that day comes if you'd like to check out a bit more of my work I have a ton of it up on my facebook site. Check it out!



Day 3: Getting things done.

I am not an organized person by nature. I try and try and try and just don't quite have the follow through to keep up with all of that, well organizing. But I need to be better. So today I got things done, including finally ordering more business cards. And calling the repair man back. And paying my car payment and getting all almost all of the laundry done. I've also been thinking my one post a day should really include a photo, since this is after all a photography blog. We had such a gorgeous fall, unfortunately the rain is here now and probably not going anywhere for a long, long time. I really gotta find time to get to Vegas soon, man I miss that place. Here are a few fall time pics of mine, hope you enjoy!

I just love messing around with moving my camera and lens and seeing what kinds of affects I can get. Loved how this came out!

Fall in Oregon is so pretty!


Day two.

I'm feeling overwhelmed lately. Lots to do. Have to head to work now...

Welcome baby Jack!

So this little guy was just so much fun to work with, at only nine days old he was so alert and as long as we kept his clothes on, happy as a clam! Already trying to hold his head up and constantly wiggling around it was unlike any other newborn shoot I've done. Although any challenges I came across were far outweighed by the smiles and laughter that filled the house as we tried to coax this sweet babe to sleep between outfit changes! Hope you enjoy a few pictures from our day!

I just LOVE this one. So much!

One of Jack's grandmas made this adorable blanket for him.

You can already tell these two are going to have a special father-son bond.

Even puppy Lily is excited for Jack's arrival!
So much love in this family!


The kind of night I love

You know the type I'm talking about? Where it's GOOD to be alive! I've been working tons of hours lately and haven't been able to enjoy too much of Oregon's gorgeous summertime. Luckily the other night I had a few spare minutes before the sun set and ran Jackson to the dog park. What I wasn't expecing was to get the last few minutes of a completely GORGEOUS sunset. Wow nature amazes me sometimes. Unfortunately the dog park isn't exactly an ideal setting for Sunset Photo Taking but never the less I snapped a few pics and thought I'd share them with you!

The sky was absolutely amazing. This is un-edited what I shot.
It just kept changing....
And changing...

And changing...

And changing...

Until the last bits of light tipped below the horizon.


Happy 3rd Birthday Brielle!

A morning at Alton Baker Park throwing rocks in the river! A great way to spend a 3rd birthday and also to snap some cute shots :) here are a few shots I got of the birthday girl and her mama and big brother Caedin!