Sweet little Charlotte was so good for her session this weekend.  I photographed her big sister as a newborn 3 years ago.  Their sibling photos make me swoon, I’ll definitely come back and share them!

(ps.  Some time ago I started to only do sneak peeks on facebook.  I’m having a love/(mostly) hate relationship with facebook lately.  I deleted the FB app because I discovered the newest update gave them access to read my texts.  I had ads specific to certain text conversations, and it just felt…..creepy, so I deleted the app.  The result as been that I’ve been on FB much, much less.  This is a good thing for me personally and professionally.  I want to focus more on my blog and bring my energy back here.  So I’m moving sneak peeks back over here but they will also be posted on facebook as well for the time being.)

In an effort to save money I started making my own toothpaste a few months ago.  With 6 people in this house, we can easily go through 6+ tubes a month.  At $4+ each for natural, fluoride free toothpaste, it definitely adds up.  Who wants to spend $288 a year on toothpaste?!  Not this girl!  Plus keeping track of who likes what flavor stresses me out.  And honestly, even with the fluoride free stuff, I didn’t love the ingredients of store bought tooth paste.  I put off making my own for a long time but I totally regret that because it is SO EASY.  Less than 5 minutes and you are done.  I wrote out the recipe and my kids can do it, easy peasy!  After the initial expense of buying the ingredients, it didn’t take me long start saving.  So I started looking for a recipe on Pinterest, I tried a few and the kids weren’t fans at first.  I combine and tweaked and finally came up with something we all love.  And just in time, Taryn came down with her first cavity.  She’s been using this new recipe for 2 weeks and her tooth is well on it’s way to being fully remineralized.  Her tooth stopped hurting the same day she started using this. When we ran out of the homemade stuff this week, it took me an extra day to mix it up and make more, so I used our old natural brand.  My teeth felt so different.  I really prefer this, my teeth feel cleaner and I love that it contains On Guard, as its a boost to the immune system!


What you need:

3 GoToobs
3/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil
3 Tbs Redmond Bentonite Clay
1 Tbs Aluminum Free Baking Soda
2-3 Tbs Organic Xylitol
Pinch of Real Salt
15-20 Trace Mineral Drops
20-30 Drops of DoTerra On Guard

This recipe is enough to fill 3 GoToobs.  I’ve seen other recipes us Peppermint, Lemon or Sweet Orange essential oil as well, but On Guard is definitely our favorite.

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I’ve been lucky enough to photograph these two beautiful girls for quite a few years now.  Watching them grow and blossom through my lens is such a joy.  This is one of my favorite sessions with them to date.  The girly giggles, the dancing, the flowers, the dreamy light….it was perfect.

Jul 02, 2014
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1.  I haven’t done a good old fashioned 10 on Tuesday Thursday in ages.  Feels good.  I miss blogging and really kinda over facebook.  I think I need to refocus.

2.  We celebrated Ty’s 17th birthday on June 7th.  17.  Can you believe it?  time has just flown by…. teen_senior_photographer_austin_texas

3.  Ty had an amazing opportunity to attend a month long camp here in Texas.  I’m so excited for him, but we are all missing him like crazy.  This particular camp is christian based and focuses on a Godly transition from boy to man.  He’s going to be learning so many wonderful things.  He’ll spend a lot of time in prayer, journaling scripture, handling finances, home repairs like electrical and plumbing work, vehicle repair, CPR and rescue skills all with a side of outdoor play, canoeing, swimming, camping and fun.  I’m so excited for him.  A month is so long.  It’s a current toss up on who asks for him more, Maggie or Jonah.  I’ve heard “where Ty?!?” out of Jonah so many times and Mags is a big old mopey pup without him.  She follows me around, plops down and huffs all day long.  Very dramatic.

4.  We are in the process of purging at our house.  Specifically our garage so that we can put in a home gym.  I’m so excited but man is it a job.  Our garage is a huge mess.  Our neighbors asked if we were moving away lol.  I might get brave and post a before and after pic when it’s finished.  We were lucky enough to score a free weight machine last year and then we found someone who was open to bartering their gym quality elliptical machine for pics.  Total win/win for us and I’m so excited about being able to exercise at home on the same equipment I’d be using at our Gold’s Gym.  Our garage is going to look so much better too.  We are in the process of painting and adding new shelving and a work bench.  Can’t wait to get it done!  Jase just finished our over the garage door storage area.

5.  We hired a new mother’s helper.  She started this week and my kids love her.  She comes and plays and wrangles and chases so I can get stuff done.  We love Ms. Meghan!

6.  We scored a super cute metal bed frame for Taryn’s room.  My plan is to take a few cans of pink spray paint to it and finally finish Taryn’s room.  Just in time for my mom to come visit and stay in there too.  She’ll be here next week and I pumped to see her.

7.  As I was writing #6 Jonah just got out of bed, walked out to the living room, climbed up and gave me a huge squeeze hug around my neck and buried his head in my neck.  I carried him back to bed and he hugged me the whole way.  Sweet baby.  He never gets out of bed and that was just the sweetest.

8.  Did you see the video I posted of Jason doing a tutorial on the fastest way to peel a hard boiled egg?  It rocked my world.

9.  This kid…he loves to be outside.  He lives for it.  Go outside, even for one second, without him….END OF THE WORLD.


10.  Want to hang out with other parents who are Raising Foodies?  Come join our FB group!  You’ll find lots of great ideas for raising foodies and living a healthy, more natural, lifestyle.  I just posted this favorite recipe this week.  Organic chicken cut in strips, sautéed in ghee, garlic and herbamare. You can add red peppers too. I then add 1-2 cups of organic red pepper hummus from costco and a splash of almond milk to make a creamy sauce. I serve over quinoa with a side of steamed broccoli. Super fast and easy.



One of my sweet little baby planners graduation in February.  It has been SO FUN capturing Ms. L during her first year!  So many memories and fun, sweet, happy moments captured.  I have to start this post with a comparison shot…newborn and 1st birthday!  Can you even believe how much she changed in a short 365 days?!



That’s the closest you will ever see me to ducks at a session (or otherwsie).  I am terrified of ducks and geese!  After a few family shots we did a little cake smash….


The End.  Ha!  Thankfully I get to see them again soon!

Summer is here and it’s time for a sale! Beat the heat with some savings.

Also, clients interested in booking fall sessions, NOW is the time to book!

My calendar is filling up fast! Email me at for available dates.

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Beat the heat with a lifestyle session in the comfort of your own home this summer! Set up the sprinkler, eat ice cream, play board games, do the things your family loves and let me capture it! Your memories of your children happen at home and it is the perfect place to capture the love your family shares. The first 3 families to book an in home lifestyle session by June 25th to occur before September 1st will get the session fee credited to their package purchase! This is a $250 value!

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Buy one get one free on all previously un-purchased mini session images from 2014. Images purchased as BOGO are emailed and digital copies only, sample prints are not provided. Offer ends at midnight on June 25, 2014.

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Get a jump start on your senior photos! If you book a session by June 25th to occur before September 1, 2014, you will get 50% off your session fee.

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Don’t miss out on these great sales, you’ll be sad! Cute, but sad!

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The fine print: Sale ends at midnight on June 25, 2014. Sessions cannot transfer. Sorry, no cash value. Sessions booked during this sale must be completed by September 1, 2014.

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