Puppy Kisses

The dog is the perfect portrait subject. He doesn’t pose. He isn’t aware of the camera.¬†~Patrick Demarchelier

How adorable is Toby?! This little guy is full of energy and will exhaust you before you can exhaust him! The quote above might apply to most dogs, but not Toby. He wanted to eat the lens the majority of the time I was with him. Enjoy!

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So This Is Love…

My heart has wings and I can fly
I’ll touch every star in the sky
So this is the miracle that I’ve been dreaming of
Mmm mmm mmm
So this is love

~Cinderella

A few weeks back I got to spend an extended weekend in Southern California. The weekend was jam packed with activities such as avocado picking from a backyard tree (I almost didn’t come home for this exact reason…), seeing and meeting Disturbed in concert, photographing the CUTEST pug EVER (more on that later…) and also…photographing two amazing friends with huge hearts.

I became friends with Steve & Stephanie through a little photo sharing app called Instagram. Yup. We are all die hard Disney fans – they are the lucky ones that live in SoCal and can go all the time. ūüėČ When I told them that I was going to be in California and wanted to meet up, I offered to do a photoshoot for them. Little did I know that they were going to be surprising ME! They ended up taking me to DISNEYLAND with them! (Insert excited emoji here ūüėČ )

We walked endless steps through both parks, drank our way through DCA, and laughed so hard that we cried while flying through space. While we enjoyed our time together in the parks, I snapped some of my absolute favorite photos added to my portfolio to date.

What I love about these photos, is that it actually captures the real S&S! Please enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them. Hopefully there will be more Southern California shoots in my future. ūüėČ

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South Portland YoungLives Shoot

I had the pleasure of volunteering my time to photograph young moms for the group, YoungLives of South Portland.

From their website:

YoungLives is designed to empower and equip pregnant and parenting teen moms.

Our¬†program¬†teams up with a group¬†of leaders, mentors and volunteers who¬†provide¬†timely encouragement, guidance and ongoing support through deep mentoring relationships and lasting friendships. YoungLives’ resources provide the basic and unique needs of a teen mom and their child. In addition to the resources we¬†provide, we also offer a monthly Club.
Club allows teen moms to take a break from the daily stresses of going to school or working while having to navigate being pregnant or parenting as a teenage mother.

‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčOur¬†volunteers are committed to¬†share¬†the everlasting hope of¬†Jesus through unconditional love, and support.¬†It is our mission to serve and walk alongside all teen moms who have made the very difficult decision to become a parent. We believe every teen mom’s story is unique and¬†important. All are¬†welcomed!
I had so much fun, and feel so happy to have given these young moms family photos that they can cherish forever.
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