Baby Bentley traveled a long way to get his family pictures taken and maybe just wasn't feeling the smiles. ;) Even though we didn't get very many big smiles, he was still such a good boy getting his picture taken! This family is insanely beautiful! I am maybe a little biased because I am related to them and love them, but I am sure you'll agree.
Once again, this Idaho scenery is beautiful! I can't wait to go to Idaho in the fall for a whole bunch of sessions!
Blaine and Kade got so many adorable photos at their session. When I showed Blaine, she was so thrilled and excited. I was so happy she loved them because I absolutely adore her little family. Thanks guys! It was a pleasure taking your family photos.
I became excited about photographing the Gilbert temple a couple weeks ago. I think the excitement is over now that I got up at 4:15 a.m, worked through the day then couldn't sleep until 4:30 the next morning. ;)
I enjoyed the experience and was grateful for the opportunity to go shoot as such a peaceful setting. It was nice to do something for fun and for me. I would love to get more practice and become better at capturing sunsets and sunrises! It is such a skill and talent! I am also very clumsy with a tripod. I wanted to treat the temple like it was a client at a portrait session, but it was a whole different league of photography!
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These are just a few of many of the adorable images we captured of Sydney. She is such a sweet little girl! I have gotten to take pictures of her three different times now at different family sessions and mini sessions.
I love taking baptism photos for children and helping them feel special and helping them get more excited about their decision to be baptized. It's such a treat for me!
A few months ago, my friend was having a baby! I got asked to help with the decorations for her baby shower. Since one of my only talents is photography, I decided to take some maternity pictures of her to display at her baby shower. They turned out really cute! It gave me an excuse to buy some new frames for my house as well.
I use this location in one of the subdivisions near our house quite often. It's so simple to get to, has decent light and the kids think it's fun! It works perfect for a quick mini session.
For her baby shower I also used my sewing machine for the first time and made some banners. They turned out semi okay, but I don't consider that a talent of mine yet. ;)
Wow! It was over a year ago that I photographed the Caudle family. It was probably my first time going to Florence for a family portrait session.
I absolutely loved the outfits that Dawna put together. She had just the perfect amount of everything in her outfit choices! If you need help planning outfits for pictures, hire Dawna! Oh wait... Is that okay, Dawna? ;)
As you can see, they're an adorable family in adorable outfits! There are only two people with more "busy" shirts. They add the perfect pop to the photo. The girls have a variety of Aqua, navy and white. It brings a lot of dimension into the family photo.
When you get your family pictures taken, you should always wear something that you feel comfortable in, but also something that you feel like your best self in. It is always good to go buy something new that fits well and looks fresh. After all, these pictures will last forever.
Textures, plaids, and colors photograph really well and add just the pop the photograph needs. Don't hesitate to be creative with accessories and layers, but also don't go out of your comfort zone.
I loved working with this family! I can't wait to capture thier family photos again to see what gorgeous outfits Dawna comes up with.
Be prepared for some major cuteness! I met this little sibling crew a few months ago. I laughed pretty hard at this child session. Ben is 4 years old but you would think he is about 7-9 years old because of how smart he is. HE IS SO SMART! He said some of the funniest things.
I am trying to think of some of the things I was trying to say to get him to laugh. He had some hilarious comebacks. At one point in the session I got out my stool. From then on he was obsessed with it and was trying to think of poses we could do to involve the stool.
He really wanted to use the stool all the time.
Now I can't stop thinking about it, and it is really making me laugh!
Each of these kids were fun and had their own unique personality which I loved! They all loved my sense of humor which just made my day...or life! It was almost like I could use a different sense of humor with each child. It was really funny how we connected so well even though we had just met. I love getting to interact with kids and make them laugh. Sometimes it is difficult trying to discover what that is. Once I crack a smile and find their personality I feel like I have won the lottery!
Thanks to this cute family for having me take their sibling crew pictures! It was such a blast getting to know them.
Don't worry, friends. We made it home from camping, but not that easy. We did have the most fun time relaxing as a family. It was nice to be unplugged from technology, work, and school and enjoy each other. We scored a blow up paddle boat at TJ Maxx the other day so we took it out and paddled around at Woods Canyon Lake! Dawson thought we were the coolest. He kept telling all of the fishermen to look at our cool boat.... It surely was impressive.
To start off our trip, our car broke. Blake fixed that and we left a day late. Then we forgot our dutch oven so we bought a knew one. Thankfully we have three dutch ovens now. #dutchovenforsale
Then, on our way home we got a flat tire; Our second in just a couple of months. And we were still on the mountain. THANKFULLY, I had wanted to stop and take a picture of the view at a look out where we had service, and THANKFULLY we have free towing. Also, in AZ you can ride on the back of a tow truck in your own car. Guys, could our FAIL have worked out more perfectly.
We made it home from camping, and I got the sweetest pictures of my two little munchkins. Best of all, I have the sweetest memories that I will cherish forever!
I'm just laughing. My pictures are so cute, but don't be fooled. My house is a wreck, I am exhausted, annoyed, and want a knew car.
One thing is for sure though, I am grateful.
Happy anniversary to this hunk of love!
Blake and I have been through a lot of hard things in the past five years. It is because of him that we survived. It's because of his stength, faith and ability to push through anything. If you ever have the chance to really get to know Blake, you will consider yourself lucky to know such an incredible person.
I am so happy I picked such a good man to go through this life with. I feel quite blessed that I get to keep him for eternity.
Thanks for being YOU, Blake! I love you more than ever!
Thanks to Samantha Jane for our wedding photos. Still love them!
Lately I have felt like I have something more to give in my photography career. I've had the idea floating around in my head about featuring the families I photograph on my blog. I want to be able to inspire others through faith, family and photography. I've felt like it is something I need to do.
It has enriched my life spending time with families. I don't want to say my sessions are always butterflies and roses. They are chaotic a lot of the time! It takes a full days work to get ready for it. Picture day is exhausting (mostly for the mom,) but it's worth it! It is worth it to capture that happiness with your family.
I want everyone to know that the happiness we share with our families is forever. Families are forever. I want everyone to know that we can find happiness through the love we share with our families, and through our faith in the Savior Jesus Christ. It is because of Him that we get to share love with our families. It is because of Him that we get to spend a chaotic hour taking family pictures laughing together. It is because of Him that we have beautiful scenery to partake of and enjoy.
Through him the burdens we carry can be lifted. We can find peace. We can find hope. We can find eternal happiness.
Sometimes life is dark. Sometimes it is sad. Actually, a lot of the time. All of us have trials and all of us have happiness. All of us have a story to share. All of us are inspiring and all of us are ready to be inspired. All of us can be a little kinder to one another and uplift and encourage each other through out our trials.
That is why I have a message to share. That is why I ask my clients to share a message of overcoming their trials in whatever way they overcame/are overcoming them. I want to be an outlet for others to share their message if they please. I've seen so much strength in the people I photograph despite their trials.
I hope that you all can see my message through my photography. I hope you can see the love that I have for my Savior Jesus Christ, his beautiful earth, and the the beautiful people he has created. I hope you can feel the happiness I felt in that moment when I captured the happy faces of my clients.
The segment I am starting on my blog will be called "You Inspire Me" I would love if you would follow along. I will be posting stories from families every month. Share with your friends and help inspire others.
To read the first post of the featured families on my blog go to Featuring the Mecham Family - You Inspire Me.
I have lots of ideas storming through my head and when I get to follow through with one, it's really exciting! One of the things I have been wanting to do for a long time is feature the families I photograph on a blog by having them tell a story about one of their trials and talk about how they overcame it.
Today is an exciting day! I am so grateful to one of my faithful friends and clients for writing a post for me. I cannot wait to see this evolve into something bigger that can inspire and strengthen others. It's amazing being able to work with families and literally see the big picture- The love and happiness we share with our families.
The strength I see in these people (friends, family, clients) amazes me every day. I have felt for a while that I wanted to be an outlet for others to share through their family photos. I hope you all enjoy this segment on my blog and find inspiration in these posts.
I'm so excited that Nicole is featuring us! She has taken pictures of our family since the boys were little! She has an amazing way of keeping their 5 minute attention spans and turning them into at least 20!!! Thank you Nicole for featuring the Mecham family!!
To give you an overview....
Our youngest child Peyton has a rare genetic disorder named 6q24 Transient Neonatal Diabetes Mellitus! He is 1 of 24 in the WORLD! If you'd like to learn more you can read about it in this blog post!
This is an older post but it's one I treasure most and thought I would share!!
David A. Bednar hit it right on the head. Peyton is a miracle! I have said it before & I will say it a million times. That poor baby was barely surviving in my belly. It breaks my heart to admit that to a family member let alone the whole blogging world. He is one of my tender mercies. To the world he is a rare baby who has a condition not known to many, to me he is my lifesaver & miracle. He was sent to us to teach us as his parents to love more, live fully & forget the small problems. Peyt was sent to me to tell me that I was special enough to God to be rewarded with this special & loving baby who needed to be taken care of in just a way that I could. On one of my old blog posts comments a person I admire more than they know said this to me,
"These experiences change us and you will see the world from a different perspective because of it. But most of all, we are learning the lessons that God wants us to learn. Rejoice in the small victories, things that mean very little to mothers of "normal" kids are a huge deal to us parents to have kids with issues. And most of all, consider yourself privileged that God held you and Trevor in such high esteem that he was willing to entrust one of his most special children with you. You are now a member of a very "elite" club, which comes with a high price, but with unimaginable blessings! Let me be the first to welcome you :) I know you will find that happy place...just give it some time."
I will hold those words close to my heart forever!! When I heard these words I thought to myself how strong I needed to be not only for myself, but for my family & most importantly for Peyton. It is definitely no joke that babies feed off negativity. Once I realized that I needed to change my "poor pity me" attitude, Peyton started to drastically get better. He was gaining weight faster, eating better, & reacting to his meds better. Positivity is everything in the NICU even though it's one of the most depressing places. We received so much help from our friends, money, clothes for Peyton, & most of all the love, faith & prayers from everyone. It made Peyton's 73 day stay at PCMC a little less stressful. Never once did I feel like it wasn't going to be ok. Every night I would pray that Peyt would stay stable, my other boys would know how much we loved them but needed to be with Peyton as much as we could & that we, as husband & wife, could stay strong together. Yes Peyton had his daily struggles, as did Trev & I but we made it! We are home & we are happy!
There comes a time when those happy moments can turn into the hardest times & hard to get through. Having a newborn is never easy...for anyone. Having a newborn with diabetes seems to me, just a little harder. Some nights I would put Peyton to sleep with his sugars in the 80's, that makes me so nervous. It doesn't seem low but I give him insulin at night sometimes that kicks in & he drops. We can correct highs, lows can be life-threatening. I have never understood a diabetics mind with lows until now. Sugars can be so up & down & you just never know what you can wake up to. It is a constant worry. On the 11th we withheld his Lantus. For three days Peyton stayed stable & in a good range. The morning of the 15th I had such a pit in my stomach. Peyton had been extremely fussy the night before his dr.'s appointment & I chalked it up to colic because I had checked him & he was in good range. I told his pediatrician how fussy he had been, he did a quick check up & confirmed we had an ear infection in the right ear & an infection starting in the left. MOM FAIL. Seriously my baby who already goes through so much has to be circumcised & start antibiotics for ear infections. So that night his sugars rose to 266. Not to high but enough to get his Humalog (fast acting) & make him feel a little better. You never realize the sugars unless you are a die hard fitness guru or your a diabetics parent. We all knew he would soar high with the meds. It's still stressful even if you foresee it happening.
This week has been one of my toughest mommy weeks. Peyton has been non stop crying, the boys don't understand he gets sad when they are loud & Trevor is on night shift. It is so hard to contain & shush my kid until he wakes up. I have never had such a fussy baby. I haven't done laundry, dishes have piled more than once & I'm lucky if I get in the shower or dressed for the day. Life is not a cup of tea. Life is hard. Life knocks you down sometimes. God is bigger. He has so many plans for our family & we have so many blessings to be so extremely thankful for!!
Thanks to Kylie for writing this beautiful post! She's been through a ton with Peyton's rare condition and much more, too! She's a fighter. I'm so glad she is willing to share her story. She's amazing right?!
When I invite my clients to share on my blog, it is under no pressure or obligation at all. You can share as little or as much as you would like. Help be apart of inspiring someone; share with your friends. If you would like to share your own story, contact me.
Back to school time almost feels like a holiday! It was always exciting getting new school clothes, new shoes and a new back pack. I bet you can't believe the difference in your children's first day of school and last day of school pictures. If you're wanting to document this exciting, adventurous, chaotic time in your your children's life, this deal is just for you.
I know it is always a question whether or not to buy school pictures. Sometimes the kids wear the less then ideal outfit or had a little bit messy hair. That's ok; it's fun to remember those images! However, it is great to be one on one with a photographer in a comfortable setting to capture happy faces and memories! Jump on this chance to get beautiful portraits of your children while I have a mini session running. Happy back to school!!
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I am new to blogging. Is there such thing as adding too many pictures to a blog post? Okay, fine. I'll just add as many as I want. I know you'll want to see them. Ready, here I go.
We had such a fun time at my Uncle Bryant and Aunt Jodi's session. We had just been at Bear Lake for a few days so we were all a little exhausted and sun burnt. My Aunt Jodi is a champion for getting all of her family so beautiful after a *vacation* at the lake. I say vacation like that because vacations are exhausting! haha It's like wrestling a bag of snakes in an unfamiliar location. Just drop me off with a naked child in the middle of the sandy desert with out my child's bed. At least I had my mini van and baby wipes. I guess that's all you need when you are on vacation these days. Anyway, back to the point!
My sister-in-law had just shared a trick with me that the photographer at her family session used to make the children laugh. I don't know the name of the photographer or I would totally give her credit for her brilliant idea!
All I had to do was jump like a wiggly dolphin and these kids were laughing like crazy. It made for the cutest family picture. The best was when daddy did it. We got the sweetest smiles out my cute cousins! One of the things I love most about my photography career is making people smile in front of the camera. I do have to act like a goof, but it makes me proud to see people with their families happy and smiling. It is very rewarding to be apart of that.
I'm so glad I got to take pictures for multiple family members while I was in Idaho. I seriously have the most gorgeous family. Thanks Bryant and Jodi!
This was my second time using my new 70-200mm lens. Still love it! It is a little more difficult being so far away from the people, but I love the finished products! Any tips on 70-200mm lenses?
Hi there. I'm Nicole. I'm a small town girl from Idaho who loves photography, my Savior and my family. You'll find me in the mountains with my camera around my neck begging my husband, "lets just take one more picture of your S'more." I love to blog about my photography sessions, family life and much more! Come read along.