If I try to make my life sound pretty, this is what I do on a daily basis ;)
Just kidding, there is no way to make it sound pretty.
I set my alarm for 7:20 but don't get out of bed til 7:30... I scold my 6 year old because he's not dressed yet... I do this three more times until we are almost late for school. I feed him an ego waffle, bowl of cereal or granola bars. Now you are getting to know all the little details of my life!
I get home and try to get myself and daughter dressed for either preschool, dance lessons or for her to just come to the gym with me. I try to work out every day, although that doesn't always happen. My days are spent having play dates, cleaning, editing pictures, or doing other photography responsibilities.
I pick up the kids from school, feed them, and then we start the bed time routine! By this time I am pooped! I love crawling into bed when my kids go to bed! I either scroll on my phone, work on the computer, sleep, or watch tv! I love watching tv. Ive also recently been reading personal development books. Do you have any book recommendations for me?
On the weekends we like to work on house projects, go on family outings or dates, and go to church. Blake works 2 jobs and is in a masters program so we are really busy around here.
It’s been a minute since I’ve introduced myself around here! I am a small town farm girl from Idaho. I love the mountains and scenery you’ll find in southeast Idaho. I love the community and people from my little town. Living in a small town is like having 900 family members who have your back. I say 900 because that’s the population... and I didn’t even live in city limits! It’s an hour to the closest Walmart from the little town I lived in for 18 years. I’ve since moved to Rexburg Idaho and I am now living in queen creek Arizona with my husband Blake and our 2 little kids. We have grown to love Arizona and the people we’ve met here. At first, we were the only people from our family living here besides our Aunt Peggy who was here half the time. In the past year my sister and her husband, mother and father in law and brother in law have all moved to our same little town! Can't wait for more family to move here ;)
When I left my little town after graduating high school, I went to college at BYUi where I met my husband. We were married just over a year after I graduated high school and that’s when real life began! We have conquered a lot together and it’s crazy how you can grow to love someone even more than you did the day you married them!
I got to do an internship with a local photographer in Idaho and that was a huge turning point in my photography career. I was blessed to learn many business and photography skills. I don’t pick up my camera just for fun as much as I’d like to, but I am happy with my growth and progress over the past 7 years. It really makes me happy taking photos for others and running a little business.
Here in Arizona I have met several friends who enjoy photography and also have businesses so it is so fun to talk to them and trade secrets. I am all about community over competition. I love spending time with my family in the mountains. We love going camping even though it’s tons of effort haha! I of course love watching TV and sometimes even write “watch tv” on my to do list. It’s a priority sometimes 😂 My days now consist of school pick up and drop off, t-ball practice, dance lessons, and caring for my little family. I started working out again a few months ago at fit body bootcamp and its my favorite. I love working out and pushing my limits.
We had these photos taken before we moved out of our very first home that we owned! I love them. Thanks to my friend Kacy for taking them for me!
That’s just a little bit about me! Thanks for reading :)
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.
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.