Wednesday, May 30, 2012

sakura bloom: sling daries: EXPLORE

first of all, i have to say that i've been really excited for this particular theme of "explore" since the beginning of the sakura bloom's sling dairies. i knew right away what i wanted to do for this month's theme and i set out to make it happen.

baby-wearing is more than just something that we do daily. it's a total lifestyle and we (me, my husband and especially my baby) LOVE it. i love wearing my baby where-ever i go. i love having him close. i love kissing his sweet little head. i love being able to feel productive because both hands are free while keeping my baby so close to me. i want to EXPLORE the world this way. side by side, heart to heart with my sweet little baby. i carried him full-term, and i still carry him to this day.

if it was up to me,

i'd even wear him to the moon.

for this month's post i commissioned an incredibly talented artist, caitlin connolly to illustrate a children's book, inspired by this month's theme: explore. it was the best way i felt that i could express to my baby my desire to explore and experience the world again and again, with him by my side and close to my heart.

and so here you have it. my book. i wrote the words and caitlin created the BEAUTIFUL illustrations. it's so rad. i've already read it over and over again to my little Emerson and he's a fan, and if that's the only person who will ever love and appreciate it than that's enough for me. but honestly, i think you all might like it too. :)

i've photographed closer details of the pages so that you can read and enjoy the whole book...

i'm honored to be one of thirteen fabulous families participating in the sakura bloom sling dairies. have you seen the other entries? such beautiful photography! such beautiful moments captured and shared.

i feel fortunate to have had the inspiring push to create something so meaningful for my baby. thanks to the team at sakura bloom for this month's theme!

i also couldn't have pulled this off without the cooperation of caitlin and her mad artistic skills. seriously, she's rad, huh? want to see more of what she's got to offer- drop on over to her blog and check it out. i think she's even going to make some prints of her drawings available... wouldn't it be so awesome to have one of her beautiful illustrations hanging in your baby's room? yea... i totally think so!

one final thought- any of you interested in having your own copy of "I'LL WEAR YOU TO THE MOON" ??? i'm so thrilled with how it turned out that i can't help but want to share it with all of you. maybe i'll look into getting it published, or making it available on blurb or something... comment below and let me know if that'd be something you'd be interested in. maybe even leave your email address... i'll look into it and keep you posted on what i figure out :)

Monday, May 28, 2012

happy memorial day!

to all those who have fought for our freedoms... thank you.

to all those who have died defending our liberties... thank you.

to those currently serving our country... thank you.

i grew up as a child of the military. i attended 5 different elementary schools and then started at a whole new school for 7th grade. my youngest brother learned to pray saying "bless daddy to come home safely" because my dad was gone in Oman for the Gulf War. i am grateful for my dad and his military service. i'm grateful for my grandpas and their military service. they are both veterans of the 2nd world war. i am grateful to be a descendant of men who fought in the revolutionary war. memorial day is a day filled with lots of good food, family, bbqs... but let's not forget to remember to fill it with a few moments of gratitude for those who serve our country.

emerson wore a patriotic tie to church in honor of memorial day. here are a few impromptu family photos. i'm super grateful for my little family. i love both my husband and my little boy with all my heart.

Friday, May 25, 2012

the glorious weekends

how do you spend your weekend? what do you love the most?

sleeping in?

saturday morning cartoons?

snuggling sessions in bed?

time with family?

last weekend i had the awesome privilege of photographing this beautiful family as they enjoyed their saturday morning together. these are the types of family moments that i love to capture. here's one of my favorite images from the session... don't worry... there are more to come!

if you're interested in booking this type of a family session with me- drop me a line! :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

i'm excited for....


what are you excited for?

i shot this image on-location in salt lake city as part of a shoot styled by megan beckham for VOX Magazine.

and now for an ANNOUNCEMENT! the big news is out- we're MOVING! or temporarily relocating to salt lake city (downtown) for the summer. husband has summer employment in the city and instead of commuting, we're making a memory out of it. i found an apartment (finally) today... after searching long and hard. husband starts his job tomorrow.

this blog is going to be filled with all kinds of beautiful things from our "summer in the city."
have you ever taken a summer away from home? how was it?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

sakura bloom: sling diaries: STYLE

i've given a lot of thought to this month's theme of style.

this whole sling diaries project is really a peek into 13 different families lives and how they incorporate baby wearing into their daily activities. wearing ones baby in a sling is a style all on its own. because of this, i could've easily taken one set of pictures and called it good. but i felt like there was more to say than just showing one glimpse into my world.

whenever i venture out of the house wearing my baby i am asked, no matter where i am, what kind of sling i'm wearing. do i like it? how comfortable is it? etc... my baby in my sling is the best accessory ever. he draws the most attention, and rightfully so--haven't you seen his smile? it always melts my heart. speaking of hearts, next to mine is where i like to keep him. and so the style of wearing my baby really works for me. i love it and he loves it. honestly, it happens around here on a daily basis.

style can be so varied. i really wanted to show, through these photos, how versatile my sakura bloom sling can be- and how, no matter the occasion or the event or reason- that my sling comes through for me, never disappointing.

in all of the photos i am wearing the simple silk in amber. i could not have done this particular post without the collaboration and help of a few super stylish individuals. you'll see links and appropriate credits given with each separate look.

enjoy! and if you feel so inclined, i'd love to know which particular "style" is your favorite! :)


the shoot, selection of clothing, hair and makeup was styled by megan beckham. jeans: h&m, belt: soel boutique, shoes: chinese laundry. thanks also to megan for taking the photos!


the shoot, selection of clothing, hair and makeup was styled by megan beckham. emerson is wearing a vintage crocheted baby hat and booties. photos taken by megan beckham.


during this past month, my poor little guy got his first ever ear-infection. it was so sad and he was so uncomfortable. this made him an even extra clingy-baby. he just wanted to be held so close. the day that these pictures were taken was a very busy mom kind of day, filled with doctor appointments, errands, various things on to-do lists (like going to uvu to help write the final exam for my intro to photography course!). it was a busy busy day and i didn't even have a free second to think about showering. so here i am, in all the wonderful glory of being a mom: hair up, no make up, black leggings and my baby. yes... i went out in public looking like this. awesome huh?


if you've ever been in provo, utah... you know that we've got quite the music scene here. (if you haven't you're probably thinking, REALLY? yes-really! example: the neon trees hail from provo.) at any rate... the following photos were shot on-location at one of the best musical venues in all of utah- velour live music gallery. and when you see the photos, you'll know why i chose this particular location. the coolest thing about this sling is that it's classy enough to wear out for a night on the town.

the dress i'm wearing is from victoria's secret. the night these photos were taken, the following bands were playing at velour: timmy the teeth, john heart jackie, tyler lyle, & mia grace. it was a birthday celebration. definitely appropriate attire for such a night out.

sunday style:

sunday is a special day around here. it's the one day that we get 100% family time. we don't run any errands. we always eat dinner together at home. and sometimes we go for walks (when the weather permits). in addition, church attendance is a regular thing. lucky for us, our church is directly across the street from our home- and so we walk. and every sunday emerson goes with me in our sling. he loves it and so do i! it makes church attendance sooooo much easier. (he's 9 months old now, so being quiet and still for all of church isn't his forte). the sling calms him and makes it easier on me.

thanks to my husband, britton, for snapping these photos. in them i'm wearing a top from anthropology and a skirt made by julie gillrie. (it used to be a dress! see the before and after photos here!)

my style:

i would describe my personal style as feminine and classy. i love dresses and skirts. i love short painted nails. i prefer to wear flats but want them to be as cute as they are functional. my makeup is always super minimal. it takes me all of 5 minutes to do each day and my hair... well i'm kinda lazy about it. but it works. i don't spend a whole lot of time getting ready. but i feel that it's important to be ready for the day.

this last part of my exploration of style is all about me. i am an artist. a photographer. i love good music and love listening to it live. all of the above was available to me last friday night. it was the most perfect opportunity to conclude this month's theme, doing what i love while wearing my baby. every first friday there is a gallery stroll as well as a free rooftop concert (during the summer months). this is where i was. i curated a photo exhibit for my students from this past semester and their work hung in one of the local spots for all to see. i visited with friends while listening to faith johnson, the most talented 13 year old i've ever heard perfom. my sweet little emerson loved every minute of it, right next to me.

here i am with some of my students in the gallery space where our photos are hanging.
my outfit here is styled by kaneischa johnson. dress: c/o kaneischa johnson, sandals: dolce vita (piperlime) thanks also to kaneischa for taking the photos!