Archive for the 'photography' Category

Beautiful Sister

My beautiful and talented sister was sweet enough to let me photograph her while we were standing around in Maine one day…goodness, she is so beautiful, huh?  She is quite the crafter.  Check out her website:  www.janellegates.com

Poolside Test Shoot

This weekend I got together with a few friends and we pulled together this summertime test shoot by a lovely pool in Long Beach.  Our model was Heather Ann Davis, who is mostly an actress these days, but was gracious enough to lend us her beauty for the afternoon, makeup was by Veronica Chanel, wardrobe styling was by Wade Parkins, and hair styling by Steven Perlin.

Sponsor Giveaway on **Happiness Is…**

Shannon from the fantastic inspirational blog, **Happiness Is…** is giving away this incredible dress!  Click here for the entry details and to take another look (with more views!) of the sweet La Tour Eiffel dress by Shabby Apple pictured below.  So cute…

The perfect weekend.

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Derek and I went to Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs for the weekend to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary.  Derek had been working like crazy for the last few weeks, so a relaxing weekend was exactly what he (we) needed, and it was so great to enjoy it together.  We laid by the pool for most of the time, but we also treated ourselves to a suuuper relaxing couples massage…oh man was that ever amazing.  We will definitely be back to Ace – it was very much our style.  Everything’s decorated with a vintage, hand-picked flare, and nothing is without character.  Mmm.mmm.mmm.  Love it.

Also, we started a new tradition!  Since not only did Derek propose to me with photobooth strips, but we also had a photobooth at our wedding, we are going to take a photos in a photobooth each year on our anniversary!  Lucky for us, the Ace Hotel has an old black and white photobooth in their lobby.  Meant to be.

I’m pretty sure I’m more in love with Derek now than I ever have been before.  He’s the best I could ask for.

The dream

Those of you who know me, know that I am obsessed with collecting glass bottles, jars, etc.  And many of you may have seen the recent Martha Stewart Living magazine that has some CRAZY images of a colored bottle collection…well, I am officially going to start REALLY collecting colored glass.  My collection has been so casual, but these images (see below) are just sooooo inspiring and breathtaking, I can’t help but put my love for color and glass into an actual collection.  So for those of you who are just ITCHING to get me presents (haha), you know what to get me.  ;)

(All images from here, by this talented photographer.)

Off to my anniversary weekend escape with my lovely husband!


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🍳💁🏻 #nss2017 I'm the worst today! It's my loving and wonderful husband's birthday today. I'm out of town, and he is home celebrating with sweet Wilder. They went to Disneyland, and I'm sure had the best time. Though I'm sad I'm not with him today, I'm so glad these two get some precious one-on-one time together. I'm thankful to have this man as my partner in life, and for all he does to support me/our little family. Happy birthday, @_derekhansen! ❤️ This beautiful Mother's Day arrangement was lovingly foraged from around the neighborhood by @_derekhansen & #wildercobalt. Those two are master flower arrangers! I'm so lucky. ❤️🌷 This morning was the annual fire fighters pancake breakfast, where you get to eat pancakes and climb on the fire truck. Fortunately for us, those are Wilder's 2 favorite things in life (he requests pancakes literally every day). He had the BIGGEST grin on this face the whole time we were there, AND he added another favorite thing to his list...bounce houses. This kid can JUMP. It was such a delight to get to see him so joyous and in his element completely. Thankful to be this boy's momma. #wildercobalt 🚒🥞❤️ My little Wilder is growing into such an amazing little being. The way he says "ok, mama" when I ask him to do something melts my heart every dang time. Or how he randomly says "I forgot" when it makes no sense at all in context. Or my favorite as of late - "mama, what you doing?" 😍 I mean, what!?! His language skills are beyond incredible, and right there with it is his dexterity (see my Instagram story of him opening a Babybel cheese by himself) and coordination. He is so dang smart and blows me away daily with what he observes and how clearly he sees the world. 
Wilder, you special boy, you are my world, and I love you endlessly. #wildercobalt These flowers by @hellohoneyflowerco for the #amylovesurbanic event the other night were bananas! ✨🌸 We got to look at some pretty poppies this morning! This little guy has been very into flowers lately, so this was a special treat for him -- too bad (for him) he wasn't allowed to pick any! 🌼 #wildercobalt In this photo Wilder is waving and yelling "HI, MOON!!! WHAT YOU DOING?" 😂🌜
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This boy's imagination is beyond what I could have hoped for for him. Every tree has a dragon in it, and every car has a face. The things he comes up with and describes to me in his toddler vocabulary is just extraordinary. Today we had a super full day of playing with so many different wonderful friends all day long, and had the best time. At the end of the day when we were about to head home, and I was putting him in his car seat, he said to me, "a beautiful day, momma." This melted my heart, and made me love the truly beautiful day we had together even more. These days are fleeting and precious. And I'm gonna hang onto them as much as I can. ✨ #wildercobalt These cute beach babies had a blast in the sand today! So much fun, in fact, that Wilder fell scraped his whole face and didn't even care. 😂😯 #wildercobalt We have been battling a serious case of jet lag with the little guy since returning from Florida (he's never been effected before -- HELP!)...so he woke up at 4:30 this morning, and to combat a too-early nap, we took him to the splash pad for the first time. He L O V E D it!