Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Open {Denver Family Photographer}

To say this is a blended family would be misleading.  To say they live "alternatively" would be true but not in the way you'd think.  To say they are a Red Thread family with a Red Thread story begins to get closer.  Their lives are forever connected through this sweet little boy, who just turned one!

This family has two Mamas - a birth mom and adoptive mom (and of course, dad and big brother too!)  They have chosen openness in adoption which means this little boy gets to grow up and know both mamas.  I have known them all for almost a year now, and while you may have opinions about this "openness" concept, I can tell you what I see is wonderful, difficult, at times messy, and so, so, so beautiful!

Their lives are forever connected and everyday they are learning what it means to live that out.  These mamas have become good friends and, I'm sure, have laughed together, rejoiced together, cried together, and worked through tough stuff together.  

This little boy has been loved since long before he made his appearance in this world.  His birth mama made choices for his health and well being from the beginning, and still continues to make those choices today.

And of course, his adoptive family makes those choices too!  He is doubly loved which is doubly amazing...until maybe he is a teenager and he won't want so many people caring about what he does!!

He is now one....and just an amazing little boy!

I always love my time with this family!  They teach me that love's boundaries are far wider than I ever imagined, and confirm the Red Thread myth - that which connects us may stretch or tangle but it never breaks! 

 (To which this little guy gives a big WHOO HOO!!)

{And I got to attend his first birthday too!!!  Want a peek???}

(with birth mom and her parents)

The birthday boy....

...some guests...

The cake....

Evidently, he had enough cake!

The presents...

Thanks again B Family and Mama S!!  I always, always enjoy being with you all!!

Monday, February 2, 2015

What Are We Up To? {Denver Family Photographer}

Just got this from a client-friend!  Excited to see our pictures used in such a great way!!

Seems like the topic of the magazine this month is Open Adoption.  I have a great open adoption story that will be on the blog tomorrow!!  Come on back!!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Kiss Me: Molly and Russ {Denver-based :: Destination Wedding Photographer}

I don't think these two Seattleites could take a bad picture!!  Like most folks in the Pacific Northwest, the clouds and rain did not deter them when it came to their engagement session!!  They took it all in stride and decided to play!!  So glad to have hung out with them in January.....but truly can't wait for their big day in July!!

Even though all Seattle-folk know that umbrellas are for tourists, it's not totally true when it comes to engagement pictures! (Plus, their university had to represent!!)

Molly and Russ, it was awesome to be with you!!  See you in July!!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Lead With Your Ears {Breathe}

It's that time of year again.  Some of us make resolutions, some of us try to declutter our homes, others of us choose a word or phrase to try to live by for the coming year.  Me?  I attempt all three.  A few of my resolutions may make it to the habit stage, but most will probably die of neglect.  (Hey...I am so happy to watch Biggest Loser, but don't feel the need to get sweaty when I have cookies in my hand!)  I am always attempting to declutter and clean (isn't that the definition of motherhood???) but my endeavors are made much more difficult by the three other bipeds who live with me.  

I can, however, manage to be inspired by a word or phrase that is large enough to take me (and all my baggage) on a ride through the entire year.  It is a little nerve-wracking though, isn't it?  Kind of like buying a car - you have to like not only the make and model, but also the color and the way it handles on the road.  

As I was reading a delightful book at the close of this year, I came across a phrase that jumped out at me and caused me to think it might be a good vehicle to travel on....

(The phrase is borrowed from Larry Crabb who borrowed it from Eugene Peterson who borrowed it from the author of the book of James.)

Lead With Your Ears is a reminder to be listening intently in whatever circumstance I am in.  It is an invitation to take notice of not only the words that are spoken, but the unspoken ones too.  Lead With Your Ears urges me to hear what the person in front of me is saying and, at the same time, what God is saying.

To Lead With Your Ears is, for me, a seeking to understand before I am understood.  It means not being so worried about getting to say what I want (the already rehearsed monologue in my head!), but instead really engaging with the conversation and situation at hand...and responding to those.

Lead With Your Ears carries with it an unknown and mysterious element too.  Who knows what I'll hear?  But the practice of attending to the moment, the people and the God around me is enough to begin the journey.  I guess I will just have to keep straining my ears to listen as they lead me through 2015!

May we all listen well...and hear wondrous things this year!!

What is your word or phrase for the year?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Families Who Play: The M Family {Denver Family Photographer}

Once again...these pictures were not taken in Denver (I wish!!)  This was the last session in Phoenix and it couldn't have been a better ending to our time there.  I love this family!!  Mom is like a little sister to me (we've know each other for 26 years), so it was a HUGE honor to get to hang out and watch them play during our session!!

I think this is their form of disciplining children!!!

A little "rock, paper, scissors"...

...and some "fun with fruit" with Dad!!

Ahhh...sibling love!!

Thanks M Family!!  I wish we lived next door to each other!!  It was wonderful to get to see you, hug you, and capture a bit of your story!!