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vacation | san diego, CA photography

…as any photographer-mom would tell you, the desire to capture the moment is almost always in conflict with the desire to be fully present in said moments…

…this is never more true than on vacation.

A week in San Diego, unplugged, with amazing company was the perfect ending to a fab summer (it didn’t hurt that the weather was gorgeous and that my cousin Sara is a true connoisseur of her city and the greatest adventure planner EVAH!! –if you’re planning a trip to San Diego and want to know everything check out her blog) .

So I kept my camera in the bag for 90% of our trip in order to be neck-deep in sand, saltwater, and fun, but just a few times I couldn’t resist pulling it out to archive the memories…


Can I just take a moment to brag on my ah-mazing husband who has taught me so much about engaging our kids, loving them well, and being full present in the now! He’s the first to get dirty, brave the freezing waters, and think of the next crazy game…never once asking for 5 minutes to himself. He’s an indescribable gift that I try my darndest not to take for granted.
I know, I know. I’m obsessed with his curls.
My sweet papa Jim (who went to be with Jesus this year) taught me to boogie board as soon as I could swim, and I cannot tell you how nostalgic it was to pass that along to my babies.ย  I was undoubtedly the only person on the beach clapping and crying at the same time!
where’s waldo?
We spent a day at Legoland, and while I wasn’t super impressed, the kids had an absolute blast!
The best of times were had at the beach and I’m sure I wouldn’t appreciate it if we lived there, but I miiiiiiiight be willing to try ๐Ÿ™‚ These pictures of Emery carrying her boogie board down to the water just melt me…she’s so grown up and I can. not. stand. it.
(…sometimes you just can’t decide if you like a picture better in color and black and white…)
…Mac looking as though he could conquer the world…
I saved my favorites for last…
I. could. die.
Vacation used to be about relaxing. Now it’s so much better.

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August 14, 2013 - 6:21 am

Jeanne Maier - Please, please: hand the camera to your hubby (or a stranger, even) and get some pictures of YOU too. Speaking from the advantage of age, I’m here to tell you that it’s very, very important that there be photos of the whole family. They don’t have to be professional, they just have to BE! Your children will appreciate this as they share the pictures of their youth with THEIR children. You don’t want to hear “where’s grandma”!
Just sayin’

August 13, 2013 - 7:47 pm

Mona - Thanks for carrying me to the beach via pictures. Love each of you. Am so grateful for my family.. Love and blessings

Reed 6 days new | st. louis newborn photography

little Reed has perfect little features (oh, that tiny dimpled chin!!!) and the sweetest disposition….

…not to mention lots of happy smiles…1a
He’ll undoubtedly love baseball….
…and will clearly be a snuggler!
Dear Reed: may you grow up to be sweet and spirited like your mama, talented like your daddy, full of life like your big brothers, and beyond adorable like your sister! Welcome to the world!

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Collin 6 days new | st. louis newborn photography

…more and more I am humbled by the great privilege of this job…

…being invited into a home…into a moment…into the lives of people I’ve never met to capture the sweetness of life is…well…beyond words.

This little guy was born on the 4th of July and I hope he grows up thinking all those fireworks are just for him!!!

oh, and how beautiful is his mama???

are you kidding me with all that hair??? Love.
I could die. He’s so sweet.
Dear Collin: I loved meeting you and your sweet parents…you could not have been a more perfect baby model! Welcome to the world!!

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jacy & matt married | st. louis wedding photography

Jacy and Matt got married on a typical St. Louis summer day…you know, one where the forecast was hot and sunny, but it turned out to be cloudy, then sunny, then a torrential downpour, and then cool. Fortunately no amount of inclement weather could put a damper on the love these two have for each other.

…it was evident from the first look…

…in the first prayer…

…and throughout the day.

My usual assistant was busy, but Lauren did a great job capturing some of the sweetest moments (like the one above (right) and the one below)…

Just when we were about to give up on the weather and head for more cover, the rain paused and we “jumped” out to grab some shots around the old courthouse and the arch.

Their reception was filled with love and laughter……and there’s no question these two were meant to be.
Dear Jacy and Matt: seeing your love through my lens was a privilege…you two are the real deal. Congratulations friends!

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