Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Santa Cruz

These pictures really make me miss the days that my husband and I lived a 1/2 mile from the beach.  We would walk down in the evenings with our surfboards for an after-work surf session.  Many of those nights would end in the water at sunset as dolphins and sea lions would get friendly near the shoreline.  It was bliss.

I love any chance I get to go to the beach.  I especially love taking pictures on the beach, so this session was a treat for me.

Kids are so happy and free as they play on the beach!  The smiles are so much more genuine when they are truly having fun.

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Mia is 8 years old.

She belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, children at the age of 8 are given the choice to be baptized.

Mia has decided to be baptized and is so excited.  
Her white dress is a symbol of purity to represent her spiritual cleanliness after baptism.

She is the sweetest, most polite girl.  Not to mention an absolutely gorgeous 8 year old!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Have you ever seen such beautiful skin and gorgeous eyes?

Just look at these two future lady-killers!

I have grown quite accustomed to doing everything short of a circus act to entertain young children, so when these two showed up it took me a minute to realize that I wouldn't have to pull out my usual bag of tricks. 

When I said smile, they did.  
When I asked them to crouch down or stand up straight, they did.
When I told them to laugh at my jokes, they did.

And I didn't even give them candy at the end.  rip off.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

after baby

Surprise...it was a BOY!

Meet baby Anders.  He's such a precious little bundle.

Most of these pictures were taken in the staircase/hallway of Jessica's home with a sick big brother, an adoring older sister, and two exhausted parents.  

Congratulations to this new family of FIVE!

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