Young girl looking at the ground

I love following a couple’s story as they begin to form a family during their engagement and at their wedding. The chapters begin to unfold, and when their family grows through births and adoptions I love to continue to tell their stories and document these milestones. Seasons often change faster than we can contain their memories. I am so thankful for photographs to engage those memories and remind us of where we’ve been and spur us on to where we’re going.

Several years ago, while I was deep in the midst of our adoption and unsure with every commitment I made that I might have to break it for my own travel to be with our internationally-born kiddo spur of the moment, I had the privilege of photographing Andy and Allissa’s wedding. They recently had me photograph their growing family with two daughters. It was a joy to celebrate the birth of their youngest and watch them cherish their oldest.

A newborn baby looking up, held in her father's arms

As I looked through the lens of my camera there was an instant when I thought- I’ve been here before. And as so often we see in good story-telling, there are themes and strands woven throughout, perhaps not identical but similar enough to connect us to who we were before and who we still are, but yet somehow- different.

I had photographed Allissa in a mirror as she readied herself for the wedding ceremony. And here she was again, gazing not into her own eyes, but the eyes of her daughter.

Black and white photography of a bride looking into mirror while necklace is clasped

A mirror on a wall reflecting a mother holding her newborn

Also, just for fun, I was struck by how Allissa’s eyes also reminded me of one of my favorite childhood movies, Anastasia. Just look at those eyes.

Anastasia Movie Still
Copyright 20th Century Fox Film Corp.

Photo of a bride's eyes looking into a mirror while getting ready

PLP exists to be able to give back to compassionate organizations and ministries around the world. A few years ago, I began cutting used denim with friends to help make shoes for kids in Uganda who are suffering from jiggers, which is a parasite that can damage their feet. Sole Hope is doing amazing work to help heal these kiddos and their families. To ship the cut denim to the Ugandan shoemakers, each shoe needs to be sponsored. I've taken a break for a while, but for my birthday, I was given a new kit and I have loads and loads of denim in my basement that I'd love to cut and send.

A friend has graciously allowed the use of her garden to help us sponsor shoes. For the remainder of the growing season this year*, I'm offering 2 Sole Hope Specials.

1. Zippy Zinnia Sessions- $80, 10 min session with a bouquet, 2 digital files and the flowers to keep (Or all the digitals for $120)- $20 goes to Sole Hope

2. Or add a zinnia bouquet to any session for $20+ donation. 

Great for anniversaries, engagements, mamas, daughters, sisters, friends!

Also, outside of pictures, you can get a small bouquet for $5 or a larger bouquet for $10. Send me a message to coordinate a pickup/delivery.

*As of August 18, the zinnia season is starting to wind down, but still available.