Meet My Family!

Now that I’ve told you a little about myself I thought it would be fun to introduce you to the people who are my “why” – my family.

I was a late bloomer, you could say. Getting married for the first time at 35 years old. After years of infertility struggles I found myself divorced at 39 and figured the window for me being a momma had pretty much closed.

Then I met Dustin and we had a whirlwind romance. And I mean it when I say whirlwind!! We found out we were expecting our first child about a month after we met! Although this sounds crazy to some, it wasn’t to us! We knew the time we had for children was limited and we didn’t want to miss the opportunity.

Henry came 9 months later, give or take. He is now a whip smart, funny, very active 7 year old. He loves cars. LOVES cars. He knows more about cars than I will ever know. He is affectionate and sensitive. He loves cats and still loves cuddles from his momma which I will never take for granted.

Henry is also autistic. He was diagnosed around 2 years old. He goes to a regular First Grade class and he really excels in school. He has a few struggles with social interactions but more than anything he’s just a typical kid. Who knows a lot about cars.

When Henry was about 9 months old we were surprised with a second pregnancy. You might be thinking… ‘well, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise’… but given my struggles with fertility in the past, and my age, we really didn’t count on being blessed with another precious babe. But here we were, and when I was about 12 weeks along I had an NIPT test and found out she would be born with Down syndrome. I could write an entire blog post on my feelings about that- and maybe I will sometime! But let’s just say we decided to embrace it- and her.

Lucie is now 5 years old and in kindergarten. I like to say that she is the best gift I never knew I needed. She has blessed my life in ways that are hard to even explain, and I wouldn’t change a thing about her. Not one chromosome.

She is sassy, funny, incredibly empathetic and smart. Lucie does Brand Rep Modeling so she is pretty used to being in front of my camera. That’s not to say that she is always cooperative… but she does ask for her pictures to be taken sometimes! She knows when she looks cute!

Dustin and I just celebrated 8 years of being together, and our 7 year wedding anniversary is coming up in a few weeks. I’m not going to pretend that we haven’t had a rocky road at times, but we’re still together, we’re still a family and we’re still fighting for each other. We make a pretty good team!

A Photographer for all Seasons

One of the things I love about being a photographer is being able to take advantage of the best every season has to offer… sun and fun in the summer. Gorgeous Fall foliage. Winter snow. And of course the gorgeous Spring blossoms and florals. The lilacs are with us for such a short time and I was so lucky to be able to capture them in their glory. The light was amazing too. And I had a pretty awesome little model too if I do say so…

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