My family… <3

So, guys… this is my brother. (the big tall guy! HA!) His name is Michael and truth is we didn’t alwaaaaaays get along. There is a story about three year old me waiting until he fell asleep for a nap and shaking his crib and yelling “I hate you!” WHAT?!? As a mother now, I often wonder how my mom let me survive my childhood. There are other stories too, but let’s just say why would I want to incriminate myself. HA! But truth is, he is my best friend. I am lucky enough to call both my siblings truly my best friends. They know me. They know who I am not. We can say brave things, dream big and lean hard. We have real conversations, so when Michael asked me about what it was like to be a parent… I didn’t hold back. I shared the ups and the downs, the incredibles and the heart wrenching. I shared the long nights and short years. I always knew he would make a great father and after rushing to the hospital to meet my nephew Grant in my brother’s arms just hours after he was born. Well, my heart exploded. <3 He and Meagan, so got this… and my little man, Grant… well, he had my heart well before I met him face to face. My heart beats big time for him and always will. <3 Check out my family, friends…I love them so. XO Kate

I work alone. :D

I work alone. Ha, I don’t know why but when I typed that it made me feel like a spy living in a foreign land. Anyway, truth is… I do work alone. I own my own business and as it goes… I am the photographer, the tech dept, finance department, customer relations… and most days, I love that and rock and roll at it. But, when I started this gig years and years ago and didn’t know how important it would be to build my community of other photographers who “get it”… get the ups and downs… know when to say “Man, that sucks” or “Are you kidding me?! AWESOME!” … and I have been sooooo lucky to have my crew of folks and I am so incredibly grateful. The woman in this photos is one of those people in my life…where the competition is non existent but the cheerleading section is filled with encouragement. So fun to “grow up” with her in this crazy photog world… and yet I am more grateful than I could have ever imagined. <3 We are in it together! So maybe I don’t work alone after all.

… and her family… well, adore them.  So fun to capture this time in her life… right before another little boy hit the scene. <3

Kate

Hearts expanding. <3

I have been anticipating the arrival of this little girl for months and months and was thrilled to hear there was a BIRTHday! <3 It is such an incredible honor for me to capture families as they grow. I actually met this crew when their oldest was 1.5 years old… and now a family of five. GAH! Love. Their hearts expanding and siblings stepping up into new roles. I love it all. So grateful.

It does makes me wonder what photos would have been captured of my siblings and me…my mom and dad as young pups – new parents trying hard to balance it all. I love the ability to stop time so stories can live on through photos for year and years to come. Remarkable really.

Love. Love. Love.

So grateful for these moments, for these three little girls, for this family. <3

Kate