Letters to our Sons | February | Personal Project

I feel like I do a pretty good job about taking pictures and documenting the things we do, the places we go and all your milestones as they grow up. This year I thought I would add some words (although, bear with me, I am not a great writer). A little about what we have been doing each month, preserving bits of their personality and childhood through my eyes and memories. Also another option for me to reflect how fast time is gowing and to cry happy tears each time I write to them. Geeze, I love these kids.







Jack and Carter,

First I want to say that I know your whole short lives you have heard me tell numerous people that I have crazy rambunctious, all boy, boys. I do hope you know that I don’t really ever mean that in a bad way. You guys are happy kids who love life. You have tons of energy, you play hard, and you love hard! It does exhaust me as a mom sometimes with the lack of quiet, or the abundance of things flying through the air, fights and arguments, legos to step over, and baths/showers I plead you to take.  With all that said,  I wouldn’t change it. I am glad you guys are healthy and bounce and play fight on the trampoline, that you run around with your play guns and swords being big, deep voiced, “bad guys” and having fun. You play with each other and love each other most of the time. I sometimes need to be reminded that you are not being naughty kids just because you are being loud and busy – just being kids. Boys. Rambunctious, all boy, boys. I love that you play together and I love you both so much!

And, there are some RARE moments of quiet time here and there… and I am oh so thankful for those brief periods.


Reflecting on January…

Jack, we are so proud of your efforts at school. Achieving straight A’s and loving to read and do well makes our hearts soar! You have entered the joke telling phase. I amazed at how many you have in your head that you know by heart. you are also such a keeper of facts. You love reading those learning fact books and seem able to retain it all. I hope this lasts! Your second big tooth is finally about half way in after being missing almost a year. You really are starting to look older, more mature. Luckily for us you still want to be with us and cuddle and love all the time too.

Carter, your year started with strep throat. Luckily we got that under control pretty quick and you were back to feeling better soon. You started homework for the first time in your school. I am excited that you love it so much. You wanted to be just like Jack and sit in the same spot and do it right after school like he does. You are still kind of in love with masks and hats and outfit options. You will surprise me every now and then by disappearing and then reappearing with some crazy get up. You have so much personality wrapped up in you. My favorite thing right now is that you will stop whatever you are doing and occasionally shout “love break!” and come run and snuggle with me.  You have promised you will snuggle with me forever; I am holding you to it!

Love always,  Mommy

I am taking this journey with other moms of boys – you can read their letters too, starting with Kristina Purkey.

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February 20, 2014 - 4:53 pm

Jana - Your boys look like they are so so much fun! Fabulous letter Lisa :)

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All the Boys were Home | Las Vegas Family Photographer

I really felt lucky to be the photographer for this family, for this gathering. Muriel called me and told me it was the first chance in many years for her and her husband to have all of their grown boys home at the same time. We had so much fun – well, they did; and it was certainly fun for me to witness all of their brotherly love and shenanigans!

Here is a look at some of my favorites.

large family in vegas tunnel
adult children with mom
husband and wife black and white
brothers one upside down
grown brothers playing around
adult children with dad
brothers in a field vegas park
large family in Vegas park in the fall
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My Life | Blog Circle | Las Vegas Natural Light Photographer

Well a new year has brought me to a new Blog Circle Group. It is a great way to get energized, be inspired, and try new things. I am in a group of 12 talented ladies all with their own unique perspectives on a different topic each month. This months topic is “My Life”. I had lots of ideas floating in my head and one kept coming around so I decided to play with it. Thanks for looking. After you view my images, headed on over to Kate Gavos Photography to see her perspective on the topic!

As a stay at home mom (and part time photographer) it is easy to focus on the mundane and less than desirable side of the one being home 24/7. Sometimes it feels like the terrible tasks take over the day, every day.

But, if I spend a few moments thinking about what I get out of it, what my boys get out of it….I really wouldn’t change a thing. These images, and times, are what I will always recall. I do hope when Jack and Carter grow up, that they will too. I know my awesome husband appreciates what I do and I appreciate him working so hard so we are able to do it.

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February 1, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Aubrey Dawn - I love how you portrayed your life! So creative. I love seeing how others live – the daily, so-called mundane things are my favorite things to see. Great job this month. :)

February 1, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Jessica Cadis - Your post brings back the wonderful times during the year I got to stay at home. Amazing photos. Love the black and white and how you got in front of the camera. Thanks for giving us a little glimpse into your life :)

February 4, 2014 - 10:40 am

Kendra - I love how your put yourself into the images. What great moments!

February 4, 2014 - 11:15 am

Lindsay - Hi Lisa! I can’t tell you the millions of ways I love this. Makes me wish you lived closer and we could get a cup of coffee. xo.

February 6, 2014 - 7:26 am

Stephanie - I love that YOU are in your photos! How fun! Loved this post so much. Looking forward to getting to know you better!

February 6, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Alissa - Love these Lisa. I bet your kids will love these some day too!

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The Perfect Fall Day | Las Vegas Child Photographer

Kelly and I had been planning out our session for awhile. Our mutual friend Alissa had gifted her a session when she had a baby. We decided to do a family session when the little one was older. We had hoped for lots of crunchy leaves at Floyd Lamb park, but the warm weather was lasting longer than normal, no leaves were falling. We pushed the session two weeks and FLP still was green but we found a great little spot with some fun fall foliage.

The kiddos were both so cute and busy.

Here are a few of my favorites from their session.

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A Little Fun Downtown | Las Vegas Family Photographer

Anyone who knows me, knows I can be a bit of a perfectionist. I like to be prepared. With photos sessions that always means scouting the location, knowing where the “good” light is and when, and so many other factors.

So, I was a little bit nervous and excited at the same time as this fun, a bit rock -n roll, family wanted to head down and utilize some of the cool walls and backdrops for some of their photos. I hadn’t shot there before but it really is awesome! We got a nice mix of the close up emotional pull images as well as some cool, fun, hip pics that reflect their fun style.

I also did a few images of little Betsy in her grandmothers wedding gown. Her mom wants to be able to give them to her when she grows up. I am including one B&W to share of those too. So sweet and what a great idea. I am sure she will cherish them.

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