Sunday, August 21, 2011

For Mitch


For my brother in Korea

Thursday, August 18, 2011


This choice is not easy, this stay at home mom gig. I never thought I would say that. It's all I've ever wanted to be. I always thought the choice to stay home with my kids was the easy thing as opposed to simply the best thing. It's exhausting and frustrating mixed with exhilarating and fun and oh so heart warming. But there's good day and bad days, just like in a "job" job. But the difference is that these are my children, they are my everything, and I feel like the stakes are so high...

But I'm learning that it's okay to say "I can't do this 24/7 for weeks at a time without a single break... ever." I'm learning it's okay and even crucial that I have time for myself and my photography is allowing for a lot of that. But when it's not, I'm taking time away from the children to think and learn and grow (and shop and get a pedicure). And it's enabling me to be a better mother.

These photos of me and my boys are such a treasure. As a photographer I don't have a lot of pictures of myself. Especially of me and my kids. And I hope the images I'm creating for people give them the same sort of warm feeling these pictures give me. They make me realize why I do this day in and day out.

love, ali

My most loyal clients

These guys keep coming back for more. I tell myself it's because of my dynamic personality and good looks.

love, ali

Friday, August 12, 2011

Family Photography - Drew, Krista and baby McCoy

You know those people that just excel in everything they do in life? Yeah, these guys fit that mold. And at the same time? Salt of the earth.

They are my neighbors and you can't have them. Unless of course, you happen to be one of my other neighbors.

love, ali

Saturday, August 6, 2011

This is what I do

A little bit of what I've been up to lately...

Isn't she just precious? The only way she would sit on this blanket with that look on her face is mom singing "itsy bitsy spider". SO CUTE

Don't worry, I told his mom to get him into modeling immediately. He was so cooperative and happy the entire session. He kept thinking up new poses and asking me to take individual shots of him.

And this little boy. There is just something special about him. Just the sweetest guy, not to mention the rest of this family.

I think the thing I love most about photography is getting to know all of these people. Some of them I've known for years and some I'm meeting through my craft. But the more people I meet the less nervous I become about the social aspect of this job. People are generally kind and loving and excited about the memories we're capturing.

More to come, if you can believe it.

love, ali

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Coming up for air

I know, it's been a while. But I've been so busy I just haven't had blogging time. Mostly just kids stuff and lots of photo sessions. I've got a million photos and various thoughts on life just waiting to be blogged. So watch for those and maybe a self portrait or two since I finally cut off all my hair. =)

A couple of weeks ago we did a little photoshoot for the girls in our ward. Can you believe these girls? Gorgeous. And that field? With that delicious light? Just steps from my front door.

Sometimes it pays to live in the burbs

love, ali