Checking in.

Let’s see…….

Life is happening fast.  Change is happening fast.  And Spring is coming on fast!

That’s all I have.

 We are all alive and well and happy and our kids are growing and testing us and keeping us on our toes.

My Spring session and dates will be announced this weekend! Keep an eye out and if you want on the list please go here:

Paintchips & Cupcakes Newsletter

Here’s a look at a recent couple’s session I did in California.  This couple not only looks good on the outside but they are pretty awesome on the inside too. At one point I lost my keys at the end of the session and they missed out on evening plans to bring a giant light to help me look for 1.5 hrs in the dark!

I am an idiot. They are the sweetest.

The end.



Back to the Routine.

We have this random week off here every year and unless you escape the day to day of local life and head south or somewhere fun, it sort of throws you through a loop.

The stay at home staycation.

Oh and combine that with a family who thrives on structure, a birthday bash or 2, different temperaments, frigid outdoor temps, and life in the every day fast lane. It can get crazy. And I don’t think the cosmos and moon were lined up so well either.

Sometimes we have to just stop amongst the chaos and lie down on a bench and take it all in.

Oh, you thought I was talking about me? I was. But sometimes we have to remember that the kids feel this same out of balance too. Sometimes my imagery might portray a bit more of our happier moments here and rightly so, we LOVE those moments. But life in the fast lane isn’t always that glorious.  We struggle. A lot. It’s a learning process that I won’t go into details about–just know that it’s always in my head.

I am just glad I got to catch one of those moments too.

Hopefully this week we can get back to the routine.


Valentine’s Day!

I think every Valentine’s Day will be “pintastical” from this point on. Last year’s was pinterest inspired and this year was no different!  Well, sort of. I was actually giving up on the creative process this year mainly because I was out of time and energy but luckily my most AMAZING friend–JJ said she had the crafty-Valentine’s-Day-pinterest-itch!   Yay for friends who LOVE pinterest as much as I do.

Here is our collaborative effort.

If you want to follow along on my pinterest adventures, click here!

Thanks, JJ. I am glad we got to spend some fun craft time together!

Happy Valentine’s Day. Hope it’s a sweet one!



Concepts & New Series

My winter is just really moving along as planned but we have had way too many viruses and my kids behaviors are off the charts, but it’s all things we are working on and working through.  It’s all about peaks and valleys, right? We really have to just check ourselves once in a while. Stop what we are doing, regroup, and set new goals.  I love that as a family we can work through those things together.

The same thing goes through for my love and passion for this craft. After this Fall–I did the same thing.  Stopped, regrouped, and set new goals.  And I am doing just that.  One of my goals–is to do more concept shooting.  When you think of concept shooting–think themes, commercialized, stylized, planned.  And the winter is the perfect time to get those ideas going.  I cannot WAIT to share ALL of the winter concept shoots with you and I won’t bore anymore about all the details and “concept” of concepts.  Instead–I will get to the point!


Meet my little, aka–firecracker, aka–mad scientist,–aka– the book worm.

Concept:  little girl who LOVES the library + the actual library + lots of great books + one small stylization (adorable glasses) =   I ADORE.

I might be slightly partial to the word ADORE.  I can’t help it. I do. I really do.

My main goal with all of my concepts is simple.  It’s all about creating those moments and capturing those memories.

ps. This concept shoot slightly ties into a new blog series I will be launching–I will tell more about that tomorrow.