Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lilly

Here she is... baby number NINE. No, that's not a typo! This sweet thing was born into an amazing family that I love and adore.  I myself came from a family of 9 children so I always feel right at home in a home stuffed to the brim with rowdy, noisy and giggly kids.  Lynna and Steve, ya done good...








Saturday, September 24, 2011

Aimee Bridal Session

I love bridal sessions. It takes me back to when I was a young girl and my best friend Katy and I would dress up and curl our hair and take pictures of each other.  It just goes to prove that I've never grown out of playing dress up and I hope I never do.  

Here's the stunning Aimee's version of dress up. And she certainly knows how to do it doesn't she?





The wind was insane!

The beautiful Baber House





Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I'm a Dreamer


The last year or so of my life has been an adventure.  I've learned many, many lessons.  Lessons about love, about loss, about myself, my strengths, my weaknesses.  I'm a dreamer.  A creative.  My mind can spin beautiful and terrifying scenarios at 100 miles an hour.

Through it all I've fought for myself.  Fought off bitterness, anger, hopelessness.  Despite the pain and disappointment. Despite being mistreated, used and discarded by those who people who were hurting and selfish. I've fought for my dreams. I almost gave up on them several times but rest assured they are firmly in tact at this moment.  I'm Aly and to be me means to hope and dream and love with my whole heart.  It's a risky business to tear through life the way I do. My heart gets involved in everything.  But God sustains it. He's always got His hands on me.  So, for better or for worse I choose to LOVE recklessly, HOPE endlessly and DREAM BIG! Because I made a commitment to be true to myself ....

“One word, Ma'am," he said, coming back from the fire; limping, because of the pain. "One word. All you've been saying is quite right, I shouldn't wonder. I'm a chap who always liked to know the worst and then put the best face I can on it. So I won't deny any of what you said. But there's one more thing to be said, even so. Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things-trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that's a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We're just babies making up a game, if you're right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That's why I'm going to stand by the play world. I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia. So, thanking you kindly for our supper, if these two gentlemen and the young lady are ready, we're leaving your court at once and setting out in the dark to spend our lives looking for Overland. Not that our lives will be very long, I should think; but that's a small loss if the world's as dull a place as you say.” 
 C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

You Love Me Anyway

It's been a tough week.  Fear, doubt and Satan chasing me. Whenever that happens I flip on The Fish and this greeted me just when I needed it. Thanks for coming through again Abba...

You Love Me Anyway
                    ~ Sidewalk Prophets



The question was raised
As my conscience fell
A silly, little lie
It didn’t mean much
But it lingers still
In the corners of my mind
Still you call me to walk
On the edge of this world
To spread my dreams and fly
But the future’s so far
My heart is so frail
I think I’d rather stay inside
But You love me anyway
It’s like nothing in life that I’ve ever known
You love me anyway
Oh Lord, how You love me
How You love me
It took more than my strength
To simply be still
To seek but never find
All the reasons we change
The reasons I doubt
And why do loved ones have to die?
But You love me anyway
It’s like nothing in life that I’ve ever known
You love me anyway
Oh Lord, how You love me
I am the thorn in Your crown
But You love me anyway
I am the sweat from Your brow
But You love me anyway
I am the nail in Your wrist
But You love me anyway
I am Judas’ kiss
But You love me anyway
See now, I am the man that called out from the crowd
For Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking ground
Yes then, I turned away with this smile on my face
With this sin in my heart tried to bury Your grace
And then alone in the night, I still called out for You
So ashamed of my life, my life, my life
But You love me anyway
Oh, God… how you love me
You love me anyway
It’s like nothing in life that I’ve ever known
You love me anyway
Oh Lord, how You love me
You love me, You love me
You love me, You love me
How You love me
How You love me
How You love me

Monday, August 29, 2011

Baby Eden

Well here she is... some of you may remember the maternity shoot of the very beautiful Susan. Welcome sweet Eden. 













Thursday, June 9, 2011

Father & Son Shenanigans

WOW! Am I WAY behind on blogging or what? So.... I've been saving this shoot specifically for this week. Why you may ask? Because it's a Father's Day week silly!  I was asked by these characters to capture some portraits back in March so we headed down to the tracks and goofed off for a while and let me tell you... these two could go PRO at goofing off! I'm surprised any of these were in focus because I spent most of the time giggling hysterically... thanks Chris and Garrett!
This is Chris' chosen form of discipline





We were gonna put a penny on the tracks and when Garrett bent down to place it there we found one already smooshed!



Monday, April 18, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Look Back

I was cleaning off one of my hard drives recently and ran across these pics that I took a year ago.  They had mysteriously been shoved into an obscure folder. I took this trip to California (home) almost exactly a year ago. I spent that week in tears spending some time with my sweet Daddy. But I did try and get out with my camera a bit to capture a few pics.... I tend to use my camera as a filter. Whenever things are really painful I whip it out and go on an expedition to distract myself. Also, I wanted to have some pics to show my kids of the place where Mommy grew up. I was a lucky girl.....
Sailor Bar on the American River




Many happy trips to San Francisco always ended up at Pier 39

The iconic Golden Gate from Chrissy Field

Transamerica Building... where my mom used to work


Ding Ding... y'all want some rice-a-roni now dontcha? 

Went through Napa to Bodega Bay for a quick day trip.