Traveling with Kiddos

With my family in Michigan and Brian’s family in Utah we do a fair amount of traveling. I often travel with the kids alone and feel I’ve grown accustomed to traveling with a baby.  I am a self diagnosed control freak and typically plan everything out and do a lot for my kiddos.  We’ve gotten through some tough trips (i.e. flights without diapers, flights with ear infections and flights with wet clothes) and it’s always been worth it in the end.  I guess this goes into the category of being a better baby mom than a kid mom and I’ll have to dive into that topic at a later date.  Basically I’m ready for a new travel routine!

We have some fun adventures on the books and in the works for this year and I’d love some advice.  What brand of suitcases are best for kiddos?  Do you have them check their suitcase and carry on a back pack?  Or carry on their suitcase? Do you pack for the kids?  They pack with you?  They pick some fun coloring books to bring?  We usually pack empty water bottles, are there any brands that DON’T explode mid-air like the camelbacks?

We have electronics for the kids so we are good there, just wondering routines that work well for others. 🙂

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I have done some reflecting and one of the things I want to dive into is preserving family memories.  I think getting family photos done and milestone photos are important and I invest myself in those areas.  However, that only includes about 1% of the year.  So to start preserving memories get out YOUR camera and get IN photos with your kiddos!  Get out your iPhone.  Do whatever it is that works best for you to remember those moments.

We recently upgraded our cloud capacity and now all my old videos are on my phone.  My oldest pulled up the video of the moment she first belly laughed.  I was instantly brought back to that moment.  I remember being on that couch with her, drinking my coffee and being in awe of her tiny laugh.  Photos and videos have such power and meaning and I want to share those with my kids.

If you are anything like me, taking the photos is not the problem.  It’s organizing them in a way that makes sense and printing them that is the issue.  I’m going to start going through my own stuff and organizing it and will share the fails and successes with you all!

In the spirit of capturing those memories I have included some of my personal favorite images from our recent Tahoe trip.  These photos are not perfect and most of them would not end up in a client gallery but they mean something to me and my hope is one day they mean something to my kiddos too. ❤





First Blog Post

This feels SO out of my comfort zone and a little like I’m out in a giant field by myself (hence the photo) but here goes! I am a big believer in Intentions.  My intention with this blog is to share a little more of the “me” behind the photos.

My photography in general is my way of loving on my family, clients and friends.  Last year I took a step back to give each client the time and attention they deserve and have time to grow my craft.

So here are my intentions specifically with my photography this year…

  • To continue to create an experience where the client feels truly held and seen in the most beautiful way.
  • To continue to grow and be a student of light.
  • To use my camera to find beauty in our everyday through completing the Life in 52 project.

The technical side of this blog is super intimidating to me but my hope is by doing I will learn.  I’m really embracing the imperfection here and jumping in!  Cheers to getting out of our comfort zones right out of the gate!