Photography | Rowland Family Session

I had a prospective client message me the other day and ask for example of my family photographer and I thought to myself, "Oh. I haven't posted any of those yet!" So here's the first of a few family sessions I've done this year!

Family sessions are pretty new to me, but I feel like I learn and grow each time I give it a shot!

I cannot get over Mariasha's hair! And yes, that is, indeed, snow.

I've gotten pretty booked up this season with family photography, but if  you're interested, send me a message! You never know if you'll get lucky and I'll have a spot open up!


Sewing | Lounge Pants

This isn't really a tutorial because Merrick from Merrick's Art already created a stellar one that you can follow along here. Merrick (and Joanna Gaines) is basically my spirit animal.

I used a nice Hacci knit from Girl Charlee, which I think was the best decision ever because it's basically like a sweater for my legs. Not even kidding. They ran out of the black and white stripe that I used since I bought it probably over a year ago, but I am in LOVE with this mustard, red, and brown striped option!

The extra tip I'd give when making these is that if you don't have a serger (as I'm assuming she used for the pockets), use a lightning stitch around the edges of the pockets about a 1/4 of an inch in from the edge, then trim the excess.

And one other thing, if you don't already have sweat pants or joggers that you like the fit of, don't worry! Grab some leggings and just cut a seam allowance of 4 extra inches around the ankles and calves, then slowly shorten that seam allowance to about 2 inches* when you get up to the thighs and buttox!

*It's better to cut too much (a little extra seam allowance) than too little (too tight). You can always take them in easily later if they're too loose.

And then you can snuggle up with your little cutie and have tickle-fights and stuff, so that's always a win. :)

Thanks for checking in, and I'll see ya next time!

JK. Byeeee!!!


Maternity Photography | Ashley VanWagoner

This post is WAY overdue! I've actually already posted her birth story! Both shoots turned out beautifully and I'm just so thrilled I got to be a part of all this with Ashely! Ashley's definitely one of those women who does pregnancy SO WELL! After the shoot we stopped to get some sodas and a woman we passed told her she ought to be a maternity model. I whole-heartedly agree!!!

I don't have much else to say, so I'll just let the photos talk.

If you're pregnant or know someone who is, don't hesitate to look my way and send me a message! Thanks for stopping in! I promise another sewing post is coming, if that's your thing, so keep checking back and, as always, I'll be sure to share on Instagram, and you can always subscribe for e-mail notifications!

Until my next post, have a great weekend, friends!


Stange Family Vacation 2017 | Yosemite

Visiting Yosemite has become one of my favorite family traditions. We stay in a cabin by Bass Lake and when we're not out exploring, we're swimming in the lake, which has been INSANELY full the last two times we've visited!

Our trip to Yosemite this year was especially eventful because Andrew and I were able to hike up Half Dome together! If you don't know what Half Dome is, imagine the biggest boulder of solid granite rock that's been sliced in half, towering in the sky.

I've been wanting to do this hike since we first visited Yosemite and luckily for us, the timing was just right and we were selected from the raffle to receive permits!

The hike up was absolutely beautiful! My sister-in-law, Maya, and I were especially in awe over Vernal Falls on the Mist Trail.

We did encounter a rattlesnake at one point, which was pretty exciting, especially since the hiker behind us was just walking towards us while we were taking a rest, then jumped about 10 feet in the air exclaiming "Sh;t!" as he came back down and the Rattlesnake didn't even seem phased! So that was exciting!

Before the final ascent up half dome, you have to climb up sub-dome, about a thousand switch backs of stairs, and after that, you see the two cables with wood planks at intervals up the side of Half Dome at about a 45 degree angle. I know 45 degrees doesn't sound too impressive, but you'd be surprised.

There was a bit of the line (as everyone needs to stop from time-to-time to catch their breaths), so I decided to do something really stupid and take that picture of Andrew while we were climbing. I'm really glad I didn't die and that the picture actually turned out descent... See what I did there? ;)

Getting to the top of Half Dome was absolutely incredible.

The hike back down was mostly uneventful until about 20 minutes from the car to take us back to the cabin. It started POURING rain! It only took about 5 minutes for us all to be totally soaked. What a way to end, right?

Despite our squelchy shoes and sopping wet backpacks, none of us regretted going on the hike. It's one of the coolest things I've ever done.

And because I'm a birth photographer and simply can't help myself, I have to say that climbing up the cables to the summit of Half Dome reminded me a lot of childbirth. Everyone was encouraging everyone else saying some of the exact phrases I've heard husbands and family members say to mothers. "You're almost there!" "Just a little longer!" "You can do it!" Way to go, Half Dome Hikers. You'd all make terrific doula's. ;)

The rest of the time we spent up at Bass Lake and Yosemite was relaxing and awe-inspiring as well, especially Nelder Grove. I loved seeing the looks on my kiddo's faces as they stared up the massive tree trunks of Giant Sequoia's! These children remind me to always be curious and maintain that sense of wonder about our world.

I'm so grateful for the memories we were able to make on our vacation together this summer, and although I'm always sad to see summertime go, I also love to see where the fall leads. Thanks for keeping up with me and my family and just appreciating us and celebrating the fun times we have together. These memories are the stuff that families are made of and I'm so glad that we get to make some of them in Yosemite.

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