Day in the Life {A 30th Birthday}

Two days before my 30th birthday I was having a rough morning. The kind where you just want your own mama to come and make it better. JD was extra attentive, and I was thankful for his presence when he came home for lunch at noon. Or so I thought. He led me outside our house, saying he wanted my help with something. Not finding anything to help him with, I turned around and there was. my. MOM. !!!!!!

An ocean separates us and there are many times, many days when I wish my mama was close by. It was so cool to have one of those moments and then bam! Magic. Mom’s there.

She flew out for my 30th birthday as one of many fine surprises that week. In terms of celebration – no birthday (Well, except my super awesome 21st) has come close. On my final eve of 29, a pins and needles type nerve pain started at my finger tips and crawled its way up to my shoulder. A feeling I’ve had before  (including on my face) and felt very anxious about. The next morning, on my 30th, my arm was still pins and needles and remained that way the entire time. I suffer from anxiety from time to time, and this sensation triggered some pretty frustrating emotions that I battled throughout the day. To make my month long story into a very short one – I saw a neurologist, had a brain MRI, got results and they are normal. Praise Jesus. Photography has been an incredible endeavor for me – but has also led to some pretty gnarly health issues which I’m still working through after a very busy season, including a pinched nerve, carpel tunnel, and some other issues. I’m working hard to take care of myself in order to heal and prevent further injury, including not being weak. (aka- we joined a gym).

My birthday started off with flowers and coffee and a super fun play date with our mama’s group at the botanical gardens where my friend Jen and I celebrated our birthdays with a surprise brunch!!

Next, mama and I went to lunch, a local chocolate shop, and shopping while our friends Kenji and Amy watched the young ones. This part of the day was so special because it was crammed with my favorite things to do with my mom!!

After a quick after school shower and lots of kisses from my girls, my mom and I headed out to meet 13 of my favorite island gals for our very own, private sunset cruise. SO. GOOD. I think every gal on that boat needed a night on the ocean, because we were in heaven. I actually would like to be on that boat right now. There is something so therapeutic about the ocean and sailing its waters. We capped our evening with drinks and pupus at a gastro pub in walking distance. It was perfect.

Even more perfect? The next day my man surprised me with an overnight stay in Waikiki. We met up with one of our favorite couples and enjoyed kid-free entertainment until as late as we wanted. The end.

Enjoy photos from my day – as you can tell, the camera was passed around by friends so that my face wasn’t always in the viewfinder, which was nice. Sometimes I’m more present with my camera, sometimes I’m less – I’m thankful that I enjoyed a little bit of both for 30.


IMG_0011 IMG_0013 IMG_0014 IMG_0022 IMG_0032 IMG_0039 IMG_0040 IMG_0047 IMG_0054 IMG_0062 IMG_0066 IMG_0073 IMG_0079 IMG_0089 IMG_0093 IMG_0100 IMG_0112 IMG_0138 IMG_0144 IMG_0165 IMG_0168 IMG_0193 IMG_0194 IMG_0226 IMG_0242 IMG_0250 IMG_0258 IMG_0260 IMG_0264 IMG_0267 IMG_0294 IMG_0315 IMG_0321 IMG_0327 IMG_0335 IMG_0364 IMG_0368 IMG_0375 IMG_0379 IMG_0384 IMG_0390 IMG_0395 IMG_0401 IMG_0423 IMG_0429 IMG_0431 IMG_0433 IMG_0447 IMG_0450 IMG_0453 IMG_0467 IMG_0477 IMG_0483


A Day in The Life {a 2nd birthday}

One day a month, from wake to sleep. A day in the life project, something new and purposeful. Seeing beauty in the everyday, seeing us. Follow us as the Foto Fifty group journeys into another project together.

August {a 2nd Birthday}

Sweet, sassy Melia Jean turned two in August 2014. And yes, I’m super aware it’s January 2015 and that I’m MONTHS behind in my Day in the Life posts. I’m carrying on anyhow. We celebrated Melia’s birthday a week after her actual birthday, so this post is more or less a typical Sunday with some extra Meme (pronounced May-May) love. She is all about that sass, this one. And we love her for it.IMG_9835IMG_9867IMG_9940 IMG_9930IMG_9960IMG_9969IMG_9973IMG_9979IMG_9984IMG_9990IMG_9989

IMG_0002 IMG_0003IMG_9993 IMG_0018 IMG_0060 IMG_0070IMG_0081  IMG_0094IMG_0095IMG_0096 IMG_0098 IMG_0097IMG_0099    IMG_0128IMG_0146 IMG_0144 IMG_0143  IMG_0176 IMG_0162 IMG_0157IMG_0184      IMG_0187


A Day in the Life {Wednesday}

One day a month, from wake to sleep. A day in the life project, something new and purposeful. Seeing beauty in the everyday, seeing us. Follow us as the Foto Fifty group journeys into another project together.

July {Wednesday}

On this particular Wednesday IN JULY, I hit the ground running with working my two jobs – as a kids ministry coordinator at our church, and photographer. I had a boudoir session scheduled for a dear friend, which ended up being too much fun as our other friend Katie the Makeup Artist joined the fun as well. My parents were also in town this day (yay!!!) and spent the evening with us after their morning of island exploring. This was a good day.

IMG_5132 IMG_5134 IMG_5136 IMG_5137 IMG_5138 IMG_5139 IMG_5140 IMG_5401 IMG_5404 IMG_5406 IMG_5407 IMG_5409 IMG_5412 IMG_5416 IMG_5417 IMG_5419 IMG_5420 IMG_5425 IMG_5428 IMG_5439 IMG_5447 IMG_5451 IMG_5452 IMG_5453 IMG_5457 IMG_5460 IMG_5461 IMG_5466 IMG_5470 IMG_5471 IMG_5475 IMG_5476


Hey Two Year Olds…


I promise it’s ok to get excited about your birthday cupcakes.

These two are hilarious together. Almost identical personalities, born 4 weeks apart. We had a mini dinner celebration on the night of Hurricane Iselle (that thankfully bypassed us) and served them up some red velvet cupcakes. They wore these expressions almost the entire time.IMG_6455 IMG_6456IMG_6464IMG_6467IMG_6482IMG_6524

A Day in The Life {A 6th Birthday}

One day a month, from wake to sleep. A day in the life project, something new and purposeful. Seeing beauty in the everyday, seeing us. Follow us as the Foto Fifty group journeys into another project together.

June {Elianna’s 6th birthday}

I think I mentioned earlier, but this is the year of the non-party. That being said, we did invite a few of El’s best buds for dinner so that she could see her friends on her special day. Being the most extroverted extrovert I know, this suited her well. Elianna is a scientist, a lover of all sea creatures – but especially sharks and turtles, and her friends. We love this girl so much!

IMG_3329 IMG_3334 IMG_3335 IMG_3337 IMG_3340 IMG_3348 IMG_3351 IMG_3353 IMG_3357 IMG_3359 IMG_3367 IMG_3371 IMG_3375 IMG_3381 IMG_3383 IMG_3386 IMG_3393 IMG_3403 IMG_3404 IMG_3412 IMG_3415 IMG_3418 IMG_3420 IMG_3424 IMG_3434 IMG_3439 IMG_3441 IMG_3453 IMG_3456 IMG_3457 IMG_3462 IMG_3464 IMG_3468 IMG_3484 IMG_3492 IMG_3503 IMG_3513 IMG_3525 IMG_3532 IMG_3539 IMG_3544 IMG_3553 IMG_3557 IMG_3560 IMG_3565 IMG_3569 IMG_3574 IMG_3576 IMG_3579 IMG_3593 IMG_3595 IMG_3608 IMG_3611

A Day in the Life {Tuesday}

One day a month, from wake to sleep. A day in the life project, something new and purposeful. Seeing beauty in the everyday, seeing us. Follow us as the Foto Fifty group journeys into another project together.

May {Tuesday}

Soooo we’re a bit behind. This is May’s Day in the Life post… which ended up being shot in June, because such is life. I hope to catch up asap, as I have June, July, and August waiting in the wings.

 IMG_2983 IMG_2986 IMG_2994 IMG_2996 IMG_3011 IMG_3012 IMG_3021 IMG_3022 IMG_3023 IMG_3026 IMG_3032 IMG_3039 IMG_3041 IMG_3043 IMG_3046 IMG_3050 IMG_3051 IMG_3059 IMG_3063 IMG_3067 IMG_3072 IMG_3077 IMG_3079 IMG_3084 IMG_3085 IMG_3092 IMG_3097 IMG_3101 IMG_3105 IMG_3110 IMG_3111 IMG_3113 IMG_3119 IMG_3115 IMG_3120 IMG_3122 IMG_3137 IMG_3140 IMG_3146 IMG_3149

summer blog break

I have THREE days in the life worth of photos waiting to be processed. Unfortunately, they are lost in the line up of fun business shoots that currently occupy almost the entirety of my hardrive space. I keep thinking that a break will come in photo shoots and that I’ll find the time to sort through and edit the beauty in my own home. In the meantime, I’m working toward creating more margin in my life, allowing for one thing at a time and trusting that there is wisdom in soaking up this last week of summer before I send my FIRST GRADER back to school and my youngest turns TWO. Until I finish catch up – here are our three little lovely flower girls from a wedding I shot last week: