back to video

when i went to click away a few weeks ago, i took two classes on shooting and editing video. i’ve been wanting to get better at creating videos for awhile now, but somewhere in the chaos of homeschooling and raising three kids and moving and just life, i lost my spark. while i was in california, i could feel my creativity reigniting, and i got on the plane to come home with big ideas to create some new videos.

and then i got home, and everything just… fizzled. every time i sat down at my computer to compile any clips i had managed to take, i just felt overwhelmed and i let myself shut down. i felt frustrated and flat and i kept telling myself that if i couldn’t make something GREAT- why bother making anything at all?

here’s the thing though- that’s dumb. i read an article not too long ago about how when you start out creating something new, there’s going to be a gap between where you start out and when you’re good at it- and the only way to fill that gap is to make stuff. the bridge from new to expert is built with mediocre work that becomes progressively less mediocre the longer the bridge becomes.

so yesterday, i decided to stop overthinking and start building my bridge. video by video, i’m going to keep working on creating stories about my family that go beyond photos, so that one day i’ll be able to create stories about your families that go beyond photos as well.

celebrating charlie

two weekends ago, i had the pleasure of photographing “baby charlie”’s (as he is affectionately known around our home) fourth birthday party.


i remember the day charlie was born, with his thick blond hair with the little front cowlick.


i remember the day charlie was two pink lines, and his momma told me about the answer to their prayers as i snuggled and nursed my own little new one.


i remember when charlie was a wish in his momma’s heart, and we talked and dreamed and hoped about the journey she had ahead.


i remember when charlie’s momma and daddy got married, and the immensity of their love and joy and anticipation of everything their future held as they said i do.


i remember when charlie’s momma walked into my life, and her friendship transformed me and lifted me up and brought me back from somewhere i had gotten lost without knowing it until i was found again.


her beautiful heart is in his sweet soul. the light that shines from her eyes shines from his too. her kindness and concern for others, her love of animals and God’s creation, her heart on her sleeve- all these things she has given to charlie, and in these last four years they have grown and expanded in him and created a little one so vibrant and full of life that you can’t help but smile when you are with him.


charlie, you are a precious gift to your momma and daddy, to your friends and family, and to anyone who is fortunate enough to cross your path. what an honor it was for me to be one more soul welcomed into your home overflowing with love and company to celebrate your four years with us.


here’s to all that you are and all that you will be. happy birthday :)