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Families at Home | Little Miss Rachelle and the Wagoners

This family has grown nearer and dearer to my heart through tragedy. Tragedy has a bittersweet way of doing that, I think.  Because it is always precious and special to come into someone's home and photograph their newest blessing. But with the Wagoners, it also carried a note of that sacred celebration of life and acknowledgement loss; of sadness mixed with joy.     Because as this family basks in the sweetness of their new fourth baby, they also carry the pain of the death of their third baby.  When I photographed Judah just the day after his birth, I had no idea how meaningful those images would become when he suddenly passed away four months later. And I have been humbled and honored to know Lindsey and see her walk through the grieving process with utter transparency.  We corresponded frequently over the next year and were both struck by how close our experiences of grief were. Though we had lost very different things, we could each

Cinco de Mayo Food Photography

Besides pizza, I would have to say Tex-Mex is a close second as far as my favorite foods go. And to celebrate the amazing traditions and food contributions we have gained from Mexican Americans I will leave you with these brightly colored salsa photos (and recipe!) from my recent Food Photography Workshop at 171 Cedar Arts Center. I hope there is some salsa and margarita magic in your weekend plans! HAPPY CINCO DE

I Can’t Believe They Can Finally READ

Like, for real read. They can read together. They can read on their own! They can read out loud and silently and we can all curl up on the couch together and just READ! It's a Momma Bookworm's dream come true you guys!      I remember being so disappointed when trying to read a book to a baby less than a year old and realizing that it would be many many moons before said child and I could actually cozy up and ENJOY a book together. Fast forward a thousand sessions of various Dr. Seuss, The Gruffalo, Love You Forever, No Jumping on the Bed, and Miss Hunnicutt's Hat and this is finally happening...     They're so close in age that even though Elsa can read much more extensively, Anna is not to be outdone and wants to be right there in that chapter book with her. So I catch them frequently partner reading. And we have "silent independent reading time" which is good for their growing brains but let's be honest, also my excuse to

Here’s How I Think You Should Celebrate Earth Day

If you're looking outside today and wondering how you should celebrate Earth Day have I got a suggestion for YOU! Show some love to the Corning Street Tree Project!  Start by heading to corningtrees.com     If you think some of the photography or the subjects of said photos (or the writing of the posts!) look familiar it's because I am one of the co-founders. And together with some of my best friends (and siblings!) we have started this project in Corning that we'd love you to get involved with!     The biggest things we need right now are donations and for folks to spread the word! You can donate now by clicking on this link to the Community Foundation's donate page.  Click on the "Choose a fund" dropdown menu and find us under "C" for Corning Street Tree Project Fund.  And please check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and tell ALL your Corning friends to do the same. Thanks so much! Happy Earth

Easy Day Trip | Altitude Trampoline Park

Happy Spring Break everyone!  If you're doing a staycation and haven't tried one of Rochester's trampoline park adventures, I highly recommend Altitude.     Especially if you feel like your kids are bouncing off the walls because of all this wintry weather we've been enjoying in Upstate NY ;-) Why not try some place you can ACTUALLY bounce off the walls?!?!?     It was most recommended to us because not only does it have the trampolines, as promised, but there's also a rock climbing wall above a foam pit! (And a battle beam, too!) I was quite surprised with how difficult it was to move through the foam pit. There was a lot of laughter and some worries about lost socks getting sucked away into the foam quick sand ;-)     I knew the little ladies would have a blast doing this but I had NO IDEA that I would have so much fun! There's nothing like bouncing and jumping and playing and laughing to make you