the ryan family

Is this not the cutest family? Not only are they cute, but they’re some of the most genuine, kind people you’ll ever meet. The Ryans were some of our favorite people in Davis and I was so glad to spend a summer evening photographing them before we both moved away.

Katie Warner - October 5, 2013 - 7:38 AM

These are amazing. SO beautiful. What a cute family, and such pretty light. Good job. :)

a new blog


I’m so excited to announce my new blog! I’ve been working on this (in my head and for real) for months and I’m finally just pulling the trigger. I wanted to write about my favorite topics (personal growth, intentional and simple living, happiness, etc.) and I felt like it was time to create a dedicated place for it. This blog will continue on, but only for photography. Now that there’s a separation between the two topics, I’m hoping to actually post more consistently here (although that doesn’t necessarily mean more often! I’m thinking 2-4 times per month).

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be making a few changes on both sites to better reflect my business as it is currently. In the meantime, I’d love for you to go check out the new site and tell me what you think! There’s a few new posts as well, including a recap of our move and August’s adventures, some thoughts on finding your creative purpose, and tips for simplifying your email inbox.

Thank you so much for reading… I hope you stick around here and follow me over to the new blog!

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august goals

muir woods / the oakland temple / pool days

Well, it’s August 15th and I’m a little behind. But we are finally moved and settled in our new Los Angeles apartment! It’s been such a whirlwind that I still can’t believe we live here. Especially when we jaunt over to the beach for a few hours or Disneyland for Kenny’s birthday. We are loving it. Well, for the most part. I’m not crazy about the $73 parking ticket we got today or the proximity of our neighbors or the traffic… but we’ll take the bad with the good and try to embrace it all as part of the LA experience.

July was such a fun month and a great way to cap off our time in Davis. A few highlights: floating down the American river with some friends, celebrating my faux-birthday at a baseball game in Sacramento complete with fireworks and cheesecake, one last trip to San Francisco (mostly for some Bi-Rite ice cream) and Muir Woods, and co-teaching a photo class for church. I also scrambled to get as much work done as possible before the moving craziness hit. I’m so grateful to have a great job that allows for flexibility and the ability to work from wherever.

As for August, here are a few of the things I’m hoping to accomplish with what’s left of the month:

  • Keep reading (maybe even finally finish??) Les Mis
  • Make the blog changes I’ve been meaning to get to for, oh, six months
  • Start making healthy dinners again (moving is the WORST for trying to eat well)
  • Move to LA!! (what the heck, might as well put something on there I can get crossed off right away!)

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(This year I’m posting my monthly goals for a bit of accountability and motivation! They are based on my eight intentions for 2013.)

making space

As we are getting ready to move for the second time in a year, it has been on my mind how much I wish for a clutter-free home. I don’t know why it’s so hard, but stuff just seems to pile up. So now as we move into a new, smaller apartment, I’ve been reminding myself of some simple ways to create a bit of space at home and I thought I’d share them with you:

Don’t fill up every corner, shelf, tabletop, and drawer. Leave room for new things. Or just leave room. Empty space is not a bad thing — it always surprises me how much I enjoy the openness.

If you forgot you had something, you probably don’t need to keep it. Anything we haven’t used in the past year is either being given away or sent back to Utah for storage. (But the more I think about it, the more I realize that anything we’re willing to leave in Utah for two more years really could be gotten rid of without missing it too much.)

When you feel the urge to buy more/bigger containers for your stuff, just get rid of the stuff. If you can’t or don’t want to get rid of that stuff, find other stuff to get rid of and put the first batch of stuff where the second batch of stuff used to be. (That might be the best sentence I’ve ever written.)

When living in a small space, decorations are overrated. Especially seasonal ones that require being stored 11 months out of the year. That’s one thing I’ve let go of during this phase of life.

Clothes… we probably all have too many. As I have whittled down my collection of clothing to what I really wear consistently, I’ve discovered that I now own less clothing than Kenny. To be fair, Kenny is one who doesn’t like getting rid of things, but still. I think that’s pretty impressive!

Take advantage of living in a digital era. The fact that last year I scanned and eliminated most of our paperwork and files has really simplified my life, both when referencing information (it’s much easier to search for) and now that we’re moving (it’s really easy to move invisible paperwork).

And the strategy I’m going to test out when I arrive in Los Angeles? Only unpack things as they’re needed. Whatever is left in boxes after one week deserves some serious evaluation to decide how truly necessary it is.

Okay… now back to packing!

Tara Siddoway - August 3, 2013 - 3:03 PM

Good luck moving! Can’t wait to see pictures of your new place. . . and to hear about this new phase of life!

Jeanne - August 15, 2013 - 6:53 AM

I got a little scared at the “send stuff to Utah” comment. ;)


Meet my darling nephew Trey! I’m so thrilled I was able to take these photos while visiting Utah last month. It kills me to be so far away from my family, but especially when there’s a brand new baby who needs snuggles from the best aunt ever!

We all agree that there’s something special about this kid. He is straight from heaven, that is for sure.