Cherish : The Smith Family : Pismo, California

An afternoon with the growing Smith family along the coast in Pismo, California was such a gift. The sweetness of the siblings, their splendid laughter, the organic blend of shyness and nonstop stories, and the kindness and love of their parents, in one of my favorite places in Pismo, defined our time together. We adventured through meadows, counted ladybugs, climbed curling trees, searched for the perfect shell, ran along the shore, dipped our toes in the shimmering water, and felt the warmth of that magical California golden light.

I’m forever grateful to document days like these, of growing families embracing candid, imperfect moments, honoring the everyday. Thank you, Smith family, for inviting me into your beautiful life for an afternoon.

Love and Light,

Heather

cherish: mama and babe, the everyday : san jose, ca

“Embrace the amazing potential MAGIC of today’s small everyday moments”
-Zina Harrington

Oh friends, let’s photograph your everyday. Often, we only think about the holiday cards, the instagram worthy, the perfectly curated moments… but this, this is what many of us parents want to remember, the everyday moments; creating, chasing, sitting, playing, and just being with our children. The snuggles and laughter, the tears, the favorite toys and t-shirts, and so much more. When my children are grown, having photos of us together, living our everyday, is what I’ll want most. If you’d like this too, let’s record these memories together.

Love and Light,

Heather

cherish : the gray girls : mama and me portrait

I had the honor of photographing my dear friend Tara before her family moved to Hawaii for a grand adventure. Tara and her husband love Hawaii and were married there, so their affinity of the islands inspired this next chapter of their lives. They sold most of their belongings, put their heirlooms in storage, and moved to the big island, leaving their home here in Colorado. With this in mind, I wanted to photograph the girls in the wide open spaces that run along the plains as they meet the Rocky Mountains. It was a very Colorado day, with bright sunshine and a blustery wind, which added to the magic of this portrait. It was a delight to spend time with Tara’s sweet daughter too and watch her imagination sparkle as she danced through the long grasses with her bunny.

Tara is a real gem and creative soul. She creates the most beautiful dream catchers and floral sculptures too, which can be found on her lovely blog. And beyond all this she’s the most beautiful soul.

Love and Light,
Heather

forever : a small town wedding with big city charm : a lied lodge wedding : nebraska city, nebraska

Lauren and Jake’s wedding was perfect. They planned a small town wedding with big city style and I loved every bit of it. Jake grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska 45 minutes from Nebraska City, Nebraska at the Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm where the wedding took place. The location was amazing, fruit trees, a rustic barn and a beautiful contemporary log cabin styled bed and breakfast.
Lauren and Jake decided to see each other before the wedding so we could take family formals as well as adventure around Nebraska City before the wedding. I love it when couples do this. It’s a very personal choice for sure. This gave us plenty of time for photography and allowed me to get Lauren and Jake to their reception to join their friends and family.
The wedding ceremony took place on the lawn of the Lied Lodge over a backdrop of beautiful trees. Their ceremony was very personal and included readings from Lauren’s mom and Jake’s sister. Following the readings Jake and Lauren wrote their own vows which they recited together. It was awesome. I love how they both smiled from ear to ear the whole time and their first kiss was the sweetest!
For the reception the guests walked along a walking path through tall trees and romantic bridges. At the end of the path they found a rustic and magical barn accented by Nebraska barbecue and a fantastic honky tonk band straight from Austin Texas called the Derailers. The Derailers kept everyone dancing into the wee hours of the night. It was amazing! One of my favorite moments from the night was Lauren and Jake’s first dance. They danced a two step that had everyone smiling. The room was filled with love!
It was an absolute honor to photograph Lauren and Jake’s wedding. I was lucky to be able to bring one of my dear friends and one crazy-talented wedding photographer, Molly of Cedar House Photography, with me for this wedding. We had the best time!
Love and Light,
Heather

Cherish: Leila and Family: SLO Family Photographer

This family, especially the amazing mama, is so dear to me. Leila was our Doula for Desmond’s birth and she will forever hold a very special place in my heart. She was there for me in such a fundamental way during such a trying, wild and wondrous time. Her patience, kindness, sense of humor, and earth mama knowledge helped me safely deliver my baby boy. She’s a superhero, rockstar and insanely inspiring mama in my book, and her family is so beautiful and amazing.
Thank you Leila!
Love and Light,
Heather

Cherish : The Hubbell Family : Denver Colorado

Holy moly, super sweetness! The Hubbell family is just darling, aren’t they? Their adorable puppy, Gatsby, joined their family, and a week later we took this portrait to remember this special time. I’ve since seen Gatsby and he’s growing so fast and is getting cuter by the day!
Thank you, Hubbell family, for asking me to record your memories with you. 
Love and Light,
Heather

Cherish : The Hattig Family : Spring

I’ve had the great honor of photographing the Hattig family a few times a year for the past few years, and for this portrait we decided to adventure to Denver for their photos. They had never been to the Denver Botanic Gardens before, so it was so much fun to share this special place with them. We found a fairy garden, panda forest and monkey land. It was a magical day and visiting the gardens with little ones is seriously the way to go, they see and imagine so much!
Thank you, sweet Hattig family, for always making my heart smile.
Love and Light,
Heather

cherish : the collins family : lifestyle family photographer : santa cruz california

I had the best afternoon with the Collins family in their Santa Cruz, California neighborhood. Their son Eli, showed me some of his favorite toys and his cute cat. We shared a few snacks and then went on a lovely walk to a nearby park. It was so much fun to experience a day in the life of this beautiful family. I’d love to live in their awesome neighborhood. 
Love and Light,
Heather