{family diptych courtesy of Jonathan Canlas}

Find the gift
in the place you're in,
the people you're with,
the work that you do,
the strengths that you have,
the challenges that
come your way.

Find it.
Plant it.
Feed and water it.
And as it grows,
hold it up for all the world to see.
Be delighted in it.

May your New Year be happy and bright and then some.

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christmas.morn - fort collins portrait photographer

Experiencing Christmas
through the eyes of a child ...

Glory. Hallelujah. Indeed.

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The only thing I wanted for Christmas this year??
Family portraits done by the incomparable Jonathan Canlas.
Seriously, his work just undoes me. He's crazy good.
These are a few of the polaroids from our session.
Love these more than my words can say.

A very Merry to me.

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go.team.go - fort collins portrait photographer

There are few things more enjoyable for me
than watching one of our girls play sports.
I love, love, love it for what it means.

It means they are active, healthy, and engaged in life.
It means they are building strength, confidence and relationships
on the playing field that they will carry with them long after the final whistle.

Of course, I do realize that this little pastime of mine means that I've become
the proverbial soccer mom and, you know what??
The view from here is pretty darn sweet.

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I want to live into this more. It matters.
This I know for sure.

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{mod-podged with love by me and my little Lu}

"Blessed is the season which engages
the whole world in a conspiracy of love."

{Hamilton Wright Mabie}

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Molly.Class.of.2010 - Fort Collins Senior Portrait Photography

On my way to this session, Paul Simon's song "Kodachrome" came on the radio.
As I sang along, the oft repeated chorus line refrain lodged itself in my brain:

"...I got a Niiikon camera ... I like to take phoootographs ...
Oh, Mama, please don't take my Kodachrome awaaay ..."

I thought to myself, "Yeah. Me too, Paul. Me too."
{EVEN when it's only 30 degrees outside!}

Sure appreciate the reminder, Mr. Simon. :-)

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{the birthday boy}

Love this happy smile of yours.
Thanks for being born so that we could
enjoy this happy smile of yours all the time.
Cuz, ya know, it's all about us, right?!

with great big birthday love,
from me & the girlies three

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