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They made the big move from Atlanta to California four years ago for Matt’s job in the Air Force. When he proposed to Kaelan at the Grand Canyon, their story began… On April 14, 2012, they will be welcoming their first baby to their family (although by the way Kaelan spoke about their chocolate lab, it is more like their second). Since the baby’s gender will be a surprise, s/he currently goes by the name “Shadynasty.” I can’t wait to meet little Shady in a little under a month!
Kaelan is a beautiful person inside and out. When I first met her she told me that she wasn’t photogenic. Well, Kaelan, I’d have to say I respectfully disagree. You are absolutely gorge!
The number 8 is very symbolic to Kaelan and Matt. It all started the day they met, when they both happened to be wearing shirts with the number 8 on it. Even on our shoot we ended up choosing Eighth Street to walk down without even noticing! I’m sensing an eight-lettered name in this baby’s future…
This is probably my favorite frame of the day.
 Thank you Kaelan and Matt for braving the winds today and sharing such a beautiful experience with me. Baby Shady is very lucky to have such fun and selfless parents!
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Isn’t it a great feeling when you reunite with an old friend and nothing has changed? 
Meet Monica. One of my favorite people ever, who also happens to be totally adorable.
I was teaching her about my camera and how to use aperture.

My first successful “timer” picture on this camera!:)

and of course Jackson third-wheeled on our date.

I’m still working on the whole smiling thing! I much prefer the other side of the lens.
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Getting to know people can be scary, but I’m learning how to make it fun. The photography business seems to be all about networking. Every article and book I’ve read, or video and online chat I’ve listened too will push this one thousand times over.

I’m working on a project now where I am trying to meet 100 people in 100 days. And so far it has been hard. The most difficult barrier I’ve come up against is finding a balance between being outgoing enough to talk to complete strangers and still finding a way to be me. The authentic me, who has energy spurting out of me at 7am and can talk about her dog for an hour straight. But I am in love with the idea of truly putting myself out there. I am someone who thrives being vulnerable because it helps me to grow into the person I want to be. And I’m finally starting to believe in myself and what I can do.

Believe = Be love.

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