Malt-making, cuddles & puppy fun with the Crawford Family! {Las Vegas Family Film}

One of my previous clients who has just been so vocal and outgoing about my work was this sweet Mama. I had taken her photos with her son during my “Mommy & Me Minis” in Vegas a couple of months before we moved away. She jumped at the chance for a Storytelling Session with Family Film when I came to town! And she also gave me a fantastic homemade scrub/exfoliation cream that she makes. It is divine! I have such awesome clients!

This sweet little boy is so very loved and it shows in every detail of their lives. What a precious, precious love is the love of a Mama & Daddy. And how amazing is that antique malt machine that has been in their family for years! The dad grew up making malts with his grandfather using that machine & it’s so awesome that he now gets to make malts with his son.

Check out their family film followed by some photos from their session:

And here are a handful of photos from their session:


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Self-Portraits of Motherhood – Month 3

As I continue my personal project of posting at least 1 photo each week on social media with myself & my kid(s)…I can’t help but brainstorm what I’m going to do with these photos in print.  I want to give my kids the gift of finding an old box with photos in it.  Right now I am leaning toward making a small, coffee table book for myself with my Self Portraits with my kids as a compilation.  But I also think I will likely print each one for the kid in the photo and leave the print in their memory boxes for them to find one day when going through their old stuff.

You should do this too!  Give your kids the gift of finding an old box of photos of their mama!

Here are the photos I posted during month 3…

#16 – Chaos

Because sometimes babies stand up on edges of things.

#17 – Sweet girl & needy pup

She is so fun to hang out with.  And I’m never able to hang out with the kids alone.  There is always a dalmatian trying to get in on the love.

#18 – Lean In

Breathe it in.  Remember what this felt like.

#19 – Tears

Sadness happens to the sweetest of us, sometimes.

#20 – Post Lasagne

Archer puts up with so much.  It takes some scrubbing to get lasagne off.

#21 – Birds are their fave

The twins love looking out the window & especially with Mama.  I will miss this stage.  Life if so simple for them.

#22 – Reading books

I do it because it’s so good for them.  Even though it can sometimes be mind-numbing & sleep inducing to read baby books all day.

#23 – Up in the air

Who will I be when this season is through?  10+ years total at home raising babies.  Speech Therapist?  Photographer?  Homemaker?  All three?

#24 – Never let go

I don’t always get cuddles…my biggest snuggle-bug has always been my oldest son.  But occasionally I get a baby to cuddle me too.  Always want to remember this feeling. This one is Archer.

#25 – From the inside

Stuck inside on a cold day.

#26 – I’ll carry you (even when you’re 6)

I’ll do it as long as I physically can.  Which won’t be much longer.  I promise I won’t forget what it’s like to hold you.

#27 – When fever strikes

She ended up in my bed with insomnia because she couldn’t turn her brain off.  Then she woke convinced she had a fever.  She didn’t.  Just exhausted.  Lack of sleep can make you feel so awful.

#28 – Let’s stick together

Well…for now.  Let’s head the same direction.  I’m still your Mama.

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At Home with the Thompson Family {storytelling session in Las Vegas}

My husband travels to Nellis AFB in Las Vegas pretty regularly for work & I went on his most recent trip with him.  Because I already have a client base, I sent out an email to my subscribers (SUBSCRIBE HERE) asking if anyone would be interested in my new Storytelling Sessions & I had a ton of interest.  I did 5 storytelling sessions & still turned some people away!  Turns out people want family films with their photos!  Who knew???

What do you get when you combine killer hula hoop skills & deep-sleep baby breathing (& sleepy twitches) in the same family film?  Well, tears from me!  My favorite parts are when her mama sprays her with the water hose & in true 4-year-old sassy style she exclaims “REALLY Mama?”  I mean really.  Really?  I also loved when she played hide-and-seek & just hid under a towel in the middle of the yard.  “AGAIN!”  she shouts when she is finally found.  Such joy!  Don’t get me started on the baby snuggles.  How often do babies fall asleep on their mamas in rocking chairs in these sessions?  Not often.  He was OUT.  The depth, darkness, silhouettes, & moody feel are just so powerful.  So, without further adeiu….meet the Thompsons:

And here are just a handful of the family photos from this session:

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annie - July 3, 2017 - 6:01 am

beautiful! never thought of a session like this but it looks totally fun

Sharee Davenport - July 3, 2017 - 6:05 am

I love how you always document families in such a lifestyle way. This storytelling session in Las Vegas is so great! I can’t wait to see what kind of beautiful images you create in Colorado Springs!

Audrey - July 3, 2017 - 6:25 am

I love how you captured their energy and love! And the family film is so precious!

Alice L - July 3, 2017 - 7:44 am

This family film is so sweet. There is so much love within this Las Vegas family.

Emilyanne Hardy - July 3, 2017 - 9:45 am

Oh how I just love film and how it adds just a whole new element to the memory. Family films are extra special because you can really hear that child laughter and see how small they were in your arms. LOVE!

Elizabeth - July 3, 2017 - 10:12 am

What a beautiful Las Vegas family film session! That black and white image of them on the bed is stunning!

Aryn Baker - July 3, 2017 - 11:00 am

Oh how fun! I love that you offer family films with your photo sessions!

EJ - July 3, 2017 - 12:08 pm

What a fabulous family session in Las Vegas, great that you are building a client base there! My partner works for a company in Scottsdale, I need to work on my client base there!

Ashley Durham - July 3, 2017 - 2:44 pm

Such a great at-home family session!

Leah - July 3, 2017 - 6:26 pm

These are all so precious! They will definitely treasure this family film for generations to come! Las Vegas is lucky you will travel there for photos!

Valerie Shannon - July 3, 2017 - 7:40 pm

They way you capture a family is so amazing! I would be thrilled if I was this family. Are you located in Colorado Springs?

sarah - July 4, 2017 - 5:32 am

Well just take my breath away! This was a lovely in home family session…. do you travel outside of Las Vegas?

jiyeon - July 4, 2017 - 8:01 am

what a beautiful Las Vegas lifestyle family session! they are all so happy and you have captured them so perfectly!

Tiara Wilson - July 4, 2017 - 10:25 am

This is seriously a gorgeous las vegas lifestyle family session. I love that you documented a day in their life. Storytelling documentary films are my favorite. I love that it’s all “real life”. <3

emily_admin - July 5, 2017 - 9:45 am

Hi Sarah! I’m always available for travel! And I regularly travel from Colorado to TX, KS, and NV for sessions! More specifically Wichita, Dallas, and Vegas! I send an email out to my list of subscribers in that area when I come to visit and book people from there. It has been so fun traveling and doing these Storytelling Sessions and family films!

emily_admin - July 5, 2017 - 9:47 am

Yes, I am currently living in Colorado Springs! And thank you! I’m finding people want family films with their photos…the movement and audio captures SO much more than photos alone!

Hanging out with the Brown Family {Colorado Springs family film}

A few days ago, I spent an hour at this sweet family’s home, doing a Storytelling Session on their beautiful land, photographing & filming their relationship, love, fun & connection with each other.  This is the first time I’ve made a film for a family other than my own.  I learned several things from this session, but what stands out that I’ve learned is how much I’ve fallen in love with creating family films.  So often I hear other film-makers/photographers talking about how choosing the music is the hardest part.  So far, with all films I’ve made, the music selection has always been my very favorite!  My newest rule of thumb is…the song that makes me cry hardest when I run it while playing a few clips is “the one.”  Yes, I found myself crying when creating this!  Which, to me, means I’ve found something I’m passionate about.

“Dada!” she says with glee as he approaches to help her into the hammock…

Those AMAZING giggles on the sweet little one.  He is SO SMILEY at this age…

“I wish we could do this forever!” she squeals as she fights mom with a light saber…

The dogs TEARING around their yard, circling them…

A little boy who loves to look at his Mama’s necklace…

Daddy carrying kiddos tucked under his arm as they squeal…

A Mama kissing a hurt finger…& then sneaking in a light saber attack

This is what it’s all about.

Below, check out their sweet family film and their fantastic dogs.  Then check out some of their photos from their session as well!

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Self-Portraits of Motherhood – Month 2

Since moving to Colorado Springs, I have focused on photographing & filming my own family. I have been taking this time to study video & filmmaking so that when I’m ready to market & take on clients again, I will be prepared to take my business down that path. Self Portraits of Motherhood is a personal project I started in April.  I’ve been posting at least one photo per week of myself with one or more of my kiddos.  I have also been doing MOVING self-portraits of motherhood by getting in the frame in short films with my children. You can check out my VIMEO to find those. They are so precious to me & truly are my love letters to my children. I can’t wait to offer these to other Mamas out there when I’m ready! Here are the images I posted in my 2nd month of doing this personal project…

#5 – After a meal

Having twins means doing all the normal baby stuff x2.  Twice the diapers, twice the meals, twice the clean up.  Baby Reed loves hand washing time.  And I love doing it.

#6 – Sometimes it snows in May

Often, they get off the bus with their heavy coats packed in their backpacks & they choose to shiver as we walk home.  Brrrr.

#7 – He loves to invent games

He just turned 6 years old & he makes up games ALL. DAY. LONG.  I just play along & do as I’m told.  I love his spirit.

#8 – Running in circles

Sometimes, chasing toddler twins counts as my workout.

#9 – A little ride

We are so glad the snow finally melted.  I love these moments on a beautiful day with a beautiful backdrop & that adorable face!

#10 – Passing us by

What does one sacrifice when their life is held on pause for 10 years, while covered in snot, & while the rest of the World moves forward?  What does one gain?

#11 – The chair where I nursed 4 babies

I nursed all my babies well past their first year in this chair.  We didn’t intend to have 2 more.  What a lovely surprise & I was so glad we still had the nursery chair.

#12 – Listening

He tells amazing adventure stories.  His imagination is phenomenal.

#13 – No more tangles

She pretty much screams every time I brush her hair.  She doesn’t quite get the tangles all out herself yet.  One day, I know I will miss this.

#14 – Difficulty Focusing

It’s so hard to focus on little sleep.  There are so many lists that are never caught up on.

#15 – Slobber Kisses

Twin 16 month olds mean lots of open-mouthed kisses & drool!

At the end of life on Earth…this is what will have mattered.  You can’t go back and grab the joy from these moments if you miss them.

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Winnie - June 2, 2017 - 7:55 am

I love how genuine, candid, and unposed these self-portraits are. Such a great reflection of your daily life in Colorado Springs, and definitely some wonderful memories you will look back on years from now.

Ashleigh - June 2, 2017 - 8:00 am

Loving your personal project of you and your family! Oh, so I use to be #13! I still have to use leave in conditioner!

EJ - June 2, 2017 - 8:40 am

I love the family film concept, what a great option for families in Colorado Springs!

Kayla - June 2, 2017 - 9:49 am

Ok these are seriously amazing! Colorado Springs also looks so beautiful!

Britt Nemeth - June 2, 2017 - 11:36 am

I am in love with this project.
Love your style with Colorado families and the natural and poetic ways.
Can’t wait to see more of what you do!

Jude - June 2, 2017 - 12:43 pm

I feel like I’m watching a family film right now. Thanks for showing us a little insight into your beautiful and hectic life. Best wishes from a fellow momtog! <3

Susan - June 2, 2017 - 3:56 pm

Your video with your son in the hammock is so sweet! Love the images as well. Thanks for sharing your work!

Alekandra - June 2, 2017 - 4:30 pm

I love this concept! I need to do this more with my own family.

Nicki Hasler - June 2, 2017 - 9:58 pm

These portraits are so great! They envoke lots of emotion. <3 I've always wanted to move to Colorado Springs. They are lucky to have such a great photographer.

Lynn Marie - June 2, 2017 - 10:26 pm

What gorgeous, personal family photos of your beautiful life in Colorado Springs. Love these so much!

Cassie - June 3, 2017 - 6:22 am

These images are so moving and real <3 Y'all are a beautiful family!

Alicia - June 3, 2017 - 6:32 am

Gah! I miss Colorado spring so much! Such a great place for family activities!

liz Cleland - June 3, 2017 - 11:28 am

It perfectly captures all of the many jobs a parent does. I love this and they are perfect to hang in any home!

Hannah - June 3, 2017 - 3:45 pm

So beautiful! I’ve enjoyed following your project!

Valerie - June 3, 2017 - 8:28 pm

I love Colorado Springs so much! I bet documenting your family there will provide so many precious memories!

Ike – A moving portrait of us

I’m late for my #momsinthemoments video this week! The last week of school activities coupled with in-laws visiting have made reduced computer time. So this was for this past Wednesday…this is a moving portrait of me and my oldest son. This was taken the day following a 2nd surgery I had to remove a syndesmosis screw from my ankle. So now, after the screw removal, I still have 13 screws, a plate, & a metal rod that is inside my shin bone from knee to ankle. I’m just so happy to be walking! I spent the 3 months in a wheel chair learning video & filmmaking and practicing. I am so thankful to finally be mobile & able to put together some short films! This is my 7th film to make & I love that it is about my just-turned 6 year old & me!

I am currently overhauling my business. I call my new sessions Storytelling Sessions. They will include photos as well as a short film, usually filmed inside of your home, but they can be done anywhere. I want to make films that don’t just speak to your soul, but that captures the heart & soul of your relationships. I am doing (4) of these sessions when I visit Vegas this June as part of portfolio-building. I am currently still too busy to take clients regularly or attempt to re-launch after our move to Colorado Springs. But my hope is that I will continue to hone my skills & become fantabulous at these videos so that when the twins are older, I am ready to take on clients again!

So here is my son Ike, & me. Doing our thing last week, one evening. I love him so much.

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Eden – a moving portrait of US

One of the classes I’m taking has challenged us Mamas to get in the frame on video & tag #momsinthemoments on INSTAGRAM every Wednesday. Well, I was running behind & so we had to do this last night to get it done in time. But then, a storm blew in! It had been almost 70 that day & warm & we were suddenly freezing with a whiney child. She kept putting on layers and finally perked up enough to play together outside some. It sprinkled on us some & then cleared. By the time we went in the sun was peeking back out just in time for sunset.

This film is full of inside jokes & little “things” that we do. For example, we have a joke where we hold the dandelion between us & blow hard in each other’s faces. And another thing where we try to shove the dandelion in each other’s mouths ha! And there are a few little things on the swing that Eden always asks me to do that nobody else would pick up on. She has been getting so much older, but this film reminds me that she really is still small. I’m so glad I captured this now instead of waiting. She is my only daughter out of 4 children & she is so precious to me.

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Mornings – A Family Film

The every day. The ordinary. The beautifully imperfect.

Family Films can focus on any activity or theme. It can take an upbeat tone or an emotional, slower tone depending on the nature of the session. Tickling, dancing, Legos, baking, riding bikes, swinging, singing or sitting on the couch in front of a fire…whatever it is your family likes to do together. I can take almost any beloved toy or activity and document it beautifully. I can take simply being together…and turn it into a digital heirloom that will bring you back to that moment in the years to come.

For this family film, the focus was the everyday morning routing getting the kids up and ready for school. Find meaning in your ordinary.

Watch the 2.5 minute video below. And grab your tissues.

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Self-Portraits of Motherhood – Month 1

“Get in the frame” has become a trending topic among mom photographers.  We Mamas tend to be behind the camera.  At the end of our lives, who wants their kids to look for photos of us with them and say, “Where was mom?  I remember her always being there but there are only a handful of pics.”   I’m doing a personal project called Self-Portraits of Motherhood & I will be posting a photo of me with one or more of my (4) kiddos every week…sometimes more than once a week.  I will be honest and say that I will not be taking one each and every week.  I tend to get the camera set up and take quite a few and then not touch my camera for a bit.  So I will likely be sharing multiple photos from the same few days spread over several months.  But I will be posting pics of me & my kids regularly doing ordinary things & that is my goal!

Month 1 is done…so here are the photos I shared this month…

#1 – Surrounded by Babies

I have twin boys that are 15 months old.  They are fast & furious but I never want to forget what it’s like to be trying to keep up with them daily.

#2 – Stay Little

Baby Archer is so little.  He’s the littlest baby I’ve ever had.  I do not want to forget what it is like to cuddle a little baby.

#3 – She loves grapes & books

Eden has been reading chapter books since she was 3 years old.  She would read for hours if we let her.  And her favorite after school snack is grapes.  I sure love being with her.

#4 – We all need a little help sometimes

I haven’t taken the time to teach Ike to tie his shoes yet.  Mostly because it’s hard to find the time with so many people needing my help all day.  Teaching this will be on our list to work on this summer.

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Family Film – Spring 2017 in Colorado

Colorado has oodles of snow in the Spring!  The weather can change in an instant.  Some days we have snow, hail, sleet, rain, & sunshine all in the same day.  And often, the snow will dump & then completely melt the next day which is the way I like it best!  This video encompasses Spring, Easter, egg hunting, baby cuddles, family wrestle time, & much more.

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