We love this weather and want to be outdoors all the time! Yesterday we went for a family hike at Teaneck Creek Conservancy. The boys and I had been there a few times before and wanted to share this treasure with Daddy. It’s a nice easy place to hike with little kids, and there are super special areas to explore like the Turtle Peace Labyrinth and Five Pipes.

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  • Patti Jeanne Rauch Muller - April 27, 2015 - 2:04 pm

    Beautiful, lots of color, happy, curious, faces….love them, pictures and people!

  • Don Torino - April 27, 2015 - 11:57 pm

    We love to have families at the Creek ! thanks so much for joining us !

Jasper starts preschool this fall! I’m sad he’s growing so fast, and I’m extremely grateful to have spent so much of his first three years with him. When I left my city job almost three years ago, my intention was to be more full-time photographer than full-time mom. That’s not the way it’s worked out, and while that hasn’t been ideal for our family financial situation, it’s been wonderful for my family and for me. I’ve had time to do so many things I didn’t even know I wanted or needed to do. And I’m looking toward September now as the time when I will really grow my business in the way I had intended to do three years ago. I will have more time for it. Time for development and marketing. Time for making my website what I want it to be, to really show my prospective clients what is special about a photo shoot with me. And more time for what I love most about my work: spending time capturing the essence of families, and providing them with beautiful art to treasure forever, art that allows them to see even more of the beauty in their lives.

One item on my list for September and beyond is to have more group mommy and me photo shoots. I did one group event last year. I love connecting people and building community, so it was fun to get a few moms and little ones together, to be able to offer a super budget-friendly option for mamas to get a few pictures. If this if something you’re interested in, be sure you like my Facebook page to watch for details. Here is one of the pairs from that day.

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It’s fun to look back at pictures from last year’s Montana vacation as we plan for this summer’s trip. Instead of flying, this year we’re taking our minivan on the road and making the 36 hour drive there! We’re really excited about it. We’ve wanted to do a big road trip with the boys eventually and we realized that this is the perfect time for it. We’ll stop at places like the world’s largest truck stop. That’s the only plan we have so far.

I’d love to photograph a super cool family or two on our way, or while we’re in Kalispell, and I also have this vision of staying on a family farm along the way, taking some pictures in exchange for a place to stay for the night and a couple farm fresh meals. I’ve kind of put this out there to the universe and am hoping this family and I are able to connect with each other!

Our goal is to make this a super low budget trip. If you have camping equipment you are looking to get rid of, hotel points that are transferrable, or gift cards you aren’t going to use, think of those as possible barter items toward a family photo shoot, and let’s talk about setting one up for May or June!:)

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