This year, Mommies Hiring Mommies hosted their first full weekend retreat. Empower: Be a Badass Retreat kicked off with an amazing reception of network and a specialized mastermind event. During our weekend we experienced eight brilliant speakers who are leaders in their industry. As the retreat wrapped up many of the Mommies Hiring Mommies community explored their true story, developed their why, and learned how to tie those revolutions into their own business to catapult greatness. Beyond business, our relationships within the community strengthened and new lifelong friendships began. I had the honor not only to attend the retreat but to capture the moments and memories from this amazing weekend. As you look through these images and wonder how you can be apart of such an amazing tribe of Mama entrepreneurs click HERE! Also, you can find them on Facebook right HERE!
I am so excited to see you grow into this next chapter of your life. Motherhood will challenge you in ways you never could expect- it will bring you to your highest of highs and lowest of lows. This journey is full of joy, excitement and yet completely terrifying and frustrating- all in one crazy roller coaster of a ride. There will be times that you might feel lost and alone. Full of doubt and just plain scared. But fear not sister- for you are surrounded by family and friends to share this very experience with. On the flip side, you will be filled with so much love, joy, and pride that you are going to feel as if your heart could burst into a million pieces. In either the most joyous of moments or the very saddest parts- and everything in between. Reach out to those around you. Quiet those voices that might cause you to doubt. And just love on this little girl of yours. Be patient and hold her close. You have gracefully entered into this journey we call "motherhood" . I can't wait to see you both explore this world together. There will be twists, turns and mountains to climb, but always remember that the view along the way- is breathtaking.
"And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears." - Mark Anthony
Where one waits with a bit of uncertainty. Somewhere between your childhood days, yet still years before your grown. Where the beauty of possibilities are endless.
Over the years this young lady's drive and passion for dance has yet to wither. Instead, with each practice, competition, and solo performed her passion continues to strengthen. Through the lens of my camera, I had the honor of capturing this moment in her life.
Midway into our lifestyle session, we switched focus from documenting her passion with dance, to grabbing a few portraits in her 8th grade graduation dress. I'm not going to lie, there might have been a tear or two swell up. Our first borns are growing up and they have now entered into the last remaining years of being children.
This session is where an end of this chapter in her childhood will be forever documented. And a glimpse of the future that lies ahead can be seen in the photos captured below. Keep pursing your dreams, and never let the fire in your soul burn out.
Today you are FOUR. And for these past four years you have been my calm amongst the storm. A quiet confidence and gentleness; yet, a matter of fact presence about yourself. You skipped the terrible twos and threenager stage. Although, lately your sense of independence is growing stronger. And you beam with pride when you complete those tedious everyday tasks, "all my self" as you would say. You are my outdoor child who loves to be near home. Exploring the neighborhood and learning to ride your bike. You are an observer of life and are always showing me the world through your eyes. There is a serious side to you that is balanced out with your sweet, goofy side. You place your hands on my cheeks and still give me kisses, just because. All year, your favorite word is banana. We started a silly game where you will say goodnight banana and I respond with a different fruit like apple. We would go back and forth with different names and for some reason banana stuck. So everyone seems to be a banana, banana head, or banana goo-goo ga-ga. Brushing your teeth as never been a hassle. And you Iove to get your hair cut. As soon as your hair grows out just a touch, you tell me, "Mama I need a haircut, my hair too long". You will sit so patiently in the barber chair and perfectly still the entire time. And the hot towel at the end seems to be your favorite part. While your favorite bro-bro is Dominic, you and DJ always have fun together. You love your time at school and are learning so much. You can count in both English and Spanish. Aqua seems to have forever replaced the word water. Everywhere we go you are pointing out the letters of the alphabet and practice writing them on your own. You are able to spell and write your first name and just started to ask how to spell Mommy, Dominic, and DJ. Dr. Suess books (Green Eggs and Ham, 1 Fish 2 Fish Red Blue Fish, and Cat and Hat) are always a big hit for a bedtime story. We also like, When you Give a Mouse a Cookie. You will even finish some of the sentences in the story as I read the book. Every night you prefer to cuddle with me, and must have Dad right next to you.
And everyday, I wonder how did I get so lucky to have you as my son! Happy Birthday to my sweet, sweet boy!
Hey Mama! Welcome to the third boy club. It's going be ok and you are not alone in this journey. Speaking as a Mom to all boys over here! Now's the time to sit back and enjoy the ride. This mini session intended to document a pregnancy announcement; however, we took a slight detour and the outcome was more of a family session. And I'm so glad that we did, they were absolutely adorable! So much fun, and lots of precious moment captured. A little dancing, belly laughing, fence sitting and lots of love!
And just like that they were here. A couple of weeks after the maternity session I was right back at the house to meet these beautiful babies. This time Big Sister wasn't too sure about all of the fuss, and rightfully so, sharing the spotlight with twins won't be easy. Mom and Dad were champs though, patient and calm. They divided and conquer, or united as one unit with ease. And as far as the twins, they were just as adorable as adorable can be. Awake and alert for most of the session, engaging with Mom, Dad and Big Sister. Newborn sessions are always amazing to be apart of. There is a range of emotions from uncertainty to excitement with this new phase in life. A transition that unfolds right before your eyes, and I get to have the honor of capturing this very moment. (Take a look at the maternity session in the previous blog below)
Last summer this beautiful Mama reached out to me to schedule a maternity session just a few weeks before her due date. However, on the day of our session the summer heat reached triple digits; with a toddler, twins in tote and Dad's recent knee surgery we decided to move the photoshoot indoors. On this day I merged my passion for in-home lifestyle portraits with the beauty and excitement of a maternity photoshoot and fell in love with photography all over again. It was at this moment, I knew I wanted to shift my focus from the traditional outdoor locations and move my sessions indoors. For this new year I am so excited to offer in-home lifestyle motherhood and maternity sessions.
Land Park is a great place year round, and during the fall season is no exception. Our warm fall evening and the colors surrounding the park complemented this gorgeous couple beautifully. She had an eminent glow to her that reflected in every photo I took, as he stood by her side proud and full of love. With a dash of humor and excitement throughout our session, I couldn't help but feel a tremendous amount of joy myself. Congratulations to you both on your growing family!
"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always.. As long as I'm living, My baby you will be."
The Arboretum provided the perfect background for this beautiful family. So much love and connection, I am honored to capture this fleeting moment in their lives. With grace and beauty, her strength shined through. And before you know it, the belly will be no longer, and replaced in your arms a sweet baby boy you will hold.
Hi everyone! I'm finally here writing my first blog. Honestly, I am a bit (a lot) nervous posting, as I do not consider myself much of a writer. So, please bear with me through this treacherous journey as I continue to blog my photo sessions. One day this whole writing piece gets easier, right?
As a mother to three boys, life can be a bit rambunctious, wild and crazy. Our world is full of energy, personality and sass. In order to capture each of their unique charming personalities, I naturally fell into Lifestyle Photography with a dash of Documentary feel. Photography gave me a voice when I felt my words had fallen short. Capturing not just a pretty picture but a moment in time, a memory. An image that will provoke emotion and stir up all of your senses. My approach to the way I capture my family is the same approach I have when capturing yours. From my heart to yours, I strive to capture the very essence of your family's love, connections and moments together.
Old Sacramento, Summers, Family Date Nights, and a little glimpse into the life with my three little muses. Love Always, Katrina.