Lake Arrowhead Family Session {Lake Arrowhead Photographer}

happy Tuesday everyone! i hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! i feel like i’ve been MIA lately, so i apologize. i have an amazingly exciting weekend ahead, but it has kept me SUPER busy the last couple of weeks. i am teaching my very 1st photography workshop on Saturday, and i couldn’t be […]

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Man to Man: Why You Should Plan a First Look at Your Wedding

hey everyone! i hope you all are having a great week! today’s post is actually by my awesome hubby, Stephen. he’s posted on here in the past, but it’s definitely been a while, so i’m glad to have him back on the blog. today he is sharing about the First Look…from a guy’s perspective. enjoy! […]

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Weddings go by in the blink of an eye…what can any of us really remember about that day? I’m thankful that my wife and I were able to share a moment together away from the pomp and circumstance and in full regalia. It wasn’t about the pictures…it was about love.


Thanks for the comment man! Could not agree more…it is all about love.

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The Olivia Act

The Olivia Act, named after one of the children killed in Newtown, was started by a photographer who wishes to remain anonymous. Olivia’s family had pictures taken a short time before she was killed. Those pictures are precious and now priceless to them. Upon hearing this, this photographer was moved to give away a family […]

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Debbie Brownfield

What a cool thing you’re doing Jess ….

I want to nominate my sister-in-law Deanna Brownfield-Hays. Five years ago they had a baby boy Alexander … by all appearances he was normal … but at 3 months of age he “coded”… and they discovered that he had a rare red blood cell disease named Diamond Blackfan Anemia and he was deprived of oxygen that has left him learning disabled but this little guy always has a smile on his face. He’s been in the hospital so many times and has endured and survived a bone marrow transplant but still faces challenges constantly. I don’t know how this little family keeps up the constant pace of working … hospital stays… doctor’s visits and much, much more. They are HERO’S in our book!

I’ve added his Caring Bridge link below so you can read his story, view his pictures and read his latest updates. Every day is a gift for this little guy and his mom and dad who live in Irvine.

Thanks Jess for your caring heart for others. Your little guy is one lucky “critter” to have such a loving person as his mommy! Blessings … debbie

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10 MORE Things I Finally Understand Now That I’m a Parent…

Happy Tuesday! is everyone ready for Christmas? i’m so excited for Zach’s first Christmas! i wanted to share a fun, light-hearted post with all of you today before i take some time off. but, before i do so, i wanted to share a post that Me Ra Koh wrote for Babble yesterday. i know this […]

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You are definitely a rock star! I think it’s our perfectionism that’s the problem – we think we have to do everything perfectly, and have completely unrealistic expectations of ourselves. Something’s gotta give – and in our house, it’s usually the chores. But frankly, I’d rather have the memories of quality time spent with Emmy than a perfectly-clean-at-all-times home. You are being a wonderful mommy to Zach – never doubt that!

Love you,



Oh Honey, I so love reading these rants of yours………. it just shows how human you are! We are not super humans, we are but HUMBLE Mommie’s, learning life one day at a time! It is always lovely to hear other’s suggestions but at the end of the day what ever gives you peace of mind and a happy family works!
Life is crazy and busy and no matter how you plan to do things “LIFE HAPPENS” and all you an do is go from there! I feel really bad because I have not met Mr. Zach in person, not held him, gave him kisses, smelled that beautiful baby smell, so time can really get away from you :o( So for now, I will keep watching him grow up on FB :o) and read your comments and let you know how much you are LOVED! xoxoxoxox me! ;o)

Awww thank you so much, Lorelei! And it’s so true…I’m definitely having to work on my perfectionism 🙂 and I totally agree with you! I remember seeing a quote not too long ago that said “Good moms have sticky floors, messy kitchens, laundry piles, dirty ovens & happy kids” 🙂 love it! xo

Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Melanie! I love you and we need to figure out something soon so that you can meet Zach! I can’t believe that hasn’t happened yet 🙁 I seriously don’t know where this year went though! Hope you have an awesome Christmas! xo

Sherry Angel

Beautiful, Jess. So much growth in such a short time. Being a mom will do that to you! Save all this for your Rockstar Mom book! Love you. — Aunt Sherry


As I sit for the 334th night in a row, rocking sweet Benjamin to sleep because he “still” isn’t ready to go on his own (some might tell me I did something wrong from the start here, no doubt…), I say in response to your new list:

Yes x10!

@Michelle thank you! I hear ya! We are trying sleep training method #3 as we speak. I’m so tired…

@Sherry thank you so much 🙂 I love you!

Cindy Angel

Jess, I absolutely loved this blog! You gave me a lot of credit…thank you. I pray that through it all, you realized how much you were loved. And that you were perfectly and wonderfully made. You are such an excellent mother. There is no doubt that Zach is loved. He is such a wonderful child…so you’re doing a lot right! I love the quote from Allison! I love you and you’re perfect the way you are! Yeah, about that book that Sherry mentioned, great idea. You write so well