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Armenta Family // Phoenix, Arizona

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The Armenta's were the first family I photographed in the Phoenix area and what a golden family they were to begin with. The Armenta's are some of the sweetest people I have photographed. Braelyn and Nick love each other and their kids Henry and Jane in a waist deep kind of way. It was so sweet seeing how affectionate they are with their kids. I loved our time of simply hanging out around their house enjoying all of the little things. These photos feel so full of their love when I look at them. From the little touches and moments of laughter and joy, I love how simple and sweet and real and completely unique to them these moments are. 

I've got some exciting things brewing up with This Is Now Photography, one of them being going back to Arizona to photograph families next year (dates to be determined soon!) Going back through all of the incredible families I photographed in Phoenix has got me missing that beautiful desert and all the awesome people in it. But so excited to be back next year! 

Enjoy these sweet moments of the Armenta's and remember that life is all about people. Soak in the ones you love today. And tomorrow. And then the next day. It's what it's all about. 

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Mullis Family /// Stanley, NC

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I've been getting excited about all the families I get to photograph back on the east coast in September and can't wait to photograph the Mullis family again. Danielle and Todd are such laid back parents and have so much fun with their 3-year-old Layton. Layton is a boy on the move with the most adorable smile. He is full of energy and was more content with a piece of string than anything else throughout the day. 

It's going to be so special to see these photos side by side with photos of their life together almost exactly one year later. To see how much Layton has grown up and how much their lives have changed and evolved over the past year. As these moments build on one another through the passing of time, these photos will become more and more meaningful. Soooo looking forward to capturing this sweet family's life again. 

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Graff Family // Charlotte, NC

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When I think of home, I think of all the little details in a house that tell a story, the smell that carries through the house, the stick figure drawings of family on the refrigerator, the boxes with dinosaur drawings (see below), the rags hung to dry on the back deck (also see below), the sounds of laughter and jumping and spoons inside mixing bowls. I think of all the little details that make up the spirit of a home and the spirit of the people who have made a home together. 

This word sat in me as I spent time with the Graff's. They have made their home so uniquely them. I felt invited to be a part of it for a day and loved feeling what they get to feel every day together. 

Their adventures to the river are seriously magical. You would never think you were right in Charlotte from the forest of trees and feeling of being in the middle of nowhere. 

I think the reason I felt the sense of home so strongly with the Graff's is because they are truly LIVING. Their house isn't a museum that needs to be spotless every day. It's a playground filled with the possibility of adventure and the invitation of joy. They have so much fun together - with their exotic pets, imaginative games, and backyard adventures. 

It's been quite a few months since this day of river adventures with the Graff's, but I still feel the sense of home and the sense of true joy that I walked away with from them. It's powerful when I family can make such a big impact by just being exactly who they are. 

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The Williams Family + Søren's Story

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There are some things in life I will never understand. That any of us will ever be able to grasp. One huge one being the suffering and sickness of children. About a week before I was to arrive at the Williams' home for a session, Katrina asked me if I could instead come to Duke hospital to photograph her family. They had found out that Søren has a very rare disease called Chronic Granulomatous Disease. Because of this, Søren's immune system doesn't function properly and he's at risk for developing life-threatening bacterial and fungal infections.

Søren has been through so much since I photographed him last October. He has had two bone marrow transplants and has gone through so many different tests and treatments. He has spent so much of his life in a hospital room, surrounded by doctors and nurses and knows more about the medical world than probably most of us. 

Through all of what he and Katrina and Mark have gone through, beyond what I can imagine, the constant beat of their journey is one of resilience. Søren is truly an incredible boy. I only met him for a short period of time, but I was struck by his resilient joy. I've been following his story and continue to be amazed by his resilient smile as I see new photos of him along his journey. 

I believe that we are all connected. That even though we may not be walking through the same challenges and pain as the person beside us or as Katrina and Mark who are fighting for their son's life, we are in a big way connected to the deep pain and joy of one another. I think of Søren often and how much beauty his smile embodies. He reminds me of how incredible life is. How much of a gift it is that we get to wake up and see the new sun. He reminds me to smile often and thank the sky for today. Katrina calls Søren her greatest teacher. I think he has been a teacher to so many people. 

If you would like to support Søren, they have a YouCaring page where you can give money to help with his on-going medical care. Your donation helps them tremendously. 

www.youcaring.com/katrinamarkandsrenwilliams-1001955

 

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Owens Family // Charlotte, NC

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When I walked into the Owens' home, there were oldies songs playing in the kitchen, light was shining in from every window, and there was already a lot of laughing. Katie, Ben, and Lincoln are one of my favorite families. I know I say that a lot, but man, I really mean it. I stalk Katie's Facebook on the regular to see what new sweet/hilarious posts she has made of Lincoln. Katie loves being a mom. I mean LOVES being a mom. Her enthusiasm and love for Lincoln is contagious. I don't have children and her joy for motherhood made me want to run out and find a kid to be excited about.

I loved watching her and Ben's relationship and their mutual love for one another. When Lincoln was napping, they went outside and starting spray painting a cardboard box to what I think they were turning into a barn for Lincoln. The Owens are a family who don't just talk about living presently and soaking in life with one another, they actually do it. I think it's pretty evident in their photos. I love that they walk with Lincoln around the neighborhood while Ben enjoys one of his cigars, they have dance parties around the kitchen, enjoy cooking and eating the best food, and spend time in their garden together. 

I hope you enjoy these photos of a piece of their life last year. I love something that Katie said about them when I sent her the gallery:

"Really. It just means the world to me that I can hear my son's laughter in these photos. I really just hear my life through these photos." 

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