The Morgan’s are such a warm family. Sitting around over breakfast with them, Daniel and Taylor talked about how much real fun they are having with their two girls Maisy and Ella - that they didn’t know it would be this much fun having kids. It’s easy to see that spending time with the four of them in their home. They are loving the life they are living together, and it is so refreshing to be around them. You know the kind of people who see the good in life and talk about and focus on how great life is more than how hard or challenging life is? I always leave inspired and more grateful for what I have when around those people - Taylor and Morgan are those kind of people. Rock solid, loving real life, kind of people. I had the best morning capturing these moments of life at home with them.
It’s hard to put into words how special this family is. The Rogers are some of the kindest people I’ve met. Rachel and Brett are so present with their children. They are the kind of parents who truly know their children and create a space where each one of their kids can live and be as the unique people that they are. This family lives in honor and love for one another. I loved every second I got to spend photographing and hanging out with them.
Rachel e-mailed me a few days later inviting me back to have dinner with them. It was so special having dinner and talking with them and playing soccer with the whole family in the backyard. It’s incredible to build friendships with the families I get to photograph. There’s nothing like it. And there is nothing like the love and care of the Rogers.
It’s really special to see a father love his children deeply. Ryan has a fierce love for his boys Cole and Caden. Walking through everything that comes with transitioning into being a single father is something I can only imagine. I can relate to having to relearn the feeling of just being in a way that only divorce challenges you with, but not while continuing to build relationships with my children. Ryan’s evident strength, his willingness to lean into both the pain and the beauty of life, and his steadfast love for his boys feels like the threads of a sturdy string pulling him through with grace and assuredness. It was such an honor experiencing the love between these three and taking in what the unbounded love from a father looks like.
I loved experiencing all of the little things that the Rogers family does together - from August’s ritual of going to Target and running around to all of the price scanners while his parents chase him around, to eating an apple at Krogers, and sitting with his dad during every breakfast, to August climbing on the counter to brush his teeth. I love all of the little moments that make up their life together. It’s the best being able to see how unique every family and how every family has their own unique bond of love.
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.