Through my ongoing journey of motherhood, I’ve realized that simple steps taken within my daily life to foster hope and care, to forage for wonder and gratitude, these are the things that when practiced, create harmony, beauty, and an intentional enjoyment of one’s life. These are gifts to be savored not only by us, but by our children, through us. And I want to share these gifts with you, to encourage and honor you as mother. I want to say, I’m beside you, I’m with you, let’s grow, and bloom, through motherhood together. Introducing…

nurture: A monthly guide to intentional living, simple provisions, and solidarity in motherhood.

 

Nurture is a monthly subscription (only $7 a month!) and each month members have exclusive access to the following:

-2 audio articles that marry my personal experiences as a mother to three little ones and postpartum doula, with factual support, to bring peace of mind and solidarity into whatever season of motherhood you find yourself

-a month’s worth of nightly dinner meal plans with easy to follow adaptable recipes, for delicious and healthy meals the whole family will enjoy (and be able to eat!(. Each night will also include a practical tip for what kids can do to help prep that dinner.

-weekly grocery lists for the meals, to make planning ahead a breeze

-a simple, concise linked list of my essential items from maternity through to older school aged children that will support that month’s article topics

-an online community of mothers available only to nurture members

-valuable bonus content throughout the year

my hope for nurture members is this… that you would feel cared for, inspired, part of something meaningful and true, that you would feel… nurtured.

To learn about nurture, and to sign up, click HERE. 

 

(images in my garden studio by Lyndsey Yeomans)

At the beginning of May, my husband, three little ones and I traveled to British Columbia to our happy place, Whistler.  It was our third time visiting Whistler since 2016, and each time we fall in love with it more and more. The weather could not have been more beautiful, creating the perfect opportunity for hikes, exploring, adventuring, and just spending time together outdoors.

 

It was our second time with Pan Pacific Whistler, and I can’t tell you how much we love this property!  We’ve stayed at both their Village Centre, and their Mountainside property (both within a short walk from each other), and it truly adds so much to our experience. Their suite rooms have two bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen, and when traveling for a long period of time with three small children, this is a MUST. Not only that, but the rooms are gorgeous and light filled and the staff is amazing, and both properties in Whistler are a very short walk (like just out the door) from shops, restaurants, and the gondola if skiing or mountain biking is your thing! They even helped set us up on a suspension bridge tour through the tops of the old growth temperate rainforest right outside our door, through a company called zip trek and it was such an amazing experience.  Each time we stay with Pan Pacific Whistler, our expectations are exceeded and I cannot recommend them enough!

One of our favorite hikes we’ve done a few times now is up to Nairn Falls. It’s so beautiful, and amazing to see the kids bloom outdoors. Basically our trips here consist of exploring the beautiful outdoors in Whistler. We have hiked to so many beautiful spots, and to leave the camera behind, take a deep breath of appreciation and wonder, that is what I find so special about these experiences. I also recommend the sea to sky gondola in Squamish about an hour from Whistler. It’s an awe-inspiring ride straight up the side of a mountain, and once you’re at the top, there are hikes and also a restaurant to enjoy the breath taking views.

We also took the ferry and stayed in Victoria on Vancouver Island for a night. I was not so secretly wishing to see some orcas on the ride to the island, maybe next time. And to be honest… I’m just thankful I didn’t get sea sick: )  Funny story, if you plan to take the ferry, I highly suggest making a reservation first…we did not. We tend to kind of have a come what may attitude, and well, “what may,” came. It’s incredible how many vehicles they can fit on these ginormous barges, and as the cars in front of us filed on board for a good ten minutes, we were the car to be stopped to wait for the next ferry…. two hours later… and did I mention you can’t leave? Needless to say we became very well acquainted with that little port there in Nanaimo: ).

We also visited Butchart Gardens in Victoria, which was truly incredible!!  I highly recommend it, and you can’t go wrong with a visit to my favorite restaurants in Whistler; Gone Eatery (get the vegan pad thai!), Bar Oso is a fun stop… even with kids!, Lift for coffee and light breakfast and lunch fare, and Earl’s kitchen for dinner.

Our trips up to Whistler are always filled to the brim with so many adventures together… memories that we will all cherish for a lifetime.

You know when you look towards the sun during golden hour and it’s warm and soft and it’s so beautiful that you can’t really describe it using words because it’s just not meant for that?  That’s how it feels for me when I get to photograph your family. Something so incredible is in front of me and instead of trying to describe it, I take pictures of it, because to me, that’s the only way I can even begin to describe the magic of family. Different kinds of special all bound together, emitting a kind of light reserved just for showing up as you are.

If these are the kind of family photos that speak to your heart, send me an email… I’d really love to create something beautiful with you, for you, and for me, in only the way we can create together.

All images taken of the beautiful Judd family at my recent motherhood photography workshop, The Magically Mundane. All 2019 workshops are sold out… but I have something special for those of you who missed it this year but would love to learn more. Make sure you are on my email list to be the first in the know!

Travel sessions have become such a beautiful part of our life in the last couple of years, and I just get giddy with excitement each time I receive an inquiry for travel. It’s new places to explore and new friends to explore them with, like this beautiful family I spent some time in Joshua Tree National Park with last month. I sent out an email yesterday with 2019 spring travel locations and dates, and I only have a few spots left. So if you want to meet me somewhere new this spring, here’s where I’ll be:

mid April | Bay Area

late April | Salt Lake City

early May | Vancouver + Whistler

late May | Orange County + San Diego

And of course I’m still taking sessions here in my hometown just outside of Fresno, Ca!  I’m also looking into summer and fall travel session locations, so if you have any ideas, I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

“If you want to forever be reminded of those heartfelt, authentic, organic moments between you and the ones you love the most… those are the moments I want to preserve for you. The subtle nuances and big in your face moments of love and life, that you’ll want to look back on and feel. Because happiness, joy, contentment, it all comes from those we share our lives with, those we spend the day to day loving and forgiving, teaching and learning; they are our home. That safe place we come to rest our weary hearts and feed our curious minds. Home is more than just brick and mortar. And home doesn’t have to look a certain way to be beautiful…just like families. I would love to preserve your heart, your home, your forever loves, in the most beautiful, meaningful way.”

I pulled this from my “about” page; content that I had written four years ago when I built my website. For some reason I went back and read through it just before writing this blog post, and those words just spoke to my heart. They spoke to my heart all those years ago when I wrote them, and they still speak to me today. Home is where our heart lives, not our physical bodies. It is where we emotionally find rest, not where we rest our head. Home is who we dream big things with, and sob big tears to. Home is you, home is me.

It’s crazy to think how much has changed in the last four years since I wrote that, but how my purpose has, and always will, remain the same; to show up for you, to see you, to preserve your heart, your home, your love and your legacy, on film.

If you’d like to make treasured reminders of this precious season through photographs, I’m your girl.