Recycling in Flagstaff {Northern Arizona Photographer}

I recently took a very educational class offered by the City of Flagstaff called the Master Recycler class. Registration is now open for the 2nd offering of this class! I have always been interested in helping save our planet so I was excited to learn more!

Click here to take a quiz to see how much you know about recycling in Flagstaff!

You have probably heard the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and as simple as it is, it is very true! In order to keep things out of the landfill, the very best way to start is to reduce and reuse! Please click here to read more about keeping our planet clean for the next generation in Flagstaff over on Flagstaff Moms Blog…

Flagstaff Baby Photography-5

SaveSaveSaveSave

The Free 52 personal project Sept/Oct {Flagstaff Photographer}

I have joined talented group of photographers, once a month, to share our freelensing images in The Free 52 Project. Click here to learn more about freelensing. Please see the link below to follow our blog circle and see the other shares.

This month I freelensed in our backyard, fall is ending here and the winter colors are starting! We also had an early birthday party for my youngest so I photographed a bit in our home.

And back to the freelensing blog circle, thanks for stopping by and please click here to see April Christopher’s beautiful freelensing share!

 

Not really seasonally appropriate but its in my house and reminds me of warmer days…

 

And Adam is 11 (almost)!

Please click here to see April Christopher’s beautiful freelensing share!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is a topic that is often on my mind. We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer or some kind of cancer. It is so common now. Here is my experience with it…

My mother passed away in 2008 from breast cancer. She was first diagnosed about 9 years before when I was in my mid 20’s. We kinda forgot (not really but you know what I mean) about it after she passed the “5-year mark”.

She was first diagnosed about 9 years before when I was in my mid 20’s. We kinda forgot (not really but you know what I mean) about it after she passed the “5-year mark”.

Please see the rest of my story by clicking here on Flagstaff Moms Blog.

5 ways photography conferences have been life changing! {Flagstaff, AZ Family Photographer}

 

I have attended a few in person photography conferences and they are always just a bit (or a lot) life changing! When I first started attending conferences it was all about learning more more and more! There is something really helpful and awesome about seeing other photographers working in person or sitting in a lecture hall being inspired by a seasoned photographer. As I have gotten more experienced and gone to more conferences, and even taught at one, I have learned that there is so much more to get out of photography conferences.

Here are my 5 favorite things about photography conferences:

  1. I do my research, read reviews and ask friends about there experiences before I sign up for a conference and make sure I am going to be learning a lot, and in the process learn about all of the cool things people are teaching!
  2. I learn a ton and get so inspired.
  3. I visit cool places.
  4. I meet new awesome and passionate people.
  5. I laugh a lot!

I think it is so important to do your research! There are a lot of choices out there and certainly one out there that is perfect for you. Ask around and read some reviews. Each conference I have been to has been a unique combination of learning and inspiration. Some more learning, some more inspiring, and both of these things are so helpful! I love the cool places I have traveled too, including Seattle, San Antonio, San Diego and more. These are places I may not have otherwise visited! And my very favorite part of photography conferences in the amazing people and connections I have made. I have certainly made some life long friends and and laughed so hard with these friends!

If you are looking for an inspiring photography conference I have been to ClickAway several times and it only gets better every time. Imaging was great too. I have used Eventbrite for the registration which makes everything so easy, and the app keeps my organized during the event. My dream conference/retreat is one in another county where I am learning, being inspired and helping in some way all at the some time.

SaveSave

SaveSave

The sweetest and happiest little guy! {Flagstaff Family Photography}

The yellow flowers are mostly gone and the yellow leaves are on the way! It was another beautiful yellow flower season here in Flagstaff. This sweet family lives in Phoenix but spends a lot of time up here in Flagstaff, so I was thrilled when they reached out to have a family session done here in town. This little guy was cracking me and himself up! I loved his cool hair too. Enjoy the cuteness!

Flagstaff yellow flower photography-7

Contact me today to book your session!

The Free 52 Personal Project August and a sneak peak! Freelensing {Flagstaff Family Photography}

I have joined talented group of photographers, once a month, to share our freelensing images in The Free 52 Project. Click here to learn more about freelensing. Please see the link below to follow our blog circle and see the other shares.

This is also a little sneak peak from a special session I did with Flagstaff Moms Blog. They are a new awesome group in town that is all about moms and community. They are doing a special Candid Moms Series and here are a few from the candid moms session I photographed! See their Facebook page here. And stay tuned for more from my candid moms session being release soon!

And back to the freelensing blog circle, thanks for stopping by and please click here to see Renee Barth Photography’s beautiful freelensing share!

FMB Candid Moms by Katie Woodard Photography-29 FMB Candid Moms by Katie Woodard Photography-32 FMB Candid Moms by Katie Woodard Photography-34

Thanks for stopping by and please click here to see Renee Barth Photography’s beautiful freelensing share!

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

She’s off to college! {Flagstaff Family Photographer}

I have known this sweet family for a few years now, thanks to being introduced by my neighbor. The oldest daughter is headed off to college and mom was wanting some family photos before she took off on her grand adventure! She also happens to be a river guide and the best babysitter, so of course I think very highly of her!

We headed out one recent monsoon-y evening and stopped at the beautiful yellow flowers. The storm came in fast (later than usual for a monsoon!) but we hoped to get in a few photos before the rain. Well we got started and then I saw the biggest lightening strike I have seen in awhile and I was ready to be done! So we picked it up again the next night and again it was a beautiful spot. Enjoy the sweetness and beauty…

Flagstaff Peask Yellow Flower photographer 2017-3 Flagstaff Peask Yellow Flower photographer 2017-1Flagstaff peaks yellow flower photographer-3 Flagstaff peaks yellow flower photographer-4 Flagstaff peaks yellow flower photographer-5 Flagstaff peaks yellow flower photographer-6 Flagstaff peaks yellow flower photographer-7 Flagstaff peaks yellow flower photographer-8

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

The Free 52 Personal Project July- Freelensing {Flagstaff Summer Photography}

I have joined talented group of photographers, once a month, to share our freelensing images in The Free 52 Project. Click here to learn more about freelensing. Please see the link below to follow our blog circle and see the other shares.

Thanks for stopping by and please click here to see April Christoper of Little Trees Photography’s beautiful share!

Concerts in the Park are such a special summer event, no matter where you live. And we got a few special treats: the talented musician used to work at my kid’s school, we saw a rainbow and ran into and sat with some great old friends!

Thanks for stopping by and please click here to see April Christoper of Little Trees Photography’s beautiful share!

SaveSave

SaveSave

The Free 52 Personal Project June- Freelensing {Flagstaff Photography}

I have joined talented group of photographers, once a month, to share our freelensing images in The Free 52 Project. Click here to learn more about freelensing. Please see the link below to follow our blog circle and see the other shares. This month I freelensed a bit of a camping trip to Buckboard Campsite in Monticello, Utah (on our way to Moab), and our garden- I’m attempting to grow some food, and we have wonderful flowers that come back every summer. I wish you could smell the mint!!

Thanks for stopping by and please click here to see April Christoper of Little Trees Photography’s beautiful share!

Here are a few from the camping/rafting trip to Moab. We stopped on the way to Moab at this beautiful spot. And unfortunately I did not freelens during the river trip!


 

Oh deer!

 

Our garden! It is not easy growing food in the dry mountains of AZ but we are getting a few things from this non-green thumbed gardener (me:))!

 

 

I wish you could smell this mint!

 

And a few of the beautiful flowers that come back every yard to our yard…

Thanks for stopping by and please click here to see April Christoper of Little Trees Photography’s beautiful share!

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas {Flagstaff, AZ}

Are you looking for a last minute gift for your dad that is fun and local to Arizona? We put together a list of 6+ ideas that you can still get for dad! Some of them are right here in Flagstaff and some are a short drive from here.

  1. Flagstaff General Store This amazing store has something for everyone!
  2. Flagstaff Ale Trail. The ale trail is a self guided beer tasting adventure that will show you the best of Northern Arizona’s local beer.

Please see the rest of my ideas over on Flagstaff Moms Blog!