Our Family Joshua Tree Desert Photo Shoot

Woohoo! Finally getting to blog some of our favorites from our family photo shoot we did in the desert. I was going for a an airy, bohemian vibe that was reflective of the our location in Joshua Tree. This was planned out a little last second for me, I usually take a few months to decide on family photos, gathering outfits and location, deciding a date. So a few weeks to put this all together meant I couldn't overthink anything too much, which was actually ideal. 

We were taking a family road trip to Joshua Tree National Park and it fit smack dab between Gunnar's work days, during everyone's spring break. We desperately needed some time to regroup as a family, and you know how we love National Parks! 

I had asked one of my favorite photographers, Josh Elliott, if he had a free Thursday afternoon to work with us and low and behold everything fell into place! We loved our time in Joshua Tree and I promise you it felt like we had the entire park to ourselves this afternoon. Josh gave us some walkie talkies and we set off to find some ideal photo taking spots and I'm pretty sure we found the gold. Liquid sunset gold if you will. These are precious to me, and made for the most perfect 17 year anniversary a girl could ask for. We haven't taken family photos in about 4 years and wow how these kids have grown and changed. 

Greta's dress is from my girlfriend's shop, MinnieMi and both of us absolutely loved her in it. It fits her style to a tee, and was the most perfect option for family photos. Sooo well made, go check out other items in the shop, they're adorable!

My dress is from Nordstrom, and since I was in a pinch and zero time for shopping I ordered a dozen dresses all at once. I figured one had to fit right!? It took a little jerryrigging to make perfect, and a quick Amazon prime slip to go underneath it. I did forget my little tube top at home, but nothing a fast trip to the thrift store to cut up a lace top couldn't fix with some safety pins minutes before the shoot. Gunnar's outfit all came from Macy's, Sawyer's outfit we owned already, along with Aaron's. I've always been against the matching two tone color scheme, but I definitely wanted our colors to blend with the landscape. And I think we accomplished this.

I cannot say enough wonderful things about our photographer and how comfortable we all feel with him. Also, family photos get so much easier as kids get older! They do what you say! Lol. Just a few more...


Would you believe me if I told you this is just a teeny fraction of all the images we have? I sift through and stare at them pretty much every day. If you're on the fence about family photos, don't be! They're treasures that I promise you will never regret having! These are worth more to me than anything else. xo


I'm pretty sure it's been years since my last 'weekending' post, so why not! What are your plans for the weekend? It's supposed to be beautiful here in Los Angeles, sunny and 70 degrees. We have friends coming in town for a visit, friends from our old New York days. Between the two families we will have seven(!) kids in the house. Throw in a nice sunset walk, a nap maybe, and I'll be happy as a clam. 

A few links for you...

If you could travel one place, where would it be? Check out this place

Graduation season has begun, and this post goes crazy on Pinterest this time of year. Fun grad themed dessert ideas if you need some.

This is from a few months ago, but still breaks my heart. She has passed away since writing this. 

Why I now nap lol. 

Thinking this would be such a great ring box.

Hope you all have a glorious weekend! xo

A little site refresher...

You might notice if you poke around the site a bit, I've done some freshening up! I can't believe it's been so long since I've updated some of the pages. The tabs at the top, like 'About' and 'Press' have all gotten new information and links and photos too!

I am working on a post to share our family photo shoot, which I am INLOVE with! We were heading to Joshua Tree for a family getaway over Spring Break and a few weeks before we left I checked into doing a photo shoot while we were there. We have so many work schedules and weekend obligations to juggle that we couldn't come up with a weekend to take updated photos (and it's been YEARS since our last shoot). Our vacation turned out to be the perfect solution, everyone was relaxed, off work, and the destination made for an awesome backdrop. And other than one minor clothing mishap where I forget to pack a crucial item for myself that left me searching thrift stores in the area, it went off without a hitch. Actually, better than we expected. But more on that later! I will share photographer details, clothing details, location, and all that soon. But for now you can poke around the site and see bits and pieces of that shoot. Thanks for being here, and still reading, whether you are new or old, I love that this place is still going strong.