Redemption …or… Challenge (half-ass-ed-ly) Accepted. I Couldn’t Decide on a Title.

I’m obviously a bit more of a drive-by blogger than I am a marathoner… but… last December I attempted to blog every day for the 31 days of December.  I think that I only made it to day 13. I obviously like blogging just like I enjoy my vodka… in sporadic, yet rather large doses.

I’m going to give myself a chance at redemption, but seeing as how it is technically 1:21am on December 2nd… I have kind of already failed.  ha ha ha… Oh well… maybe I’ll aim for just blogging for 14 days and beat last year’s record.  Challenge (half-ass-ed-ly) accepted.

I’m winding down my 2016 wedding season this coming Saturday with my very last wedding before I fall into a deep dark slumber for the rest of December.  Yeah right…   who am I kidding… I have three young boys… slumber is never part of the equation.  I will; however, try my best to detach from the cyber world and get in a few more movie nights, a lot more cuddles, and be able to see pure joy on the boys’ faces almost every morning of this magical month.

This morning we introduced two new Elf of the Shelf’s to the boys.  Finding the correct way to make “Elf on the Shelf” plural was very difficult for me just now.  Elves on the Shelf?  Elves on the Shelves?  These stupid, fucking elves seriously ruin my life.  ha ha ha!

Our original Elf apparently decided that zone defense wasn’t good enough and he needed to bring in some reinforcements.  Since we didn’t get “newborn elves” the two brothers of Hiko, our original elf, already had names when they arrived.  Coincidentally enough, the elf’s names all start with the same letters as our boy’s names… funny how that happened.  So, of course, a hashtag needed to be created… because, well, because of millennials and their damn need for hash tagging everything… and because it’s just freaking fun.  So, we’re #HGBforLIFE – ing over here on #loveonlarkspur.  Gawd, that’s annoying.  It’s bad when I’m annoying myself on my own blog.

Anyway… the elf’s names are Hiko, Gilly, and Booger.  Us parents pronounced it Boo-ger, and thought the kids would get a kick out of the funny name… but the immature parents we are were disappointed when we heard Hudson pronounce his name “Boo-jurr”… which is obviously the Cajun pronunciation of his name and we quickly learned that Boo-jurr must have come from a seasonal job in Louisiana before heading to his forever home here in Nevada.  Now we know.

Our elves are of Japanese decent, a cowboy, and a Crawfish eatin’ Cajun.  Just call us diverse.

Happy December, Everyone!

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Las Vegas Engagement Photos :: Olivia & Brad

Blogging is hard.  I know that sound so pretentious, and shallow, and ridiculously diva.  Blogging itself isn’t hard, but finding the time to blog on top of everything else going on is REALLY hard.

‘They’ always say though… if you want something to happen bad enough, you will make it happen.  Here I am, trying to make it happen.  The truth is, I looooove to design blogs.  Seeing the weddings I photograph laid out as beautifully as I see them when I’m photographing them is the cream of the reward crop for me.  Dare I say it that I like the design side of weddings far more than I actually like photographing them?  Yes, I dare.  I just said it; however, the time commitment that comes along with blogging always deters me because I could always start editing the next wedding, get my website updated, hash out the next month of timelines, respond to more emails, organize client gifts… or, heaven forbid… sleep a little bit!!  The next task sucks me in before I take a second to breathe and do something that I enjoy the most.

On top of all of this, there is this overwhelming feeling that if I start blogging more, then I have to blog EVERYTHING because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings if their shoot or wedding isn’t blogged… but this just compounds the anxiety of feeling like I have to pick up where I left off rather than just blog something when I find a small window of time.

Bloggers are better at this.  They schedule these things out.  Blogging becomes part of their everyday rather than an afterthought when they want to fill their time with something.

Someday I’ll get better at it, but for now, I’m just going to allow myself a bit of grace, and focus on just showing you guys some pretty photographs of pretty people doing pretty thing!

These photos are from an engagement shoot that I did with Olivia and Brad just a couple of months ago!  Brad and Olivia are so much fun, but they can also slice my camera with their insanely gorgeous stares and beautiful smiles.  I’m so so so stoked to photograph their wedding next September, and can’t imagine how gorgeous Olivia is going to look as a bride!!!

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Las Vegas Wedding Photographer :: Stephanie & Rex Engagement Photos

She sat in her car in the parking lot of the restaurant, refusing to go inside.  It would be the first time that she met Rex in person.  They had met and chatted online for a couple of months already, but taking the step to meet a man she had only spoke to on the internet was huge for Stephanie.  She had never dated online; much less taken an online relationship to this step.  After already being forty minutes late toiling away in her car, she received a text message from Rex that said, “Hey, I’m the guy at the bar in the gold MC Hammer pants.”  With that, Stephanie bursted into laughter, and went inside to have some hammer-time with this new man who made her feel completely at ease.  They closed down the restaurant that night, and quickly made plans for the following week.

The weeks progressed into months, and both Stephanie and Rex were falling for one another.  Stephanie made a huge step in her life to quit her 8-year-long job with Disney where she worked as Disney’s Princess Tiana, and to follow her heart in both a personal and professional capacity.  She moved out of her parents house for the first time in her life, and into the arms of her boyfriend… all while deciding to fully dive into her dreams of becoming and actor.  She was hesitant, of course, but Rex had made sure to let Steph know that he was there for her.  He was her support, and she was his.  They were partners now, and they would continue to be each other’s safety nets.  LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0001LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0002LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0003LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0004It was Easter morning when Stephanie was woken up by Rex.  Rex was more excited than usual, and had his camera out to record the morning activities.  After telling Steph how much he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, Rex told Stephanie that there was an Easter egg hunt set up for her in the living room, and that she needed to find the golden egg.  Stephanie JUST KNEW that the golden egg held a diamond.  She searched frantically for the ring.  Laughing and giggling with Rex the entire time.  All the while Rex is yelling, “You have to find the golden egg, it is the most special one!”  Stephanie looked down at her precious pup and thinks that this is it!!!  Their family begins today!!  She finds the golden egg, opens the plastic sides with excitement… and there it was… a beautiful, sparkling… Alf pin.

Stephanie keeps an excited face, and actually laughs at the moment that just unfolded.  Rex is elated!!  He loves the Alf pin and thinks that Steph will be stoked about it too… he’s completely oblivious to what had been going through Steph’s head.  (And she didn’t tell him about it until a year and half later… at which time he BURST into laughter!)LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0005LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0006LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0013LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0007LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0008LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0009

The real proposal happened in the Dominican Republic.  Rex procured a night at a gorgeous resort complete with the couple having their own bungalow and private pool.  They ate at a delicious restaurant that was so beautiful it moved Stephanie to tears… or maybe that was just the tequila shots talking… but nonetheless… she felt that everything in her life was perfect right in that moment.  After a wonderful meal, they headed back to their bungalow where upon their entrance the lights were dimmed.  Candles were lit across every inch of the space while the song ‘I Choose You’ played softly in the background.

My whole heartWill be yours forever… This is a beautiful start… To a lifelong love letter… Tell the world that we finally got it all right… I choose… You… I will become yours and you will become mine… I choose… You…. I choose…..You

Don’t ask her what Rex said to her that night because her none of her senses were working at that point, but either way, she said yes… and now they will walk together for the rest of their lives, constantly being one another’s safety net.

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