Me & Her | Watertown, SD Family Photographer

A Mommy & Me Film

Just me and her (Part I).

Not our 'typical' everyday, but us nonetheless. Something I hope she can look back on one day,  when I'm long gone...


I want her to remember me, remember us.

I want her to know it's ok to dress up in pretty dresses just for fun.

I want her to remember (and see)! how much joy she gave me, and continues to every single day.

I want her  remember how we danced. Every night. Every day.


Who wouldn't want this with their child? Their mother?

I would.

The days are long, but the years truly are short. 
My baby girl went to bed tonight for the last time as a one year old! We love her so!!! 

xo, Amber

Gannon {4 years} | Watertown, SD Child & Family Photographer

A Frosty Morning | Gannon age 4


Gannon... just saying his name makes me giggle.

He is the most kind-hearted, silly, goofy, quirky kid... with the absolute best smile that melts my heart every single time.

He's always goes 100%. When he's calm, he's really calm. When he's wild, he's really wild. He's a cuddler - absolutely loves to snuggle. He's also incredibly stubborn. SOOOOO relentlessly stubborn! If he doesn't want to do something - he won't, no matter what. He does not give in to bribes and always does life on his own terms. He's laid back. Maybe too laid back. He's the child that will ultimately give us the most grey hairs as he goes through school. But he is so so smart... although he doesn't want you to know that. ;)

And... thankfully, there's still that sense of adventure in him. He's always been my one child up for adventures with mama & I love that. <3


Here's a few photos from our day out in the frost last month. There's also a short one-minute film at the end! :)


And a short one minute film I put together as well. This was for my group project: 24 Frames. A Filming Project. January's theme was Video Portrait.

(To see more from this group project, check out #24frames_project on IG)! 


And if you want to take a walk down memory lane, here are Gannon's last two years blog posts:

3 years old 

2 years old

24 Frames. A Filming Project: December

Wow, I cannot believe a whole year has already passed since starting this project!

I honestly had no idea what to expect when this thought crossed my mind 12 months ago... What I did know is that I wanted to learn more about filming, push myself to practice more, and capture priceless memories in motion of my family. What I didn't know was how time consuming it would all be how much I'd stress over it because of the pressure I put on myself to hold up this "promise", to both myself and our group. But regardless...I pushed on. I missed a couple months, we all did, life happens... but. we. pushed. on. And in the end, I have about 9 short films and a whole lot of beautiful memories to hold on to.

So, was it hard? Yup.

Was it worth it?

Hell. Yes.

Am I going to do it again this year?


So thank you for watching. And a HUGE thank you to the amazing ladies in my 24 Frames group who stuck with me and encouraged myself and everyone else along the way. I am SO excited to continue on with this group project for another year, and so excited to welcome some new faces as well :D

So anyway, here's December's film. "The Morning after Christmas"

I waited until the last minute to get footage for this month. The entire family was hit with the stomach flu the first two weeks of December, so by the time we were all on the mend again the craziness of Christmas hit. I took this just after Christmas. I wanted to capture the kids playing with their new toys from Santa. So much joy, excitement and wonder in them - I always say, Christmas was fun as a child, but I think even more so as a parent getting to see it through the eyes of your children.

So, probably pretty ordinary to an outsider, but these are the things I see as a mom...

Haddie's little voice and words - she speaks well beyond her young age.

Her "mommy"-ing her babies. She literally picks up absolutely everything she sees and hears - cleaning, picking up after herself, repeating phrases (appropriately), follows directions...takes care of her babies and her real family.

Gannon's "blue jammies" he will not let me take off - ever. Don't you dare try to get him dressed! ;)

Drew's robe he's lived in and obsessed over for months (looks like a little Hugh Hef) ;)

Grady and his basketball and football trading cards - the ultimate gift & his most prized positions.

The day we finally got snow but it was too cold to play outside.

The sight of Haddie's neck two weeks after surgery #2... but how amazing she is doing despite everything.

Gannon's love for Legos. So many legos...

And lastly, Drew trying to get Alexa to play sponge-bob squarepants all day... if you saw my Facebook post awhile back you'd understand the tears, frustration, and ultimate triumph and joy that came from this... His words and speech has come SO far. I am so proud of him daily.

Again, someone who doesn't know us may not see these things... but this short 1.5 minutes of a morning means the absolute world to me.

Because all of this I could never capture in a photo.

And that's my why.


Bring on 2018!


24 Frames. A Filming Project.

IG @24frames_project #24frames_project

24 Frames. A Filming Project: August/September

It has been awhile since our last installment in this project. Summer and Fall get quite busy and this gets put on the back burner. But I wanted to make sure I made time to do this - it's just so important to me. So I have combined August ("Vacation") & September's ("On A Walk") themes into one film, as I think this is fitting for both.

This footage was captured during our trip to Minnesota in August. We make it up to my mom & stepdad's cabin in International Falls each summer and spend some time on Rainy Lake, just playing on the beach. It's so incredibly beautiful and relaxing...we miss it already! I'm so happy I have these memories captured not only for myself, but for the kids as well... to look back on for years to come. Drew has already asked to watch it 100 times, smiling and talking about that week through the whole thing. Just that shows me exactly why I do this. <3

Please follow the blog circle and see what the other girls have to share for this month! Next up is Tasha and her sweet girl. 

24 Frames. A Filming Project: July - A Year in Review

Another month in the books for my 24 Frames Project! This month's theme was our choice. Instead of filming something new this month, I decided to use some footage I already had (because I swear the unedited, unused files just pile up by the second - I know many of you can feel my pain, lol).

I started getting into video late last fall, when Haddie was about 6 months old. I have quite a bit of footage of her from then on. However, I was happily surprised looking through my archives to find out I had a few clips prior to that. The first video clip I had ever take is the first clip on this film - she was only a few days old!

With that, I decided to do a short video with random clips throughout her first year of life. But in order to keep it balanced (and short!), I only picked a clip or two from each month of life. It's pretty amazing to watch her grow up in just one minute - because some days, it truly feels like if flew by that fast! From her first smile, to first sink bath, food, sitting, crawling, and finally - walking, I was able to capture major milestones and amazing memories I will cherish for years to come. 

It's not a work of art by any means, but it's precious little moments captured in time. Moments that are truly meaningful to me. Moments I will never get back but can relive through photos & video clips.

(Eventually when I have more time, I'd like to expand this to make a more comprehensive fusion-style film - adding images in-between the video clips to fill in the gaps).

Please take a moment to follow the blog circle to see what the other talented mama's in our group have to share this month.

Next up is Erica! <3