I love this time of year. Ed and I have so much to be thankful for, but sometimes we get so busy that we forget to stop and enjoy it. I love a day that makes you do just that. With the people we love. And wait, there's food involved? I'm all in.

I promised to show more of our own personal albums, so today I'm sharing the LA travel album I made of the trip Jessie and I took to California. This was a very special trip for me, since it was just her and me (and a lot of dancers!), and I wanted to be sure to document the week's worth of fun that we had! My hope is that one day, this album will be as special to her as it is to me. She loves looking through it now, of course (my kids love looking at themselves!), but later it will be even more important to her when she looks back at it and remembers the mother-daughter time we spent together.

Helen had her 17th birthday almost 2 weeks ago. We had a fun outdoor movie party for her the week before, but it was dark when everything was set up, so I didn't get any photos. Instead, I made sure to grab her for 5 minutes on the date of her actual birth to document her special day.

I said it yesterday, but I'll say it again: it's so important to print your photos and have physical books of your memories to look through! I'm so lucky that as a photographer, I have a workflow and applications that make downloading, organizing, and printing photos a breeze and designing albums quick and fun. One of my favorite things to do is to put together small albums of our travels. Weekend trips and longer vacations are sometimes the only way to get us all together at once, and I take TONS of photos to document these occasions. Our Spring Break travel album is one of my favorite albums!

We kind of really love photos around here. You might think that's a given, since we're photographers, but I don't think that's true. I know too many photographers who tend to neglect personal photos. I even used to be one of them. But over the last few years, I made taking, and even more importantly, PRINTING, personal photos a top priority.

Today (or yesterday, by the time anyone reads this) is the first day of Fall, and I'm celebrating by sitting outside on my patio with my laptop, writing this post. It's such a gorgeous day that I decided to move my office outside for the day! As much as I hate that summer really has come to an end, I do have to grudgingly admit that I love Fall! The weather in the South is beautiful, the hummingbirds are visiting this time of year, and the grasses are flowering. Yeah, okay. It's nice.

My son is 10. Wow. Every year it surprises me. You'd think I'd get used to it, it being on the same day and all. Sometimes I want to be able to freeze time and keep him just the way he is. Then another year comes and goes, and I find that I like this age best so far. So far, I like 10 best. So I guess growing up isn't too bad.

Having four kids, a home, and owning a small business really means I have THREE full-time jobs. Our calendar is so jam-packed and we have kids going everywhere, all the time. We barely have time to do grocery shopping, much less clean the house, cook, or organize anything around here. Something is always broken. Something is always left undone. Something is always a mess. Also, I suck at domesticity.

We have a large family. And I don't just mean us. Yes, two parents and four children is not exactly small, but when you count in grandparents, aunts, uncles, and nephews, it gets even bigger. The best bonus of a big family? Instant party! Jessie's 15th birthday snuck up on us over the weekend, so we were especially thankful to all our family who came and made it so special for her!

One thing we always tell our clients is that they are clients for life! That means that we want to be there for all the important moments in their lives. Babies. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Whatevers. We don't want our connection and friendship with them to stop once they're married. So while we don't usually do family, maternity, or baby shoots, we will make an exception for our wedding clients!