5 Simple ways to help Dad prep for his close up

Dear Friend,

So i've heard it before. "My husband doesn't want to have his photos taken" What do you do NOW? 

Let me tell you a little tale, well a true story, but tale sounded nice. Anyway, when I first started taking photos, my husband wasn't the keenest on getting his photo taken, smiling for the camera, willingly posing. So what changed? He saw the results, the special moments captured. The snuggles, the pictures forever saved that will forever allow his daughters and himself to see their relationship. Him as a protector, a comforter, to witness his love. Those memories and these visuals will live on after he's gone. The ones of our family, the ones of us as a couple, the ones of him as a dad and even the ones of just him. 



So what do you do to try to let your husband/boyfriend/ finance let them know how much it means to you?

1. TELL THEM. No seriously, gently explain from your heart, how much it means to you to document whatever your special moment is.   

2. ASK THEM. This goes hand in hand with number one. Ask and explain. Nothing ventured nothing gained right?!

3. BRIBE THEM. I am not above, bribery with children, nor with spouses when it comes to photographic participation (hahaha). Make a deal, or a promise. "Ill do X if you to Y." Take over the chore they dislike the most for a week, cook their favorite meal (even if you don't like it)

4. HELP HIM GET DRESSED. A lot of guys do not like to pick out clothes, let alone have to coordinate with the entire family. Help him by helping to pick out his outfit! Something that he likes, but still works with the family/the feel of the session.

5. TELL HIM HE LOOKS GREAT. Just like how women need a little self-confidence boost, sometimes guys do to. Compliment him! Whisper in his ear, tell him he looks handsome.

Most of all remember to HAVE FUN. This is a no pressure, go with the flow, joking environment. Here at CHP, that is a goal, Capture love and beauty, through fun and have everyone leave with a smile. Guy's too. 

My best,


Cason...brand new

Oh baby!

It was so exciting to follow up the maternity session with a newborn session. Snuggling with a sweet smelling newborn and capturing their tiny fingers and pouty lips. I am enjoying taking a more baby led approach to posing and some of my favorite poses are "womb like". 

Are you interested in a maternity or newborn session? Contact me, let's talk! I love helping families to welcome their little ones into the world.

Gluten free, made easier for me and my family. Our top 7.

I got are few questions on my IG page about gluten free recipies. So here is a little background: (The condensed version) We became gluten free about two years ago. Aubrey had eczema really bad and I was having some strange health issues. With the help of a health care professional we were able to determine that we have gluten allergies (The youngest included). So for us being gluten free isn't trendy. It's pretty much essential to health and well being. We deviate every once in awhile and usually wind up not feeling well, so avoidance is key. There are a few things that are essential to the world going 'round in my home. I'll share a few with you. Please remember if you have allergies or a gluten related disease to always consult with a physician of some sort (and of course if you have celiac's or think you have celiac's please consult with a physician and make sure these things are safe for you to consume). My findings are just somethings that have worked for me and my and my family. Without further delay here are a few gluten free must haves for my home.

7.  Gluten free pizza! I have had success with Pat's pizzeria (if you are local, I know one location near me has it. A separate oven and all.) Wegman's near us now carries their own gluten free pizza and it is delicious. I could make my own dough and all that jazz, but as a working mom of two that only happens once in a blue moon. So when we have pizza, this is how we get it!

6. Cheerios! With having kids cheerios are muy importante! Now cheerios are gluten free in more than one flavor! There is even a way to make a no bake gluten free cheerio crust. That I make a tasty no bake pie with (I can share at another time). Recipe for the crust is found here

5. GF toaster waffles. We use Van's and the Wegman's brand. They come in handy for breakfast. For snacks and even for breakfast sandwiches. (We also use Ezekiel bread, I know it is not gluten free but a sprouted grain. We are on the spectrum of gluten issues and are all unbothered by this so we use it.)

4. Snyder's gluten free pretzels are great for everyone! One of the better gluten free pretzels in my opinion. They even have honey mustard and hot wing!

3. Gluten free Bisquick. I like it for pancakes and cobbler. Yes blueberry cobbler to be specific. Deeeelicous!. 

2. BROWNIES. Who doesn't like brownies? I didn't for the longest time. Before the kids, i didn't really like chocolate much. Now chocolate is essential to life. Ive tried several brownie mixes and my favorite currently is Betty Crockers gluten free brownie mix. Its chocolately, and delicious

1. My number one ABSOLUTE fave is this cup for cup gluten free flour. Better batter! It is not gritty, it is easy to use. No conversions needed. You can substitute it in any recipe! This has made gluten free baking and cooking so much easier. I buy it on Amazon here.

So there you have it. These are just a few things that have made the gluten free life more tolerable. I jokingly say we joined the #glutenfreemafia. It's made a world of difference for my family. I hope this helps your family if you have gluten allergies/intolerance.


Anniversary!! Let's celebrate!

Our family took a vacation to California! My first time on the west coast EVER. It was such great time. Traveling with two small kids, tons of luggage and having to take a total of four flights! EXHAUSTING, but so worth it. I have friends and family in California spending time with both and having some really quality undistracted family time was great. The children tried new things, soaked up our snuggles and even took a visit to Disney. 

While we were there, friends of ours were approaching their nine year anniversary of marriage.(July15th side note- I just couldn't wait for them to see these!) It was an honor to do my first west coast photo session with them. We laughed, we watched the sun set and create magical light.


Here's to nine years and forever to go! Congratulations love birds.

Anniversaries continued....In honor of my upcoming anniversary of my six year love affair with photography. Keep your eye out for an exciting upcoming post!

Cara <3