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Master builder

My oldest son Nathan recently celebrated his 10th birthday. If you know Nathan, then you know he loves all things Lego. He has been wanting the Lego Creator Parisan Restaurant for quite sometime and thanks to all the family members that sent him Lego gift cards, he was able to get it for his birthday.¬†When Nolan saw me grab a few snaps with my camera, I turned around and saw him taking his own photos¬†on the iPad. Looks like I’m not the only photographer in the family ūüôā¬†The Parisan Restaurant has 3 levels and so many little details!
He took his time building it over several days & nights; making sure to play with each level as they were completed.The finished product

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Fun in the sun

As much as we love hot¬†Arizona summers (not really)¬†we were thrilled to travel to¬†Southern California and¬†capture Sean & Cristy’s wedding. While there, we¬†decided to make it a family trip too and stayed in a condo in the heart of Oceanside California, just a couple blocks from the beach and pier. Everything we could need was literally within walking distance! Compared to last summer’s adventure¬†in Colorado, we took a lot less vacation photos. In fact, all of these images were captured on our¬†iPhones.
“Stop Wave!”
The beach can take a lot of energy and with 4 beach days, we had some downtime at the condo. Nolan enjoyed resting in the bay window with the cool breeze (below) and Nathan enjoyed collecting seashells at the beach, walking around downtown Oceanside and building with his legos.We were lucky Mike’s dad, Don (aka: Papa), also lives in California. He was able to drive down south to spend some quality time with the boys and hang out with them while we were¬†capturing the wedding.¬†

Another day we went north to Universal Studios Hollywood, which was a big hit for everyone in the family! The boys loved the Despicable Me, Jurassic Park, Transformers, Shrek, Kong attractions, Studio tour/tram and Waterworld stunt show. Mike enjoyed all the movie sets and seeing where some of the most iconic movies were filmed. 

The below picture is Mike’s favorite. They just look like two really cool dudes!While walking through the Fast & Furious attractions, Nolan started spontaneously dancing and joined these guys on stage.

On a different day we went to Lego Land, which was just a short 10 minute drive from our¬†condo.Nathan loved the Miniland and Star Wars exhibits. Nolan just loved anything with water! (below).¬†The cars were a big hit because it¬†had an age requirement of¬†6-13 years old (not height requirement) which meant that Nolan got to drive his own car since he’s 6. They actually did this one twice and was one of the longer rides at Lego Land.¬†

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Happy Easter 2015

Easter is almost here and if you know my kiddos then you know this is their favorite holiday! This year we’re really excited to have have some out-of-town family coming ¬†to stay with us. We are also looking forward to having a Sunday off and eating a yummy Easter dinner. We hope you have a wonderful¬†holiday weekend and enjoy the¬†amazing weather we’ve been having in Arizona. ¬†Cheers! Mike and Amanda

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Happy birthday Nolan

My youngest son Nolan just turned 6 and we celebrated with a Spider-man themed party. All of the fun here was provided by Storybook Entertainment, check them out if you’re planning a party. I highly recommend them!¬†After making superhero masks the kids enjoyed an obstacle course

After the obstacle course, the kids learned how to walk and climb like Spider-man so they could have a relay racePin the web on Spider-man and a story of how he beat the Green Goblin

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2014 Year in Review

This year has been a truly¬†great and succcesful year for our family and business. We captured well over 100 different shoots, weddings and events and still have one more wedding left to capture before we ring in 2015! Also coming¬†up, are some pretty fabulous fall wedding videos debuting the¬†blog soon, I can’t wait to share them with you. Yep, it’s been a busy year and very fulfilling. We want to say thank you to all of our clients who have¬†trusted us to capture their¬†special once in a lifetime moments. You mean the world to us! In previous years, I usually just posted our annual Christmas card but as this year comes to an end,¬†I want to share with you some of my favorite¬†moments¬†from this past year. All of these shots were captured by myself – Amanda. It took me a long time to narrow these down. Enjoy!

Cheers to an amazing 2015! XOXO Mike and Amanda Howard

These are my favorite putting on the dress shots! 

The Pancreatic Cancer Research walk in March was inspiring to capture! There were only a few survivors in attendance since the death rate is very high with this particular cancer. 

I do love a tender moment between siblings. 

A newborn blessing ceremony (above)

Janelle & Jason opted not to do a first look, but instead took a few moments to chat between a door before saying their I do’s. Jason was bursting with¬†excitement and Janelle full of emotion as her eyes filled with tears.
One of my new favorite newborn images above. 

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