Judd Family | Saudi Arabia Family Photographer

Life with the Judds | A Film Story

It is always a humbling experience to be asked to come and do a second family film for a client.  These guys are those clients, and had hired me for one of my very first films (be kind if you watch it, I was a newbie!).  This time around they asked to just capture a weekend at their home, with a little family baseball thrown in for good measure. 

Life with 4 boys under the age of 5 is never quiet.  I left this session covered in sweat, smiles and a new appreciation for the word 'active'.  I hope you'll take a peek at the film above.  It's one of my new favorites!

~Allison

Nelson Family | Saudi Arabia Family Photographer

The Nelson Family | Film + Photo Session

Filming families and the moments that are important to them is such a humbling thing.  To be allowed a peek into another person's life, to see the small moments and big ones that make their lives special to them... this job continually blows me away with how unique it is.  If you have been considering booking in for a film with me, I have really cut down on how many I am offering and only have a few slots left in the Spring of 2019.  I'd love the honor of documenting your family memories.... Find out more details here.  


The Nelsons invited me into their lives one afternoon in April.  Their home is bursting with life, giggles and two of the most precious little ladies.  

There was a LEGO wedding between two lovely horses, all the LEGO people attended.  I have it on good authority that the cake was delicious!  

Hearing Katie's little giggle when playing peek-a-boo with Zach was just about the cutest thing ever.  I've included the audio of her laughing in their film and it makes me smile each time I hear it!  

There was brownie baking... If I could include how lovely their home smelled I would, but alas... my filmmaking skills aren't quite that advanced! 

There were flowers to be picked in the backyard...

Gravity to be defied....

And when a storm rolled in, we headed to the beach....

It was such a pleasure capturing the small moments that make your family.... your family, Sue & Zack.  Thank you for trusting me with your memories! 

Luke Randall Hays | Fresh 48 | Saudi Newborn Baby Photographer

Luke Randall Hays | 8 lbs 5 oz | 22 inches | 4:35 AM | 12 April 2018

I don't photograph a lot of Fresh 48 newborns, but this little guy has convinced me that I might need to change that.  

Meet Luke, friends.  8 pounds and 5 oz of squishy cheeked, laid back fresh baby goodness.  

This type of photography session is called a Fresh 48 session because it means I take the photos within the first 48 hours after birth.  Why so early?  Because these little ones change so quickly and sometimes we forget how truly tiny and miraculous our littles ones started out.  

Memories like that first little yawn...

Or those funny expressions that made you wonder what they think of this new world....

Where Mom is everything...

And a stinky diaper is just overwhelming...

The smallest details are some of my favorite... those bitty feet

That little finger...

and perfect little nose...

You are loved and perfect, sweet Luke... welcome to the world! 

Bouma Family | Saudi Arabia Family Photographer

A Family Film + Photo Story


"VAGABOND"

"Are you a vagabond like me?
Chasing after sunsets
Forgetting the American dream
Ever gonna settle down, are we? 

I’ve always had a little wanderlust darling
Come and sweep me off my feet
Pick a path and we won’t look back
Marching to our own drum beat
Feeling like ...

Will you go on adventures with me?
Will you go on adventures with me? 

Hey vagabond you come with me
We move like the river dancing our way to the sea
Are you gonna settle down with me
Feels right you’re in my story 

Will you go on adventures with me?
Will you go on adventures with me? 

I have a feeling with you there will be
No more wandering, no more wandering
Never have I known a love like this. 
The way you’re taking me in, taking me in
Know that I am home

No matter where we go,

I am home
I am home,

I am home where I’m with you

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Always go on adventures with me
Always go on adventures
To mountain holy splendor
On seas with fallen treasure
To hills that hold the heather
As long as we’re together
Be going on adventures with me"

-"Vagabond" by Handsome & Gretyl

I am home where I’m with you

Twins take a Bath | Saudi Arabia Baby Photographer

A Film + Photo Short Essay | Personal Work

I've been so busy recently with client work that I think I've lost sight of why I started making films in the first place.  To document my own family, our memories, our moments in film.  That changes starting this past month.  I'm committed to having my camera around intentionally.  To document the little snippets of our lives that remind us of who we were at this stage.  The sounds, the normalcy of it, the togetherness.  Whether it gets edited quickly is to be seen but for now, I'm inspired.  

The twins adore taking afternoon baths in our kitchen sink. There's a side for each of them which is important in the world of twins. The way they talk to each other and giggle, I find myself overwhelmed thinking that they are mine.  To have a built in best friend and buddy as you grow up, I can't even imagine how special that is.  But I see glimpses of it these days and it makes me feel ALL the feels.   

Avaleen Piper Burris | Saudi Arabia Newborn Photographer

Meeting Avaleen | A Newborn Baby Film + Photo Session

Oh my heart.... there is nothing so perfect as a brand new little baby.  

Meet little Miss Avaleen Piper Burris, born in Saudi Arabia on March 3rd at 3:35 am at 6lbs, 11 oz (3.04kg), 19.3 inches (49cm).  She is perfect, and beautiful and has the most loving family and doting older sisters who are eager to take care of her!

I'll be making a film from of the girls meeting their sister for the first time, but until that is finished, here are a few photos of sweet Avaleen's first few hours in their home.  Congratulations Sara & Cody, she is BEAUTIFUL!!

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Rytting Family | Saudi Arabia Family Photographer

A Day with the Rytting Family | Film + Photo Session

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite books was "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  My imagination captured by the idea of something magical, hidden away and special.  A garden, missed and forgotten... but so very beautiful.  

On my first visit to the Rytting home, their beautiful backyard garden immediately caught my eye.  It reminded me of a secret garden, complete with a serene fountain, twinkle lights, beautifully wild flowers planted by Emily, and the most wonderful hammock. 

Making films for families is such a special thing for me because I get the opportunity to show families what they might not see.  Parenting requires so much, takes so much, demands all of ourselves and sometimes we get so knee deep in the thick of it we don't see the beauty that is so readily around us.  Amidst the busy we miss the beauty...  

My hope is that my films show parents that there is SO MUCH beauty in their lives. 

Sometimes that beauty is in the details... 

Emily braiding Avery's hair...

Or nursing your last baby...

Sometimes it is Dad’s strong shoulder...

Sometimes it's in the laughter, on a hammock, with your silly siblings. 

Sometimes that beauty is in the cheeks & drool of a little baby.

And sometimes there is beauty in the quiet moments...

And the loud ones.... 

In my time with the Emily & Christian I saw SO MUCH BEAUTY, y’all.  A family that loves each other DEEPLY.  A faith that grounds all that they do.  Siblings that dote on each other... (most of the time)... :)

Walking into their home and experiencing their lives for a few brief hours was like walking into a secret garden, full of so many hidden treasures. 

I hope that the film & photos show the beauty that I saw.  Because sometimes, you just need someone to show you what you might have missed.  Emily & Christian, your lives are beautiful... thank you for allowing me the honor of telling your beautiful story!