To The Momma Who Hides From the Camera, I See You. | Yuma Family Photographer

Your body has been through a lot. You have carried babies for 9 months, given birth, experienced the dramatic shift of hormones after birth and gone through countless nights without sleep. I get it. I am there. SO THERE. After having babies, every part of who you are has in some way shifted. Your priorities, your skin, your hips, your emotions, and HECK even your hair. (Can I get an Amen for postpartum hair loss?)

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It comes as no surprise that when the camera is pulled out, you run. You just need a few more months, a few more trips to the gym, a few more salads, a new haircut/color, and the list goes on and on. You will be happy when you lose that last 10 pounds, fit into those size 6 jeans or lose that muffin top.

Besides the poor body image of yourself, you never shower. Heck, you didn't sleep all night so you b-lined it to the coffee maker, poured yourself a cup and then threw your hair up into a messy bun. 

You focus every little bit of attention you have on capturing your kids. From their first smile through the day they tell you to stop, you FILL your phone with pictures, videos and memories. It becomes a full time job to cling to those fleeting memories so you capture, capture, capture. 

All the while, you hide on the other side of the camera. Nobody wants to see this hot mess. Occasionally you might capture a selfie or the traditional holiday picture when you are all done up for once. Or maybe you capture yourself behind that amazing snapchat filter that makes you look like a flower fairy with flawless skin.

I see you mama. 

Can I tell you something? 10 years from now, it won't be like this. You won't always be doing midnight feedings. You won't always be changing diaper after diaper in your messy mom bun. You won't always be so tired. You won't always be wearing leggings...(KIDDING about the leggings)

10 years from now, you will look back on those days with fond memories. You will cling to the memory of being the only one that could calm down the baby. You will long to relive the days where the kids fight over sitting by you at the dinner table. You will look back on those long, tired days and wish you could feel those tired baby snuggles one more time. 

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Momma, this phase is hard but this phase is beautiful. What you are doing is beautiful. What your body did is beautiful. You created and sustained life. Your sweet babies life. You are guiding them to be the people they need to be one day and in the process, you are putting yourself on the back burner for a little bit. 

Perfectly curled hair has been traded for messy buns. Coffee dates with friends have been traded for a mad dash for your Keurig at 5am. Full nights of sleep have been traded for Little Einsteins at ungodly hours and sleepless snuggles with baby. Your firm skin has been traded for postpartum stretchy skin. Your full head of hair has been traded for a receding hair line. (Thanks again postpartum hair loss)

Momma, all of these changes are beautiful. They may be hard, but they are beautiful. 

You will look back on these days and smile with appreciation for them. You will miss them. You will see other moms in the same phase of life at the grocery store and pass them an understanding smile because you did it too. 

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Momma, don't hide from the camera. You deserve to have these memories too. You deserve to look back and see that phase of your life. Your kiddos deserve to look back and see what you did for them. You won't see those pictures and hate yourself. You will see those pictures and miss those days. You will proudly show your children the changes of life handed to you because you chose them. 

Momma, take pictures with you in it. Have your husband take pictures of you with the kids. Instead of looking at the picture and criticizing yourself, give yourself the same amount of grace that you would give another momma in the same phase of life. Instead of seeing your muffin top, look at the happy babies you are raising into beautiful human beings. Instead of noticing your double chin, notice how much you have changed for them. Instead of looking at your crazy hair line, know that these are all just signs that you are doing something hard, but worth it.

You are beautiful. This phase is beautiful. You deserve to preserve these memories. Your kids deserve to see this momma.

 

Signed,

  A momma of toddlers. <3 

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Cristina & Jordan | Engagement Session

Within the various types of sessions that I offer, Engagment sessions are definitely my favorite. There is something about two people that are about to make the biggest commitment of their life coming together to have me document their love that makes my heart full. As I am driving to their session, I think about the fact that these pictures I am about to create will be the ones in the family album that they will pass down for generations to come. Their children will look back and laugh at their clothing choices, make grossed out faces at their kissing and secretly admire the love they see that has lasted for decades in their parents. The fact that I get to be a part of THAT, boggles my mind. 

  Cristina & Jordan were so much fun to work with. It's always a little nerve wrecking to meet up with a photographer you have never met and allow them to capture one of the most precious things you hold, your relationship with your partner. When we arrived at the location, we immediately hit it off. I'll admit to being a chatter box completely. We talked about kids, how they met, where they will live after the Marine Corps, what they do for a living, etc etc. Their entire session was sweet and we laughed and had a great time. I am so glad that they chose me. I hope you enjoy seeing their session as much as I did. OH! AND I will be flying to Ohio next year to capture the next step in their life, their WEDDING. I can't wait.

 

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed hearing from me! If you would like to get more information about scheduling your session with me, send me a message to design and schedule yours! I would love to jump on the phone with you to chat about creating some beautiful artwork for your home!

 

xoxo,

Kayla

 

Alley Family Session | Yuma Family Photographer

The Alley family was a blast to work with. Their sweet little girl is definitely the star of the show. Her big brothers are wrapped around her finger and she has daddy's heart melted. We had a blast working together and it was sweet to see their family dynamic. Here are some of my favorites from their session.

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If you would like some information on scheduling your family pictures, just shoot us a quick message on our contact page! We can't wait to hear from you!

 

xoxo,

  Kayla Mattox

Walker Family Session | Yuma Family Photographer

How exciting is it that the Walker family contacted us to photograph/create a video of their baby announcement?! They are so excited to welcome their second baby into the world this year. I love when we can be a part of special things like this. They are amazing parents and I can't wait to see their sweet new baby! 

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If you would like to schedule a family session, send us a message on our contact page! We are happy to chat with you!

 

xoxo,

 Kayla

Meet Baby Grajales | Lifestyle Newborn Session

One of the best parts of my job is getting to witness families grow and change throughout the year. I met the Grajales family when we did their maternity session and then I had the pleasure to also do their newborn lifestyle session when they welcomed their sweet boy into the world. He did amazing during the session. We were cracking up the entire time because he was striking a post most of the time. I think he may have a bright future in modeling. ;) 

 

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Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post! If you are interested in scheduling a lifestyle newborn session with us, send me a message on our contact page! I look forward to hearing from you!

 

xoxo,

  Kayla

Fowler Family Session | Yuma Family Photographer

   I am so behind on blogging sessions from this fall SO I will be working on catching up on updating our blog.

   When Jess contacted me about doing their family pictures, I was so excited. I think their family is absolutely adorable and that they were a blast to work with. Scarlett was a natural in front of the camera and had a blast with every picture. Ryan took a little longer to warm up but in the end, he decided that he too wanted to be a photographer and gave me a run for my money. It was adorable. I am so glad they chose me and can't wait for next year's family pictures. 

 

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Thank you for stopping by! If you would like more information on booking a family session this spring, send me a message! I look forward to hearing from you!

 

xoxo,

  Kayla Mattox

Kristen Kahne | Business Headshot Session

In an effort to highlight people in our community that are inspirational, I have been working on a series entitled "Inspirational Interviews" where I interview a local person and find out about their story and what took to their current journey. Kristen Kahne has stuck out to me as inspirational from the time we moved to Yuma. You can tell that she has a huge heart for others and wants to see people succeed in living their healthiest life! I hope that you enjoy our interview as much as I did! 

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(KM) "Tell me a little bit about yourself."

(K) "Well, I am part unicorn, part trainer. I am a 25 year old jack of all trade and I have a passion for helping others create the best version of themselves."

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(KM) "What inspired you to become a personal trainer?"

(K) I wasn't always healthy and I wasn't always well. What you see in me is a product of years of struggling with self esteem and body issues. Normal girl stuff. On top of that, there was a time in my life where I couldn't walk because my back pain was so bad. I have 3 inches of compression in my spine. I have scoliosis. Without proper back musculature, you just lock up. I had to learn why I was in pain and what to do about it. That was what made me get serious about it."

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(KM) "What kind of training went into your job as a personal trainer?"

(K) "I have two certifications, a college degree and a whole lot of trial and error. I will keep it at that."

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(K) "How does being a personal trainer allow you to give back to the community?"

(K) "Well, we get the community to be healthy. It is really crazy how much better people feel when they take care of their body. I think we prepare people to go out into the world and be the best versions of themselves."

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(KM) "What is the hardest thing about being a personal trainer?"

(K) "The hardest thing is keeping people on track and trying to undo years of self talk. It is difficult to change people's mindset."

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(KM) "What do you want people to know about you?"

(K) That despite all of the shiny social media feeds, commercials and billboards,  I am not perfect. My goal is to inspire people through my imperfections. Wherever life may take me, I want to always stay real."

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(KM) "Explain what you provide to people when they come in looking for a personal trainer?"

(K) "When people come in here, we go through a comprehensive questionnaire process and then we go about making a program that's both safe and effective for them."

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(KM) "What are some ways to have a healthier lifestyle?"

(K) "Being honest with yourself is a huge one. Write down your goals and make a plan to get there. Seek help if necessary. You can not learn health and fitness through Instagram or Pinterest. That is just marketing. Health and fitness is super simple. People just over complicate it."

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(KM) "Where do you find inspiration for living a healthy lifestyle?

(K) "My husband. He is my rock. He is the one that got me into fitness and trying to fight back against my spine. He didn't want to accept being in pain all of the time. I didn't accept it and I started to feel better. My husband, my spine and my clients are where I find my inspiration. When people message me amazing stories that bring me to tears, it makes me smile ear to ear."

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(KM) "What is your favorite quote?"

(K) If it is both and amazing and terrifying, you should definitely pursue it."

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Thank you for taking the time to read! Drop me a comment below to let me know that you stopped by and what you enjoyed about this interview! 

 

xoxo,

  Kayla 

Debbie & Miguel | Yuma Wedding

When Debbie and Miguel met with us for coffee, we knew we were going to be a perfect fit for them! We were immediately excited about their Wedding day and were anxious to document their day in a beautiful way. 

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The day of the wedding, we went to Debbie's house first in order to get some beautiful getting ready photos for her to look back on. Her mother and maid of honor were there and let me tell you, the love that they had for her was so eminent. They carefully helped her slide her wedding dress on and gathered all of the special pieces that she would put on before she stood before her soon to be husband. It was like a scene from a movie and I definitely held back tears as I remembered the day that my own momma helped me into my wedding dress and how special that was for me. 

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After grabbing a few detail shots and taking pictures of Debbie getting ready, we headed to their beautiful venue. They were married on a beautiful gold course in Yuma. We grabbed a few shots of just the groom and then we prepared for their first look. You could see the anticipation building in Miguel as he prepared to view his beautiful bride for the first time. As soon as he turned around, he cracked the BIGGEST smile on his face as he stared at his beautiful bride for the very first time. Debbie also had the biggest smile. It was such a special moment.

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The wedding started right at sunset. It was a beautiful intimate ceremony with their precious family and friends there to witness the special moment. The love in Debbie's eyes for her groom is one of my favorite captures. She just couldn't stop smiling at him through her beautiful veil. 

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Once the ceremony ended, we ran to capture a few special pictures of the bride and groom. We were a little worried about the lack of light at her venue with everything happening after the sun set but I am so in love with the romantic feel of her photos. This is one of my favorite wedding pictures that I have ever taken. 

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I am so glad that Debbie and Miguel chose us to be the ones to capture their stunning wedding day. They are a beautiful couple and I cannot wait to work with them in the future. 

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Thank you for stopping by our blog! We hope you enjoyed seeing the beautiful photos from Debbie and Miguel's wedding. For more information on booking your wedding with us, send us a message! We are excited to chat with you!

 

Kayla

Lifestyle Newborn Session | Newborn Photography

Lifestyle Newborn Session are so sweet. I love to capture the life of a sweet newborn in their first few days at home. Babies grow SO QUICKLY so I promise you will never regret capturing their first days, new skin and squishy faces. 

Dietra and Chase just welcomed their second baby home. He is a beautiful baby and they have such an adorable dynamic in their family. Their 2 year old son, Noah was shy at first but quickly warmed up to me stalking him with my camera. I captured a water fight with daddy, daddy working on restoring surfboards, momma feeding baby Moshe, Breakfast, Lunch and watering the garden outside. What a perfect day it was! Enjoy! 

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Breastfeeding event | Littlewood Fine Arts & Community Co-op

The Littlewood Fine Arts & Community Co-op recently did a event celebrating World Breastfeeding week. World Breastfeeding week is the first week of August and is celebrated by over 120 different countries. Women from all over the world post pictures in an effort to normalize breastfeeding. Then everyone comes together and latches on for one minute at the same time. So, being that I am a breastfeeding mama, I had to stop by Littlewood to celebrate their Big Latch On event. It was such a hit and very educational. If you have the chance, be sure to stop by next year for it!

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xoxo,

  Kayla