The Carson Family – DrewB Photography

Julie and I have done some crazy things during our 5 years of friendship. But, this might be the craziest. And the funnest. And no rattle snakes were involved. Thank goodness.

Read below to get Julie’s take on our session and learn more about her family.

The Couple: Julie and Jason

The Story: Jason and I met in junior high I was on swim team with his sister, and I had a huge crush on him. We lived less than a mile apart, yet were in different school districts, so we didn’t cross paths that often. We met up again in college, had a class together, became lab partners, good friends, and then started dating. My junior high self would never believe that I would eventually marry Katrina’s cute brother.

I feel like it was just a few years ago when we were just two clueless kids in a dress and tux, with the In-n-Out truck at our wedding reception, yet it has been fifteen years. It’s insane.

The Kids:

Halley is nine. She has a freaky photographic memory, devours books, and is my twin in every single way.

Lucy is eight. She has this quirky love for squirrels, can run like a boss, and adores her baby brother.

Janey is five. She wakes up with a smile, charms all who meet her, and has a voice that can be heard from five streets over.

Shane is two. He loves Star Wars, is passionate and determined, and has figured out how to get his sisters to do whatever he wants.

The Session: I have been wanting to visit Salvation Mountain for years. After watching this piece ( I felt like it would be an epic location for our next session. The thing is, although Drew is used to my crazy ideas, I thought this one was way, way, way too crazy. When we were chatting about locations, I was almost too scared to even bring it up. I casually mentioned it, thinking that there is zero chance I could trick her into driving over three hours into the middle of nowhere for us. Without a second of hesitation, she excitedly said yes. I still cannot believe it. I have a feeling if she knew that she would have to pee in the bushes and walk on a stinky beach made of fish skeletons, the answer might have changed. But that is what I love about our adventures together. She has a way of making awful things awesome.

The Fine Print: Expect unexpected things to happen. Trust that even if your kids seem grumpy and crazy, if the outfit you picked didn’t fit, if it’s too hot or too cold, if your son throws up all over your face, in your mouth, on your dress, (wait that was just my son), Drew will find the beautiful, happy, real moments tucked in between the chaos. While you are worrying that one kid won’t smile, one kid won’t listen, one kid is running away, and maybe you should have done a 100 day juice fast before the shoot, know that it doesn’t matter. This is your family, this is the day to capture the gaps between their teeth, their perfect curls, the way they hug you tightly around the neck. Today is love and wild and loud and stressful and wonderful and everything magic that will help fill in the gaps when memories get fuzzy. Embrace the crazy.


Sunday has quickly become my favorite day of the week. Saturdays are filled with baseball, ballet, and errands. Now I don’t feel so guilty being lazy on Sundays.  Bagels in our bellies.  Movies on the TV.  Lazy and I love it.

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Here Comes the Bride

My brother got married a few weeks ago.  Honestly, I never really thought he would get married.  And then he met Kelly.  And she was so nice.  And normal.  And she loved my kids and my kids loved her (probably because of her mad coloring skills).  I probably wasn’t very nice to her at first because I was guarded and didn’t think she would stick around.  But, she did and for that I am very thankful.

They had the most beautiful weather for their March wedding.  And I loved how much they involved Brayden and Kennedy.  They were the ring bearer and flower girl (the cutest ring bearer and flower girl I ever did see).  I didn’t think Kennedy would walk down the aisle.  It got very iffy at the end.  She was screaming.  And making bad minon noises.  I was trying to coordinate and tell people when to walk down the aisle while trying to keep her quiet.  But, she went surprisingly.  Without her flower petals, but she walked down the aisle!

I’m so excited for my brother and Kelly.  And for my kids.  Not only did they get an Aunt, but they are also getting a baby cousin in July!

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My Irish Lass

This is practically her holiday.  My wee, redheaded, Irish lass.

I hope one day she will get to frolick through the hills of Ireland and search for four leaf clovers.  For now, the hills of Orange County will have to do.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

*** Canon 5D Mark II, 50 1.2

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Creation of a Wall Gallery

We recently moved into a 92 year old Craftsmen home, which we just love. But, with 92 year old homes comes 92 year old dry wall and hanging anything heavy on the walls becomes a bit of a liability living in earthquake country. In our old home we had a gallery wall of frames above my daughter, Kennedy’s, crib. We didn’t feel it was safe to do that here so I opted to go frameless for this gallery wall. When I saw the Framers from Mpix I knew they would be perfect for the gallery wall in her new room. No heavy frames and no glass.

When I start creating a gallery wall I gather all of the items that will potentially be hung.


Sometimes I do all pictures, but for Kennedy’s wall I wanted it to be a combination of her favorite things. Pictures of some of her favorite people so she could look at them before falling asleep. Some momentos we’ve picked up along the way like a dream catcher we bought on our recent road trip through the Great Plains. And some quotes that hung in her old nursery.

To read the post in it’s entirety head on over to the Mpix Blog.