I’m in love with so many things about this engagement shoot. First, we were lucky enough to have our lives line up so that we could shoot this session while we were all in England. They were here for business for a few days during the same six weeks we were living in England, so we were thrilled we could schedule the session here. Two, all of these images were taken around and within a few blocks of our home, so you can get a peek of what our world looks like. And last, and most important, Andrew and Amanda were just so, so, so cool as I dragged them around my neighborhood. Super excited for their 2015 wedding!

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england

July 28, 2014

Hi friends. We have arrived in England, and we are settled, happy, and safe.

Wait, what? Huh? Why and when did you move to England, Jean?

I figured there would be several people who didn’t know our situation and we’ve had tons-o-questions on why we moved here.

So, here’s us in a nutshell… Travel has always been our passion. We knew we wanted to do a big adventure around the world once the kids were grown and out of the house. But one day it occurred to us…why wait? Our kids are the perfect age to travel and our jobs allow us to have flexible schedules and work at different locations. Our life might not have the same flexibility in two, five, ten years, so…we started dreaming of a year long family adventure.

Enter planning…and saving…and working extra hard for extra money…eating out much less (oh, good food is our other passion)…dreaming…and more planning…

We sold our house in 2013 and rented an apartment for eight months. Cars were sold, and a storage unit was filled in early summer 2014. On July 14, 2014, we left our beautiful country of America to head to our first destination, England. After England, we head to France, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Cambodia, China, and finally, New Zealand to end the year of travel.

We have so many gaps to fill in and questions to answer. How did we plan for this financially? What about the kids and school? How did we find housing? How are we traveling with FOUR kids? All of that will be coming soon, pinky promise. We are starting a travel blog this week or next that will include our videos and weekly blog posts. I will continue posting images of my work, as well as our adventures on this blog. Stay tuned for all of that crap.

For the time being, here’s a very quick look into the first almost ten days of our life in the land of brilliant accents, fish and chips, and amazing architecture.

We’ll get into home life and our quaint little village soon, but let’s skip straight to the road trip. We headed up to Scotland, stopping at castles and towns along the way. You might say I’m obsessed with European architecture, whether it is perfectly preserved or in ruins. Other places visited and not shown (simply because I haven’t gone through the photos yet)…York Minster, Durham Castle, Edinburgh, Lincoln Cathedral.

Dunstanburgh Castle. I know it just looks like ruins, but this entire experience was magical and was probably my favorite stop. It was a bit of a hike get to the ruins, but it was flat with golden fields with sheep on one side, and rocky cliffs down to the ocean on the other. Not to mention the perfect evening light. Kind of took my breath away. jeansmith65

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Resting. Because little five year old legs get tired A LOT.
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Little coastal town of Pittenweem in Scotland
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mountains

July 28, 2014

I have been shooting for eight years now and never once have I photographed in the mountains. I guess the fact that Michigan doesn’t have mountains attributes to that. But, my home state of Utah has mountains and they are amazing. I was thrilled when Idie + three asked to shoot their session atop a lovely mountain. Enjoy!

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erik and jamie…married

July 21, 2014

Hello from over the pond! Yes, we are in England. Yes, we are safe and happy. Much more on that later. For now, I am back to work and so excited to share the images from Erik and Jamie’s wedding! Enjoy these two fabulous people…

Venue and catering – The Inn at St Johns
Bridesmaid dresses- The White Dress
Tuxes- Brighton Tux
Hair/makeup- Shannon Kelly
Cake- Milford Bakery
DJ- Sound Dog Productions

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Image above and below by Laura, my second shooter. LOVE that shoe image!

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Another fabulous image by Laura.

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angel with curls

July 11, 2014

Little angels and pretty mamas and cool dads…

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lake life

July 1, 2014

I am not originally from Michigan, and I have learned a few things since living here. Like, people here say beg instead of bag, and they tease me when I say it the right way. Or that you are supposed to know to hold up your hand and use it as a map of Michigan to point out where you live when people ask. But, most of all, I have learned the term, lake life. Beautiful, wonderful lake life. It means adventure and exploring and friends and family and food and just so much fun. So, with those happy feelings already settled in my soul, the Macks asked if we could shoot at their lake. Ummmm, yes, please!

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boys

June 30, 2014

Welp, we all know I have lots of boys myself, so I felt right at home photographing this family full of luscious little boys! Sarah is a friend…and a photographer…sooooo…a bit of pressure there. But, I believe we all connected lovely like :)

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longs

June 27, 2014

Light, happiness, movement, and relationships…all of my favorite things when photographing families. The Longs and my favorite elements come together for a fabulous night of shooting. Love you guys!

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two plus two

June 26, 2014

Such a pleasure to photograph these little angels and their parents…

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The session was a long time coming. Jenn and I had been talking via email and Facebook for a long time. She lives in California, I live in Michigan. Pretty much opposite ends of the world, right? Well, the stars aligned and we came together in Seattle when she attended our workshop and we also did a family session while there. GORGEOUS family, RIGHT?!?!?

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