Beauty Within

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When I took them all I could see was all the technical things that weren’t quite right. But, taking a second look at them, I realized there is still beauty within. There is beauty in imperfections. Of course, I see beauty when I look into my daughter’s eyes. She radiates true beauty and joy. She challenges me and makes me want to be better.

I feel like this has been a theme for me all of my life. I have always had high expectations for myself, in everything I do. I don’t necessarily need to be the best nor am I overly competitive with other people, but I do want to be MY best. And for some reason, my best doesn’t always meet MY expectations. I’m working on it. I’m working on letting go of reaching perfection because quite honestly it will never happen while I am on this earth.

I can find beauty in the messiness of life, in the chaos of raising a family, in the constant struggle to balance work and family life. I’m striving to find the real, authentic ME, to accept who I am now, but moving toward who I want to be. My beauty within. The beauty God gave me.

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  1. Tina

    Great message for all of us. Thanks, Maggie! You bring so much beauty to our world through your photography, your family and your grace.


Little Lavender Lady | Two Year Old Studio Session

Love this little lavender lady of mine! Had some fun times capturing her little personality after she turned two.

She’s growing up so much! I was looking back at photos when she first received her glasses; they were so big on her face! She received her first haircut around her birthday too. She’s just starting to look more and more like a little girl and less like my baby. Her vocabulary continues to grow daily and she’s full of energy. She loves to read books, go with Daddy to see the cows, play with her brother and sisters, play with blocks, babies and puzzles. She is a great eater, but also has a sweet tooth like her mama.

As you can see, even in a little Essence Studio Session, I capture lots of details and special moments. Preserving memories is so important to me. Life just goes by too fast, and our kids don’t stay little long enough. We have to make time to capture these moments!

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  1. Mom

    These are wonderful photos! We miss her so much along with her folks and sibs!

  2. Tina

    Loved these photos! She is the sweetest and you are amazing!


Shabby Chic First Birthday Party | Idaho Lifestyle Photographer

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I loved planning this Shabby Chic First Birthday Party for our little girl. Of course, I meant to blog it right after her birthday, but I figure it’s better late than never. I found the pastel print fabric at JoAnn’s Fabrics, along with some little paper cups and accessories. I used cut some of the fabric into strips and hung it on some jute rope, along with strips of brown paper that I had crumpled up and some tulle strips. I love how the bunting turned out. In addition, I used fabric squares around the food and dessert table. I borrowed a fun burlap sign from my sister-in-law who made it for a bridal shower, and used a burlap table runner for the dining table. Chalkboard signs added to the Shabby Chic theme. I also used jute rope and clothes pins to hang photos from her first year of life. I printed her name and the number 1 out of some Shabby Chic digital scrapbook paper. Her little romper came from The Children’s Place. The cake was made by Sammy’s Sweets. It was so amazing. Sammy did a great job putting together the vision I had for the cake. And the flavors were amazing! We had a wonderful day celebrating our little girl’s first birthday with family and friends!

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  1. Mom

    Mom and I thought we might have missed these but we’re not to far out.