The Heathcote Family

charlotte is the sweet mama of this family and she told me that being able to do this photo shoot out in the beautiful sunshine was her dream come true!  leading up to the shoot, charlotte told me a bit about each special person in her family and i already felt like we were old friends by the time we finally met!   so, as i prepared for this post, i was trying to find the words to describe each one of them but i just found that nothing i wrote was nearly as genuine as what she wrote herself.   so, here they all are, in the beautiful words of a mother – charlotte’s family according to charlotte…  her husband, fred – “sacrifices in ways for our family that melts me and loves me with all of his heart.” and michael, 20 (the oldest of 7) - “loves BIG.” christian, 19  - “selfless.  feels deeply.” ethan, 15 – “when no one is looking puts his head on my shoulder.” matthew, 13 – “his smile lights up my day.”   seth, 12 – “sees the good in everyone.” lauren, 8 – “sweet like an angel.” & ella, 5 (the baby) – “dances around the house. she sparkles.” and yet, the most beautiful description of all was what charlotte wrote about herself, “i feel passionate about creating home.  all I ever wanted to be was a mom.  most rewarding, expanding, frustrating, humbling, noble thing I have ever done.  i love them with all my heart.” thank you, thank you, thank you charlotte, for sharing your beautiful journey as the very blessed mama of your nest.  i am most definitely a better mother for having met you. (photographed at the tierra rejada walnut grove.)

i sure love this kind of session where i can just dive right in with my heart.   :)

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Apple picking with Gracie & Brandon!

we took the kids down for a little trip to one of our favorite towns, julian, california (julian is also the location of my june workshop for photographers)!   it is this adorable and quaint tiny farm town up in the mountains just outside san diego.  it is like a hidden gem with salvage shops all along the road, caramel apples and apple pie on every corner and just a feeling of small town simple comfort!  it’s not often we take off on a whim with our two little monkeys for endless hours in the car but we are trying to take more adventures and stop putting off the good stuff.  :)   we stayed in an old historical house that made us feel like we were in a hideaway 100 years ago out in the woods!  on our last night there, we sat down in an old wooden rockers in front of the furnace with homemade cinnamon rolls from the corner pie shop and just listened as brandon and gracie chased each other around the house barefoot on the old wooden floor.  it’s these simple things that make the most beautiful memories, the ones that i so often overlook in all the busyness, but on this trip i soaked it all in.  looking forward to a lot more of this kind of good stuff.

and a few with the self timer of the whole fam…

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hello, i’m joy!  sunshine chaser, child of God, mama to four & wife to one good man.  we traveled all over looking for a place to call home and we found it.  we live a simple life out in the country with bare toes and happy hearts.


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