“Who gets to turn 20 in 2020? How cool is that!” I told my daughter Mattie as we were getting ready to take photos for her birthday. “Only me and thousands of other people born in 2000,” she nonchalantly replied. Mattie may not have thought it was that cool, but SHE is that cool, and I loved taking some fun photos to commemorate her birthday. Here are a few of my very favorites!

It’s so wonderful to see Mattie break from her teenage cocoon and emerge a happy, fun, kind and amazing adult. She is my photography assistant and is AMAZING during sessions as my second shooter, as well as an amazing child soother, note taker, and camera bag carrier for almost every session. She’s one of my best friends!

Happy 20th, Annamatele Kartchner!

ky & kannah


Ky & Hannah, our son and daughter-in-law. I remember when they were first dating, they jokingly said their “couple name” was Kyannah. Would they, will they, name a little girl this name? I guess we won’t know for awhile, since they are having a boy, and his name is … Ryker.