We had so much fun on this snowy engagement session! It wasn’t snowing when we started the session, but all the sudden it dumped on us! I thought they would want to quit shooting, but they just went with it and laughed and we had a good time. I love when my couples are adventurous and up for whatever fun is thrown our way. Excited for their wedding day!! Congratulations you two!
I get a lot of requests for family reunion photography and I absolutely love these sessions! I love seeing a whole family come together, being able to laugh and enjoy each others company. Being from a large family (baby of 11 here :) ) I know how hard it can be to get everyone together, and how rewarding it is when it actually happens. If I can ever get my WHOLE family together and do a professional photoshoot that will be a dream come true for me. Make it happen when you can. Life is full of unexpected turns, and every moment together counts.
From a favorite engagement session, a touching birth story, to a fun family session! I hope to photograph this family for years to come. The love they have for this little man is abundant. He is their world. And look at that little face! Can you blame them!?
When you have littles that don’t have much of an attention span, a mini session (15-20 min session) is absolutely perfect. Most of the best photos are going to happen in that 15-20 minutes anyhow, since that is when your little ones are the most engaged. After that they are ready to get down and run around. So if you just want a quick session with a few fantastic photos, and have little ones who melt down quickly, this is the option you will want to choose. We will have fun, get smiles, and they won’t hate photos the next time around! I love this family, they are always so shy, but so much fun to photograph and so so beautiful!
I’ve known this family for quite some time now. Some families you photograph over and over again start feeling like family. Such is the case with this sweet girl. And I fell in love with her mama too. She was always so kind to me, would come to many of photoshoots for her grand babies, and would always give me heartfelt thanks and hugs. I was so sad when I heard she had passed away. Having lost a parent myself, I knew the grief this little family would be going through. It is never easy to lose someone you love so dearly. I know they have missed her so much. Especially these sweet little kiddos!
Starting a relationship with God is what brought these two together. They met in church, and fell for one another quickly...
Their wedding was in Montana, and the scenery did NOT disappoint. I was a big fan driving from Utah to Montana. You could see exactly why they wanted to get married there.
We started the day with getting ready shots of Caeli and her girls, then went to the barn to get her into her dress with her bridesmaids. Colton wanted to do a prayer together before the ceremony but didn't want to see her In her dress, so they stood at a corner wall, and held hands while Colton said a very heartfelt emotional prayer that had everyone in tears, praying for his sweetheart who would soon be his wife, the ceremony was beautiful, they put together a unity cross and said their I dos, then there was dinner, photos of the two of them, the shoe game, cut the cake, and a dance, the most tender mother son dance I have ever witnessed! Colton has such an amazing tender heart. It was such an amazing day that ended with a lavender toss as they ran to their car.
How have I not shared this session yet!! I plastered it all over my instagram so I think I thought I’d already done a blog post on it. It was such an awesome session! I have so much fun with this couple, they feel like instant friends. Easy to be around, easy to laugh with. I fell in love with her dress and the movement from it! So dang beautiful!
I know I know! You are seeing a million blog posts from me coming through. I’m playing catch up! I hate for any of my beautiful shoots to not be shared. My business had to be put on hold the last few mths for any of the little extras like blogging, facebook and instagram. I took what time I could and spent it visiting my brother in law and spending family time before he died in November. Then it was grieving time, then Christmas, and here we are. Months behind on posting, but it was needed. Thank goodness I work for myself and it allows me to take the time I need to put family first. But now I’m loving going through all my past shoots and getting them out there for the world to see.
First let me start off by telling you how much I love this pretty mama! She is strong, amazing, kind, gracious, talented, and such an amazing mom! She does all the things with her kids that I wish I could muster up the energy to do. Her kids are so kind, and so talented. I had such a wonderful time on this shoot with them all, and it turned out so beautiful thanks to these sweet kiddos participating in the experience so well!
I might be pretty biased because I love this family so much, but they are all gorgeous people!! And so much fun! This is my sister in law Angies family and they are all so fun, I think I’ve about photographed them all. They love to travel all over, and Angies mom bought the girls all hats while they were in England, it was so fun to incorporate them into the photos! And this was right before my nephew left on his mission. It was fun to all be together.
I was waiting to share this cute families session until she announced her pregnancy!! They are such a gorgeous little family and they were so tough about hiking to this location to shoot. Sweet Jessica hiked pregnant without any complaints and we got the best views! Thank you for letting me take your darling families photos! And a huge congratulations on your new one! Can’t wait to see that baby!
This family has been my friends for years now. I love Khristen! She has such a big amazing heart! She is always reaching out and always so good at keeping in contact and checking up on me to see how I am. She is a tough mama who has been through so much in her life. She lives for her little family and loves being a mama. Its always so much fun to do photos for her family. They are so good at bringing out the silly and the laughs :)
What a beautiful love these two have. They are so kind and gentle together, fun, funny, full of love for everyone around them. It was such a privilege to have the chance to photograph them for their engagement session and bridals. We had such a fun time together! Congratulations you two! Can’t wait to share your bridal session!
I never knew a time without Jack being part of my life. He was there before I was even born. It was always Jack and ShaMayne. He blessed me as a baby. He and ShaMayne took me in every summer and off my parents hands so they could work with their 9 other children who were still home, and my grandparents who lived with them, my grandmother needing much care with her alzheimers.
I loved to visit ShaMayne and Jack because they had babies for me to play with and spend time with, and I loved the babies. I also very much loved every moment I could spend with Jack in the yard working, or singing songs with him while he played the guitar. Or watching Star Wars or Pride and Prejudice. John Denver became one of my very favorite singers from spending so much time singing the songs with Jack. Jack knew how to listen, and he knew how to give gentle guidance and correction. He was always so inspired in what to say and how to say it. He didn’t rush the process and would sit with you until you understood what you needed to.
I always knew he loved me. He was always like a second father. I've never really considered him an "in-law" because he has been in the family longer then me. He's just always been there. Always and forever has been brother to me. Imaging life without him is very difficult. The future family get togethers where we won’t hear his guitar playing or hear his gentle voice singing. The tickles he gave to everyone. (It was a tender mercy that the last day I got to see him, was his last good day, and even though he was on Morphine, he was in a good mood, and he knew who I was, and he even reached over and tickled me when I hugged him goodbye.) We will miss the wisdom he shared with us and the time he’d put aside when we needed someone to talk to. I texted him more then once with things that were bothering me, and he’s always get back to me and explain and talk until I could feel better and understand. I loved how much he loved my sister and how good he was to her. He was so gentle with her, you could always see how much he adored her. He loved to give her gifts and surprises, and he was the most respectful, loving husband to her.
I will miss him so much. My life has been blessed to have known him my WHOLE life. My life was blessed because he was in it. He left a wonderful legacy behind.
Till we meet again…
He couldn't wipe the smile off his face. He said it's the greatest day - which is his standard answer to everyday. He says everyday he is alive is a great day. After being in a bad accident and in a coma for 10 days, he takes every moment of life and lives it with happiness and energy. She was content to be by his side and hold his hand and lay her head against him.
I’ve been so far behind on my blogging. It got to busy season, and every spare moment I’ve spent with family, soaking up what little time we have with those we love. When you are losing someone you love, priorities really change. But I’ve photographed some wonderful beautiful couples this year, and I don’t want to not share them, so better late then never!
They met through a mutual friend, and they knew each other for two years before they started dating. On their wedding day it marked two years since they started dating. It took them a little while to finally kiss even though their friends kept telling them to just do it! She went on a vacation and while gone she thought about it and decided she wanted to kiss him after all, so when she got back, she kissed him and the rest is history! They were so much fun to photograph for their engagement session and it couldn’t have been a more beautiful day.
I thought about you today, and for a moment looked at the phone to call you. I wanted to tell you what I was struggling with right now. I knew you'd have the right words to say. And that you'd end them with "but do whatever you want, you are going to anyway." But at least I wanted to hear what you had to say. I was mad for a minute dad. When I realized there would be no answer on the other side of the phone I felt mad. I'm mad you are gone. But mostly behind that mad is really really sad. And missing. Because sometimes dad. I'm lonely. And sometimes dad, I feel really lost. And you always made me feel like I was home. It's been a long time since I felt that.
I wonder if you are playing music. Playing your violin, viola, or the flute. If you watch me make mistake after mistake. I make so many. If you see when I succeed. I wonder if you are happy, or if you miss us. Do you feel frustrated for us? Sad for us? Do you ever wish you were here? In the quiet moments of our struggles here are you behind us, supporting us, lifting us? I look up at the sky and I wonder when I will feel whole again.
Today is 11 years since you left this world behind. 11 years of missing you. It feels more like a lifetime. If I knew the short years I would get to spend with you, there are some things I would have done differently. A lot differently.
I would have stayed home and not moved out as soon as I could when I turned 18. I would have understood that my time with you was short, and that I would have plenty time away from home later. I would have skipped out on all the time I spent away from home thinking friends and boyfriends were more important.
I would have listened to you more when you talked instead of thinking I knew better. I would have asked you more questions about YOU. And cared what your life looked like through your eyes.
I would have given up time with my friends to go on more trips and date nights with you. I would have spent soooo many more days singing with you.
I would have worked harder to make you more proud of me.
I would have taken naps with you under trees and gone on more Sunday drives with you.
I wouldn’t have fought with you that one time. You know when. I would have just stopped my words from coming out. I would have loved you more.
I would have held you longer that last time I hugged you goodbye.
But with all the things I wish had done different dad, there are so many things I’d never change. All those church girls basketball games you came to watch me play. All my dance competitions you hated coming to but still did, and cheered the loudest even if it embarrassed me in a proud way a little bit. All the times you let me dance on your feet and sang “I was waltzing with my darlin”. That time you told me I couldn’t go to that one party. The only time you told me no. Thanks dad. You knew. The time you told me you told the whole office how proud I made you. The times you took me to the university with you after I begged and begged even though I never let you get your work done. All the bags of skittles you bought me and would bring me home from work. All the rides on the lawn mower while you sang me songs. I’m sure I slowed down the work for you. You never said anything about it. The Sunday walks and every time you told me you loved me.
Dad, it’s going to be ok. We will be ok. But we will never stop missing you. Every day.
Lacee and Samuel met on Mutual (an online dating app) and after doing this shoot its super easy to see that the feelings are DEFINITELY mutual! :) They had their first date at Firehouse Pizza, and Lacee said she knew he was a good one when she choked on her pasta and he still liked her after that! They are such a cute couple and naturals in front of the camera! He was so sweet and romantic with her and she had no problem flirting back with him and just being super fun. They were even adventurous enough to get in the water and splash around at the end of the shoot! Happy wedding day you two!! So excited for you and all the great adventures that await!
They were unsure how the shoot would go at first, they had not had a formal shoot together before. But by the end of our shoot they said it was so easy and that I made it fun and easy for them. They asked if I did birth stories but I was so sad I’d be in Tennessee on a job when she was due. They were so cute together and I loved how he would keep complimenting her and wanted to just keep kissing her. He was gentle with her and got a shy smile everytime I had them do a romantic pose together, you could tell how much they love being together.