I welcome any chance I am given to return home to my stomping grounds and immerse myself in that hometown feeling for a spell (folksy word haha). This time I was twice as eager to make the trip back because I was there to take Amber’s senior pictures. Our families have known each other a long time and were always close, so I was excited to be the one to mark this milestone with Amber. I believe she is beautiful inside and out and I…Continue Reading “Amber // Senior Photography”

I just want to fist pump. That’s what I want to do when everything falls in place the way it did for Leah’s senior session. There was last-minute scheduling, trying to squeeze our session in before the cold and frost hit us (and the trees). This ended up giving us the perfect weather and light for our session. Our setting was picturesque, Leah was on fire, and I was giddy with inspiration… it was all just, plain perfect! I enjoy all different kinds of photo session…Continue Reading “Leah // Senior Portrait Photography”

I’ve known Amy and her husband Jeramy for a few years now and I was so excited for Amy when I found out she was expecting! Recently Amy ran into some possible complications with her pregnancy and there was concern that they would have to deliver their little boy early. Amy asked me if I would take some maternity photos for her to remember this special time with her family. Of course, I said yes! The next day we met for this awesome session and…Continue Reading “Amy + Jeramy // Expecting”

When I was pregnant with Finn, there was another soon-to-be momma at our church who was due to have her first child (a little boy) about a month before me. We would often share knowing looks and frequent check-ins with one another on Sunday mornings. I like to think it was our way of showing solidarity, a little “isn’t this wonderful?” mixed with a little “you can do this!” Now that we both have little boys about the same age we continue to experience shared mom things….Continue Reading “Eli // One Year Old”

Photographing my friends and family always trips me up because up until the day I think with the brain of a photographer… where will we take photos? What kind of light should I seek? How will the timing work? Then I am there and one of my closest friends is putting on a wedding dress and 10 years flash before my eyes and my heart wells up with emotion, overflowing with the feels, because my dear friend has found such happiness!!! It never gets old and…Continue Reading “Samantha + Josiah | Rustic Fall Wedding in Vintage Pink”

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting my friend Sammy in Oklahoma for her baby shower! She’s only a few weeks away from giving birth to a little baby boy! But let’s back up… Sammy and Josiah met me last fall for a morning engagement session at Cider Hill Family Orchard where they let the warmth of the fire pit warm away the chill of early day. They then strolled through the trees, picking pretty red orbs and laughing at each other’s jokes and celebrating…Continue Reading “Samantha + Josiah | Fall Engagement Session at Cider Hill Family Orchard”

Welcome to Part 3 of our Maiden Voyage! If you haven’t seen part 2, you can check it out here: Our Maiden Voyage | Part 2 – Tahoe to Arcata and here is Part 1 Fern Canyon The next morning found me anxious because I had planned a lot of things for the day and I was nervous that we wouldn’t be able to experience them all. Everything we planned to see was within the 60 miles or so from Arcata to Crescent City, CA along…Continue Reading “Our Maiden Voyage | Part 3 – Northern California Coast”

Welcome to part two of our Maiden Voyage! If you haven’t read Part One yet, you can see that here. Tahoe The drive from Orem to Tahoe went smoothly. We took turns sleeping, stopped for breakfast somewhere in Nevada and it was still morning when we reached Reno. My excitement began to grow as we were driving through Reno. Childhood memories came flooding back, growing clearer and sweeter the closer we came to Tahoe. My parents lived in Tahoe when I was born and though we…Continue Reading “Our Maiden Voyage | Part 2 – Tahoe to Arcata”

An intimate capture of a moment between Branda and Bill, faces turned into each other and his hand on her shoulder.

Branda & Bill’s Charming Chapel Wedding The sun leaked through the stained glass windows of Pilgrim’s chapel in rays of magenta and bursts of golden light. We all stood, eager to witness the declaration of Branda and Bill’s love and commitment to each other. This they shared, with laughter, with soft words, and with charming moments shared in the silence between them as they held each other. It was a day of affection made warm by the blossoming spring day and the intimacy of family as they celebrated…Continue Reading “Branda + Bill”

Wide landscape view of the first lookout at Arches national park at sunset. Facing west, towering rock formations glowing red.

In the five years that Steven and I have been married, we have traveled once to Colorado with my family, once to Wisconsin to visit friends, once to Oklahoma and a few day trips to various destinations. Growing up, my parents cultivated a healthy appetite for road-trips. All things travel and adventure were encouraged. I had been craving an epic road-trip for a long time. It was gnawing at my soul. Thoughts of mountains, of waves, ocean, trees, the smell of pines, the heat of…Continue Reading “Our Maiden Voyage | Part 1 – Kansas and Utah”