As my life meanders along, I occasionally am struck by the significance of some relationships, the way they’ve somehow become a huge part of how you became the person you are. My friendship with Sammy is like that. As great as those early days of friendship were in college, I had no idea the way our lives would grow together and the ways we would end up encouraging each other. I’m deeply grateful for the chance to share these life moments with Sammy and I…Continue Reading “Samantha // Expecting”

Ben is the last of my siblings to graduate high school. That makes me feel seriously OLD. I’ve photographed senior photos for every single one of my six siblings (I just now realized that and as I write it out I can barely accept it). As my youngest brother, he is the last of the siblings but never the least (honestly, they’re all equal in my eyes). Even though there are 13 years between us (and though he claims that almost all his memories of me are after I…Continue Reading “Ben // Senior”

I love the way photographs freeze moments so I can cherish them forever. Within the last few years, I’ve realized that video also holds a special power. It can preserve those memories in a different way, one that saves the experience of those moments so they’re rich and alive. I had already been capturing video along with photos during the more outstanding moments in this life, but it was around the time we took our first big family road trip in 2015 that I decided to start capturing more video…Continue Reading “2016 // A Year of Growing, Loving, and Sparking Adventure”

If you’re from around the KC area, you’ve probably began to notice this mural popping up in your Facebook feeds and friends’ photos lately. The moment I saw it in a photo by a fellow Kansas City photographer, I was like “Whah??? Where is it?!” Then, a week or so later, my sister, Bethany, came to visit. She’s a traveler, an adventurer of cities. She is truly in love with Kansas City, so I thought it would be perfect. When I told her about the…Continue Reading “Bethany // Kansas City I’m So in Love”

A wide shot of the cake table including the banners and garlands above and the gold star balloons on either end

My thoughts about planning “second kid” birthdays Planning birthday parties for your second child can be challenging. I sat trying to think of what theme we should use for Finn’s first and was at a loss. I’d already done robots, dinosaurs, and monsters for Miles’ parties and Finn was too young to really have any preferences. So what did I do? I went to Pinterest. There I found a cute cake that inspired me to do gold stars. It wasn’t much of a theme but I…Continue Reading “Finn’s First Birthday Party”

Fall is coming around again, my favorite season… perfect for the indecisive, fickle personality like me. There are warm days, there are cold days, you can wear pants with short sleeves or shorts with hoodies! It’s like a celebration of compromise. It’s wonderful. And that’s not even considering all the great excuses for baking and eating delicious food, the ocean of gorgeous leaves (each one unique and begging to be immortalized via my camera), and indulging in coffee and hoodies and all things cozy is almost…Continue Reading “Our Family Photos // Fall 2015”

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”

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”