fowlers

This family means so so much to me. They are some of our best friends and now neighbors! I've been documenting their family since the beginning of Goldie's life. Most often, I film them. But this time I got to photograph them and I loved every minute of it! 

Goldie's personality has been so bright since the beginning and watching her grow up is one of the top highlights of my life so far. And watching your best friends become parents is just the sweetest thing. It makes you swell right up. I am so proud to call them my people. 

valerie & evan

I LOVE THIS SESSION. I love these two and their magical house and their sweet love. 

My eagerness to post these is such a good feeling. Making something that feels so authentic and happy is so rejuvenating.
It super helps that Val & Evan are some of our closest friends. We have a bimonthly dinner that leaves us all with headaches from laughing so hard. The best kind of gathering ends that way.  Shooting close friends actually allowed me to get even more intimate interactions because their comfort with me was already established. So we started the session with creativity and trust flowing freely. And that's where the magic happens. At this intersection of creativity and trust, that's where the genuine joy and authenticity comes out to play. 

leah & oli

Little explorer Oli. Wandering with him and his momma was just what my spirit needed. They have such a calm, curious, kind way about them. I love watching Leah mother Oli with such a playful tenderness. And I love watching Oli take in the world and seeing it through his little eyes for a minute.

ty 6 months

The Shipley's are always fun to photograph! They have so much fun with their son and it conveys in photographs beautifully. I love it when they can't take their eyes off of each other and their baby! So much good work is made with clients like that. 
And prepare for the. cutest. thing. Terrie told me that Ty loves bubble baths so of course we had to work that into their session! I will say it over and over again, I LOVE photographing real life things.  Enjoy this sweetness. 

mica & myla

"We are made up of tiny little pieces and we have to take care of all of them." -Myla

There's something a bit magical about Mica & Myla. They have garnered plenty of attention for their work so I will let that speak for itself (See it here!), but their connection and the way they work together is so moving. I feel so honored to have been able to capture a small slice of the sweetness of their ongoing collaboration. Myla's imagination is so so incredible and Mica's way of nurturing that is amazing. If you flip through their sketchbook with them, they have so many stories and silly backgrounds. SO whimsical.  

Take a moment out of your day to browse around their Instagram if you really want to be inspired. I have browsed through the #stuffmylasays many many times and it just always leaves me in awe.  

mary

Curiousity and playfulness seem to be reoccuring themes in all of my favorite sessions this season.

I love letting littles be themselves. Watching and capturing the way they take in the world around them is so much more priceless than them posing perfectly.   Mary loved running, checking out different leaves and climbing on rocks. I loved her little curls and the way she lights up when she hugs her parents. 

eleanor is one

One of my favorite everyday things to shoot is snacking. Toddlers eating is so so silly and cute. And I promise you will enjoy looking back on it when they eat like normal humans. ;)

I've been photographing E since before she was born! One of the best things about my job is watching littles grow. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be a small part of so many magical first years of life. The change and personality that happens in a short year leaves me in awe. What a lovely job I have. 

nicole + family

A gorgeous family in a gorgeous location?! Yes please! 
I love that Nicole and her kids came up with shooting at the lake. It's somewhere that means something to them in this season of life. Plus I love shooting in different places. 
Enjoy these giggly goofy kiddos and their momma. I know I did!

gratitude

I realize it's cliche to talk about gratitude on thanksgiving. I am a firm beliver that you should work on making your heart and soul thankful every day, month, and season. It's not just something that should be acknowledged or practiced because there's a holiday telling you to. It's foundational to a joyful, wholesome life.  But since it is Thanksgiving, I felt what better time than to express how throughly grateful I am to everything and everyone. 

"Gratitude is a magnetic energy that draws people to us." -Anne Lamott

I think gratitude is a practice. You have to train your human tendencies, it takes a lot of grace. I'm not saying I'm amazing at it, but I do know the importance of it. Being grateful is an anecdote to anxiety, self importance, emotional imbalance, and so many other things. Of course I am only speaking from my own experience. This is just my practice. I'm publicly sharing how important you are to me if you're here. 

To my clients, the biggest thank you. Your investment into my passion and purpose is so so incredible to me. I am throughly, deeply, passionately grateful for each and every one of you. 

To my peers, THANK YOU. The guidance, understanding and encouragement I have received from you all is immeasurably soul-warming. I have this warm nest of creatives that will lift me up while also being honest with me. What else do you need?!

To the mysterious magic that are Inspiration and Creativity, thank you. (And thank you to Elizabeth Gilbert for giving us a way to talk about this magic.)

To my family, thank you. For believing in me and supporting me always, in all ways. 

shawn + katelynn

I've known these two since high school, so capturing their wedding day was effortless and personal. I love the modern vibe that the art gallery provided. Katelynn said " It was a really heartwarming feeling to see so many of our friends and family come together to make our wedding day perfect. It was at an art gallery that I've shown at, and we have spent endless hours installing my work there. I loved the days leading up to the wedding having everyone sleeping at our house, going to one of our usual restaurants for dinner and drinks on the patio, anxiously getting things ready the day of... it was wonderful and I wouldn't have had it any other way."

Their ceremony was so authentic and true to their characters that I had to shoot through tears.  Here's some snippets of their vows, just to share some feels.

"Shawn, every day with you is like getting a hug and a high five. You're my best friend, my biggest fan, my rock, and my heart. I promise to support you as you have supported me, to allow us to grow independently while weaving ourselves together. I promise to love you unconditionally, as you have loved me."

"Katelynn, you are truly the perfect partner for me to spend my life with, you are the reason that I strive to improve myself daily, be it on a personal level or on a professional level, you have helped me become a better, stronger, and more ambitious person and I am incredibly thankful that you have chosen me as the person you will spend the rest of your life with. I promise to do all that I can to ensure that I see you smile every day, whether we be together or apart."

palmer family

"Molly's kind, easy presence made us feel comfortable, allowing her to capture a very ordinary Saturday morning for our family. I love that we have beautiful documentation of Caroline's extreme love of puffy tacos." -Ashley Palmer

The Palmer's little family tradition is to go to the farmer's market every Saturday to have tacos and dance to local music. And WOW wait until you see how much Caroline likes those tacos. I love how the Palmer's answered my question "what do you do as a family?" with such a fun tradition. I truly think it makes all the difference.
I absolutely loved capturing the Palmers in their natural routine. It's so authentic and makes these photos just that much more valueable.

Plus, Caroline is just a little doll baby in the most literal definition of that phrase. Just look at the sweetness that shines through. 

tenleigh turns one

I have had the pleasure of having Tenleigh's parents and their families as clients for years. But I hadn't met Miss Tenleigh until this session and WOW. She is a light. The sillest, giggliest, sweetest little thing. I love this age when babies are curious about everything and have a budding little sense of humor. This session was so fun and honestly, Tenleigh just made me job easy.

Plus I can totally relate to her estastic reaction to cake. 

josh & john-paul

"How happy I am to know you. How lucky to have you to hold. How perfectly perfect to run alongside you and to watch as your story unfolds." -Dallas Clayton

My husband had Josh as a teacher in high school and we have always looked up to him. Now he's engaged to his longtime love and we are over the moon happy for them. I knew I wanted this session to be cozy and full of bliss. But I had no idea how perfect of a time we would have! John-Paul is as in love with plants as we are, so taking them to a greenhouse was GENIUS. Eyes just lit up. It was so fun to watch them both delve into childlike wonder and then into blissful contentment with one another. I am so grateful to be around for this season of life for so many couples and to capture this easy quiet of people who are so content with one another. 

matt & makenzi anniversary session

I filmed Makenzi & Matt's wedding two years ago, and since that October, I have gotten to see them each October since. I think sessions with return clients are my favorite type of session ever because they just get more comfortable with me each time. Therefore, that much better at ignoring me and truly being themselves together. I love being ignored at a session. I love people falling into their own pattern and being truly into their people. This genuine connection makes me love my work (and my clients) more. And makes me prouder to send the session out because it's like "look how beautiful you are when you're aren't paying attention", "look how much you love each other!" Matt & Makenzi make my creativity soar and my heart happy each October I get to see them. Their peaceful joy is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

"How beautiful to find a heart that loves you, without asking for anything, but to be okay." -Khalil Gibran

abigail is 4!

I've photographed Miss Abigail since birth and, oh my, can she WORK the camera. And she keeps getting more fun every year.

For this four year session, her momma thought of having a little tea party. I love how this shoot was just like a regular day playing with her parents while I was a fly on the wall. (though I was served some delicious tea at one point) Abigail has a tender heart and is full of joy, joy, joy. Watching her giggles spread to her parents and light everyone up is incredible. The light hearted and silly nature of a four year old is contagious and beautiful. I love getting to spread happy to you guys through the screen. 

alder & rowan

TWO THINGS-
1. The twin-love is super strong here. Two babies at once, to cuddle together and accidentally hold hands, is a photographer's DREAM. 
2. The in-home session love is even stronger here. Kendall and Jesse and their ease in front of the camera and thier apartment FULL of light is a photographer's DREAM.


Needless to say this session was a dream for me. So much sleepy sweetness. So much dreamy light. So many newborns. (two is a lot okay.) So much happy. I hope you enjoy the little film of Alder and Rowan hangin' out together. I can't wait to see what antics happen as these boys grow up together. It will only get cuter.

tatum: natural session

"Joy is the best makeup." -Anne Lamott
Tatum came to me with this concept of a makeup free session. Just to feel confident in her own skin and inspire others to feel the same. I so admire the vulnerability in these images. There's a rawness that we were both hoping to achieve but didn't know exactly how it would happen. I am so happy to say that the creative magic came through and these are better than I imagined. The perfect balance of beauty and rawness. The perfect image of a girl comfortable with herself. 

oliver

This sweet boy loves picking things in the garden, being outside, his momma, and hot tea. Yep he drinks tea and it's the sweetest thing hearing his little voice ask for it.  
I love the personality that comes through when you shoot in someone's space with them. We never would have thought to shoot Oli drinking tea but since I was just there when he asked for it, I captured that quirky sweet thing for them to remember. There are more hidden perks to shooting in home than I could ever express. There is so much authenticity there. 

august

Sweet August turned two this fall. We documented his fun personality at his grandparent's farm. I love this session because of his wonder and the playfulness of every photo. (his amazing outfit helps too) Allowing little ones to wander and explore will always make for a better session and happier kiddo. Plus we get more expressions and backgrounds then we could have ever achieved with our grown up ideas. ;)

ashley + kevin

This intimate wedding cradled in the Rockies was a dream. A mountain wedding has been on my bucket list for a few years, so when Ashley inquired I was giddy. Through the whole planning process it just got more and more perfect. From the carriage ride to their priorities being scenic couple portraits, we were a perfect fit. Ashley and Kevin and their families were so gracious and welcoming. We really felt like we were part of this day in such a beautiful way. My husband, Tyler, second shot for me so about half of these shots are his! He really got into it due to the gorgeous scenery. So many good things from this wedding!