May 03, 2013
posted in Senior

I have loved the senior sessions I’ve had this year, and I wanted to post a few favorites from my sessions with Paige, Elizabeth, Molly, Rachel and Ellie. All of these women have great personalities and extremely bright futures. I wish them all the best! Congrats, girls!

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May 02, 2013
posted in Personal

A few weeks ago, I was in Colorado with my family to shoot a wedding, and we were blessed to be able to drop by my sweet grandparents’ home. Though distance keeps us from seeing them as much as we would like, I can’t help but feel right at home when we get the chance to visit. They have always lived a very simple, but full life. They have created an incredible family legacy that I’m proud to be a part of. I will cherish the many moments I have sat in tears from laughing with my grandma as we hold hands on her couch, the moments I have sat in awe of the incredible stories my grandpa has lived to tell, the moments where I have stood outside feeling so small against the fortress of logs my grandpa has prepared for their wood-burning stove, the moments where the most epic rounds of Pitch have been played around the same table we have snapped gallons and gallons of green beans on (again, in tears from laughing) and the moments where nothing has been more comforting than eating my grandma’s incredible cooking. I adore my grandparents so much.

Being a photographer makes me want to capture everything I see because I am constantly stimulated and inspired by the sights around me. However, there are too many moments that simply can’t be captured as they deserve to be. Their home is one of those places. A place that can’t be described by words or captured in pictures, and I mean that in the best of ways. That being said, I still wanted to grab a couple of shots that make me feel like I’m there whenever I’m missing them. These are just a few captures of the spaces where so many memories have been made. Remember how Kirsten Dunst’s character in the movie “Elizabethtown” snaps imaginary photos with her hands when there is an iconic moment or memory she never wants to forget? This is the same idea, only I want to try to permanently capture these moments and spaces. I hope to have more posts in the future that display the same idea with a series called, “Remember This”. The idea is that whenever I reach a place where I need a reminder of what really matters in my life, I can come back to these photos and savor them for all they hold.

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Mar 01, 2013
posted in Engagement

These two are the greatest! We had a great time battling the wind this past weekend, and it’s clear to me that these two are a great match. I’m so excited for their future together and I wish them all the best! Cheers to Scott and Tara!

Mar 01, 2013
posted in Engagement

Words can’t express how happy I am for these two lovebirds! I’ll start by saying that most of my favorite memories from high school involve Seth in some way. In addition, he ended up living with my husband freshman year in college, which led to some interesting, awkward and always hilarious times. Throughout our friendship, each of us has gone through our series of hard times and joyful times, and no matter what, I know we’ll always be there for each other. It’s the kind of effortless friendship that means we can pick up where we left off, be weird, and always find something to laugh about. I’ll always consider him to be the brother I never had. All that being said, the thought of a girl coming into his life made me somewhat protective. However, Kristi is the most gorgeous, caring, sweetest, and overall most adorable woman with the BEST smile! Together, they are perfection, and that makes a sister happy. I’m so excited to photograph their wedding this summer, and I wish them all the happiness in the world! Congrats Seth and Kristi!

Jan 17, 2013
posted in Weddings

This October wedding could not have been more perfect! Chris and Amy are great friends of ours, and I was so honored to be their photographer. My husband and I often talk about how much we adore these two. Every time we hang with Chris and Amy, we leave feeling full and blessed to have such great friends we can laugh with, eat with, and share life with. These two could not be more perfect for each other! Every detail of their day was incredible, and the Harn Homestead was the perfect venue. Congratulations sweet friends! We know that God has incredible things in store for your marriage, and we can’t wait to continue enjoying our lives with you in it! Enjoy these images of their beautiful wedding day!





























Jan 17, 2013
posted in Weddings

Here are some favorites from Billy and Sarah’s wedding in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Every detail was gorgeous, and the venue was incredible. So happy for you both! Cheers!



















Sep 05, 2012
posted in Personal, Travel
This last July, my dad took me on my first trout bum trip in the Sierra Nevada. Not only did we hit 7 rivers in 4 days (The Little Truckee, The Truckee, The Carson, The Walker, The Owens, Hot Creek, and The San Joaquin), but we took 2 days to explore Yosemite National Park. My family shares a love of nature as it is, but we especially love the writings of John Muir and I love learning about all of his many adventures. Yosemite was a place he loved and wrote about in such a beautiful and poetic way, and I have always wanted to see it for myself. It was astounding. There are no words to fully describe its grandeur, and every photo almost made me mad as they never did it justice. Everyone needs to visit this part of the country.
We traveled down Highway 395, also known as “The Trout Route”. We stayed in small towns along the way and made sure to experience the local “flavor”, including a campsite concert in Markleeville, CA with local bluegrass bands. Talent included the vocals of “Beans” Sousa, a woman they call “Prairie Flower” with her painted upright bass in all of the colors of the rainbow, and a “Cactus Bob”. All under the stars. It was awesome to say the least. We also made sure to visit every fly shop along the way, which is always the best! Other highlights included seeing Lake Tahoe, Devil’s Postpile and the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoia trees just south of Yosemite. Though we didn’t have any luck with the fish, I’ll never forget this trip with my Pops. There is nothing better than being a trout bum in the west for a week. Enjoy some of the highlights below. The last shot of me was taken by my dad in the San Joaquin River.
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Aug 14, 2012
posted in Senior
This may be way past due, but I wanted to share a few shots from Zach’s session. What a talent he is! This guy is going places, and I loved being a part of his senior experience. Congrats, Zach!

 

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PREFACE
I can’t even begin to describe how incredible this was to be a part of. My best friend of 11 years, Kacie, and her dashing hubby Kaleb, gave birth to a perfect 7 pound 8 ounce baby girl named Roslyn Kate on Tuesday, July 10th. When they first asked me to be in the room with them, I really didn’t know if it was my place to be there, even though Kacie is pretty much a sister to me and I wanted to be in there. Moreover, they wanted me to photograph the birth, which was something completely new to me. I had never seen a birth before, let alone photograph one! I felt honored that they asked me to be a part of such an intimate and personal time for them, but I was still nervous and unsure about it until the day arrived when I got the message that they were at the hospital. Then, I was overflowing with excitement.

BIRTH STORY (according to me)
Upon my arrival to the hospital around 10:00 a.m., Kacie was handling every contraction with such ease. She would simply close her eyes and take deep breaths, and Kaleb never left her side. Roslyn’s heartbeat never wavered, and we could all tell that she was going to be a strong baby. Kacie was completely focused the entire time and really knew how to relax her body and breath through the pain. Her doula was fantastic, and helped her relax. Even more than the birth itself, this process was the most amazing part of the day to me. She was a champion about to be a mother, and regardless of the pain, she handled it all with astounding grace. Keep in mind, she had a completely drug-free, natural birth. No pain killers. Just faith.

Once her water broke, things started moving very quickly. The pain was stronger, and Roslyn was making her way down. Kacie sat in a bath for a while, and I stepped out to update the soon-to-be grandparents. I don’t think I was out for more than 10 minutes, but when I got back to the room, things had drastically changed. She was completely dilated and ready to push. After moving to the bed, Kacie started pushing even though her body was naturally doing all the work. We could see the top of Roslyn’s head for a while, and then I literally had to do a double take. BOOM. Baby. I think I even said, “WHOA” because it happened so fast. Roslyn came out with her hand to her face and immediately outstretched it like a super hero. She came out completely alert and screaming, which for the moment, was the best sound in the world. After 9 months of preparing, talking, praying, anticipating; she was really here.

It was the most emotional moment of my life. What an incredible miracle. I couldn’t see through my camera because of uncontrollable tears. My heart was beating so fast, and it took my breath away. It was completely insane and beautiful, and it felt like every possible emotion was surging through my body. I can’t even imagine what mom and dad were feeling.
After spending time with momma, the doctors had to take Roslyn away to tend to Kacie and some unexpected bleeding. Kaleb stayed with his wife, so devoted to her. I went over with the baby to get all of her measurements and such, and after she was cleaned up, I got to hold her, but not before Roslyn grasped my finger around her sweet little tiny hand. You’ll see that photo below. I lost all control and big time ugly cried. No, ugly sobbed. Blubbered even. It was amazing. Kacie and Kaleb handled everything with such a calm over them, even though I know they were thinking about and feeling so many things. I am so beyond proud of them. I had no doubts that they would be incredible parents, but after seeing them go through the day as they did, I can tell you that Roslyn is a lucky little girl.

So, that’s my version of the birth story, and without further hesitation, here are some of the photos of this beautiful day.
Welcome to the world sweet Roslyn Kate. You are so ridiculously loved and adored.

 

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Jun 18, 2012
posted in Business, Personal
Hello! I will be out of the office from June 19th to June 27th. Zach and I are finally going on our honeymoon! I will not have access to any calls or emails, so I appreciate your patience while I’m away. I will return any messages as soon as I can upon my arrival home. Thank you!
Oh yeah, and THUNDER UP!