My life is better for knowing you

I want to be the kind of person someone says “my life is better for knowing you” too. Whether it be for happiness, laughter or encouragement that’s been a goal of mine for awhile now. To do that, you have to surround yourself with like minded or at least good people who make YOU a better person. I met Evelyn last year after creeping her Facebook and asking her to model for me. She said no, that she doesn’t do that kind of shoot because she had a daughter to set an example for. Then I was like whoa girl, I don’t do nudes. So we laughed and agreed to meet up for lunch. I think we met at qudoba, not 100% sure (I suffer from mombrainisus). We planned a styled family shoot for her while family. It turned out super rad. After that we became very close friends. 

We were both stay at home moms, her kiddos just a little older, we’d meet for coffee, luncheons, pedicures, etc. then we moved up to introducing our husbands 🤣 guess that took the friendship to a new level. We were that crazy motley crew of tattooed hooligans- y’all I can’t even say that with a straight face. We were probably the most chill people you’d meet. Anyways I admire this woman so much. She’s an inspiration and a role model for anyone that meets her. Knowing her, I became a better person. She’s helped me with Madi more times than I can count, and my child absolutely adores her, which again, if you know Madi, isn’t an easy feat to accomplish. 

We were talking one day and she was telling me about her wedding, or lack there of, her and her husband eloped. They had no wedding photos. Y’all I was in shock. How could someone so dear to me NOT HAVE WEDDING PHOTOS?! Then Katie Denton approached me about a traveling dress she had. She wanted me to photograph this to die for- one of a kind- Cora and Violet gown. Right then when I saw it I knew the only person for that dress was Evelyn. And lord have mercy was I right. It fit her like a freaking glove. So on hosted a styled elopement for her and her husband. It was close to Halloween so we have to have some fun with a smoke bomb. The bouquet and styling were by yours truly. I had one of a kind turquoise jewelry pieces made by Erin Hilburn, and she nailed those! 

So, I gifted one of my best friends wedding portraits as a thank you, my life is better for knowing you.

Jewelry: www.ehilburn.com

Dress: www.coraandviolet.com

Big Sur Elopement

Oh california, how we love thee. Back in July we had a family/working vacation to California. While I was there I think I stayed still one or maybe two days. The first half of our trip we hit up Disneyland (I will blog that adventure later!) then I spent the other half in the valley and on the coast. I scheduled and planned an elopement shoot with San Franciscan model Ksenia Shabanova. Elopements are one of my favorite things to photograph. They are more intimate than a grand large wedding and typically have adventure mixed in with them. Actually, I just love anything to do with love, what am I saying! 
 

Designer: Vene Ai https://www.veneaistudio.com

Muse: Ksenia Shabanova

Florals: Emma Dilloughery

Mother's Day sessions are right around the corner!

 Just a quick note friends, every mother LOVES pampering. So, why don't you book her a nail day, have her get her hair done and then schedule a beautiful mom & me session with yours truly?! Mother's love photos with their kids, trust me, I'm a mom! Our kids grow up way too fast, so let me help you capture this special time and the love you all share! 

Just a quick note friends, every mother LOVES pampering. So, why don't you book her a nail day, have her get her hair done and then schedule a beautiful mom & me session with yours truly?! Mother's love photos with their kids, trust me, I'm a mom! Our kids grow up way too fast, so let me help you capture this special time and the love you all share! 

What's your why?

I was recently asked what my why was. First, can we talk about what a tongue twister that was to type? It reminds me of “Who? What? When? Where? And why?” Ironically enough, my why, is a who. If you know me at all you know I’m crazy about my daughter, Madilyn. She’s a year old now, I still can’t believe it. Mostly I can’t believe everything that’s happened in just a year. 

 

-packed up our life, moved across the country 

-started a new life/home

-traveled so much my head is still spinning, 16 different states an one US territory in a year

-made new friends

-got a new car

-became a mom

 

That’s the big one, best for last. The growth that has come from being Madi’s Mom is unreal. I don’t even know who I was before I had her at this point. Sure every once in awhile I’ll have flashbacks to before, but I wouldn’t change where I’m at now for the world. Why is she my why? She gives me hope. She gives me strength I never knew I had. She brings me tears of joy and of frustration (good god, does she ever). She’s my biggest inspiration and my pushing motivation. Honestly, until you’re a mom you just can’t explain with words why your child is your why. They just are. 

 

Why do I take photos of her, all the time? Well I don’t. Usually it’s about once a week or so honestly. Like any good parent, I want to document who she is, who we are and how she’s been brought up. She has tangible prints in case technology fails us (it’s going to y’all). Mostly I want her to look back at the moments in the photographs and realize how much we love and adore her.

 

Check out some of my rad photo friends and their why's!
 

Northern Utah Photographer

NEPA Boudoir Photographer

Oklahoma Maternity Photographer Nicole Gulick Photography

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