New Opportunities and Favorite Memories

I have totally neglected my website as of late and I feel terrible! I have good reason, though:

I’m a nanny! This is my first week caring for the cute kiddos, so I’ve been trying to fall into a routine. I get to hang out with a toddler all day and read Frozen books, swing, color and decipher babble. šŸ˜‰

I’m also a fresh part of a really cool new app called KKTalkee, which helps people in China learn better English through live video broadcasting. Basically, I deliver a bunch of content and then answer any questions and encourage them to speak. I’m really loving this because those who know me well know I’m a total stickler for grammar and spelling, and I’m also following in my grandma’s teaching footsteps – just in a modern way.

It’s been a week of firsts! Glad to have the nerves shaken off and ready to grind šŸ™‚

When has a sale, I always take advantage. It seems like these sales happen right as I’m running out of business cards – win! Anyways, I was taking advantage of this sale last night, which meant perusing my photo catalog to pick out my favorite photos from the last few months, so I can print them onto my new set of business cards. It sounds silly but I hardly ever look back at my work, so going through all of these photos totally brought back memories. And made me homesick.

In no particular order, here are a few of my favorites from last fall:

Seriously missing Clair and our pho dates. Nobody understands my obsession with Cilantro like this beauty.
Are they the absolute cutest or what?!
This is hands down one of my absolute favorite shoots, ever. I had so much fun documenting their love. I don’t think they could be anymore photogenic!
There are so many amazing shots from this session, it was incredibly hard to narrow it down even this much!
Can you tell I love sun flares?
There are few things in this world that bring more joy than teaching one of your favorite things to a group of young ladies who are dedicated and determined. Oh, and absolutely hysterical. This is the 2015 RHS Varsity team. Shout-out to my JV & JV2 girls also ā¤
I could do an entire pack of cards with just volleyball action shots (like I did last time). Hard work pays off and it shows.
These ladies also clean up pretty darn well šŸ™‚ Kadyn asked me to take her senior photos and they turned out beautifully, with her bubbly personality shining right through!
Speaking of seniors, my brother is one and graduates in a few months! WHAT?! Time seriously flies, people.
What happened to the little cutie playing rec basketball? He’s 6’4″ now, an entire foot taller than me. It is so cool, yet so weird, watching siblings grow up.
Kassidy and Kate are the cutest sisters ever. We had a ton of fun during this shoot!
Sisters by birth, friends by choice, together for infinity.


This is easily my favorite photo from their photoshoot. I don’t know what it is about this one but I just love it.
Last but not least, this little ham! I’ve been taking his photos since he was about 3 months old. It was so special for me to be able to see him grow and to document it. I even got his first steps!

I think I’ll look back through my work more often. This was just what I needed to cure my homesickness ā¤ I can’t wait to start networking here so I can get some more amazing clients!


Throwing it back to the beginning of October, when I photographed these two love birds. This is still one of my favorite sessionsĀ ever – the happiness is just oozing from them and we gotĀ so lucky with the weather!





Freezing Time

When I think about it, my job is really to freeze time. To capture a fleeting moment that we’ll never get back, and then turn it into a memory that we can relive over and over. I had plenty of opportunities for just that with Clair and Hayden, so hereĀ are some more of my favoriteĀ moments frozen in time.








Their love is absolutely tangible. Don’t these just make your heart smile?

Baby Carter’s Sneak Peek

Remember these newlyweds?


They’re expecting! AudreyAnn will be here in early January.


Little things like this really make meĀ love my job:



They still have a few months to wait, but these love birds areĀ so excited to meet their little one!


January 2nd can’t come soon enough!


Am I crazy or do these two look like professional models?


I hardly had to direct these love birdsĀ – they couldn’t keep their hands off one another and are insanely photogenic to begin with.


Absolutely noĀ fake smiles here!


And don’t even get me started on their dancing!


(I love that the cement in these shots looks like glittering gold.)


Everything about this session went perfectly, especially the weather! Thank you, Oregon, for cooperating šŸ™‚

More of Clair and Hayden to come! I’ve also got a maternity shoot today, and the second half of Kadyn’s senior photos. So many fun, fall photoshoots!

What a perfect Saturday evening!

Clair and I have been planning this photoshoot for over a month now, and it totally surpassed my hopes! These two decided to go off the grid for a month and communicated only through hand-written letters (awww!). Here’s their first look.

Ā After Clair hid in the bushes, I directed Hayden to his spot and then brought Clair out to join him.


Hayden read Clair the last of sweet letters he wrote her, hand delivered this time.


And then finally, hugs ā¤


Lots and lots and LOTS of hugs!


Neither of them could stop smiling. Heck, my cheeks hurtĀ too from their contagious happiness!


We got some incredible shots tonight – this is just the beginning! I can’t wait to share more tomorrow šŸ™‚

Passion ~

Ā It’s obvious between these two. They can go from goofy to intimate in a split second and the sparks they set off are almost visible. There’s something so natural about their love, it’s almost innocent.





I find itĀ beautiful howĀ obvious it is that they are best friends and they both love to loveĀ oneĀ another ā¤