“You changed my world with just one smile, you took my heart with just one kiss.”

These two … these two … THESE TWO!!! Goodness, they’re the best! Since meeting Ashley and Kevin, I had no doubt that working with them was going to be such a joy. My goal with all my couples is to make sure they have a great experience working with me and my second photographer on their wedding day, but I always walk away with a great experience myself at the end of it all. With these two, that was seeing a love so full of laughter, friendship, and care that was impossible to miss.

This couple and their loved ones made this day a highlight of my wedding season. I am a firm believer that being able to laugh often in a relationship is so important, and Ashley and Kevin never have a problem with that:PAshley has to be one of the funniest brides I have ever met, and working with these two had me cracking me up left and right throughout the day:)

I can say a million things about this day, but I will let these photos do all the talking! My second photographer, Josh, and I had a blast with you, Kevin and Ashley! Enjoy highlights from the day!

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“Where life begins and love never ends … family”

I think my favorite part of family sessions is seeing how big the kids have grown since the previous year. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing this family, and seeing how big Keelian grew was amazing! It is so special to photograph families and let them interact together, catching those fleeting moments that they all will cherish forever. 

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Welcome to Josh and Tiffany’s wedding day! This couple, my goodness, they made capturing their love for one another such a privilege since I first met them last Fall. My favorite aspect of the day, besides the beautiful moments I witnessed, was watching how Tiffany and Josh interacted with their friends and family — just love and joy that radiated through their smiles! I absolutely sense the passion and pure love they have for one another when I look through their photos. They were silly, playful, and completely honest whenever I was photographing them together, and that made my time with them a complete joy. I think if someone asked me what I thought falling in love looked like, I would show them Tiffany and Josh’s wedding photos:)

I am absolutely a fan of weddings that are at one location all day. It makes the photo experience so relaxing and fun for everyone, so having that time with these two made me feel spoiled! Then to top it all off, I got to photograph them with a horse! Gahhhhh … just so much fun! Thank you,  thank you for making me feel so welcome and having me photograph these memories for you and your families, Tiffany and Josh. Enjoy some favorites from the day!

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Ceremony and Reception: Four Rivers Environmental center | Florist: Off The Vine | Cake: Nana’s Cakery | DJ: Nonstop Entertainment | Hair Stylist: Head Hunters | Bridesmaids Dress Designer: Bari Jay | Gentleman’s Attire: Banana Republic | Bridal Gown Designer: Watters

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    What a gorgeous wedding! So well captured. You’re seriously the only photographer I follow whose posts leave me with my jaw dropping every time. Also you inspire me to use my 85mm more ;)

I am so excited for my talented friend, Tyler Sjöström, and the release of his first CD “What We Say We Are”! I have had small glimpses into the work he has put into getting this album created, and to hear the finished product has been worth the wait. As someone who loves singer/songwrite style music, this album has been an instant love for me.

Tyler performed the entire album at his CD release show this past weekend at my favorite coffee shop, River City Roasters. It was a great turn out, and I loved hearing the album brought to life. Tyler is not only lyrically gifted, but he has such a natural stage presence when he performs! You can download the single “Red River” FOR FREE >>> CLICK HERE  and you can buy his album for download or a hard copy HERE

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While editing images from Tiffany and Josh’s wedding this morning, I loved seeing the way they connected and how they brought out their love for one another by the simple things I asked of them during portraits. It completely inspired me to take the time to share how I work with couples and express what my goal is during that process, whether that be at an engagement session or on the actual wedding day.

I’ll be honest here, with being in this industry for several years now, there is always this pressure to think way outside the box and be original. It is always my goal to think and create creative imagery, but I also know that simplicity (my favorite word in regards to photography:)) inspires and speaks so much more when trying to evoke emotion. I will never be a photographer who puts a couple in a bizarre, unnatural pose because it was a trendy idea on Pinterest. Directing couples on how every part of their body should be in a photo does not allow them to focus on just BEING TOGETHER. I most certainly advise simple changes in hand placements, etc, but I try not to control a couple because they will not feel natural and may second guess themselves. Keeping my subjects confident is my goal each and every time! I always know I did my job when a couple expresses that they felt so comfortable and encouraged during their time with me.

Posing is a word I try to use very carefully. My style is to capture the romantic side of couples. I love the calm moments when you can really feel the love between the two people in the frame. When I think of what I want couples to do in front of my camera, I think about what they would do naturally on their own. I love hugs, so what greater connection than to capture that simple embrace? It is so natural, and I find that it expresses a strong connection.

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Another reason I keep my direction with couples simple and natural is because I have the opportunity to photograph a kiss, hug, etc in many ways. I find it beautiful to capture embraces, even without the entirety of the faces in an image. What it is implying creates a story and connection between the two people that I find just as powerful.

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Every couple interacts in their own way. They know what makes one another laugh and how they have fun together, so I always want my subjects to be themselves. Think of your time for portraits as quality time together! I will put you in the best light I can find, ask you to interact as I guide you along, but I also ask my couples to do their part too. We are all in this together! Even when I ask a couple to just look at one another as they wrap their arms around each other, I fully expect giddy smiles. You’re in love, and you are looking into the eyes of the person you are going to marry. It is rare I do not see grins from ear to ear, and I love those images just as much as the “creative” images throughout the session too.

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Lastly, I love using a scene to allow a couple to connect into their environment. I’ll have them walk together and just be as close as possible, which they never have a problem with:)

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