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You know what I’ve heard a lot of recently.  I’ve heard some people talking about wanting smaller weddings, and there has been a buzz around this because over the years weddings have gotten to be these behemoth things, there are thousands of pages about design, planning, photography and well then there is the pinterest boards.  Sometimes I get emails from brides and grooms and they actually will apologize about looking for a photographer for their “small” wedding.  I always say the same thing, it’s YOUR wedding, 20 guests, 300 guests it’s still a moment, a day, a marriage, a wedding, a gathering that will happen only once in your lifetime and it still is deserving of beautiful photographs. Large or small a wedding is more then the sum of it’s parts, it’s the experience of celebrating this new union and it’s awesome.

It’s about two people in love, promising to be with each other, support each other and love each other through thick and thin.  The people at the wedding, be it just the witness’s or the entire extended family and friends are there to celebrate and there is no right or wrong amount.

Addie and Payton’s wedding was intimate, but that made it no less meaningful, beautiful or special.  Here are a few images from their wedding day.




Maternity sessions are special to me.  I do a lot of them actually and I always wished I’d had photos taken when I was pregnant with Ares, it never happened, I never got around to it, and I so wish I had.  It’s a really in between time, especially for a first time mom and dad and these moments not only serve to celebrate what is to come; they ground each couple in the moment, even if it’s just for a little bit, and the peace and love that comes from being mindfully aware that a life is on it’s way and all the feelings that brings up are just as priceless as the images the session creates.



Name Brand Tattoo needed some updated artist portraits for their website and I was more then happy to stop up and get some natural light portraits in their shop!  Jeff photo bombed a couple but they were so good I had to include them as well!  Can’t wait to see them on the site, thanks for being such great models!



2015-04-06_00042015-04-04_00072015-04-04_00082015-04-06_0001I like the outtakes as much as the “real” takes!





  1. Lifestyle photography is a kind of photography which mainly aims to capture portrait/people on situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday. The primary goal is to tell stories about people’s life or to inspire people in different times.


Francis’s family, mom and dad were like season’d pro’s and he’s only 6 weeks old.  He was fussy a bit and we waited for him to decide when he was ready for his close up and I got to talk records and polotics and radio with his parents.  Then after three feedings (all right in a row) he was finally full and then it was even a few smiles from this new little bean.  A pretty wonderful afternoon.



  1. Lifestyle photography is a kind of photography which mainly aims to capture portrait/people on situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday. The primary goal is to tell stories about people’s life or to inspire people in different times.


Megan’s family session is exactly what is wonderful about this style of photography and why I do it.. We didn’t go fast, I coloured with one little before I took one photo and when the kids got tired of seeing me with the camera we took a break and I read sister the Berenstien Bears while mom nursed the little and then we went back to playing with the camera clicking away.  There was no ” look look look look smile smile smile smile” and no one was stressed out or sweaty or ready for a glass of wine when it was over.  Happy, relaxed people look happy and relaxed in photos, stressed out people, not so much.  Each lifestyle session is going to be different because each families life is different, this is what thrills me and keeps me taking portrait sessions.  There will be limited days and times this summer and winter for portrait sessions, so please if you are interested in a family session don’t wait until the end of summer, I book two months in advance right now and I’d love to capture your amazing family!