impromptu photo shoots

I was hired to do a photo shoot down in Salem not too long ago. One hour and twenty minutes in the car by myself sounded awfully boring and since my sister Melea and niece Madison are the queens of car games (ya know like the ABC game?) so I invited them to come along with me for some company. I may have bribed them with a photo shoot on the streets of Salem to.;)

Steve & Nichole's red barn wedding

This beautiful wedding was a first for me in that the bride and groom chose to have that special first look at the altar rather than before the ceremony.  It worked out perfectly thanks to a cooperative family and wedding party we were able to get all the group shots that included Steve and Nichole quickly after the ceremony and before the reception. The day was beautiful the sky kept hinting at rain and there may have even been a few sprinkles here and there but I think the Lord held off on rain for us:). Nichole made a stunning and very classy bride. Both families and everyone involved made this day come together so beautifully. One of the most stress free and well planned weddings I have had the honor of shooting.  Congratulations Steve and Nichole! May God bless your future together.


Opening a special gift from his bride.


A picture perfect moment unposed and unplanned. A happy bride and a groom so in love with his new wife.

grandma's heart

Every time summer slowly rolls around I start to remember what I really love about photography. Some may like shooting on a crisp fall day, or on a day with a dramatic gray sky, I like warm summer evenings, golden light and brightly colored quilts in the park. This beautiful, young Grandma hired me to get a photo of all her grandchildren. We didn't need a ton of time as these cuties were very cooperative! A short and sweet shoot worked perfect for them.

Telina Maternity

My sweet friend Telina will be having her first baby this summer, I am so excited to watch her and her husband Cole become parents. I am sure they will make great ones:)

and then there were three

Not too long ago I was shooting Jasmine and Anthonys's amazing beach wedding in Mexico ( click here and here for part one and two of their wedding posts). Now I am so excited I get to shoot their family photos. Baby Presley is a little dolly and the sweetest little laid back baby. LOVE my great niece:)

super heroes

Have you ever met a real life super hero? I have. He is 5 years old and the toughest guy I know. His mom, dad, brothers and sisters are pretty darn tough as well.
 Meet Keaton. He is battling his second round of Cancer. He was first diagnosed at just eleven months old and has bravely fought both fights. He was able to get a few days out of the hospital and I am so happy we were able to squeeze in a few family photos during that time. I'm sure there are plenty of other things a five year old boy would rather be doing than having his photos taken but I know his mama will appreciate these:)
 These two have stood so strong during their sons battle with cancer. They are an inspiration to me and I know to many others as well.