2016 – A Year in Review

We snuck out for a few pictures in the winter wonderland that is eastern Washington the other day. What a year 2016 has been… I hardly know where to begin!

  • I’ve been pregnant for the majority of the year (haha) so my growth in life has come literally as much as it has figuratively. The little peanut inside is more active than her/his sister – jabbing me with much more painful kicks and punches and it hasn’t slowed down at all. Makes me a little nervous to think of what kind of rambunctious little one we will have on our hands in a few weeks. (praying for sleep!)
  • Seeing all the growing my little Rowen has done in this year is astounding. They change SO MUCH – and SO FAST. I can hardly keep up! Especially now, nearing my due date – it is rather challenging.. she can run really fast! haha:) She’s pretty much talking in full sentences, singing songs and dancing her little tooshie off whenever she gets the feeling. She’s such a character and a half and we enjoy her so much! (except when she’s suuuuper clingy… 😉
  • We also bought our first home the year which is an ever changing and on going process of renovations and deeper roots and on going memories.
  • My husband finished nursing school. THIS IS A BIG DEAL. In all our marriage of 6.5 years one of us has been in school the entire time. We don’t even know how to be adults yet, haha. He’s been such a trooper and worked his butt off for us and we couldn’t be more thankful or appreciative of him. His new nurse job is already lined up (his start date is literally my due date…yikes!) and we can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring with a consistent schedule, no night shifts, and hopefully normal amounts of sleep (newborn dependent).
  • 2016 has been a whirlwind of sorts and I’m excited for 2017 as a new normal will set in!

On the business side of things… WOW! There is no way I can fully express my gratitude for all of you. God blessed me with so many amazing clients and new friendships (clients and fellow small business owners) this year that I am so so so grateful. (THANK YOU!!!) Not one of you is taken for granted. promise.

As an artist I know who I am and what I do will be ever changing, it just goes along with our normal human growth and its been a challenge of mine for 2016 to do it in an intentional way. I don’t want to miss anything. A dear friend of mine told me once that I shouldn’t worry about what will become of my photography (and all the things I had/was dreaming of) when my daughter was born. “Just have your daughter and the rest will come” she said. and she was so right. I changed… how I view things, understand thing, feelings toward persons/things, my hopes and dreams and what I wanted for my business — all of it. It’s been a good learning this year – 2016 – and even though the learning came in both positive and negative ways I wouldn’t change any of it, its now a part of who I am and what makes me an artist.

I have lots of exciting plans and ventures that I want to bring to all of you for this upcoming year! 2017 here we come!! And speaking of exciting plans – here’s one for you who actually took the time to read this blog post: Book any session with me before February 15th 2017 and get it for 25% off!!! (including weddings!) Just copy and paste this: “25% off coupon from the blog”  in the subject line and we’ll put it on the books! eeeeeep!!

So without further ado, here’s all of you wonderful people in my 2016 recap!

| all the beautiful families and baby loving’ |

| couples in love <3 |

| the most beautiful seniors |

| commercial sessions for Standard of Grace Shop! |
Lots of big oxox’s for all of you!

And Happy New Year!!




Janis’s Senior Session!

This week brought in all sorts of changes to our family… thus inspiring this lady’s senior session blog post! Meet Janis! She’s the beautiful college student that lived with us this past semester and fellow nursing classmate of my husband! They both graduated this past week (YAY!!) and we are so excited (and proud) and slowly letting it sink in… 🙂 But it also meant that our honorary family member moved out this week… *tears*:( We loved having her stay with us and she will be dearly missed!

I had the privilege of doing her senior session towards the beginning of the semester – and even though it drizzled on us half the time, I love how these turned out! She is truly a beautiful inside and out! Enjoy!



Chad & Sami Married!

On this cold and snowy Saturday, I’m taking you back to my first wedding of the summer! I had the privilege of shooting with my dear friend Jackie (Jackie Zurfluh Photography)! Who I love and admire so much!

You guys, they had donuts. Like beautiful yummy stacked donuts — instead of cake. I had too many to mention but it was the coolest thing ever, haha 🙂 I just love personal touches to a wedding – from the desert to Sami’s bouquet with one of her baby shoes woven into it, to the singing toasts and a old Chevy truck! They were surrounded by their loved ones as they said their ‘i dos’ on a warm summer day up at Sami’s family home. And even though it rained during their actual ‘i dos’, it held off for the rest of the day and it was beautiful!! Here are my favs from the day!!




I mean, don’t they just make your mouth start watering?!!! 😉


img_9435bimg_0260Then we drove to another location by the pond – in the chevy of course!



And these deer greeted us on our way out!

img_0559VENDORS: florals – Lori McMurtrey (friend of the family) | Bride’s Dress – Celestial Selections | Groom Suit – Mens Warehouse | Donuts – Krispy Kreme | Caterer – Longhorn BBQ | Venue – Pure Country Estates (bride’s family home)

Wishing you both all the happiness in the world!



Tade & Vicky e-session!

Good Morning, and happy Monday friends!

Today I’m bringing you back to the beginning of summer with these two love birds! Their engagement session was nothing short of adventurous and epic!


I had one of my favorite locations in mind, but when we arrived it was much different than the last time I had been there – thats what a winter season does to a riverbed. BUT it was sooo cool – in a new way! At one point Tade looked at me with an “oh, you’re not joking” face when I suggested they take their shoes off and climb the fallen tree but as he looked over at his Vicky, she was already climbing up! So we had a good laugh and the rest is history! 🙂 We LOVED how they turned out!

Here are my favs from that beautiful evening!


So much love for you both!