Mr. & Mrs. Love

Kelli first reached out to me in December, planning a wedding with only three weeks to work with. My answer was yes, from the start. With unclear plans of future deployment and a 21 day engagement, these two put together one of the most intimate and meaningful weddings I have ever attended.

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 Every element of their wedding was brought together by loved ones: a hand-made bouquet, grandma's mink coats, Maple butter from aspen and the best cornbread I've ever eaten.

I have never attended a wedding where I felt more at home. These two welcomed my team and I immediately, and the day only got better from there.

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Their whole wedding party was filled with kind, hilarious people who were willing to kick back and have a little fun. But never too much.

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The story behind the ring: Kelli couldn't decide between a rose gold or a silver band, so Waddie had the bright idea to combine them both. I LOVE that little detail.

 
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Kelli has got to be the sweetest person I have ever met; she giggled throughout the whole ceremony and the rest of us couldn't help but laugh when she kept repeating the pastor's words even though her turn was up. 

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"I do."

 

After the reception I followed the two of them to Old Town where they shared cider, and their first moments as man and wife on a midnight carriage ride.

 
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Here's to the ever-fitting:

Mr. & Mrs. Love

Where the Magic Happens

So if you're ever wondering what an artist's workspace looks like; it probably falls somewhere in these lines. I have ALWAYS loved to surround myself with 'a few of my favorite things.' No matter how much they don't match... at all.

Thrifted frames with adventurous pictures; amateur calligraphy, framed magazine cut-outs and postcards from here and there; I'm a HUGE fan of color. I'm not sure that I've quite nailed down the whole gallery wall thing; but I do know that every single piece up there makes me giddy every time I sit down. 

I've lived in this house for 8 months now, and as a fairly nomadic young adult, I often find myself recreating my space, year after year. I moved into this room, with dingy carpet and crappy walls and have really worked to transform it into a place I feel comfortable and productive. 

I have always loved the element that flowers add to a room. There's something so wonderful about not having to work to make something beautiful. Unfortunately my cat, Raleigh, kind of loves to eat them when they're dried. It's the best.

 

One of my favorite things I did in honor of my business, was embroider my logo on a teeny loom when I first left college. I had just designed my logo a few weeks before; and as a way to make my business 'real' I tried my hand at embroidering. You can still see all the pencil marks from where I messed up, and I love it. It's so perfectly me. 

A couple of years ago I bought all these glass pane frames and I've been able to repurpose them, house after house. They now carry a blown-out polaroid, and some of my favorite shots from Iceland.

 

I'm a sucker for monograms. and for when people call me Red. 

I can never decide on a color scheme, but I have loved seeing the way my colors have all come together. 

I love cats, if you didn't know. and I love my little space even more.

May your colors be crazy and your space cozy.

2016: The Best Of

After seeing many of my peers post their favorite work from 2016, I decided to jump on the train. This year has included international photography trips, partnerships with local businesses, the beginning of a wedding photography career and so so much adventure. I tried to choose my favorites from each session, but found that my favorite ones were often unexpected and curious.

I am so in love with styles that are moody and desaturated, and I always strive to achieve that look. After looking back over my year, however, I think it's pretty obvious that I have an unending love affair with color. No matter how hip I'd like to be, I don't think I can ever let that go. So here's my 53 favorite shots: I have loved each and every session this past year and am so excited for what's in store for 2017. Thank you to everyone who I've worked with for making all this possible.

Happy New Year!!

You can change or stay the same; there are no rules to this thing.
— Ernest Hemingway

Meera & Josh

Meera and Josh are two of the funniest, most genuine people I know. When they invited me to New York to capture their engagement session, I was honored and so nervous! There's something about traveling to New York City that is so thrilling. They were incredible hosts, and our day-long shoot was perfect. We spent hours laughing and exploring, and I got the honor of witnessing their chemistry, their joy and their love. To be able to give these wonderful humans lifelong memories was such an honor. I can't even describe my respect for these people. They belong together, and have such an amazing life ahead of them. The only thing better than shooting this engagement session, is getting to shoot their WEDDING. August 19th couldn't come soon enough. 

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Mr. & Mrs. Vance

The Vance's were my final and most elated couple. 

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Their Denver wedding was full of perfect details (I can't even with the ferns. stop. I love ferns.) and wonderfully joyous people. I laughed at just about every moment of the day, and fell in love with everyone I met. I still can't believe how lucky I am to have clients like these.

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Every bridesmaid had their own handmade hanger, and equally adorable fern bouquets. Every single one of these women were kind, hilarious and gorgeous.

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I'm pretty happy to have met them.

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My second had the pleasure of shooting these hilarious gentlemen, and editing their photos brought laughter tears to my face. Many, many laughter tears. I didn't believe there were people with goofier senses of humor than myself.

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Their ceremony was incredible. The ceilings were draped with ribbons of light and a brilliant chandelier centerpiece.

There were, appropriately, a massive amount of people there to witness their marriage.  

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They did it!!!

 
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We took a lot of pictures, and at this point, any sane human would be tired. But there Steph and Daniel were - happy, beautiful and more photogenic than I could ever hope to be.

 
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Also, can we talk about Steph's dress? It was perfect. As the most dainty, beautiful human I've ever seen, she gracefully rocked soft tulle and intricate straps. I could barely take my eyes off her, and we made her twirl around... a lot. 

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That's fine. I didn't want to be the most adorable couple on earth anyways.

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Did I mention her ring was a size 3? She's seriously adorable. and Seriously perfect.

 

Their reception was beautiful, with red velvet donuts and candid moments happening in every corner. 

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I couldn't have asked for a better way to end my 2016 wedding season, and I can only hope 2017 will compare to the love, joy and hilarity I shared with these two.

 

Steph and Daniel, thank you. 

Oregon with a Couple of Babes

Let me tell you about our trip to Oregon.

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We had originally planned to go down the California Coast; but spent 10 minutes in Cannon Beach and decided to stay.

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With the help of my favorite little explore, Harper Ellison;

We passed more lush greenery than we ever planned to.

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We adopted a slug family;

 

"Can I get a picture of you?"

"Sure, yeah, After I get one of you."

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and ran barefoot through freezing waters; 

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We danced with our reflections;

And chased fog down the coast. 

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We snapped candid photos of one another;

and explored a literal rainforest.

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Oregon, you are freaking beautiful.

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Mr. & Mrs. Burak

July 2nd, 2016.

Meet the first couple who supported us on our Iceland journey. Back in December, in an effort to fundraise for our trip, 5 couples signed on to fund our trip to Iceland, in exchange for discounted pricing. I couldn't be more thankful for the wonderful people that Iceland has brought into my life, especially these two. 

Tiffany and Gabe have been nothing short of wonderful and generous.

As if their contribution wasn't enough, they gave Justyna Butler and I the honor of photographing their outrageously joyful and beautiful wedding. 

 

 

All the ladies got ready at the Kenney family home, in a gorgeous white vanity with flower girls always running around. The house was alive, the air so filled with excitement and love. 

Tiffany could not have been more beautiful, all with the help of her hilarious, loving bridesmaids. 

 

From there we went to their family church, where we met up with the groomsmen and scrambled around as the ceremony approached.

Studly.

I so admire Tiffany and her father's relationship; it reminds me a lot of my own. Instead of the usual first look with your husband; we decided to save that for the isle and opted for a daddy-daughter reveal instead. 

It was, of course, adorable.

 

The ceremony was incredibly touching and beautiful;

 

Take my hand; Take my whole life too.

the most precious thing, though, was that these two shared not only their first kiss as newlyweds during their ceremony, but their first kiss ever.

The amount of passion these two had for one another was one of the sweetest and most romantic things I have ever witnessed. 

 
 

For the reception, together everyone turned a middle school auditorium into the biggest dance party I have ever seen. (It was even better that they catered chipotle.. I mean come on)

Something Tiffany forgot to mention, was that both sides of the family were basically professional swing dancers. 

This reception was possibly the best dance party I have ever attended (and I attend a lot of dance parties) 

 

You're one of a kind, Gabe and Tiffany. 

here's to you!

 

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Let me tell you about the most generous woman I know. 

She's the type of person who invites you on spontaneous road trips across country.

She's the one who doesn't ask for anything in return; even after she's watched you put ungodly amounts of mayonnaise on just about everything.

She's the most life-giving mother I know, with an endless supply of love and adventures for her daughter.

She gives kisses.

and helps 3 year olds think they've pitched a tent.

She's the type of woman to share resources, wisdom, and experiences;

The type of woman that would give you the shirt off her back for the perfect selfie.

This past May, I had the honor of accompanying the best mother-daughter duo on a crazy road trip to the west coast.

We went camping, cooked spaghettios over an open fire, and fought off bears with our bare hands. 

Just kidding that didn't happen.

We did, however, get the chance to shoot the night sky.

This is Brittany Slaughter. 

She's my favorite person, the Maya Rudolph to my Kristen Wiig, the best adventure buddy and my dearest friend. Here's to you!

Day 4: A Whole 'Lotta Horses, A Whole 'Lotta Kisses.

For our fourth day we went with a  'let's do something fundamentally local' approach. We asked our host, Katrin, for suggestions and she insisted we drive through Snaefellsness Peninsula. 

Located in the Northwest, Snaefellsness is an easy day journey that consisted mostly of random stops here and there to enjoy what we were passing through. We pulled over for snowy mountains, fashion shoots, distant craters and sweet little draw bridges.

 

My favorite stop though, is by far our little detour through an Icelandic horse pasture. Surrounded by what we figured was an electric fence, were about 50 sweet, rosy Icelandic ponies. We parked the car and tried to will the lil' furballs over to us, but no dice. So we hopped, into poop, over a very underwhelming fence and waddled through foot-thick manure to get a picture with just one. Only one. 

The thing about Icelandic ponies, is that they are very friendly. They also don't have many friends since they're basically chilling in the middle of nowhere. So when I composed the shot, handed my camera over to Kyle and said 'go' it shouldn't have been surprising that not one, but 25 came over to get in on the picture. It was so freaking adorable. and slightly terrifying.

They are so curious that they quickly encircle you, nibbling at your coat and giving sweet little kisses. So we went with it. We took turns jumping in the horse circle and gave more kisses than we care to admit while standing in one foot of literal shit. Totally, totally worth it. 

We drove through white-out roads, down the entire peninsula to Kirkjufell Mountain. I don't know if you've seen the Secret Life of Walter Mitty (do it!!) but this is one of the few places he goes during his excursion to Iceland. It was really windy, and I mean really windy. Everyone decided to stay in the car at certain points, but Kyle and I were always down for a little windburn. 

At one point, we decided to pull over for this awesome view of the mountain. I wanted to get closer, so I went sprinting down the bank (that I thought was short) and ran with the wind to the shoreline. The winds were going at about 60mph, if you can imagine that. So naturally I stumbled and got there pretty quick, with the help of my coat/make-shift wings.

Kyle ran after me after getting some shots of his own, and while the trip down to the shore was delightful (I laughed the whole time) getting back up there was a complete embodiment of the words 'uphill battle.' I'm pretty sure my neck hurt for the next month after running against that much wind. It was not a short run. Alas Kyle and I ran into each other's arms, and managed to get some cool portraits before flopping back down in the car, exhausted and laughing. 

We stopped at a local town whose name escapes me, creeped around the prettiest church I've ever seen and settled down for beer, wine and cards in a local pub. 

Day 3: Barnafossar Waterfalls & Fashion

My third day started off early with a very windy and rainy drive to the airport. The 45 minutes it took me to get there was the only speck of alone time I had for 12 days, and it was perfect. I was able to take the time to really put myself there, to allow it to feel real.

I drove back to our hostel, tired and confused, and used the last hours before checkout to catch up on some much needed Z's. Around 10 am, we rolled out of bed, gathered our things, checked under the bed 20 times, and got out on the road to Borgarnes. 

Borgarnes is an ocean-side village in Northwest Iceland. Our drive up there consisted of tundra views and basaltic mountains against the pacific ocean. 

Upon arriving, we discovered that our hostel was actually under construction, and unavailable.

This was all explained to us in broken, complicated english, until the manager's daughter arrived. she promptly explained  that Instead of one tiny hostel room for the five of us, they were accommodating us in a 2 story, 4 bedroom house with a porch overlooking the ocean, to make up for their miscommunication. 

It came loaded with a full kitchen, living room, amazing blankets and a large, spacious bathroom. We stayed in a lot of different places, but this one was by far the best. 

 

After unpacking our things and getting a tour of the house by a chihuahua named Prince Pinnochio, we looked up the closest waterfall we could reach before sunset and headed out to Barnafossar Waterfalls.

We got coordinates from google, so we weren't exactly sure what to expect. we pulled up to a park that was incredibly accessible, with walkways and bridges throughout.

with little time to enjoy them, we were relieved our tour of them didn't involve an hour long hike.

Hamrafoss is a wall of tiny waterfalls, that all feed into the same river. 

Carissa, Emily, and I walked out for the falls in our outfits from Gigi boutique, one of the brands we were representing, and trotted around the snowy paths in flared pants and high heels. 

In my planning, I had seen photos of this one icy cavern, but had no luck in finding where it actually was. i accepted that i would probably never locate it, and planned for other adventures.

After 15 minutes of admiring hamrafoss, we turned around to head over this bridge, and there it was. The mysterious cavern of my dreams:

It started snowing, hard, and with smiles on our faces we were completely soaked through.

Iceland, you did it again.