Brent + Lea Engagement • Lubbock Memorial Arboretum

It was pouring down rain when we met for Brent, Lea, and Emily's photoshoot. I was sure this couple wouldn't be up for shooting in the rain- but to my suprise, they totally were! This session was shot during the middle of a rainstorm- and I'm so grateful- we had some beautiful clouds and a great time. Loved photographing these two and sweet Emily. Congrats guys!

Kids in the Sprinklers

After eating at one of our favorite local spots for dinner last night, we got home and it was already 30 min past bedtime. Despite the fact that the kids probably needed to be in bed, we all ended up on the front lawn- the sprinklers were running and that gorgeous golden light was perfect. I don't think Liv had ever really played with the sprinklers, so it was fun to see her explore that and I'm glad I got my "real" camera out to photograph an everyday moment with my kids. 

I really am so thankful that this is our everyday. We are truly blessed!

I thought I'd share my camera settings for you guys who may be interested. I recently purchased a Nikkor 28-70 2.8 lens and I LOVE it. It's not as expensive as it's newer, fancier version, but it's perfect for what I need. I love my prime lenses, but I had a feeling I was missing out on some crucial moments while I spent time changing lenses. So, this lens was the perfect solution. I recently shot an entire wedding with JUST this lens. (Shawn was still working our "usual" lenses the whole time, though). So, I might be a little obsessed. :)

ALL IMAGES:

Nikon Df, Nikkor 28-70 2.8 lens, ISO 400

I shoot in RAW all the time, and had to bring up the exposure in Lightroom at least one stop, so I should have had a higher ISO to begin with- 800 or 1000 would have been a safe place to start, considering all the movement I was capturing and the setting sun.

I also used the VSCO Kodak Gold 100 for the color images and my own B&W Preset for Lightroom on all of these.

Photo info is below each image. :)

65mm, 3.5 1/160, ISO 400

65mm, 3.5 1/160, ISO 400

48mm, 3.5, 1/160, ISO 400

48mm, 3.5, 1/160, ISO 400

28mm, 3.5, 1/160, ISO 400

28mm, 3.5, 1/160, ISO 400

50mm, 3.5, 1/250, ISO 400

50mm, 3.5, 1/250, ISO 400

70mm, 3.5, 1/250, ISO 400

70mm, 3.5, 1/250, ISO 400

56mm, 3.5, 1/200, ISO 400

56mm, 3.5, 1/200, ISO 400

52mm, 3.5, 1/200, ISO 400

52mm, 3.5, 1/200, ISO 400

28mm, 3.5m 1/200, ISO 400

28mm, 3.5m 1/200, ISO 400

50mm, 3.5, 1/200, ISO 400

50mm, 3.5, 1/200, ISO 400

35mm, 3.5, 1/200, ISO 400

35mm, 3.5, 1/200, ISO 400

So what do you think? Did you like seeing my camera settings? Have any questions? Let me know in the comments!

alix + kim • engagement

I loved shooting this session- I have known Alix his whole life and it was beautiful to watch him love Kim, and see her love him right back. These two were so easy to photograph and both have such chill attitudes...it made me stop and think about the importance of just being together- being with someone...being present. Sometimes having the support of another person is all you need. :)

bobby + rishonna • engagement

The longer I have had my photography business, the more often it is that I am not able to actually meet my couples face-to-face before they book. Life is just too busy for them- and understandably so- they are smack dab in the middle of major life change, sometimes career change as well, AND trying to plan a wedding. So, I feel extra special when they see my work and trust me before we even meet in person. What an honor!

I literally, for the first time, met Bobby and Rishonna at 9 am in Slaton, Texas for their session. This means they had to drive in, wake up extra early for hair/makeup, and drive a few miles outside of Lubbock just so we could get "the good light". I'm so thankful they were willing to do so- I love so many of the images from their session and can't wait for their wedding in September!

ethan + haley • wedding • spirit ranch

I have such a fun wedding to share today. Bride Haley is a constant smile, and her husband Ethan is the perfect compliment! And on the day of their wedding, the enthusiasm was contagious. Spirit Ranch was looking beautiful and especially green for March- and I could not wait to photograph Haley + Ethan's ceremony beneath the trees. And you guys- it was BEAUTIFUL. The coordinator wisely waited just a few extra minutes- so that the setting sun was at just the perfect spot- to begin the music. The orange glow of the sunset washed over us all as they said their vows. It was simply gorgeous.

I adored the florals from The Fig & Flower Co. as well as the table and reception decor. We felt so honored to photograph this wedding and are so excited for this couple! Enjoy!

tyler + maegan • wedding

This was one of those weddings that made me sure of God's sovereignty- for so many reasons. I grew up across the street from Tyler and our families consider each other family. I think back on those years of neighborhood water balloon fights and walking down to the baseball fields to get a snow cone...how could I have known that I'd one day get to photograph this guy's wedding? So cool. Tyler and Maegan met at my little sister Layne's wedding, and have been dating ever since. Sometimes stories seem to come together so naturally, but when you take a look at the bigger picture, you realize that it is only God who could have orchestrated it. This was such a special wedding for us to be a part of- and I'm so thankful that we got to photograph such a special day in their history.

These two were married in an intimate ceremony at Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, followed by a delicious, special dinner at the Amarillo Club. They had a hometown reception last weekend at the Borger Country Club- filled with plenty of faces I hadn't seen in years and the most delicious treats from special people in Borger- including Tyler's dad, who made his famous cinnamon rolls! Maegan is a modern Cinderella- I loved photographing her and her classic style. Her Godmother MADE her wedding dress- which fit her perfectly. I couldn't get over it- it looked so beautiful on her. 

So excited for you guys. It's been an honor to watch you guys date and marry- and we are thankful to be part of your lives!

Chris + Rae Dawn Elope! • Caprock Canyons State Park

For as long as I have known Rae Dawn, she has been a fun, no-fuss, adventurous person- and so when she told me that she and Chris had decided to elope, I was not surprised at all...and of course I was hoping I'd get to photograph it! Photographing an elopement has been a bucket-list item for me for a long time (and I'd love to do more, hint hint!).

These two were married at a beautifully scenic spot at Caprock Canyons State Park last Saturday- and it was such a beautiful thing to witness. The day before the wedding, they decided to invite their parents to be there- and it was so special to photograph their reactions to all of the events. It made it such a personal, intimate time- and I'm so thankful that she and Chris allowed Shawn and I along on this special day.  

Congratulations, you two! Thanks for letting us tag along!

a letter to liv on her 1st birthday

Sweet Liv, 

You turned one year old last week. I can hardly believe it. Though I feel like I should be mourning your baby-ness, I am too busy enjoying your sweet little toddler-ing self. 

We had a little donut-themed birthday party for you, and it was pretty sweet (get it?!? Sorry, the Mom jokes will never end- just accept it now). You were precious, hardly fussed (if at all), and everyone enjoyed seeing and holding and playing with you. Friends showed up and family drove in- all for a party you will only remember through pictures- but what a special party, and special people who all love you very much. I am positive that all of the faces we saw that morning were the same people who prayed for your existence long before you were ever created. 

So, we had a celebration! There was sugar. A lot of it-- and coffee, though you mostly stuck to the sugar. 

Certainly not our best family photo, but we are all in it, and that is the main thing...

When it came time to blow the candle out, you didn't bother with any of that blowing stuff and proceeded to just smash that flame out with your hand. It's so typical of the way you like to do things. There was a slight pause as everyone waited to see if you'd cry...and then you just said, "Oooooooh..." with your lips puckered as you stared at the smoke. Haha. You surprise me so and I love your style.

Of course, big brother needed to "help" you unwrap all of your gifts and then decided which ones you should play with first. Among lots of other wonderful gifts, you received a custom-made "walker" (complete with tennis balls) and a handmade Princess Leia headband (you can thank your brother's Star Wars obsession and your Auntie's ingenuity for that). I'm not sure it gets better than that as far as 1st birthday gifts go. And this year, you have Halloween on lock.

Lately, I've nicknamed you "Velcro" because you've been quite....well...clingy to me. But honestly, I know I will miss it someday, so there is always a part of me that is thankful that you want me to hold you. I wished to be holding you for a long time, so it only seems right to be doing so- even if it's kind of all day long. 

After the party wound down, I found you playing with a deflated balloon in the kitchen. I honestly think that was the most fun toy you played with all day. Of course! Haha. You make me laugh with your grunts and growls- the more excited you become, the more you start to sound like a tiny noise factory that just can't get all the sounds out fast enough. 

You have impressed me so much, tiny girl. You started walking just days before your first birthday, and now you are getting around pretty quickly. You are determined, quick to smile, quick to cry, loud, sweet, and I think you have inherited your Daddy's resilience and generally happy demeanor. God knew just what we needed. 

Liv Caroline, good times never seemed so good. We love you!