the clem family • lubbock, tx

This sweet family made me really excited about having a little girl. I have come to realize that coordinating outfits (and schedules, and attitudes) for family pictures is just not an easy task. So when an adorable family such as this one pulls it off, I am left in amazement. Seriously! We had a beautiful evening to shoot, and I loved getting to know this crew. 

the tompkins family • lubbock, tx

4 Boys. Sometimes it's a mess, sometimes it's sweet, but most of the time it is totally unpredictable and I am 100% into it. I love photographing this family, because during our shoots, Chad + Laura (the awesome parents) make a point to just let their kids be kids. There is wrestling, and throwing things, and running around...and I really feel like I am able to capture a pocket of time for them so much better that way. Chad and Laura, thanks for trusting me and letting me photograph your family again! I can't believe how quickly these boys are growing.

david + kay • wedding • spirit ranch

It rained all morning and most of the afternoon on David + Kay's wedding day. I can't lie and say that it didn't add an extra layer of stress, considering the beautiful outdoor ceremony Kay had envisioned- but what is most amazing about how the rain affected this day is that it only made things better. Spirit Ranch (one of my favorite venues here in Lubbock) was transformed into this moody, romantic, intimate place with the cloud cover. Thankfully, David and Kay were up for shooting outside in the sprinkles and it made for some beautiful images. The wetness did force us inside for the ceremony, but it also forced us all to remember what was most important- that these two would be married, and that their friends and family were all there to see it. 

These two are true artisans, and incorporated much of their own music into their day. David wrote and performed a song to propose to Kay, which they also danced to- and each of them also wrote and recorded songs for their parents, which was played during those dances. It was very special. 

Did I mention I love October weddings? If not, I do. I love the colors, the cool in the air, and the people. Brides- please get married in October. And don't be afraid to walk in the wet leaves. That's where the best pictures are. :)

Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero, Brides in Amarillo

Groom's Suit: Vera Wang, Men's Wearhouse

Groomsmen: Calvin Klein, Men's Wearhouse

Bridesmaids: David's Bridal

Venue: Spirit Ranch

Cakes/Catering: Southern Elegance

Floral: United Market Street

the cortez family

I never get tired of photographing this crew. These girls are so sassy AND sweet- and getting to photograph them year after year has been such a treasure because their personalities are so different and both so much fun. Plus, their parents are pretty cool, too. 

I love the way Jessica (my awesome and talented hairstylist) styled everyone this year- both girls have their nicknames on their shirts. Jessica's grandmother passed away this year and she wanted to honor her by taking a few photos with a framed photograph of her grandmother rocking an amazing beehive- the coolest! I thought it was a great idea. We also did a throwback to her grandmother's time when kids played with tin can phones- can't believe they really work!

Thank you, Cortez family, for being awesome and for a great shoot!

chris + olivia • wedding • marquardt ranch, boerne, texas

October in the Hill Country. I am not sure there is a more perfect alignment of weather and location- it was so crisp and beautiful in the quaint little town of Boerne, Texas. Shawn and I got to photograph Chris + Olivia's wedding at The Marquardt Ranch earlier this month and it was a treat. Really- the food was EXCELLENT. That may have something to do with the fact that Chris is one of the owners of Green Vegetarian Cuisine, and they, of course, catered the celebration. It was the most delicious vegetarian (and in many cases vegan) food I've ever had! If you are in the San Antonio area- go check out the restaurant!

The wedding itself was so beautiful- the ceremony looked out over a cliff with an amazing view of the hill country- and the couple's laid-back yet sophisticated style was displayed in their details. I loved Olivia's dress and especially Olivia in it- such a gorgeous bride! Most of all, I appreciated Chris + Olivia's trust in us as their photographers. Many blessings to you both!  

Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia

Bridesmaids: Alfred Angelo

Cake/Catering: Green Vegetarian Cuisine

Hair: Monet Antionette Dominguez

Event Coordinator: Amanda Blisset

Stationery: You've Got Paper

kendall + isabel • proposal • texas tech university

One of my favorite things about living in a university town is that people are always going through new life changes- graduating college, moving, and getting engaged!

Kendall contacted me to document his proposal to Isabel on the Texas Tech campus. It was so sweet and Isabel had the best reaction. Knowing this couple for only a few minutes, I could feel their excitement at the culmination of their dating/college years. This is why I love my job! Congrats you two!

omar + amy • engagement • lubbock, tx

I really think that I laughed the entire session with these two- they are constantly cracking each other up and it's so clear that they truly enjoy each other. I love, love, love shooting in October- definitely my favorite month to photograph anything. Omar and Amy will be getting married next June and I loved getting to hear about how they met and got engaged. Thank you guys for a great session!

2014 Christmas Cards • Mini-Sessions

All of the Fall Mini-Sessions for 2014 have been booked! I am super excited to see some new faces and some that I haven't seen in a year! Thank you to all who signed up. 

If you would still like to do a session (family or otherwise) for Christmas photos this year, I am still offering regular portrait sessions. Just send me an email through the "Contact" page here on my website!

After much ado, I decided I hated the card templates I had chosen earlier, and decided to select some that I feel fit my design sense and photos much better! I'll blame this one on my right to choose. :) 

These templates are not just available to my clients who are doing Mini-Sessions, they are available to all of my clients!

I love creating customized Christmas cards for my clients. We begin with one of the templates below, insert your photos (color or black and white), and customize the colors, text, and design to fit your needs! 

Template 1

Template 2

Template 3

Template 4

Template 5

Template 6

Any of these designs can be adapted to fit a postcard (2 sided) or folded card (4 sided). I'm also excited to offer them in boutique shapes! Here are a few examples of the unique shapes:

jacob + julie • wedding • roswell, nm

Looking back on this day, there are two things I know I will never forget- the way Julie looks at Jacob, and the way Jacob looks at Julie. Maybe it's because I've known Jacob since college- and been able to see glimpses of his life story- but it was so, so special to see how they treasure each other. It's clear in the intentional ways they approached their wedding day, their thoughtful gifts to each other, and the way they were sure to greet their guests lovingly. 

Shawn and I totally loved being with these guys on their wedding day- the weather was beautiful, and we had some beautiful things to photograph. Congrats, you guys- we are blessed to know you and so excited for you!

jacob + chelsey • wedding • ransom canyon chapel

It rained for days- no, weeks- before their wedding day. I emailed Chelsey to check on her the week of her wedding, and she responded in such a way that I knew nothing- not even rain- would spoil her day. The day arrived, and wouldn't you know it- the rain stopped. There was a damp dew all around- which made the setting (the chapel at Ransom Canyon) even more beautiful. 

The ceremony was sweet and intimate- you could see how very excited these two were to finally be married! The reception boasted a trail mix bar and the. most. delicious. punch. ever! In lieu of formal toasts, Jacob and Chelsey had people wish for them on river rocks, which they threw into the pond at the chapel after they left. 

Thank you two for having us. We so enjoyed getting to be there and capture it all!