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A bride and groom standing in front of the Indianapolis, IN Mormon temple.

April 14, 2021

James and Rachel are two college sweethearts. They powered through all that 2020 and Covid -19 threw at them to get to their ultimate goal: being sealed for eternity in their Indianapolis Mormon Temple wedding. The Courtship and Proposal Rachel met James while attending BYU. They were both in the same FHE group and quickly […]

A bride walking toward her groom with her veil trailing behind her.

April 8, 2021

It was an honor working with and photographing Alaina and Alex’s gorgeous nuptials. They and their families are sweet as pie and I can’t wait to share the photos from their country club wedding. Getting Ready at Home Alaina chose to prepare for her wedding day at her childhood home, still occupied by her parents. […]

A cute couple is walking through a green field toward a small, white building while their dog runs around at their feet.

July 29, 2020

How They Met Jessica and Daniel met while in college at USI. Daniel had just ended his relationship with another girl and Jessica was in the throws of ending her relationship with her current boyfriend at the time. He had gone to her apartment to study calculus with her roommate, who warned Jessica he was […]

A young family dressed in blue and white clothing standing amongst large boulders and pepper trees

July 15, 2020

The Meeting When my husband and I moved to Menifee, CA back in 2010, I was 6 months pregnant. We had just purchased our new home and were preparing for the birth of our second child. The very first person I met in our new town was Christina Ranes. She and her husband kindly invited […]

A three generation family portrait at the beach

July 8, 2020

Tashina and I have known each other probably since I was 11 or 12. Over two decades! That is so insane! We didn’t know each other well in high school, but circulated among the same groups of people. It wasn’t until Tashina had given birth to her youngest baby when our relationship began to blossom. […]

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July 5, 2020

I have very much enjoyed showing off each of the family sessions I photographed while I was in California earlier this year! I’ve stretched out blogging these sessions over the summer so I could savor the memories of being in my home state; the sunshine, the mountains, the ocean, the restaurants…. but I also loved […]

A newborn baby yawning with his eyes closed while wrapped snuggly in a white baby blanket.

July 1, 2020

This sweet little in-home lifestyle newborn and family session is such a welcome sight right now! Everything about these photos is soft, sweet, bright, and hopeful. I guess that’s one of the reasons I love photographing lifestyle newborn sessions so much; there is peace, love, and promise abounding within the walls of a home during […]

A handsome young man giving his fiancé a piggy back ride through a field of flowers

June 24, 2020

How They Met Alyssa and Reid met when they were both in middle school. The first time Reid went to Alyssa’s childhood home, they were in 7th grade and Reid borrowed Alyssa’s clothes to dress up as a girl for Halloween. Bonding over silly costumes, animals, and Mario Kart competitions kept their friendship strong all […]

A bride and groom holding one another while floating in a decorated rowboat on a lake.

June 17, 2020

Last year I was asked to photograph one of my all-time favorite styled shoots that I have ever participated in! It was hosted by my long time friends and colleagues, Engaged! River Valley magazine, who pulled together a dream team of vendors to pull this beauty off. The inspiration behind the shoot was marrying Ernest […]

Three generations of a family standing on a wooden plank bridge smiling

June 10, 2020

I’m taking you back to California this week for another reunion with two dear families I met many, many years ago! I met Gail McMackin when my husband and I moved to San Diego after college back in 2006. She was pregnant with her first child and she was the cutest little thing! Gail was […]

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