miss washington

No, but really.  She was Miss Washington.  I was lucky enough to learn from (and become friends with!) the uber talented Spanki Mills while I was in Seattle for the Chic Retreat a while back. She had this beautiful model for us to shoot.  It wasn't until later that I saw her business card and realized that she is currently serving as Miss Washington.  She was humble, cooperative, and so super sweet.  


I have known Austin since he was probably 12 years old.  Now he's all grown up, (MUCH) taller than me, sweet, and just a little bit shy.  I'm sure there is more than a handful of girls who are crushing on him.  I had a lot of fun taking his pictures and he was a really good sport for putting up with his mama (who is a fab design blogger), Tara (my amazing videographer), and myself. Austin was for sure more of a "smolder" kind of guy but I got a few real smilies out of him.

This location was such a treat.  Big, beautiful trees, fallen trees to sit on, Red Rocks in the background... It was perfect for him.



I absolutely adore Liz and her mom.  They're hilarious!  (I like funny people.)  Liz is a spot girl... and has the legs to show it, not only with how toned they are but also with the scars!  Yikes!  She also happens to own one of the prettiest prom gowns in existence!  I kinda wanted to steal it... but I fought the urge.  Somehow I don't think it would have looked quite as fabulous as me.  ;) Hair:  Sara Munson

Make-up: Sephora

choosing two locations brings several different looks to her senior session

Hot pink chair contrasts the white formal dress this teen girl wears for her senior pictures

floral patterns are very trendy right now as shown by this senior girl

Merry Christmas!

I honestly can't even express how much I love Christmas!  The snow.  The songs.  The GLITTER!  The sharing and giving.  The decorations.  All of it!  But honestly, what I love most is that it really is the time of year that we can choose to focus on the birth of our Savior.  May this Christmas bring you and yours health and happiness.  Remember to count all of your blessings... I know that sometimes they are hard to see. grinch Christmas quote

Nick and Naomi

Naomi is Bryan's youngest sister.  (Bryan's the oldest of 8!!)  I've known her since she was teeny tiny and have loved watching her grow up.  And I gotta say, she chose a good one.  Nick seems amazing.  He seems driven and kind.  He's funny and, most of all, puts up with this cute baby of the family.  ;)  I can't wait to get to know him better over the next forever and I'm super excited for my kids to have another uncle!  Congratulations, you two!  I have no doubt that the wedding will be far past perfect! Make-up: Sephora


engaged couple kisses in the grass

Showing off that bling.

couple snuggles under a big tree.


lovers snuggle under a tree in the golden light.

headshot of engaged couple


Nick is a super-jock.  He plays basketball and baseball at his high school.  I thought Tara and I were going to have to fight a little to get him out of his shell.  I was wrong.  He was such a trooper from the beginning of the shoot.  Plus, towards the end of his session when I asked him "Are you so done with this?" his response was, "Nah.  It's not as bad as I thought it was going to be."  Haha!  I'll take that as a win! senior pictures done at local penny arcade

Varsity player wears his Liberty High basketball jersey as part of his senior pictures attire

boy shows off his high school baseball sweatshirt while holding a baseball

Senior boy in red shirt sits on stairs and hops over a fence for pictures

teen boy sits in the shade in tall grasses

Miss Maren

At Maren's shoot we had awesome weather.  The light was beautiful.  There was no rain (which was a struggle ALL season!).  But the mosquitos.... oh the mosquitos!  They were out by the thousands and they thought we were all so tasty!  We actually had to leave part of the location to avoid being completely devoured.  I may or may not have had to edit out a few bugs. I love the shoes (of course) but I also love that this Hawaiian inspired outfit is completely different than anything else Maren wore.

beautiful girl looks sassy with hands over her head in a jean top

Senior girl wears a coral top and white pants in a nature setting

stunning teenage girl poses in a blue floral romper

adding a flower headband takes a white sundress to a vintage look

a cute aqua sundress adds a punch of color to a nature setting


Jake was really fun to take pictures of!  We had his own location in mind.  (LOVE that!)  It was a location that I couldn't have gotten my hands on without him which made it even better!  He recently completed his training to be a pilot and totally nailed his test!  Congratulations, Jake!  And thanks for taking us to Peak Aviation!  They were MORE than accommodating!  (And now my girls think they can fly a plane thanks to our location hunting pre-shoot!) teen boy leans against airplane on tarmac

Beginner pilot sits on tire of small airplane.

Posing with an American Flag as a backdrop, future pilot stands by his plane.

Meet Chelsie (again)

Chelsie is absolutely darling.  I have been taking pictures of her through her Varsity Cheer team for a few years now and it's been so fun.  When she was a freshman she came to Addilyn's 5th birthday party with two other cheerleaders and taught the girls some cheers.  I've loved getting to know her this year.  She is so dang sweet... which she clearly gets from her mama.  I'm so grateful I got to take her senior pictures AND that she was one of my Senior Spokesmodels this year. Stunning prom dress on beautiful high school senior

Only child graduates from high school

Colorado Mesa University upcoming freshman

cute girl blows a huge bubble with bubble gum

a cute navy hat completes a casual look for senior pictures

sitting in a green dugout a beautiful girl relaxes on the bench with a bat