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What’s better than photographing a talented artist with colorful hair, and her brilliant fiance? …Photographing them in a world of color and outdoor fun, of course! When I imagined how I wanted Chris and Taylor’s engagement photos, I did what I believe is the most important thing to do when considering strong personal portraiture, and thought about […]

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When I moved to Southern California one month ago, I knew I would be photographing in terrain that is unfamiliar and much more diverse than the flatlands of Illinois. Little did I know JUST how gorgeous my new adventures would be! This engagement session with Brittany and Adam in the incredible Big Bear Mountain is […]

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Over Thanksgiving, my husband and I vacationed in Southern California, spending time with his family and seeing friends. One of the days, we got together for lunch and coffee with my husband’s good friend Brittany and her brand new fiance (woot!) Adam. As we walking to our cars, I remembered I had my camera with […]

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“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” -Helen Keller   Congratulations to this precious couple, who are celebrating not only 8 years of being together, but a new chapter of engagement that will soon lead them into marriage. Keaton and Donny’s session was […]

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Earlier this year, I sat in the nursery of my church rocking a baby, watching another play with his toys, and chatting with Andrea, the other nursery helper for the day. We talked all things work, school, and boys (of course!). Andrea was single, but told me about her thoughts of signing up for a […]

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I crouched in the tall grass, swatting bugs, dodging mud puddles, and pulling my gray hood tighter around my face to conceal any skin. Any moment now, Jeremiah would be pulling out the fortune cookie that was secretly holding Shannon’s incredible engagement ring. Any moment now, she’d be opening the cookie and reading the question […]

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