"I couldn't believe that was me in the pictures I was looking at! I think when you see yourself every day in the mirror, you become so desensitized. You knit pick yourself, and you pick out all of the negatives. Everything about my gallery was beautiful and classy. I got a little emotional seeing myself like that. Who knew I could look that amazing and be so confident just the way I am?"
After competing in a bodybuilding show it was difficult for me to accept that I couldn't maintain that physique all of the time. I struggled with my body image and decided to do something completely out of my comfort zone and do it to see myself in a positive way. The pictures were stunning, they made me realize that I was beautiful exactly how I was.
I was out hiking one day when I came across this spot and had a creative vision that I just needed to get out of my head and out into the world. I asked Cassidy and Chris to model for me because, well, they're hot #amiright? Being in the Vegas valley at the time, we definitely were not planning on the rain, so I did not get all of the shots I planned on, especially the details, because I felt bad making my models stand out in the freezing wind and rain for too long, but it was still totally worth it! We almost rescheduled the session, but my gut told me to just go for it and I am soooooo glad I listened because this moody fog and soft lighting completely blew me away. It definitely reinforced a lesson I have learned time and time again - no matter what the conditions are, just get out there, take in the scene, feel the mood of the moment and just go with it and most of the time you end up with something amazing that you never could have created on purpose. That's a pretty cool feeling.
The first time Jessica talked to me about photographing her wedding, I knew we would be a perfect fit. Every detail about the day was gorgeous, while still being laid-back, fun-oriented, and most importantly, about the couple. The reason I LOVE small, intimate weddings like this one is because it allows the focus to truly be on the bride and groom and how much they enjoy each others' company. Jess + Daniel's wedding was no exception. I don't know if I have ever seen a couple more inseparable than these two. They are amazing together and I am so grateful I got to be a part of this beautiful day!
This family seriously stole my heart <3 One of my favorite family sessions to date. They were so relaxed and care free and that always makes for the best pictures! I had a chance to capture their true personalities through candid, documentary style photography which is where my heart truly lies! Thank you so much Hayes family!
Baby Eli made his debut at the beginning of October and his family is absolutely smitten. This gorgeous mama and her three sweet boys were so much fun to photograph! In-home, lifestyle sessions are so much fun because I get to follow the family around with a camera and document their life in that period of time.
Meet Jill and Charleston. They are two of my favorite people in the world. Charlie girl just turned 6 and was about to lose her front tooth. I can't believe how grown up she is getting. Jill is a single-mom superstar. She is such an amazing friend and one of the most thoughtful and charitable people I know. I love them both to death. Their mother-daughter bond is one of the sweetest things I have ever had the privilege of documenting.
When Mary contacted me about doing a session for her family for her son's first birthday, I was super nervous because she is a very talented photographer herself. When I asked her what kind of music their family would enjoy listening to during the session and she said they like to jam out to the Golden Oldies Pandora station, I knew the session was going to be awesome. The nervousness proved to be completely irrational because they ended up being some of the most photogenic people I have ever met! Seriously, they made this session SO EASY for me. Thanks again, Baldwin family! You guys rocked it.