Westonwood Ranch Rodeo

Back in March I went home to Florida to honor and celebrate the life of a friend who passed away. It was an unexpected trip, my flight was booked just 12 hours before I flew out and I scrambled to get myself ready. It was an exhausting day getting there but I was so so so very thankful to be home and be there with everyone. Because of my reasons for travel, I had a more laid back week than normal. Usually I'm booked up with shoots, and I did do a few, but mostly I spent time with friends and family. It was a healing trip to say the least, from walks through the woods, sunsets on the beach, hugging, laughing, crying, and remembering... all the things we as humans need to heal from loss.

Coming home happened to coincide with a lot of my family visiting the beach for spring break. Some of my close family was traveling down in time to go to the Westonwood Rodeo. My aunt ended up telling me all about the rodeo and the ranch, and told me they actually needed a photographer to come and take some family photos for an article that was going to be published in the Birmingham Magazine.

I quickly learned what a wonderful thing they are doing at their ranch in Freeport, Florida. This lovely family decided to start a ranch that specializes in helping children enter adolescence and adulthood that are on the autism spectrum. Their own precious child, Weston, is on the spectrum and is the reason they have poured their heart and soul into creating this incredible ranch. The Westonwood Rodeo was to benefit the ranch. All proceeds and entry fees by cowboys went toward the ranch itself.

So, my aunt told me about the ranch, the rodeo, and then put me in touch with Lindy (the incredible mother to Weston who made all of this possible). From here, I hope the photos tell the rest of the story well!

(To read more about Westonwood Ranch, click here)


Britt + Jimmy · Engagement Session · Rifle & New Castle, Colorado

Okay I told y'all I was on a roll! This is my third blog post today and the 5th one this week, I think? If I don't play catch up now, I'll never get all the sessions uploaded that I want to share so I'm just hammering them out and sending out galleries while I'm writing the posts! I love checking off my to-do lists, haha.

So, this shoot is the engagement session of my friends Britt and Jimmy. I absolutely adore their fierce and wild love, and after you look through these photos I think that you will too.
I had been wanting to shoot an engagement session at Rifle Mountain Park in the ice caves for a long time, and who better to photograph there than a pair of ice climbers? Yes, ice climbers. These two are badass climbers no matter the season, I tried to go with them on a simple bouldering excursion once and I ended up getting a grade 3 sprain and tearing all the tendons in my ankle. So, I'm not a badass (no surprise here haha) but it makes me feel like one when I get to capture the love and adventures of these two.
After we wandered around Rifle Mountain Park a bit, we went back to New Castle for some golden hour photos. This session encapsulates the dynamic personality of our beautiful Roaring Fork Valley and Colorado in general. These two locations are only 30/40 minutes from each other and SO drastically different from the foliage to the landscape to the amount of snow.

I'm so appreciative of the couples who are willing to go out and shoot in the wintery conditions because these photos are MAGICAL!
So thank you to Britt and Jimmy for letting me capture your love, being so in love with each other, being such a fun couple to photograph, and for being unapologetically yourselves. I am thrilled to be shooting your wedding this July and to be celebrating your love through captured memories.


Scott + Kerri · Aspen & Basalt Colorado · Engagement Photographer

I'm on a roll right now with my blog posts! I want to make all of my shoots more accessible to my potential clients so that they can see what my work looks like as a whole instead of my favorites that I choose to put in my photography galleries. I just feel like there's a whole lot of value in doing blog posts by showing what an entire session with me looks like. So, I hope that y'all are enjoying seeing these!
Today I'm sharing engagement photos of Kerri and Scott that I took last month!
I met Kerri at an open mic poetry night at the A&M Theater back home in Florida about 6 or 7 years ago. My friends owned the venue at the time and I loved attending all the events and snapping lots of photos. I ended up taking some of Kerri, getting her info and tagging her on Facebook. We've remained friends online ever since and we both ended up moving to Colorado. When she and Scott got engaged she reached out to me about shooting their wedding! It warms my heart that she thought of me and I'm soooo incredibly excited to shoot this precious couple's wedding in October!

So for this session I met Kerri and Scott at the John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen to start. We walked around, took advantage of all the pretty trees, bridges, and pathways. They giggled their way through the beginning of the session and let me tell you, these two are the sweetest little lovebirds. I had a blast!
We had some daylight left once we finished up in Aspen so we headed down valley to Basalt and drove up the snowy road toward Mount Sopris. And I have to commend them for putting up with this overcast, evening chill air because it was pretty dang cold but totally worth it. I looooove the way these turned out with the views of the valley and Sopris towering in the background of some shots.
Hope that y'all love these like I do!


Sarah + Gerrilyn · Mother + Daughter Portraits · New Castle, Colorado

This was a very special session to do because this beautiful mother and daughter are two of my dear friends. To say that capturing their relationship in photos is dear to my heart is an understatement. I absolutely adore the love and friendship that they share and I tried to do my best to capture it authentically.
They came to visit the mountains on a whim and we had a magical time exploring. From Crystal Mill surrounded by golden leaves, to walking along West Elk Creek near my house in between canyons, to watching waterfalls flowing at Rifle Falls State Park, we enjoyed every moment together!
There's just so much love here in this session and I'm excited to share it with y'all!


Portrait Photographer Mallory Williams

Ashley & Kyle · Santa Rosa Beach, Florida · Portrait Photographer

I'm excited to finally share these! I took these photos of my friends Ashley and Kyle back in November when I was home visiting for Thanksgiving.
This session was all shot at Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach right off of highway 30A, which is such a gorgeous state park right on the water with a path through the dunes, trees, and foliage. With a dune lake on one side and the ocean on the other, it's absolutely dreamy! I actually do a shoot here probably once each time I'm home because I love it so much.
If you take my recommendation and go there, just please respect the nature of the area, the dunes are fragile and the dune lakes are a very delicate ecosystem. Don't go tromping around in either and stay on the path. Save the tromping around for the sand on the beach :)

Be nice to nature and nature will be nice to you!

Anyway, this was Ashley and Kyle's first photo shoot and I just have to say they absolutely rocked it. We had a blast walking around, laughing, exploring and admiring the beauty during the overcast golden hour.
Hope y'all enjoy the photos!


Daniel · New Castle, Colorado · Portrait Photographer

I’m kind of attempting to play catch up right now, I’ve neglected to post on my blog for quite a while now. I’ve done a ton of shoots since Fall and I want to share them with you all! I do try to keep my Facebook and Instagram up to date with content, but my blog falls to the wayside all the time. 
Anyways, this post is a little mini portrait session I did with my room mate one day for fun! This was totally on a whim, I picked out his clothes and we went on a walk around town in New Castle. I really liked how they turned out, and it goes to show that you can truly snap a lot of quality images of someone in less than 20 minutes! 
I love our little downtown area here in New Castle. It’s small, but has a lot of history as an old Colorado mining town and honestly makes for a great photo location in my opinion. I love the old buildings, decayed wood and general atmosphere of our quiet town.
I know he looks like a serious dude, but don’t be fooled – he was giggling for like 5 minutes in between each set of photos ;)

Enjoy!


Katie + Kara · Maroon Bells Surprise Proposal · Aspen Snowmass, Colorado Engagement Photographer

Hey y'all! So, for those who don't know, I graduated from the professional photography program at Colorado Mountain College in December. I'm absolutely stoked on this transition into being a full time photographer.
I can now focus on keeping up with the business side of things without assignments, projects, and exams piling up at the same time. I'm grateful for every single lesson, every piece of knowledge that I carry with me into the world of photography, and every bit of support and help from my professors and peers.... BUT I'm so happy to be done and I'm so thankful to be able to really put the time in with my work, my website, social media, etc. Including my blog! Because of school and all of the responsibilities that come with it, I'm really behind on a lot of shoots I want to share on my blog, including this one.
So, Katie actually reached out to one of my professors, Derek Johnston (who is also the head of the photography department, shoutout the awesome Derek!). She asked if there were any photography students who might be interested in shooting her surprise proposal with her girlfriend at Maroon Bells up in Aspen. He reached out to me and gave me her information and within just minutes of talking I was so stoked to help her bring this vision to life.
I had never done anything like this, and we decided I was going to sneakily follow them through the park and shoot the proposal once it happened. Y'all, I was seriously so excited for this new experience... and a little scared because I'm SO not good at being sneaky, hahah!
I brought my lovely boyfriend Kyt with me, and I snuck some photos of him into this post because I was snapping photos of him while we waited for them to show up.
I finally saw them in the outfits she had planned and I followed them through the beautiful area with the best backdrop ever.
After the proposal, we did a freshly engaged shoot and walked around in the beautiful autumn colors. The fall color palette is just absolutely incredible and she really picked the best week for this to happen.
I'm really stoked to share these with you all, because I loved how these turned out and these two girls are just an absolute dream to work with!
AAAaaaaaannnnddddd......drumroll pleeasseee..... I'm shooting their wedding in October in New York City at the Botanical Gardens!! I can't begin to express my gratitude for incredible clients like them who trust in me to bring their celebration of love to life through images and light.
Katie and Kara, I cannot wait to celebrate with you and spend time with you again! Thanks for being an absolute dream and I feel so honored to be your photographer.


Ashley + Jordan · Arlington, Washington at Stilly Brook Farm · Wedding Photographer

Today I get to share yet another very special wedding with you all.
I was absolutely thrilled when my aunt, Ashley, reached out to me to shoot her wedding. I was excited for a number of reasons, the main one being that I haven't been able to spend much time with this part of my family throughout my life. In fact, Ashley and I have only met once before this and nearly all of our communication over the years has been through text and social media. My heart was so warm upon the request to come up and capture this celebration of love while also getting the chance to bond with my family. This made it a truly memorable wedding. It was the union of two wonderful souls, Ashley and Jordan, and the reconnection of family that we had all been eager for.
Ashley is this sweet, wonderful mother and incredibly nice human being. Jordan is the direct reflection of her sweetness, and has this sense of humor that has to be witnessed in person. Together they are a dynamic and beautiful couple that I am so ecstatic about capturing. Endless gratitude to both of them for allowing me to capture their love for each other and their gorgeous children.
The wedding was hosted north of Seattle in the beautiful area of Arlington, Washington at Stilly Brook Farm. Stilly Brook Farm is this beautifully maintained property with a gorgeous barn that the wedding took place in. We utilized the property and took photos all around the yard of the house that sat in front of the barn.
I had so much fun traveling to Washington to celebrate and capture the love of Ashley and Jordan. Spending time with my family who I have rarely been able to see was just the cherry on top of a wonderful experience.

Flowers by Stadium Flowers
Wedding planning was done by Becca Pribble of Forget Me Not Events
Hair and makeup was done by Brianne of The Looking Glass Hair and Makeup Lounge
Venue was Stilly Brook Farm


Sasha · Cle Elum, Washington · Portrait Photographer

Back in July I visited Washington state for the first time for a family reunion, and surprisingly I've been back since then to shoot a wedding (which I will hopefully be blogging soon).

I already posted once about the family reunion which was held at the Suncadia resort in Cle Elum, Washington. It's a beautiful area and although I honestly prefer the more rural, cabin in the woods type of mountain trip, this was fun as well. Resorts tend to provide lots of random places for photos (like bicycles stacked all on top of each other and rows of mopeds). And it's just a blessing to be able to spend time with family! So, like any photographer I recruited family members into letting me take photos of them. This is my cousin Sasha and we had fun doing a quick 20 minute golden hour shoot!

Here are a few from our little session:

 

 


Kathryn & A Moose! · Maroon Bells, Colorado · Aspen, Snowmass, Roaring Fork Valley Portrait Photographer

So, this summer my boyfriend and I went on a camping/road trip around Colorado and as we were driving to the Twin Lakes area I was mentioning how I really want to see a moose. I had never seen one before and I hear about people seeing them all the time here in Colorado! Well, we drive to the reservoir that's near Twin Lakes and low and behold we see two female moose walking into the lake. Not even an hour after we had been talking about them and I was in awe, life's little synchronicities and manifestations never cease to amaze me! Funnily enough as we drove to the South Park area in the Tarryall Mountain Range we ended up seeing a giant male bull moose later that evening! Three in one day, like what!?

Okay, so now fast forward to only a month later and I'm hanging out with my lovely friend Kat, we were planning to hang out, go walk around Maroon Bells and snap some photos. In the car on the way there, Kat is like, "It would be so cool if we saw a moose, people see them all the time and I haven't seen one." So I tell her my story about seeing 3 in one day. And guess what we saw midway through taking photos at Maroon Bells? Yeah.... a freakin' moose!!! And not even 15 feet away from us.
Moral of the story, life is cool like that. And if you ask for moose then life apparently hands them out like lemons, or hot cakes, or something...

 

So, here's some photos of my beautiful friend Kat frolicking around the Bells and a pretty sweet dude moose chillin and munchin on some grass!