Ira Edward

We welcomed this sweet, squishy little bundle earthside on April 2nd at 12:28 am.
He was 8 lbs, 7 oz of pure delight, and was born screaming like a banshee( :

The last 13 days have been a blurry whirlwind of sleepless nights, diaper changes, and lots of time just spent staring at this lovely tiny person we get to call our son. He has peed on us and left us little more than zombies, but we just couldn't be more in love! In the midst of all the messy beauty that comes with bringing home a newborn, I made us get dressed in real clothes for a few minutes one afternoon to document this sweet season. 

I really haven't stopped taking photos of him since, but in an effort to keep your facebook feed tidy, I made myself pick a few favorites to post here( : 

We are slowly easing ourselves into a new sort of normal. Everything takes a bit longer now, and getting out the door seems an olympic feat some days, but it's all so sweet and passing so fast already.

You are so loved, Ira Edward Wilson!

/// I couldn't end this post without a shoutout to our amazing family and doula and friends and church- it really does take a village, and we couldn't have made it these last few weeks without all of you <3

On the Rocks

Most of our valley is flat plains and rolling hills. They're green for now, but beige expanse will come soon. Morgan and I sought out the desert for a change of scenery and found a little rock oasis of sorts. And then I asked her to climb things and we laughed a bunch and I played with an old film lens and this is what came of it( :

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I hope you're all having a grand weekend! 

Greenhouse Getaway

One cold February morning we escaped to the warmth of a greenhouse and pretended Spring was in full bloom. My dear friend Kelsi and her family met us there, and we spent the morning roaming the aisles and encouraging the littles to smile (Ryan is always way better than I am at that part!). Between the beautiful setting, these four precious kiddos, and a little romance, I think we caught the magic of this sweet family( :
 

Thank you for the fun morning and the laughs, Timpe fam! <3

Zach and Meg: a winter wedding

Oh, love. We're so taken by it, and I think there's no better thing to be taken by. We've been able to see these two fall headfirst and it has been a beautiful journey to witness. So thankful for the opportunity to be a part of their wedding day, in all of its festive wintry glory! We ran all over downtown Boise, I made them kiss a lot, and we capped the evening off well with a dance floor that didn't quit( :

We are so happy for you Zach and Meg!! Here's to many more years of love and new adventures <3

2016

2016 was a lot of things for a lot of people. For many, it was difficult to watch and raw, like a movie that won awards and you get why, but don't ever want to see again. For us, on a scale way smaller than elections and international crises, it was good. It was a year of learning what we want, winnowing, and leaning into a lot of unknowns.
God knew (and perhaps placed) the dreams we had and brought them to fruition. We traveled a lot, became more settled in our home, had reunions all over with all sorts of friends, took a lot of photos, I quit my day job (and took more photos), spent time with relatives, grew our community, grew in our marriage, and I'm currently growing us into a family. 
It's not like all of this just happened to us this year-- I don't want to misrepresent reality. It took a lot of re-prioritizing, sacrificing, praying, trusting, and some very intentional use of our Delta sky miles( : I went shopping a lot less, cooked a lot more, and tried to learn a new rhythm of life and work. It wasn't perfect or easy or seamless, but it was a beautiful year in so many ways.

I took some time sifting through images that I think represent the year well for us. I narrowed it down to about 100 and then struggled to decide further. Mostly I started to upload blindly. So here's a collection of mismatched, professional, unprofessional, posed, lucky, ragged photos. They're imperfectly placed and not cohesive, and despite what the internet is telling me about blogs and images and branding, I'm posting them anyway.
 

Always drawn to the edges of this country for the sea.

Always drawn to the edges of this country for the sea.

San Franciscan sunset with my friend Kaitlin of Vanity Capital . 

San Franciscan sunset with my friend Kaitlin of Vanity Capital . 

Directly above is the first time I visited California, and above that is an image from my most recent trip there. Very different views of the bridge!

Directly above is the first time I visited California, and above that is an image from my most recent trip there. Very different views of the bridge!

Yosemite.

Yosemite.

Ryan's two adopted younger brothers. Getting to spend time with them and other family was a real highlight of this last year.

Ryan's two adopted younger brothers. Getting to spend time with them and other family was a real highlight of this last year.

So many favorites in one photo <3

So many favorites in one photo <3

From our 5 year anniversary trip to the Oregon Coast.

From our 5 year anniversary trip to the Oregon Coast.

One of many shoots I got to do with Simply Grove this year, such a fun expansion to my portrait and event work.

One of many shoots I got to do with Simply Grove this year, such a fun expansion to my portrait and event work.

New York, New York

New York, New York

I had to add just a few wedding shots to this post. So thankful for the opportunity to document so many special days this year, and I'm SO excited for all those to come in 2017!

I had to add just a few wedding shots to this post. So thankful for the opportunity to document so many special days this year, and I'm SO excited for all those to come in 2017!

2016, the year I learned how to make family sessions fun.

2016, the year I learned how to make family sessions fun.

Favorite man, favorite pups. 

Favorite man, favorite pups. 

Because I couldn't not post that smile.

Because I couldn't not post that smile.

From one of many adventures with friends in 2016.

From one of many adventures with friends in 2016.

Opaline's Cafe, Portland OR. A new favorite spot of ours from a recent getaway.

Opaline's Cafe, Portland OR. A new favorite spot of ours from a recent getaway.

Two gems smooching by the river in Astoria, NY.

Two gems smooching by the river in Astoria, NY.

It wouldn't be Idaho without love and mountains.

It wouldn't be Idaho without love and mountains.

A church in my mom's hometown- Middletown, Connecticut. It was so amazing to explore where she grew up and experience the places from all the stories I've heard.

A church in my mom's hometown- Middletown, Connecticut. It was so amazing to explore where she grew up and experience the places from all the stories I've heard.

I warned you it would be hodgepodge. 2016 was a lot of different things, and it didn't always make sense how it all came together. 
We can already tell a shift is coming.
I want to learn to work better- to prioritize creating for the sake of it, because that ultimately makes me a happier photographer who produces better work.
To rest better- take 1 or 2 days off every week. This sounds basic, but working from home and having email at my fingertips makes that a challenge for me. 
To keep quality over quantity. 
To read more. 
To document more of the every day.
To let God lead us in all of it. 
Maybe even curate less and live a little more raw.
 

It's going to be a good year, we can feel it.

(Or maybe that's just the baby kicking... either way)

Thank you so much to all of you who were a part of our 2016. You made it the glorious, beautiful jumble that it was. 
We can't wait to see what this trip around the sun has in store! 

Love in the City of Roses

Portland is one of those cities I feel almost at home in right away. It's like Boise's cool, slightly aloof cousin who smells like patchouli. The similarities to my hometown make it comfortable, and the differences make me want to explore. 
Ryan and I went over for a fast visit the weekend before Christmas to see some good friends of ours. We rented a tiny airbnb with a bird clock on the wall and miniature bathroom fixtures, and took time to wander the city, get lost in Powell's, and just catch up with these world traveling friends of ours.
Meet Kat and Igor. They're adorable, wild, and in love. 
We found one of the city's many bridges, and I basically just told them to be close and have fun and this is what happened.

I hope that all of you had the merriest of Christmases! Here's to ending the year well.

hello again + a family in the hills

I was feeling pretty bashful about posting today. It has been a while (ahem, 2 months) since my last post. The last 60 days have been a pure whirlwind. A good one to be sure, but tumultuous nonetheless. All of you wonderful people have kept me unexpectedly busy with fun shoots and editing galore, and the whole nesting thing that comes along with pregnancy seems to have kicked in *a bit* early for me. We've also been traveling for work and for fun, spending time with family, and right now we're in the midst of all the crazy wonderful things that come along with Christmas! 
All that to say, it has been a while. And, to be honest, I had no intention of posting today. A long to do list, an empty fridge, and a camera full of recent shoots had me convinced I didn't have the time. But here's the thing I was reminded of. I got into photography out of a love of people, creation, and the everyday beauty that surrounds us. I don't want to lose sight of those inspirations out of the job part of my job, if that makes sense. 
So anyway, here's a recent shoot I really like. Lots of good things in there- sweet kiddos, the great outdoors, family love, and cake. 
There have been lots of shoots before this one that I want to share, and there will surely be lots after. I think that people's joy captured is worth the upload, so I'll work on that part ( : 

Happy December! 

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on being still and the mountains

I don't know about all of you, but finding stillness is one of my greatest needs and greatest challenges. I'll say this at the risk of sounding like a curmudgeonly baby boomer, but I blame some of that lack of stillness on our abundance of technology and distraction. 

The irony is that I'm writing these words on a computer, you're reading them on a screen. Blogs and calendars and screens and social media are all great (and often necessary) things in my life and my business. The problem begins when I give those bright conveniences no boundaries.
So quickly the busy-ness of phone notifications and emails and even the sounds of dings and rings can consume my mind. Like I said, they're not bad things. I'm thankful for them. It's my lack of discipline in separating myself from that frantic pace that can be an issue.

All that to say, a time out from the bustle and noise of everyday life can be good. Maybe even a little necessary.

The psalmist wrote, "Be still, and know that I am God." Yeah yeah yeah you've probably seen that verse on a million coffee mugs and captioning meadow landscapes etc. I get it, it's overused. 

But there's so much truth embedded in those few words. I can't really live from that place of knowing God unless I'm able to still my mind and heart. 

Sometimes all I need for that reset is a good conversation, a few minutes spent reading, or a walk. And sometimes I have a yearning for a place far from home to get me into the stillness. 

Sometimes that place isn't really all that many miles away, and you have a husband and a friend up for the adventure of it. Stanley Lake has always been one of those places for me. 

My parents had a poster of me as a toddler there- naked and playing in the lake. It hung in our living room until I was in school and I made my mom take it down before a birthday party. That probably tells you a lot more about my family than you need to know... but you get the point. Stanley has been my escape from day one. So when I felt that familiar frantic mindset begin to set in, and had an open weekend, I knew what do with it. 

Stillness we sought and stillness we found. We found it walking the perimeter of the lake, skipping rocks, making meals on the stove, brewing coffee, reading. We found it in the almost constant elk calls, and campfire shivers and conversations. In the fog swirling over the water in the morning and the audible rush of birds. 

No dings or phone calls or election news. Just connection with each other and nature and the maker of it all. And also with the little nugget in this belly o mine when I felt the flutter of teeny feet at night. 

It doesn't have to take a weekend without service to experience stillness. But that doesn't hurt, I suppose. I just know I need it, and I bet you do in some capacity, too. So take that walk, turn off your phone, or run to the mountains.
I mean, I hope you all have a super fun weekend, truly. But maybe also take time to get to that place of stillness where God can speak and you can rest. And I hope that wherever you go that it's scenic. That seems to help( : Happy weekending!

New York City Lovers and Heights

Last month we left our well-loved little Boise and took to the sky. Fourteen hours later we arrived in a city much larger, shinier, and a whole lot more frantic. 

New York greeted us with an epic sunset and the legendary hustle and bustle. A short cab ride took us to the best greeting of all, the quaint doorstep of old friends( : 

We met MaryEsther and Jared when we lived in Florida. MaryEsther and I used to scour the West Palm Beach thrift stores and eat Cuban food like it was our job. Since then, both of us have moved far from that tropical place, and it was so fun to get a taste of their lives now! 

We ate bagels, traveled by subway, explored Central Park, paid $13 for a smoothie, walked the Highline, talked to Broadway actors over drinks, and fell in love with sweet Astoria, our friends' neighborhood. 

It was the perfect balance of visiting people we love and exploring a new place. One difference from other trips is that I didn't take a lot of photos while in the city. My first trimester body didn't love the place as much as I did, and the street smells did a number on my already tumultuous stomach. I chose to enjoy it as much as I could (mostly) sans camera, and I think it was a healthy challenge. There was so much to take in at every turn - endless colors, heights, faces, lights. I clung to it all in a different way without the guaranteed memories from photographs. 

It also made me that much more excited for a session of our dear friends. We had the best time frolicking all over their neighborhood in the relative early morning quiet. 

In a few short days we got enough of a taste of the Big Apple to know that we'll be back! So thankful for our time there. It also made us thankful for our own home in a way. I used to think I wanted to live in a place as grand and glistening as New York, but now I have a bigger appreciation for the luxury of remote escapes and the familiar faces around every corner of home. But don't get me wrong, New York, we do love you, no doubt about it<3
We left that shiny place all filled up to the brim from adventure and good friends, off to our next destination!

Elsberry + White Wedding

Last month we had the opportunity to shoot our friends' wedding in Oregon. We knew it would be beautiful and a good time, but wow. From getting ready to the after party, this celebration was just beyond! Levi and Sierra- we are so thrilled that you two found each other! Congratulations big time<3

(I think these images tell the story better than I ever could)

Happy forever, you two!!

Vendors:
Makeup: Miss Behaven Salon
Flowers: Amore Floral Design
Cake: Phil and Sally's Bakery
Catering: Steve and Kelley Benedict
DJ: DJ X Entertainment
Video: Carli and Beau
Location- Winn Homestead