Yadi and Rogi's modern, Mexican wedding

Yadi and Rogi are made for each other.

Yadi is sassy, sweet, and super smart. Don’t just let your eyes brush past those qualities and move on. When I say sassy, I’m talking absolute queen, girl knows what she wants and she is a go-getter. When I say sweet, I mean generous, kind, goes-out-of-her-way-for-you sweet. When I say smart, we’re talking PhD. P-H freaking D, y ’all!

And Rogi? He’s steady. Like, rock-solid. He’s calm, cool, and looks at Yadi with the most adoring eyes. And he’s smart too. To Yadi’s irritation he has a knack for trigonometric identities.

Yadi and Rogi have loved each other for a long time. This wedding was a long time coming, and you can feel the joy and emotion of the day in their pictures. Especially the one where Yadi tearfully and joyfully walks down the aisle to her husband.

Before I sign off, I want to point out some of the incredible details of their modern, Mexican wedding.

First, tacos. We’re talking tortillas made in front of your eyes, tacos. (If I could add emojis, there would be a drooling face right here.)

Second, their traditional Catholic ceremony at Saint Joseph’s cathedral. Their ceremony was mostly in Spanish, and as someone who loves foreign languages, this was particularly fun for me. Also, the Mariachi sang and played music throughout the ceremony — how cool is that!

Third, all the tiny details. Yadi’s robe which said “La Novia” on the back, Spanish for bride. The table of Mexican candy that kids devoured. And the Mariachi playing throughout dinner.

It was all in all, perfection.

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Bob and Rebecca's Palouse wedding

Rebecca's aunt describes her as a "friend magnet." Spend two seconds with this gem of a person and you'll see why. She's sweet, smart and the perfect match for her friend, and now husband, Bob.

Surrounded by loving family and friends, Rebecca and Bob held an understated, but elegant wedding. Instead of the normal wedding décor and frills, Bob and Rebecca brought games and bubbles for kiddos. They took time to hug and chat with each any every attendee. It was easy to see that more than anything, they deeply value their friends and family.

Speaking of family, one of the special guests of the evening was Rebecca's grandfather who had just turned 102. Yes, you read that right, 102. It was so sweet to see him watch Bob and Rebecca get married, he looked so proud and happy to be there.

While Bob and Rebecca passed on some typical wedding traditions, they were keen to incorporate Jewish wedding traditions like the bride circling the groom after walking down the aisle, breaking of the glass, and Israeli dancing. 

One of the best parts of their wedding day was a glorious rainbow beaming over the Palouse. With the jazz band playing in the background, Bob, Rebecca and I wandered off through the drizzling rain toward the rainbow for more pictures. 

They were so easy to photograph. Every time I cued them into a pose, they would look at each other with deep love and adoration. And really that's what weddings are all about. Love. 

I hope that as you look at these pictures, you get a sense of Bob and Rebecca's love for each other and their community. 

 

Lake cabin hang and family pictures

Recently, John’s cousin, Amy, invited us to the Burns’ family lake cabin so we could enjoy some family time and take pictures. Since pictures and family time are ALL of my favorite things we were happy to accept!

We also thought this trip would be fun for our six-month-old son, who, we boasted, “rarely cries.” Well, our “rarely crying” baby decided to cry the whole day. And I mean the WHOLE DAY! Maybe it was the heat, missed naps, being off “schedule” or hating when I put him in the lake to splash around – he was miserable the whole stinking day. I think this is what we call a parenting fail. 

In spite of the tears, we were determined to have a good time. John and I enjoyed taking dips in the lake and handing our fussy babe off to loving family members.

After plenty of swimming, playing, and eating we capped the day off with family pictures!

You know, now that I have my own kiddo I just LOVE family pictures. I feel like you can just never have enough pictures of you and your family.

I cherish pictures of Jason and I. It’s like a special little window that I can look into and see our cozy, love-filled little world – just he and I.

Family pictures are deeply special. And often serve as a reminder of the good things that family can bring, like love, security, and comfort. I think there’s so much more to family pictures than a record of “what we looked like then.” While it’s nice to remember what everyone looked like, it’s even better to look through that little window and see love.

Well, dear reader, I hope you enjoy these loving family pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them!

PS: I'm always happy to be invited to family BBQ's, eat your food, and take pictures :-)

Hope Hanson senior portraits

Do you ever just feel like a talentless, garbage person and question all of your life choices? Well that's how I've been feeling lately!

I lay awake at night ruminating over my photography work. I ask, "Am I good enough to be doing this? How can I be better? Maybe I need to give up?"

Of course, in these moments I'm forgetting to pray about what's going on. 

So I've been trying to do that more. And today I feel like God just threw me a softball and I blasted it out of the park. 

Hope Hanson's senior pics, let's talk about it. 

LIKE. OH. MY. GOSH! 

We had puuuurrrfect light. The sun was setting on her grandparents lake cabin and we were blessed with the softest, most flattering light ever. 

Also, Hope is just downright, drop-dead gorgeous! It was so hard to edit down her pics to the best of the best. I felt like a child and wanted to keep them all (which I basically did in the end). 

How funny is it that her name is Hope and her little senior portrait shoot gives me hope that I got this? Owning a business and flying totally solo is so hard. You have to be your own accountant, IT person, and be super creative. It's not just as simple as just taking photos.

So my dear Hope, thanks for being more than just a sweet, beautiful model and giving me hope that I can create stunning pictures and I'm not totally a talentless, garbage person. MWAH!

Dr. Morczek's graduation photos

What the heck have I been doing with my life!? I woke up, in the dead of night and realized I hadn't blogged Dr. Amber Morczek's grad photo session! Obviously its time to remedy that STAT!

When I met up with Amber for her shoot, she was basically walking on the moon. She was so happy to finish her PhD (with FLYING colors I might add) and head off to her next adventure as a faculty member.

Don't you love it when a total girl boss just kills it at life and is basically unstoppable? Yup me too! She is going to be an amazing mentor and teacher. 

Her shoot was fun for obvious reasons: she's basically amazing and has perfect teeth. But it was bonus amazing, because campus was dead! We were able to do her shoot after all the students left for the summer, so we basically had the whole place to ourselves. Even more bonus, was her boyfriend came along for the ride and we got some great shots of them together. I've said it once before and I'll say it again, I love it when we can double down on a photo shoot!

For someone who told me she is no good at posing, she totally killed it!  It makes my little photographer heart so stinkin' happy when someone tells me their nervous and don't know how to pose. I'm like, "I got you, Ill coach you through it" and it ends up being totally amazeballs. 

Okay, I could probably gush for hours about this photo shoot, but I'll just let you see it for yourself!

Sneak peak: Bob and Rebecca

Hi friends! I just want to share a quick sneak peak from Bob and Rebecca's wedding this past weekend.  

The love these two have for each other is palpable. Whenever they look at each other you can see deep affectionate love in their eyes. It was such a blessing to be part of their day! I cannot wait to share more pictures with you soon. 

I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Brandon and Lauren

When I was working with Brandon to schedule his graduation photos, I suggested we also nab a few photos of him and his girlfriend, Lauren. I love working with clients to make sessions serve a dual purpose. I mean, we're already out there taking pictures, why not capitalize on the chance to take a variety of photos?

You might recall I did Lauren's graduation photos last year. That's still probably one of my favorite portrait sessions to date! (See: Part I and Part II)

These two are so cute and so in love that photographing them was easy breezy! Love you both! Let's do a game night soon. :-) 

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Taylor

Throwing back to a shoot I did last summer with Taylor. We wanted to capture his delicious pink unicorn hair in all its pastel glory. And I think we accomplished just that!

Taylor is a total sunshine person. He is bright and bubbly all the time! He did an amazing job stepping out of character and into a moodier, grunge vibe for this shoot. He also gets mad props for being super patient while I edited these pictures (standing ovation). 

I hope you enjoy this post and all of its pastel and golden glory. (Taylor and I both share a deep affection for everything gold!)

Ana

Hold up. Slow your scroll and take in this lovely lady's graduation photo shoot. 

Ana Flora came all the way from West Africa to do her bachelors in international economics at Washington State University. She started off only knowing Spanish and had to quickly learn English (in university classes!) As someone who has learned languages in the past, French and Chinese, I cannot imagine just how challenging that would have been. Not only is she incredibly intelligent and absolutely gorgeous, but she's also one of the sweetest people you'll meet. 

In addition to her graduation photos, I also did a shoot with her and her family after commencement. They came all the way from West Africa to celebrate their daughter's accomplishments. And they were the coolest bunch of people to hang out with. Is it possible to have too much fun during a photo shoot? If so, we sure did!

Ana, I wish you ALL the best in your future career. I know you'll do great things!

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.