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Myriah+Charlie At Home in Dallas TX

In November, I flew to Austin, drove to Dallas the same day to photograph a couple, drove back to Austin the next day, photographed another couple and then flew home. It was an exhausting three days but totally worth it. I drove with my  highschool best friend back and forth between the two cities and we hit all the chick fil a’s along the way. All of them. I introduced her to my favorite drink at Sonic- a cherry vanilla cream coke, which she is now addicted to- and we watched a deer get absolutely obliterated by a Range Rover in an act of violence I’m still trying to unsee. We also went to some sort of weird outdoor ice sculpture, lighting -factory- rave -dance -party thing where the pants were really high like the people. We were in bed by 11.  All in all, Austin is getting closer to Portland and did not disappoint in sights or cuisine. Myriah and Charlie were the first of the weekend and their place is so much better than mine. Their water facets are all in working order and they have trim on their walls and windows (husband, if you’re reading this, its been three years, put my friggen house back together). They have actual style and taste and the kind of stuff that wasn’t included in my DNA. Myriah is a beautiful pixie tater tot human and Charlie is her handsome devoted dude.  She is five whole feet of fiery unicorn beauty and I, in all my Shrekness, wanted to carry her around on my back all day. She is the designer of Opal Milk jewelry and also made the robe she is wearing in this set. Style for days and days.  Their Mexican wedding in San Miguel is going to be one of the highlights of my year and I am so excited to do this thing with them. This is going to be one of my longest photo sets to date on this blog because I literally spent four hours with them. I could have hung out with them all day. We did the whole in-home thing that has my heart and then hit their two favorite places in a walk around Dallas. One being a moody coffee shop and the other being an awesome hang out with food trucks. I ate and ate and ate on this trip. This year Im hoping to be able to practice willpower (my word for the year) and not hit every single restaurant I come across while traveling. I am a sugar addict and get dessert with every meal no matter how full I am, so trying to break that habit while my travel schedule for the year looms ahead will be a monumental feat. Also, emotional eating but I digress. Side note: we did make a love film, but I’m waiting on a new computer to edit it, so that will be added to blog post in the near future. Cant wait to get to work on that. Anyway, without further adieu, take a gander at Rye and Charlie’s beautiful loft and love.     Look how vain I am:   On with it:       

India+Jay Salt Lake City Anniversary

If you’re a photographer, the chick in these photos needs no introduction (see: India Earl, photography goddess).  I went to Utah to watch the teachings of my artistic idol and soul sister, Brooke Johnson of BlushbyB Photography  and I was invited to stay with India and her then-incredibly hairy husband Jay for the weekend. (sidenote I also used Brooke’s awesome presets on these photos so check them on her site, linked above^. ) India is another in a multitude of Instagram friendships that I’ve developed this past year. The photo below is a fitting substitute for how I first officially saw her in person that first day at her house when I walked in on her peeing on that very toilet. We laughed and went to Chick Fil A.   Typically, husbands are less interested in chatting with the house guest but Jay felt like a little brother and we bonded over political trash talk and a love of metal music and coffee. We spent a night in an escape room and I didn’t even try to solve anything but took credit during photo time, emphasizing participation with my best crazy eyes.   They cruelly introduced me to Chronic Tacos, which I now cannot find locally and invited me into their tight knit group of friends. I met my birthday twin and spent three hours playing charades (without alcohol) which is highly unlike me.  (Shout out to Syd for the constant mind reading with special mention to Nate for making grandma laugh).   Oh also, Love Vid:     Next time I go to Utah I have goals that include actually seeing Utah and not just the inside of fast food restaurants and a half mile radius of the city. Mountains were pretty from the highway though! Thank you Jay and India for the privilege of photographically marking this time of your life. May you have many happy years and a million more photos.                     Real quick, I want to just show love to everyone I saw in Utah, who shared meals with me (Blake and Autumn) or let me steal their car (I love you Morgan) and to everyone else who invited me out but I didn’t have to time to see. Next time for sure! Love each other.   L   Below are some of my favorite humans and photographers from Utah who deserve the utmost recognition for their work so if you have time, check it:   Morgan of In Frames Photography Blake Hogge Photography Autumn Nicole Photography

Heather+ Chris Lake Roosevelt Engagement

Now that fall is here I wanted to remind everyone that it was once summer and you could comfortably go outside in what are essentially jean underwear. This is not a complaint on my part. Summer is my least favorite of all the seasons. I do not like the heat whatsoever. I like to have my body covered from the crown of my dry shampooed head to my long skinny skele-toes. Bring on all the pumpkin spice and wool socks, this girl is a basic bitch. Heather and Chris are yet another of those couples that found me on the Instagram app. They were about to leave the PNW so Heather could go work for a hospital in LA. They pulled up with their canoe (that had flown off the trailer on the way over) and a bag of clothes. They sipped a little vodka while I picked the looks and we went for it. The amazing thing about Instagram is that, in the way I use it, I am able to connect with people like me. My couples and I bond almost instantly, every single time. We laugh and hug and play, we acknowledge how silly and stupid the process can be and we end up parting with friendship and a few good inside jokes. I always say that I’m not a business, I am a human looking for other humans that want me to tell their story, my way. My clients do not constrict me to a Pinterest list of photos and shots they want. They let me tell their story, at my pace, in my way, but with their permission. We work together and achieve amazing things. On the banks of the lake, Heather and Chris made their photo story come to life and I soaked it all in.                            Adore you two souls.   Fin.

Utah Anniversary Photos

Oh my my my. I adore these two people. I was incredibly excited when Nicole and Ammon invited me to Utah to shoot an in-home couples session for their wedding anniversary. My husband tagged along and we decided to spend our two downs in Vegas and drive to Utah to shoot these two. I decided I want a “vintage” Vegas experience and picked a landmark hotel, The Paris. Without going in to too much detail, I will just say I will NOT be doing that ever again. I didn’t even gamble and my husband got into it with a dude in an Olaf costume, so needless to say, The Strip was a big fat bust. Thank goodness I had something to do that I actually like. Cody (husband) and I drove down to St. George, Utah and were amazed at the contrast of landscape in the Arizona desert as compared to what we are used to in the PNW. I’ve never seen bare mountains in my entire life and decided to dub Arizona “Naked Montana” because I imagine thats what Montana looks like if you strip it down. Such a beautiful place and I hope to spend more time shooting in the desert in the future.   At any rate, Cody is lurking in the edges of all these photos. Heres an outtake of him channeling his inner Ragnar Lothbrook (my favorite TV character currently since Sons of Anarchy went away..insert cry face emoji).     Nicole and Ammon were so cute, so in love, and so down for whatever. My favorite kind of people to work with. Here’s their story. (PS Their love video got 35,000 views on Instagram (click to check out ))     Thanks you two <3  

Darcy+Joey: Cape Kiwanda Adventure

In May, I went to Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon coast and I never wanted to leave. I am a constant victim of Instagram wanderlust and this is one of the places that always gives me gaga eyes when it pops up on a photographers feed. Shooting there was a dream. I met Darcy and Joey in the parking lot of a beach where my second son Wiley (pictured below from that day)and I were eating blue popsicles. The day was not what I expected, as usual. It ended up being really cloudy and foggy when I had pictured a rich and warm sunset. I dressed myself and my kids in our summer best that day because I’m not that bright and decided that since it was 80 in Portland where we were staying, it must be 80 at Cape Kiwanda as well. We all ended up freezing our asses off in 50 degree weather but spent the day playing in the sand and eating snow cones nonetheless. This couples session was my first in Oregon and also marked my first time on the Oregon coast. Darcy gave me the old “good luck, we’re SO awkward” line right off the bat and immediately contradicted herself the second we started shooting. The chemistry is undeniable, even in front of a stranger with a camera, and I have found that the more ridiculous people feel, the better the photos because they laugh and fidget the entire time. Joey had me laughing along the way, and the three of us spent a couple hours climbing rocks, chasing crashing waves and rolling in the sand. I am so grateful to you two for this experience and I cannot wait to document your wedding next summer.                    You two <3