long awaited // boise newborn photographer

I am so overdue sharing this sweet newborn session. I first met Ashley and Joe when I photographed their maternity session, which was recently featured on The Fount Collective, alongside the story of their journey through infertility. Of course, knowing how much these two had been through to get their sweet boy here, and how longed for and treasured he is, made this newborn session something extra special for me.

Sometimes we are caught in the struggles, and can't help but ask, 'why me?' - and sometimes we are given such great blessings that we again ask this same question. I hope you'll take a few minutes to check out Ashley's wonderful words on The Fount, as she has come through such a difficult (and sadly, well-traveled) road with so much grace and empathy - and then maybe you can see how deeply and incredibly special these photos below really are.

after the rain // idaho elopement and family photographer

Every time I’ve shot at the second location in this session, a wonderful, quiet spot in the foothills above Boise (the first is on the adorable, historic Harrison Blvd.), it has stormed in the late afternoon and then given way to the most glorious light I’ve ever seen - the bright golden sun setting below dark post-thunder clouds, bathing us and the mountainsides in a rare glow that doesn’t even quite feel real, with a warm wind stirring up the fresh smell of wet earth. Maybe this sounds melodramatic, especially compared to the mundane of my day-to-day laundry and lunch making and diaper changing, but that’s part of what makes it so powerful: when our hearts get bogged down with the endless To-Dos, even just a few moments soaking in the glory of nature reminds us of our place in it all, of the beauty that eclipses the strife of the everyday. Can you tell I don’t miss living in a big city? 

the good old days // boise idaho engagement photos

These friends of mine are getting married this summer, and everyone who knows them knows what a happy thing it is - they truly were made for one another. Together, these two radiate peace and contentment that I can almost feel as I look at these photos: when they're together, they're home.