meridian idaho photographer // family photos on the boise river

We’re at the end of a gorgeous autumn right now, but I’m trying to sneak in a few more summer sessions before I’ve really waited a ridiculously long time to post them. ;) This mama and her boys… well, all I can really say is that boys who love their mamas are one of my favorite things to photograph. I probably make that statement about everything I photograph, because I am in love with this whole job of course, but truly, seeing boys who love and respect their mothers is something that makes me feel all the feelings. Here’s to strong, tender women raising strong, tender boys. Enjoy all the love and that golden light and the cottonwood fluff falling like summertime snow.

These photos are a mix of digital and Fuji400h scanned and developed by TheFINDlab.

after the rain // idaho elopement and family photographer

Every time I’ve shot at the location in this session, a wonderful, quiet spot in the foothills above Boise, 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? 

thunderstorms // boise idaho elopement photographer

Not so long after we first moved to Boise, I held a giveaway to celebrate living in and doing business in this new city, and this darling couple were the winners! It was spring back then... May, I believe (yes, it's embarrassing how behind I am in sharing everything I do!), and we nearly got rained out, but were gifted with this dark, moody, thunderstorm sky instead. If memory serves me right, on the drive home it all let loose. The timing was perfect, the scenery was gorgeous, and this session will forever have a special little place in my heart as the first I photographed in the beautiful state of Idaho.