boise film photographer // fall

Right after getting married, Justin and I moved from San Diego to Pittsburgh for two years so he could get his masters. Pittsburgh never felt like home and we never planned to stay, but it ruined us for fall. We had real seasons for the first time, and those few blissful weeks in September and October where the sun shone (the only few weeks the sun shone in Pittsburgh) and we drank cider and watched the leaves change and visited the pumpkin patch and felt the urgency to live before winter set in - well, every year since leaving, I’ve ached all autumn. It’s been something I’ve missed down to my bones.

But fall in Boise this year was absolute heaven. In Pittsburgh it was nice; in Idaho it’s been glorious. We soaked up every moment of it, and I spent weeks riding a high despite some very stressful and intense things going on behind the scenes. It was magic.

There was no way I was going to miss capturing my own family in this heavenly season, and though I did that plenty, I honestly wish I had done even a little more. ;) But the good thing is, as always, fall will be back next year, and until then we get to enjoy the beautiful snow all winter, and then the incredible flowering trees in spring, and the sunshiny green heat of summer. I do firmly believe that seasons are so good for the soul - and they definitely help to fuel my creative side as well, for which I am so grateful.

Photos were shot on a mix of Fuji 400h, Portra 400, and digital.

best news ever!!! // boise idaho family videographer!

So, I told you all on Instagram a few days ago that I had some super exciting news coming your way, and here it is!!! (I could’ve put about fifty exclamation points in there and it still might not do my giddiness justice.) I’m now offering family videography services!

I have no desire at this specific time to do wedding videos (those are huge projects!) but these kinds of videos can be added onto a session or purchased alone, and to me are just the best thing ever. I made this video of my boys and myself at home on an afternoon when Adelaide was at school and Justin was at work, and I will truly treasure this forever. I can visualize all of the incredible moments I will get to document for you all - your tiny newborn’s little grunts and coos, your toddling baby toppling over and getting back up again and again and again, your little one’s sweet voice and mispronounced words, quiet or crazy moments in your home or your favorite place to be together, adventures with your lover - the everyday experiences all wrapped up into this treasure that you can play on repeat forever. My photography services are going nowhere - I love photography! - but video can capture something pretty incredible that photos just can’t.

And the good thing is, your videos will be even BETTER than this one because you don’t have to take the video of yourself like I was doing here. ;) (Actually, I had my husband come help me re-shoot some clips I wasn’t satisfied with and he did great, so I have to give him credit for that!)

I made my mom cry with this and she’s not even a big crier. So just imagine how you’ll feel when this is your own beloveds on video. I think you’ll be obsessed, just like I am with this.

To celebrate this, don’t forget to enter the giveaway posted on my Instagram! Yay!!!!

summertime // my own family photos on film

The end of summer marks many things for us. My oldest beginning full time school... My middle turning four... My youngest *finally* calling me mama... Five months in Idaho, five months as homeowners, five months settling into a totally new life, one that has its highs and lows but that we love deeply. It's has been a season of growth and change in so many deep ways.

I've been reminiscing lots about this past summer, and had to share some photos. They're not perfect - many were shot on very, very expired film that I'd never dream of using on my clients and that gives unpredictable results, but it was free, just sitting in my office and waiting to be put to work. So, why not?

What I love isn't that these photos are so perfect, it's that this was the first summer I felt like I could almost give my kids one of my own childhood summers. With our move here, and getting away from living in such a busy and expensive and huge city, I feel like we've rewound the clock a little bit and found a place where we can do what we grew up doing. It's a place where we can still afford swim and soccer and ballet, and where it's all done for fun and not for competition, and where we can play in the sprinklers and do yard work on weekends and light fireworks on our driveway for the 4th and make friends at the park and swim in the river and stay up way too late because it's light til 10pm and soak it all up - because even though it's so blazing hot, it'll be over before you know it and it's time to enjoy it now. 

I talk about it all the time because it grates on my nerves all the time, but social media has changed our ability to just enjoy the little things. It makes the mundane seem unimportant, which is so far from the truth. And so I suppose I always want to keep the curtains back enough to show that the imperfect, uneventful, very average life (mine, maybe yours) is deeply beautiful. Not because I always remember to believe this - but because I know it is truth, and one that I'm always working to live in light of.

So these are photos from our summer. At times so wonderful and filled with all the highlights of this wonderful city and these stages with our children, at other times filled with bored, bickering kids and 105 degree temps and smokey skies and an anxious countdown to the first day of school. I want to remember our half-done, weed-filled yard, my babies' tans and little swimsuits and water play, and our trip up north that turned out to be incredibly expensive and stressful and yet still truly wonderful (story for another day!), and a season that felt both filled with activity and yet full of pause at the same time.

I hope your summer has held some sweet highlights, that your eyes can see the divine in the everyday, and that autumn brings renewal and peace.