The Moody's | Palo Duro Canyon Family Session

The Moody's ended up being a last minute family session and I'm so glad they came my way! I love shooting families with older kids (not that I don't love the young ones too!) because it's so easy. It's wonderfully refreshing to always have everyone looking at the camera! And this family made it especially breezy because their kids are some of the most kind, respectful ones that I have come across. They were a joy to meet and photograph. 

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The Mauldin's | Palo Duro Canyon Family Photos

The Mauldin's family photo session in Palo Duro Canyon was one of those sessions that I got too distracted talking to the family and getting to know them when I should have been taking their pictures! I'm sort of kidding but I really did love getting to know this wonderful couple and their energetic, spirited kids. I can tell that they have a ton of love for each other. When a little girl tells her mom several times in an hour in the most sincere voice, "I love you, Mom," you know they've got something special. 

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The Kennedy's | Palo Duro Canyon Family Photos

I love seeing past clients over and over again and watching their families grow! The first time I took Fern and Jason's pictures was about a year and a half ago. Her family had flown in from Thailand and they wanted to commemorate the occasion. The second time I took their photos they were announcing their pregnancy. This time around, little Emma is here and it was the perfect time to celebrate their first Christmas as a family of three. I don't think it gets much cuter than Emma with her giggly smiles for mom and dad. 

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Courtney + Casey and their Kids | Family Photos in Wolflin

I mean, talk about a good looking family! Courtney and Casey, who are engaged and getting married this month (exciting!) brought all of their kids together for a family photo session in late November. These guys look good together and their kids are adorable and sweet. We spent some extra special time at the end of the shoot for a mini engagement session for the soon-to-be husband and wife. Casey did a great job picking out that ring and Courtney loves showing it off :)

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The Iler's | Extended Family Photos in Wolflin

The Iler's are one of those clans that you secretly want to go home with because it looks like they have SO much fun together as a family. I took their family pictures two years ago and despite the ice storm that happened the day before, they all had a good time together. This time around, we got the best weather imaginable - especially for late November in Amarillo, Texas. In the last two years they added a couple of spouses and a couple of babies and I expect their family to keep growing and growing. They are a super happy, rambunctious, and loving family that I love getting to document over and over again.

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Troy and Gus | Family Christmas Photos in Palo Duro Canyon

I could probably shoot a thousand sessions like this one but that's because I'm a dog lover and if there's an adorable dog in front of me, I get a little giddy. Troy (human) and Gus (dog) met me in Palo Duro Canyon to create some memories for Troy's Christmas cards. Gus is a beautiful, laid back Collie who I could spend several hours taking pictures of if I wanted to. I'm thinking about switching over to solely doing pet photography (just kidding but that would be fun!)

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Laura + Carlos | Engagement Session in Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown Neighborhood and Rock Creek Park

I got to spend much more time than usual with Laura and Carlos for their engagement session and it was absolutely amazing. I loved seeing the way these two interact with each other and it actually taught me a valuable lesson: Be as kind to your significant other as you would be to anyone else. They treat each other with such respect and kindness with every interaction.

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Ivet + Austen | Wedding at Destiny's Garden in Amarillo, TX

6 years. That's how long Ivet and Austen have been together. Through many years of high school and college, and then new jobs, they made it and now they are husband and wife! I don't know about you but I could not wait that long. However, Ivet and Austen are some of the calmest, most (outwardly) laid back clients that I've had. Those are my favorite type of people to work with because their weddings end up being totally fun and completely about their love for one another. 

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Amy + Trevor | Colorful and Bright Fall Engagement Session

Amy and Trevor's engagement session was full of nonstop laughter, especially during the beginning when they were first getting their nerves out. I loved it. They are the kind of clients that I love being around, taking pictures of, and serving. There were times when we should have been taking pictures but we were talking too much!

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The Medina's | Palo Duro Canyon Family Photos

This is my fourth time taking pictures of this sweet family! The first time was two years ago when the littlest one wasn't even born yet! I've so enjoyed getting to know them over the past couple of years and documenting the girls growing up. They keep getting prettier and prettier and I hope I get to take their pictures for years to come.  

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Anna + Josh | Amarillo Country Club Wedding

One of my favorite parts of any wedding day is the speeches. It's the time of the day that always shows everyone's true personalities. It's a chance for those present to express their love for the bride and groom and it often ends up with everyone in the room wiping away happy tears. I love to learn the stories and hear about the amazing friendships that have led up to this day. A wedding day is about more than the bride and groom - it's about two families coming together. 

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