The Martinez Family | Late Winter Session in Wolflin

The Martinez's are a fun, energetic family that I loved spending a February evening with! Speaking of energy, little Dominic had a ton of it and that helped us to get some photos that truly show off his personality. He loves throwing leaves in the air, getting shoulder rides from his dad, and chewing bubble gum - the only thing I had to bribe him with ;)

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Kailey + Michael | Engagement Photos in Palo Duro Canyon

I love this couple! It was yet another one of those sessions where I got too busy talking and getting to know them and started slacking on my actual job ;) We even talked for 15 minutes after the session was over. Kailey and Michael met at Nick's Fight Club, the gym where Michael works. The first day she was there he walked right up and talked to her. After several more times seeing each other at the gym, Michael eventually learned that Kailey LOVES Disney and he started quoting some of his favorite Disney lines to her. He even used a line from Mulan to ask her out for their first date. 

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Kristie + Marshall | Downtown Amarillo Courthouse Wedding

Kristie and Marshall wanted a simple, sweet wedding ceremony and they got it! They got married in downtown Amarillo with just a couple people present and 5 minutes later, they were husband and wife. Talk about a stress-free wedding day (my favorite!) I love how easy-going these two are and how they just wanted to be married to each other without all of the fuss. After their ceremony we took pictures downtown and then headed out to Palo Duro Canyon with their adorable dog Bailey to celebrate the day. 

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Allison + Eric | January Wedding at Autumn Oaks Event Center in Lubbock

You can tell a lot about a couple by the time the wedding toasts occur. And for Allison and Eric, it’s easy to see they are two amazing people who became one even more amazing married couple. Their family and friends were brimming with happy tears as they talked about each individual and how excited they were to see the two become husband and wife. It’s one of my favorite parts of a wedding day and their toasts are some that I won’t soon forget. It fills me with joy to know that I’m serving such great people. 

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Rachel + Matt | Late December Wedding in Palo Duro Canyon

"We were together...I forget the rest" - Walt Whitman

Literary quotes decorated Rachel and Matt's wedding - making their day a true reflection of their personalities. Even before Matt came along, Rachel always wanted a winter wedding and I hope the late December day in Palo Duro Canyon was everything she imagined it would be. Despite the 20 degree weather- and from a photographer’s perspective - I’m so glad they still decided to get married outside. In the frigid temperatures they said their vows as Rachel’s dad officiated and they planted a new pine tree together. It was a representation of their young marriage and the years of cultivation and care ahead of them. 

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The Warren's | Family Farm Photo Session

The Warren's may be a big family but they are close knit! They spent an entire week together over the holidays and as a gift to their mom, the kids surprised her with a family photo session for her whole family - kids, grandkids, and her dad and sister. I'm sure she appreciated getting to document these sweet moments of her family surrounding her at their farm. 

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Amber + Sage | One year anniversary session in Palo Duro Canyon

I seriously can't believe it's been an entire year since my friends Amber and Sage got married. Back in the summer of 2016, while hiding behind a tree, I photographed Sage get down on one knee and propose to Amber. They had only dated about a month but they just knew it was right. In December, they were married. I have no doubt their first year of marriage has been exciting and challenging - it is for most of us - and I can't wait to see what God has in store for them in their second year.

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Madison | Palo Duro Canyon Senior Session

Madison is a bubbly and bright senior from Vega High School who I loved photographing in the middle of December on the most perfect day! You can tell that she's a ray of sunshine for everyone around her. I have no doubt that she'll be just as successful and happy when she attends college at OSU next year!

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Some of my favorite images from 2017

70 portrait sessions and 24 weddings later, I can't believe another year is almost over. This has been a year of substantial change for me personally - Mason graduated college and started a new job and we are expecting a baby girl. I did a ton of traveling with weddings in Lubbock, one in Santa Fe, another in Dallas, and an engagement session in Washington, D.C. I'm exhausted! But happy :) 

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Kaitlyn + Hayden | Palo Duro Canyon Couple's Session

Kaitlyn and Hayden were another one of those last minute sessions that I was blessed with this December! They wanted to get some pictures done as a Christmas gift for their parents and thankfully we have been having gorgeous weather.  These two met in high school but have been dating for about a year and they are so natural together. Sometimes I will tell the guy to hold the girl's face (like the photos near the end) and for a lot of guys, this pose is tricky but Hayden did it perfectly the first time around! Not even kidding. I was impressed ;)

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The Wyckoff's | Family Christmas Photos

I first met this lovely little family back in May and I was so happy to see them again for a super quick Christmas card family photo session! We met at WTAMU's adorable campus chapel and it made for the perfect Christmas-y spot (though it's hard to believe we're in mid-December judging by these photos!)

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An + Stephen | Fall Engagement Photos

These two adorable humans are both from Vietnam but they met here in Amarillo while going to West Texas A&M University. After falling in love, they have decided to get married. These two are so sweet together and even though I only spent an hour getting to know them, I'm super happy for them. It was hard to wait several months before posting their session because they still needed to tell their families about their engagement!

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