The Wisdom Family | Fall Family Photos in the Wolflin Neighborhood

Anytime a client tells me that they are a photographer too, I get instantly nervous. It makes me nervous because if I were getting my pictures taken, I would be SO picky. I pity the photographer who has to take my photos. But Kendra put me at ease and her boys were such a breeze to photograph. And I just can’t get enough of the fall colors. Take note people - if you want fall colors in Amarillo, the second half of October and the first part of November is the time to take pictures!

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Laura + Carlos | Destination Wedding in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

This wedding. Wow.

That’s all.

Just kidding.

I started my friendship/client relationship with Laura and Carlos one year ago when I took their engagement pictures in Washington, D.C. where they lived at the time. Laura knew about me because my husband Mason and her were high school friends. The first thing I noticed about Laura and Carlos was that they are so polite to each other - and that’s rare. They treat each other with the courteousness that most of us do strangers but not people we are really close to. I think their kindness to each other is so awesome.

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The Wing's | Palo Duro Canyon Family Session

This was my second time taking pictures of the Wing’s (the first time was 3 years ago I think!). Their kids are practically all grown up now…just kidding…but this time around did feel much easier than the first time because I didn’t have to say anyone’s name to get them to look at the camera. My favorite picture from the entire session happened when I needed the kids to loosen up and laugh a little. Their dad Dustin was standing behind me so I told him to do something funny and lo and behold - he did the floss dance for about a millisecond. It was enough for the kids to explode in laughter - I’ll see if you can guess which photo that was.

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Jasmine + Chase | Three Falls Cove Wedding

I could shoot wedding after wedding at Three Falls Cove because it’s one of the few venues in our corner of Texas that has TREES! It’s almost like I’m in another world when I’m there. This wedding was special because Jasmine, the bride, works at the venue. I met her briefly when I shot a wedding there two years ago.

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The Estel's | Wolflin Family Photo Session

This fall has been adorable family after adorable family! The Estel’s (who dressed impeccably by the way) have two fun kiddos that made their session memorable. We had the most perfect fall evening to take photos in the Wolflin neighborhood of Amarillo. I love that we were able to get so many photos of their kids just being kids <3

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Jessica + Scott | Wedding at Cain's Cove on Lake Nasworthy

I love when I get to travel to someplace new to take photos! Jessica and Scott got married outside of San Angelo, Texas on Lake Nasworthy. They made it through their beautiful ceremony without a drop of rain and then during pictures, it started pouring. But these two remained happy and thankful that they were able to simply get married. They are so sweet to each other. I loved documenting them become not only husband and wife, but also a family. One of the sweetest moments came near the end of the ceremony when their parents, friends, and kids surrounded them in prayer.

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Averye + Kaden | Palo Duro Canyon Engagement Session

Averye and Kaden are the type of clients that make my job way too easy. They’ve been together a long time and they are SO natural together and unbelievably photogenic. I also love how adventurous they are. It was pouring down rain the entire day before their engagement session and I called Kaden to see if he wanted to reschedule and we all decided to go through with it. I am so glad that we did because we would have missed out on the most beautiful light otherwise (see the last photos). They also convinced me to go to one last spot after shooting in the canyon and it resulted in some of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken.

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Erica + Matt | Palo Duro Canyon Wedding

I looooove Palo Duro Canyon and the only thing better than regular photo sessions there is weddings in the canyon! Erica and Matt came all the way from East Texas for their destination wedding on the most gorgeous September day. One of the sweetest parts of their day was when Kelsey, Erica’s daughter danced with her new stepdad. It was super sweet to see not only a marriage form, but also a family.

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Kirkland Family | Palo Duro Canyon Fall Family Photos

I love sweet young families! The Kirkland’s mainly booked this photo session for their youngest, Arabella, to get some photos to celebrate her first year of life but of course, I took photos of the whole family. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how some personality traits are so ingrained in us and how they become apparent from a very early age. I’m not trying to toot my own horn here but I think I was able to capture the personalities of the Kirklands’ kids. Arabella was sweet, a little shy at first, Caleb was the entertainer of the group, and oldest Abigail was patient and confident. I hope I gave this sweet family good memories to look back on and remember this time of their lives.

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