The Hinrichs Family | Snowy Family Session in Late December

It may not look like it judging by the Hinrichs’ smiling faces, but it was about 20 degrees outside during their family photo session! Since the extended family members traveled in from both ends of the country, we had no choice but to go on with the show and I’m so glad we did. It’s not often that I get to shoot in snow, but I love it. It makes everything so clean and white. The Hinrichs are a ball and thanks to the hand warmers they gave me during the session, their shoot was a breeze.

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Jayla + Seth | Downtown Amarillo, Texas Engagement Photos

I’m so happy it’s engagement season because engagement photos are my absolute favorite type of session to shoot! I get to warm up with my clients and get to know them a little bit better before their wedding. Jayla and Seth are a couple that I am so excited about this year! When I first met them during our initial consultation I just knew that they were my type of client. They care about having good photographs of their wedding but they put their trust in my hands to provide that for them - as a photographer, there’s nothing better than that and it makes my job so worthwhile. Their engagement session in downtown Amarillo was full of laughter and silliness, a little romance, and some awesome rooftop views.

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Samantha | Winter Bridal Session at Paramount Baptist Church

This bride is one-of-a-kind and so is her dress! Seriously, she designed and made it herself complete with a bridal cape that was derived from her mother’s wedding dress. We took a few pictures at Paramount Baptist Church where Samantha works and then we went on to Wolflin where she donned a real fur hat and shawl that she picked up in Russia (no big deal!). She is the quintessential winter bride.

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The Barris Family | Palo Duro Canyon Family Photos

I’m so glad this last-minute family session came my way! It was another one of those three-person families that I’m loving right now. The day turned out to be quite chilly and little Elle was just not having it but we got some beautiful pictures anyway <3 These guys are fun and I can tell they are loving parenthood and their sweet little girl.

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Maddison + Dan | Late Fall Wedding at Bar Z Winery

Maddison and Dan got married on her father’s birthday, who passed away two years ago. To say that the day was special and meaningful would be an understatement. It was clear that her father’s memory was very much present on her wedding day both in the date itself, but also in the way that one of his favorite shirts hung in the room where she put her wedding dress on. Instead of walking down the aisle alone, Maddison was flanked by four men that were influential in her life. They couldn’t replace her father but they could support her and give her away to her soon-to-be husband. She shared a father-daughter dance with each of them.

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The Wyckoff's | Downtown Amarillo Family Session

Oh how I love this family and these bright, vibrant girls! The best thing about this business is seeing families over and over again and watching them grow up. These two girls are so much fun to be around because when I start taking their pictures inevitably they will do something hilarious, cute, and unexpected. Their smiles are infectious and I never get tired of photographing this family!

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The Meyer's | Palo Duro Canyon Family Session

I don’t know if it’s because I am in the same stage of life, but I’ve really been enjoying the three-person family sessions lately. It’s so sweet to see new parents with their new little babies. I love finding things in common with my clients because it makes the session more fun and there’s nothing like being in the exact same stage of parenthood. Evan is only about a month younger than my little girl so getting him to smile was easy for me. Just make silly noises and faces and you’re good to go!

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Amber + Sage | Cotton Field Maternity Session

I’m sure I’ve told this story before but I’m going to tell it again. About 4 years ago I was sitting in Roaster’s Coffee Shop where I used to spend a lot of time. A group of women were sitting around a table passing around books and one of them came up to me and asked for the chair across from me. I said yes and then asked what they were doing. She told me they were looking at their wedding albums and then I mentioned that I was a wedding photographer. She then told me that her granddaughter was a wedding planner and gave me her email address so we could meet.

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Leah + Tristan | Elegant Wedding at St. Hyacinth in Amarillo

Man. This wedding.

This wedding gives me a lot of feelings, to say the least. I love how Leah put her wedding dress on in the living room of her childhood home. After which she pinned her dad’s boutonniere on and spent precious moments with her mom - those last few moments of her being their little girl, before they would give her away to Tristan. And after Tristan got ready he penned a letter to Leah, right before seeing her walk down the aisle.

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Olivia | Downtown Amarillo Senior Session

Gahhh….Olivia has such a pretty smile and we were blessed with the prettiest day for her senior photo session in Downtown Amarillo and then Wolflin. That’s what we call a win-win.

This girl is graduating high school early because she knows what she wants to do with her life! I don’t think I had that figured out until several years after high school. She wants to be a labor and delivery nurse and I applaud her because I think that would be one of the most difficult but rewarding jobs.

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The Weber Family | Fall Family Photos in Amarillo

The Weber’s family session happened two days after our first snow fall of the year here in Amarillo, Texas. Shooting in snow is not something I get to do very often but I think I love it. I love how bright and white it is. Little Tyler was such a trooper during this session because despite the sun shining, it was freezing cold. But he spent most of the session giggling at his parents and running around in the snow.

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