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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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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