Bethany + Cody | Springtime Engagement Session in Amarillo

I finally found a green field to take pictures with in dry Amarillo, Texas! That is the holy grail. There’s no telling how long it will stay green but I will use it until the day it dries up. Haha. I always love pictures downtown but there’s something about going out into the country. I always feel like the wide, open spaces help people relax and be natural with each other - especially with engagement photos. You can get some of the real moments that I love. Bethany and Cody were troopers with the wind and the cold March air and they were so much fun to hang out with.

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Laura, Cody, & Georgia | Engagement and Family Photos in Palo Duro Canyon

I took pictures of Georgia when she turned three a couple of years ago and I was so happy to meet up with Laura and her fiance Cody again for engagement/family pictures in Palo Duro Canyon. I loved watching Cody and Georgia together and all of the inside jokes they have developed. She had on the cutest little yellow dress and he kept calling her his “mustard seed,” which she thought was awfully funny. They are such a sweet family and I’m so happy for this next chapter in their lives.

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Romriell Family | Palo Duro Canyon Family Pictures

Wow, FIVE siblings! I’m sure the Romriell’s get that reaction a lot but that’s because it’s so unique to have such a big family. Also, it should be noted that these kids were so well behaved. That’s the best gift a client can give a photographer! They were respectful, smart, and they made my job easy. The Romriell’s were an absolute blast!

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Anu + Tarun | Husband and Wife Photos in Palo Duro Canyon

These two have been married for a few years and they wanted a session with just the two of them. I love that :) Even after having a child, their relationship is so important to them and they wanted to celebrate it. I had tons of fun with them in Palo Duro Canyon and I hope I get to see them again one day because it was one of those photo sessions that I felt extremely fulfilled afterward.

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Sydney | Palo Duro Canyon Maternity Photos

What a pretty mom-to-be. Sydney had a baby calf themed baby shower a few weeks prior to her photo session so she brought along some of the cute mementos from the day: a cow pacifier, an ear tag with her daughter’s name and due date on it, and the most adorable baby moccasins. She also brought a baby blanket which I had her wrap around her shoulders for some of the photos on the rim of canyon. It’s like she’s infusing her love into the blanket so when her daughter is born she will still feel safe and warm <3

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The Otis Family | Spring Pictures in Wolflin

Sometimes it’s worth rescheduling a session not once, but twice, to get the perfect day! And that’s what we did with the Otis family. February was dreary so we pushed the session way back to late March and I think it was worth it. Once we figured out exactly what makes Quint smile (mom tossing her hair around, a lot of encouragement, and tickles) we got some of the cutest giggles. Gosh, this little baby has a smile that can light up a room and this sweet, young family brightened my day.

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Elizabeth | Downtown Amarillo Senior Photos

Ascension Academy graduate Elizabeth is headed to become an architect!

We spent an hour in downtown Amarillo and then Wolflin for her senior photos and I think we found some spots that really complimented her beautiful red hair and bright red lips. She’s one of those girls that knows how to rock a soft smile (I’m so jealous). I think she looks so cool yet also professional in her senior pictures.

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The Martinez Boys | Family Photos in Palo Duro Canyon

I had never taken photos of just a dad and his sons before this session and once we got into the groove of things, it was so much fun! We didn’t have to worry about hair blowing in the Amarillo wind! ;) Juan’s older boys were visiting over Spring break so they had the perfect opportunity to get their photos taken with all of them together. You can tell the three sons really love each other and have fun when they are together. I asked Juan if he ever wanted a daughter and he told me while he did at one point, he loves having three boys and seeing their relationships.

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Lisa + Justin | Early Spring Engagement Session at Boy's Ranch

This engagement session is a testament to the fact that sometimes rescheduling is a very good idea. Lisa and Justin’s original date ended up being a day with 40 mph winds (overturned trucks, blown over fences, and shingles ripped off roofs). Needless to say that would have been a terrible day for engagement photos.

Luckily, the day we rescheduled to was BEAUTIFUL. I had never been out to Boy’s Ranch before but I was so happy they decided to take their photos there. Sometimes it makes me nervous to shoot in new places but it can be so rewarding - especially when my clients decide to bring along their pets and horses! Which Lisa and Justin did. It can be challenging bringing animals into the mix but I always love the end result.

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Weston + Aubrey | Proposal in Palo Duro Canyon

Proposals are just the best because I get to keep a secret! Sure, I’m nervous the whole time and freaking out that I’m going to accidentally say something to give the secret away but it’s so much fun!

Weston contacted me a few weeks ago because he and his girlfriend were coming to Palo Duro Canyon for a vacation. He knew that he wanted to propose and he knew that Aubrey would love having pictures of the moment. So we hatched a plan. He told her that his mom wanted to get pictures of the two of them so she thought it was a regular photo session. All that changed when at the end, overlooking the canyon at sunset, Weston got down on one knee and proposed. Weston was nervous for weeks leading up to that moment but I’m sure it was worth it :)

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