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A Girl and Her Cats

 

Moving out is never easy. Theres's so much to be done, to be packed, to be thrown away. The worst part is leaving and saying goodbye to a season of good family style meals, late night talks, and living room yoga sessions with the room mates you called friends. We didn't know one another before moving in but that quickly changed as we settled into our poorly lit basement space beneath the mountains. With our room mate Ashley and our love for color the three of us turned it into a cozy, warm, and welcoming home. Her two cats and the plethora of couch surfers we allowed made our home full, and at times a bit frenzied. That didn't seem to stop us from housing 12 people plus us around Christmas and I wouldn't change the way we all slept wherever space was found. I've never lived in a house since that made my heart and life so full. Through fun adventures to disagreements and even that one time we didn't speak to one another, our friendship and care has remained. This is my friend miss Twyla Jericho aka Kayla Hall featuring Bing Bong the black cat and the other one, the cat who wouldn't stay out of my room.

 

 

 

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A Sunset/Campfire Engagement

Dinah was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Colorado. She's a lovely spirit and a fellow photographer. I've always enjoyed our conversations and inspiring ideas for new art. Dinah is someone who needs a partner who encourages that artistic flow and supports her passion for photography as well as painting. Steve entered her world. You could tell from the way her eyes lit up that he was quite a catch. Steve seems to bring Dinah a little closer to the ground and she lights up his life with her beautiful energy. We began our session at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, CO for sunset and later headed to their house for steaks and smores. The stars were so pretty and we played around with the fire to capture a few nighttime shots. The evening ended with warm drinks, hugs, and smiles. I loved getting to work with these friends and capture their personality together. Please enjoy looking through their photos!

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October Baby

When Hayley jokingly sent me the text, "You should fly to Virginia for two weeks around my due date and take photos of my birth!" I surprised her with an enthusiastic, "YES!" I've never photographed a birth before and was as excited as I was nervous. I was scheduled to arrive September 23rd and depart October 6th. Hayley's due date was September 30th. With fingers crossed we hoped my trip from Colorado was timed correctly. Several days passed by with Hayley and I taking walks, preparing meals, painting nails, cuddling/watching Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood with her 2 year old North, and eating varieties of cookies with milk. After the second day in Virginia it began to rain. And rain, and rain, and rain. No more walks could be had outside so we resorted to the mall. Luke her husband entertained North while Hayley and I made our rounds power-walking through TJ Maxx and catching wary glances. Walking alone wasn't cutting it so we spent each day finding new ways to get the baby moving. Clarity sage oils, pregnancy tea, warm baths, foot rubs, more cookies. Her due date came and went. Then, the morning of October 1st she started experiencing contractions. When they increased to 10 minutes apart we decided to pack up and head to the hospital. We arrived around 11:30 with Hayley's contractions only picking up slightly. She was hooked up to several monitors to check that all was stabilized and the baby was doing well. At 12:30 they chose to go ahead and break her water and we began walking once more. 20 minutes went by as her contractions increased in strength. Luke was so sweet, holding her hand as she walked, pulling her hair back and soothing her as she gripped the railings during the height of her contractions. Around 1:20 pm Hayley had retreated to her room and yelled for the nurse that she had to start pushing. And push she did. For 10, maybe 15 minutes at the most. It was unreal how fast she gave birth to that little girl. Even the nurses were surprised. Luke gave us all a laugh saying "I'm pretty sure the women in her family are professional breeders." Afton Noel was placed in Hayley's arms and her and Luke couldn't stop smiling. Per their request I won't be revealing photos of the labor and birth to the public yet but enjoy the photos I took of Hayley before labor, and Afton after birth.

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Central America Part 2

Back to more Central America photos. On this part of the trip we began to trek inland and ended up on the Pacific side before catching a flight home. The little boy in the photos towards the end was the hostel cooks son in Nicaragua. When we arrived he was sleeping on a yoga mat and as we signed in he began to stir. He started stretching and threw himself into a few yoga poses. We watched him curiously until he stopped and wanted to play. He would walk around, steal our noses, and throw them out into the jungle! We couldn't stop laughing and smiling with him as he played tricks and giggled. More friends, more hostels, more oceans, hope you enjoy!

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Central America Part 1

This last spring I had the opportunity to go sailing from Mexico to Guatemala with two of my cousins and a friend. When I arrived they revealed that they had had a terrible trip sailing in from Cuba and that they wouldn't be moving from Isla Mujeres, Mexico, for three solid weeks. With only a month and a half to travel my cousins and I spent the next two days trying to make a decision. On the third day we took off to backpack, ride chicken busses, stay in hostels, and take advice from locals and other travelers. What a fun and crazy trip that ensued. After all was said and done we had traveled through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, skipped El Salvador and Honduras via an extremely long bus ride, spent some time in Nicaragua, and finished our trek in Costa Rica. We met amazing characters from all parts of the globe, ate the most amazing food, swam in the bluest of oceans, slacklined across beaches, rode bikes to cenotes, and even crashed a birthday party on the beach. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip. To be continued in a second post.

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Alli & Sean

Elopement at Hanging Lake? Yes, please. Hanging Lake is my all time favorite place to take friends and family who visit. The hike to get to the hidden gem is fairly mild and fun, plus you're surrounded by waterfalls and foliage the entire way up. This area never gets old and I'm always in awe of the beauty surrounding it. I might add that it's also the most perfect setting to get eloped in. This adventurous couple hiked up early, spent time getting ready in the woods, and proclaimed their vows under a waterfall in a secluded nook made from tree roots growing around towering rocks. After the ceremony and with no time constraints we were able to scour the area and take as many photos as we desired. Alli and Sean were up to get creative, even if it meant crossing streams and stepping onto precarious logs that were slick with moss. When we finally came down from the lake we regrouped in Glenwood Springs for an afternoon appetizer and drinks before they were whisked away to a romantic dinner and the end of a beautiful day.

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Oklahoma Collaboration

For the past two Autumns I've returned home and collaborated with two of Oklahoma's finest photographers. Ben Winters and Emma Jane Sharpe are two incredibly talented artists and the knowledge we've exchanged inspires me throughout the year. Without any models this time around we got to practice our smiles and get out from behind the lenses. Here are a few fun captures from our time walking through downtown OKC.

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