P H O T O // meri + jamie

my stunning cousin, her genuine husband to be and their wide-eyed not-so-little little boy lit up the streets of downtown billings with me to celebrate their new engagement. here are a few of my favorite little scenes from our evening together.


the B I G G E R picture // giving thanks

As it is the time of year to openly give thanks (and today being a dear friend's birthday to boot!) I wanted to post a little something about friendship.  Let's just say, I am one lucky girl!  I am so fortunate to have met so many incredible, unique, interesting, determined, friendly, spontaneous, life-loving individuals that in one way or another have stood beside me at some point in time and have helped give shape to my life and who I am today.  As life for all of us carries on in its multitude of ways, I just want to say thank you for being there, thank you for being you. 

And to you, Hailey King, thanks for letting me dress you up and put feathers in your hair that one day (and oh so much more!!!).  It means the world to me!  Cheers from afar to you on your birthday, I hope you have a wonderful day!




P H O T O // Steph + Kevin

I love couples that step outside of the typical wedding box and utilize a space that is not so traditional for their ceremony and/or reception.  I love any chance to really get creative with my photography, and a fun backdrop is a great place to start.  A place with a lot of character or funky features, beautiful or interesting light or textured elements (think foilage, walls, etc.) all help provide inspiration and the potential to add a special punch to my photos.  I also appreciate couples that fully trust me and let me go about documenting and trust my style.  Enter Steph + Kevin.

I was thrilled when Steph + Kevin made the trek from Portland last year to say their I Do's at Steph's family's Lakeside bar on the shores of Hauser Lake.  This fun and vibrant space, located outside of Helena, MT, was dressed up with vintage lace, gorgeous pastel flowers, an old-school Ford and a collection of incredible old family photographs.  It was a stunning afternoon, filled with so much love!!! that was followed by an entertaining evening full of fun and a friendly (albeit fierce!) family competition (see the trophy in photos below),  winning!!!  All in all, the day was impressive and it was so much fun to photograph!  Thanks again for bringing Tyler and I there, a big cheers to you from Montana on your anniversary!

On a side note, if you are in search of a great personal trainer in Portland, go see Steph,  she's kind of a badass. :)


a little secret to my heart: grandma dorothy's cream cheese mints!!!
the prize!!!