I’ve been wanting to do an in home portrait session for so long! So happy the first one was with my best friend, Amanda, and her man. We started talking about doing this a year ago. Maybe longer. I was wanting to do them and she was seeing photos of them on insta and wanting one. Her and Ryan were just starting the process of building a home so we decided to wait til their house was done. What a fun way to mark this time in their love story, just celebrating their first wedding anniversary and now their first home all brand new.

I’m obsessed with the idea of these. Preserving love as it really is. Ass grabs and quick kisses in the kitchen. Sneak attacks on the couch where someone always gets hurt. The ohmygosh-we-survived-today slide down the wall on the the hallway floor. And cuddling in your bed or any corner of the house you happen to be in that moment. They’re quick. They go by so fast. Photos always preserve that time in life but these are on another level. A more intimate approach. Almost as if I wasn’t supposed to be there. I believe so much in accepting love stories for what they are, they aren’t all rainbows, they’re the small moments and when we can we should celebrate them.

I know they’ll look back at these 50 years from now and relive their first home but also make comments of how cute and flirty they were while they squeeze each others hands and he’ll giggle and say he wishes even now 50 years later that he could pick her up and put her against the fridge 😉 And a few years from now their teenagers will be disgusted by them and these photos but 10 years later it’s the exact example of love they’ll be looking for.

This love in it’s raw, unbridled, exposed form. Damn it’s beautiful.

Amanda & Ryan thanks for trusting me on this and always letting me photograph your story. It’s a beautiful one to share 🙂

XOXO

 

 

 

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Missoula MT Engagement Photo Couple Embracing in Field at Sunset

I photograph my best friend and her man and her twin girls several times a year. Early this summer Amanda & Ryan said I do and Amanda had this vision of beautiful images of the two of them on the tables and around the wedding. But she wanted photos that no one had ever seen of them. So a few weeks before their wedding we ran out one night at sunset and took some photos of them around Missoula MT, at Linda Vista Golf Course and then escaped into a field at Blue Mountain just before the sun set for the night.

We usually don’t take photos for long because these two are so ridiculous and can barely keep it together. Constantly doing weird stuff, making faces, being idiots. And usually shortly after starting someone has either got hurt or we’re laughing so hard that Amanda has messed up her makeup from the laughing cry and it’s over. This time things were the same, full of shenanigans. But at some point we broke through the ridiculousness and pure magic happened with them. We’ve now learned they need a solid warm up period and then they’re the most amazing couple to photograph. But then mix it with the lighting we got that night it was pure simple magic.

She let me share one photo at the time and then they had to be put into the vault til after their wedding. Which the summer was so full with so many couples I’m just now getting back to sharing these! But they’re a treat and so worth the wait!

Happy Friday!!!!!!

Sidenote – if you wanna see the photos from their wedding check out Justine Russo’s blog! I did not take on the duties of photographer and maid of honor. Just made of honor. Sorry Justine left out most of my ridiculous drunk dancing… we’ll keep those in the vault 😉

XOXO

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Snoqualmie Falls Seattle WA Engagement Photos Couple Kissing

My best friend is getting married…

But first comes engagement photos.

Last week we road tripped our way to Seattle for a weekend away for photos. Loud singing, very off tune by Amanda, lots of laughter, too much take out, and a lot of rain. But we made it to the Seattle WA area hoping to stop at Snoqualmie Falls and Rattlesnake Ledge first before making our way into the city. But it POURED rain. After a quick regroup we decided the universe was telling us no. That day was not the day. So we listened. Went into the city for drinks made with cotton candy, more food and then crashed out.

Bright and early, actually dark and early, we got up. Grabbed coffee. And headed out to hike Rattlesnake Ledge and go up to Snoqualmie Falls. That day the universe screamed yes. We made it up to the ledge with views for miles and no one in sight, but we passed at least 50 people on the way back down. Then over to falls sneaking our way out there and uh whoa… I legit have no words for how amazing that was. And the rain started just as we got in the car. We had some lunch and went back to the hotel for Amanda & Ryan to get ready for some sunset photos, in hopes that the sun would come out for just a few minutes. And dammit, it did!!! I was so exhausted and almost called it quits saying we don’t need any more photos. But we wanted them and I’m SO glad we did them. Cause holy what?!?!

I don’t really know how to express at this moment how happy I am for my bestie and her man or how obsessed I am with these photos, so I’ll let the photos speak. Also I gotta save my sappy love letter to them for my speech at the wedding of course 🙂

Can’t wait for next summer when I get to put the camera down and just stand up beside these two!!!!!!

XOXO

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Missoula MT Summer Secret Proposal Couple KissingAmanda and Ryan have been drawn to each other from the moment they met. Undeniably. And with Ryan came a smile on Amanda’s face and a joy in her heart I hadn’t yet seen before. And the way he is with her children is amazing. We all knew it was only a matter of time and they’d be engaged and further down the road of living happily ever after.

Just before Christmas I got a text from Ryan with a few images attached and he asked “Am I on the right track?” And the hunt for finding the perfect ring began. Amanda knew it was coming sometime soon as she’s a planner and well they’d been talking and starting their plans for the future together. With the right design nailed down Ryan began hunting for the perfect diamond to put in it and we started trying to make some plan of how to do this and have her surprised. Not to mention she has always said she wanted it photographed and with my schedule and Ryan being in the oil fields we did our best to coordinate everything. And somehow we pulled it off without her having a flippin’ clue! GO US!!!

On Sunday Ryan made the plans with her to grab some lunch and go to a special place on the river in Stevensville just south of Missoula MT. The same spot they happened to have had their first date. While she was getting ready and during her drive down I was texting her about things as if it were no big deal, just a Sunday laying at home. But really I was laying on a little blanket in tall grass in a bikini. Down at the river pulling grass to make a little area to shoot through so I could see them and hopefully not be seen. After having to cross a river to get to this spot.

They finally came strolling down the trail and sat on some rocks to eat lunch. And I patiently waited. After they ate they snuggled up with each other and just talked and canoodled. Ryan stood up to get himself into position and Amanda started handing him garbage thinking they were leaving. He took it all and then looked for a place to set it back down so he could do this and Amanda stood up and started walking towards the trail to the car thinking they were leaving. He asked her to stop and she just wanted to get to the wider part of the trail first. But he reached for her arm to turn her around and dropped to one knee. And well, she said yes!

It was such an honor just to be included in finding the right ring, but being asked to be a part of the proposal and getting a front row seat to the next chapter of my best friends life… is just unbelievable.

And now…. wedding planning is officially on!!! Congratulations Amanda & Ryan!! Love you both so mucho!

XOXO

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Yeah, this was me right before trekking through half a river to a little island to stake out. Bikini day at work! WHEEEW!!!  I could have sworn they saw me a million times but Ryan said he couldn’t find me anywhere…. SUCCESS!!!

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