EVIN & JESS | LIFESTYLE

This summer I had a shoot in LA and was lucky enough to drop in and do an in home session for a longtime friend of mine.  

In home sessions are one of my faves to shoot...especially if you have little ones. Everyone is a little more comfortable and you get to capture what life is really like and...

The reality of nap time. 

ROB & ABBY | WEDDING

I know, I know, it's been a hundred years since I've last blogged. My excuse? My life has been insane between photography, ministry and my personal life. Still trying to find some balance! 

So to make up for some lost time, here is one of my favorite weddings from this past July. Rob & Abby were amazing to work with and super chill. They traveled from Chicago with their pup to have a beautiful non-traditional summer wedding on top of Black Rock in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Besides the fact that I was obsessed with her dress (which had pockets btw!), I loved how these two just stuck true to themselves. No bridal party and not your traditional reception. Seriously, my kind of people! 

It's a good reminder that when you're planning your wedding, you do you! 

VENUE | Black Rock 

EVENT PLANNER | Jaime Johnson Events

FLOWERS | The Art of Flower

HAIR & MUA | Earthly Beauty 

PATRICK & TOREY | ENGAGEMENT

To say that I'm excited about this September wedding is an understatement! Patrick and Torey are so in love and are all smiles. They seriously are perfect! 

We took a lot of photos and got eaten alive by mosquitos, but I'd say it was worth it. 

Happy Wednesday!

PROPOSAL | LIFESTYLE

I've never been more honored, excited or nervous to shoot something. It had to be perfect for these two. 

She had no idea how long he'd been planning this or that he asked me to be there to capture such a defining moment. 

Patrick and Torey, I'm so excited for you two! 

SMOKE BOMBS & MIRRORS | LIFESTYLE

I'm a firm believer in shooting for ones self. It helps you get out of creative slumps and improves skill. 

So that's what this. 

Purple smoke bombs, prisms & free lensing oh my. 

GUATEMALA 2016 #2 | THE LIFE OF TESS

Rain like you've never experienced. 

Heat like you've never felt. 

Sweet faces.

The Luck Dragon dog and Jurassic Park adventures. 

GUATEMALA 2016 #1 | THE LIFE OF TESS

It's been just about two weeks since I've been home from Guatemala and as I drink my coffee and sit in the quiet I think I'm finally feeling....well, I don't know exactly how to put it. I'm feeling a quiet sadness and longing for the peace of such a chaotic place. 

Sounds strange I know, but unless you've been on a trip like this, it's not something you'll understand. 

I hit the ground running once we landed and today, I've finally had a chance to stop and think. Actually, if I'm being honest, it started late last night. I was looking through some of the photos that I've finished and there is one that just really spoke to me. I could almost hear the water hitting the shore and the birds in the trees. Peace. I felt at complete peace in that spot. 

I love this place and these people so much. They make my heart happy. And something I realized while down there is that, even though I've spent less than 40 days with them in 4 years, there is such a familiarity and love. It's like we've never been apart and we pick up where we left off. That is such a unique thing to have in general with people in your own city, let alone a whole other country. 

I'm really excited to share my experience with you through my photos. This post in particular is of the first couple of days there. We get to have a tourist day and play kiddos at one of the schools there. 

Happy Monday! 

MAUD ARTISTRY | LIFESTYLE

What can I say about these two GirlBosses? I just love them and I believe in everything that they are doing. They have an understanding about makeup and about how to bring out the best in a woman's features that go above and beyond anyone else I know. 

Besides being legit at their craft, these ladies are balls to the wall to make an awesome business and they are so inspiring. They are living their dream and putting in the work to do it. I'm super proud of them. 

I will always be a fan of someone who follows their heart and makes their dreams come true. If you're looking for a makeup artist, you need to hire these two. Check out their site and just do it! You won't regret hiring them!

http://maudartistry.com

Also, as a side note: 

I'm super passionate about creative small businesses and I want to do what I can to show support. I'm now offering a special package just for them. So if you're in need of high quality photos for your biz, hit me up and let's chat! 

MIKE & HALEY | WEDDING

I'll keep this short and sweet because I want you to look at the photos and immerse yourself in their gloriousness of my favorite frames from this super sweet wedding. 

Happy Monday y'all