Infinity and Beyond

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With a wedding date of 8.18.18 it has to be a marriage that will last infinity and beyond right?!  So many beautiful details spread throughout, like the hanger that proudly displayed the wedding dress and boasting the bride’s soon to be new name: Mrs Burleigh.  The gorgeous bridal bouquet made of blue accented broaches (also incredibly heavy if you were wondering).  The best details of all however were the friends and family they had beside them and around them as they said their I dos.

Taylor, the bride’s son was a complete ham.  I’m pretty sure he could put up an ad and make a lot of money being a “rent a ringbearer”.  Ben and I have dubbed him the cutest  to date.  It may be that he stole our hearts by saying hello to Ben and giving me eyebrows (you know the up and down trick to let someone know you see them) during the ceremony.  So much amazing personality in such a tiny frame!

From her ruffly dress, gorgeous jewelry, perfectly curled hair paired with her natural beauty and bright blue eyes; Kayla was the crown jewel of the day.

CJ and the groomsmen were fun and a kept the party rolling.

The ceremony was short and sweet but again full of lovely details.  Taylor made sure all the ladies knew he was still available and give it a few years (like 20 just to be safe) he will be a great catch.  A sand ceremony with the three of them was a beautiful picture of their lives joining together, and rose pedals thrown as CJ and Kayla had their first kiss as husband and wife.

We took a few moments after the ceremony to take pictures of the entire bridal party and then I took the bride and groom off for some finishing photographs.

After that point the party was in full swing with etch a sketches, unicorn masks, photo booth fun, and lots of dancing.

It was a day to remember.  The snapvideo gives a glimpse into the beautiful day it was.  Thank you CJ and Kayla for choosing us to capture the beginning of your legacy.  Praying blessings over your marriage and life! ❤


Be Your Own Trend

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Black tuxedos and white princess ballgowns have their place in some weddings, but Ben & Tiffany prefer to cut away from trends and pave their own path.  Tiffany’s dress had remnants from her Grandma’s wedding dress adding an extra layer of significance.  Every stitch, rock, and frayed edge laced this dress with the bride’s personality.  There is truly only one woman who could have filled that dress’s shoes and that was indeed Tiffany.  She was stunning and very warrior princess slash goddess like.

Ben looked dashing as well and his smile could sell dirt to a mud puddle.  He was decked out in a leather bow tie and suspenders.  Tiffany’s man of honor also bathed Ben in her favorite cologne, fitting given she is an expert on fragrance.

The prep work had been done and the moment had finally arrived for the big reveal.  It was raw and real and everyone could feel the depth of anticipation and love they had for each other.  It was a beautiful ceremony and one hundred percent them.

We took a few minutes to take some more formal portraits.

I’m so happy for our friend Ben who found someone as equally as amazing as him.  She draws the best out of him and vice versa.  This truly is a perfect match!

The Tea Pot on Wheels was a fantastic venue.  The reception was set up on the hill over looking the river.  It offered beautiful backdrop for their dinner, cake cutting, first dances, and of course our photo booth!

It was a privilege to capture this wedding but even more so to call these two our friends.  Ben, we are so proud of the obstacles you have chosen to overcome to become the best version of you.  Tiffany, you are amazing, bold, honest, and freaking gorgeous!  We wish you the best in life.  ❤ ❤ ❤

Love Never Fails

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Southern Oregon weather is predictable in one way…that it is completely unpredictable.  At the beginning of the week I checked the weather for Eddie & Kylie’s Saturday wedding: blue skies and maybe 10 percent chance of rain.  When I recheck on Friday: torrential downpour expected.  Not ideal for any wedding but especially not great for an outdoor wedding venue without an indoor backup plan.  Their family and friends found an immediate solution and got to work.  Come hell or high water (hahaha see what I did there) this wedding was going to happen!  Love never fails.

When I know the chances for rain are high on anyone’s wedding day I mostly worry how the bride is dealing with it.  I walked into the bridal room and Kylie was cool as a cucumber… a gorgeous cool cucumber I might add.  She was taking it all in stride and had her eyes on the real prize…becoming Mrs. Corona!

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Eddie was helping with last minute details to make sure everything was perfect for his bride.  Once he had finished, we orchestrated the switch to the ready room so he wouldn’t see Kylie until she made her big entrance down the isle.

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The rain varied in strength during the ceremony but the guests and bridal party stayed dry thanks to the preparations made beforehand.  We were working through our rain-guards on our cameras which is always a fun game to play but our gear remained protected.  The kissed sealed the deal and we headed into group picture mode.

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Towards the end of the formals with the bride and groom the rain was exchanged for hail.  Yep, this is Southern Oregon in the middle of June! Regardless of what mother nature was throwing at us- Eddie and Kylie still looked amazing!

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The reception flowed with traditions and fun.

They say having rain on your wedding day is supposed to bring the couple good luck. I’m not sure they will need the luck, but I wish them a happily ever after.  ❤

Check out their wedding snapvideo.

Boys & Tonka Trucks

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Shawn & Angela were meant to be parents and most definitely dad and mom to at least one little boy!  This little cowboy in training, Hudson, is one handsome fella.  We shot Angela’s maternity pictures right around her 36 week mark and decided to go to the same location and I also decided to combine the blog.  So a little then and now- inside his momma’s tummy and welcomed to the outside world.  Also, I can’t help but be in complete awe of Angela’s breathtaking beauty as a preggo lady- some women get all the luck!

I love watching a new momma breath in her baby and just radiate her love, but watching a daddy be smitten also catches my heartstrings.

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I will tell you I’m not surprised by how amazing Shawn is with little Huddy because I have watched him treat Angela like a queen.  Men take note…be like Shawn and all the other good men out there- change diapers, take the fussy baby for car rides so momma can get some sleep, and just fall deeper in love with the woman who gave you the privilege to be called daddy!  A marriage is never one sided and parenting isn’t either so women be like Angela: value your husband’s hard work, take care of him when he get’s a man cold, and love that he gave you one of the best job titles of mommy!  These two are better because they have each other and adding little man to the mix was the best kind of bonus.

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Yeah ending right here on that note of baby lips, chubby cheeks, and little man suspenders really wouldn’t be a bad idea, but maybe just a few more with tonka trucks and sweet swaddling.

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Congratulations Shawn & Angela- you both are rock stars (but maybe just on this Angela gets the edge of being lead singer because let’s be honest I know what she went through for that little man to be held in your arms) 😉  He is truly perfect!!! ❤


Sweet Dreams are Made of These

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Let me go onto the record and say I would be thee worst car salesman and I have never been great a self-promotion.  So, at the bridal shows I display my work, give a basic overview of what I offer and talk as much as I feel the group in front of me wants to hear me gab.  The last thing I try and do is convince someone that they need me to be their photographer.  I just have always felt that if someone connects with my photography style, my personality, and our services fit within the budget then entering the business side of the transaction becomes the natural next step.  I met Brittni for the first time at the bustling winter session of The Ultimate Bridal Show in Southern Oregon.  We had the initial conversation and natural beauty always strikes me.  She wasn’t overdone, fake or snooty- but definitely gorgeous!  Of course I wanted her to love our work and book us, but I also wanted to know that if she booked with us it was solely because she felt we were the best match for her and her fiance.  She circled the show several times and each time with questions that showed depth to her decision.  I was certain when she left without booking with me that she had found a match in someone else, but I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email a few days later to set up a meeting.  When she booked with us and we started talking about her engagement session I grew incredibly excited about her vision meeting my camera.  She told me her fiance, Travis, owns this exquisite antique car that she wanted to incorporate on their beautiful farm land.  I will be honest people have spoken highly of their homes or cars before and they haven’t always been up to the caliber of their praise- so I have learned to lean lightly on my expectations and hope for the best.  Her boasting was modest if anything.  In my photography world, sweet dreams are made of these: beautiful couples, dreamy light, amazing (or beyond amazing) props, and a backdrop to tie it all back together!

They were so sweet together and even though they said they didn’t know how to “pose” I called their bluff- they moved together flawlessly!  The car itself pulls out some romance, and even though these might be a little forward for some I believe there is still enough room for classy “heat”.

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The only thing I was leery of this entire shoot was running into a snake…I hate snakes!!!  As we made our way down to the little river I was shaking in my boots.  It was worth it and no snakes to encounter that day thank goodness!


Then the dreamy light poking through the perfectly placed trees that laid just behind the patch of coveted long grass.  Pinterest is jealous!


I always get nervous for shoots.  This isn’t founded in self-doubt but rooted in a self-expectation to go beyond a photograph and seize emotion.  As we got to the end of the session I felt my nerves ease up and I knew we had captured something spectacular throughout.

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Travis and Brittni you are a beautiful couple and thank you for entrusting us to record this time in your life.  We cannot wait for your wedding day!!! ❤


Little Violet Bunny

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I LOVE babies!  Violet came into the studio tucked in her car seat and I could already feel my baby fever rising in me.  She was a little past the 14 day fresh and new session, but we were going to pull all our tricks out of the bag and hope for the best.  Apparently, she was easily swooned because she snoozed through the whole session.  We of course started with some purple tones playing off momma Katrina’s love for colors.

Then we went a bold route with a solid yellow backdrop.  Not everyone shares my obsession with mustard yellow- but me and Katrina must be kindred spirits for the bold and colorful!  Oh how I was in ❤ !!!


There wasn’t a single prop change that this sweet slumbering princess didn’t look adorbs in.  I think it was this set too that we noticed Patrick (aka sleep deprived daddy) had followed Violet’s cues and took a brief 5 too.  We may have all laughed but I think we were also secretly jealous.

Momma had brought so many choices that I loved that I was hoping little miss would snooze right through outfit changes…and she was a champ!  I must say lemons also speak to me and with a bright violet backdrop and a precious Violet in the basket oy vey- GORGEOUS!!!


Stop it right!!! Cuteness overload!  Not through yet though.  She let us pull two more quick changes on her before she gave us the all done signal.  Easter is right around the corner so naturally a little bunny foo foo had to make the cut…and the smile that we had been trying to persuade out finally made it to the frame!


To finish the session off we went Bohemian chic coastal pallet.

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What a cutie little miss Violet is!  ❤  I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to capture these moments.  Truly, a legacy captured.

Love is Thick in the Air

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I met Eryne as a fellow vendor in our bridal show.  She was with a cross-fit group and their booth was electric with personality.  If I hadn’t been pregnant at the time I would have joined the gym…but I’m always pregnant so who was I kidding?!  By the next show Eryne strolled in not as a vendor, but as a soon to be bride!!!  She booked with us immediately and I was ecstatic!  She is beautiful, but beyond that I love her demeanor and sense of humor not to mention a smile that lights up the room.  I always get the best brides, but I definitely felt like I was winning the lottery.

A few months later, I met up with her, her fiance James, and his two stunning kids in the historical town of Jacksonville.  Sometimes it takes kids a little bit to warm up to new people, but these kids were AWESOME!  I could tell it wasn’t going to feel much like work and more of fun afternoon that I happened to bring my camera to.

As I had already assumed it didn’t take much for Eryne’s genuine smile to surface and James knew how to draw it out of her in a moments’ time.

This couple couldn’t take a bad picture if they tried!  Even when their faces couldn’t be seen you could feel the “happy” radiating.

The structures in this town always make me giddy and the old wood and brickwork make for such amazing backdrops.  Love the texture that it provides and how it makes this couple stand out even more.

We snuck in a couple of family pictures and a few of proud daddy with each of his kids.  I think they’re keepers!  😉

Something about this moss covered fence always has my number.  I also like that we only moved 50 feet and it looks like we went to a whole new land of amazing!  Oh, and if you ever meet Eryne…don’t let her tell you she doesn’t know how to be an actress.  Hollywood- you should send your recruits…so you know that will remain an inside joke.  😉

I feel like this entire session made my cheeks hurt I laughed so much.  This moment may have been at the helm of a joke that was a wee bit in the gutter, sorry… not sorry…also staying an inside joke.  😉

We rounded out our session back at a flight of stairs that was plagued by all the wrong kind of light earlier, but at the end was perfect.

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I cannot wait to see this couple say their vows and make this whole shebang official! ❤ ❤ ❤

Carmen on the Up and Up

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I love when life throws curve balls that were destined to be bases loaded grand slams!  Here is the series of events leading up to this photo session.  One of my other “jobs” is a biannual event planner for The Ultimate Bridal Show.  Heather, Carmen’s mom, became a vendor in our October show and she connected with my photography style for her daughter’s senior pictures in particular.  We gabbed a little bit and settled to meet up post bridal show craziness.  Life being nuts for the both of us early December came quicker than either of us were prepared for.  I joined Heather and Carmen at a modern cozy coffee shop.  We all brought our ideas to the drawing board and the excitement of the session started mounting.  Heather had told me how amazing Carmen was, but I always reserve mom bias as a real thing.  Truth be told, she didn’t oversell an ounce!  She is stunningly beautiful and her personality is a gem. That next weekend the weather looked like it was going to cooperate so we formed a plan.  We decided on a traveling shoot (which I offer, but is not listed on my photo packages) with multiple locations and outfit changes.  I left a little sad there was seven days to pass before we could execute this marvelous plan of ours.  But alas the day arrived.  Our first stop was a rickety old fence and open field.  Carmen’s sister, Faith (aka my new assistant) not only mastered the art of the reflector, and told great jokes for genuine laughter, but she was a great addition in a few sister pics.  Each place we went I felt like different aspects of Carmen’s personality started to peek through and it was truly magical.

Our next stop was derived from a picture that was going to take a little imagination.  Our example photo was from Spring, and we were no where close to freshly budded flowers.  Carmen and Heather had however found a tree that had seasonal berries.  The location had potential to be problematic but we prevailed!

She was also super amazing because she allowed for some crazy over the top ideas to be tried.  I knew these wouldn’t necessarily be the norm for senior pics but they sure turned out magazine worthy! Carmen-104Carmen-106

Our next destination was a chilly adventure.  We headed up to the mountain in hopes of snow.  With one of her interest being theater I was particularly thrilled for this set.  It is a play off Little Red Riding Hood but oh so more sophisticated.

And like it was a text book fairy tale moment the white specs of snow started to gently fall…Nah just kidding!!!  Sometimes fairy tales are fake or photoshopped.  We were hoping for just fake.  Momma sure put in the A+ effort and we did get one really close one.

The day was expiring so we headed down to our final destination.  This was a little more on the usual side of senior graduate photos and because of that I really thought these would be lack luster against all the other amazing pics we had already achieved.  When I got back home and loaded these I was surprised at how some of my favorites ended up in this grouping.  Maybe it’s because nothing this girl does lacks luster…holy moly she’s a beauty inside and out!

Let me take a moment to get on my soapbox on self image.  This world would love nothing more to take any beautiful girl and minimize her greatness by killing her soul with comparison.  Allowing this world to define beauty and put what that looks like into a box is like death and belongs six feet under.  Cookie cutters are boring, dull, and all too ordinary.  Take a lesson from Carmen and be extraordinary!  Maximize your beauty by being who God intended you to be and own it!  Mic drop I’m out. ❤

Turning a New Leaf

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Graduating high school is a big deal!  Keep it up Loryn!   You only have a few more months and you can join the ranks of those before you who have at one point or another taken our tassels on our graduation cap from one side to the other.  Loryn rocked her senior session and even sunk her toes into the frigid waters of the Rogue River.

It was overcast and cold to say the least, but the scenery was beautiful.  Loryn seemed to fit in like she was the missing accessory to the whole ensemble.

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She incorporated her love for reading poetry.

We cracked a lot of jokes.  I guess my sarcastic sense of humor was welcomed because we got some really genuine laughter pics.  She was a master of the serious but not so serious that she looked like a “serial killer mugshot” serious.

All in all I walked away from this session with numb fingers and toes but a satisfaction that we nailed it!

Rockstar Momma Alert!

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Like a majority of maternity waits this one followed suit: overdue.  It felt like an infinity as I was anticipating the call that my dear friend Brianne was in labor (except for the day I was out of town shooting a wedding- I was praying she would wait!).  The night of August 29th I got a hopeful text that things were starting and would prayerfully continue to progress.  It worked out to be perfect timing as my mind was already geared to stay up all night to organize and do a seasonal purge.  Around midnight I got the green light to head over.  I drove to Jeff & Brianne’s home, a ball of emotions and praying fervently for safe delivery and healthy baby.  I was greeted by her momma and we both exchanged the same giddy, nervous, and excited smiles (with maybe watery eyes too).  A couple contractions in I could tell we wouldn’t be waiting long.  Jeff was doing beautifully tending to his wife.  Brianne was a rockstar and laboring like a champ!

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Then it happened.  Labor changed from progressing to time to get this baby earthside!  Daddy got to catch his beautiful baby and bring this babe up to momma.  #Capturingessencephotography, #birthphotography, #newbornphotography#Capturingessencephotography, #birthphotography, #newbornphotography

The gender is still unknown and time stood still as they loved on their new bundle.  Now something you need to know about me is I am not very “crunchy”, but when I got the shot of this sweetheart being held by her momma with the placenta floating next to them I kind of did a happy dance.  For whatever reason it struck my ecstatic chord- I still don’t understand why but now you know it’s one of my favorite shots.

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I know the question that’s lingering is it a boy or girl!!! So just in case you were wondering…

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Beautiful Emery Kate Odom was born on August 30th at 3:26am.  Daddy tended to Emery as the midwives took care of Brianne.  Not long after, the other Odom littles were awoken and they came to meet their new sister.   Family snuggles galore!!!

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Now it was then time for our friendly competition of guesses to be put to the test.  Emery was placed on the scale and I lost…by a big shot!

#Capturingessencephotography, #birthphotography, #newbornphotography#Capturingessencephotography, #birthphotography, #newbornphotography#Capturingessencephotography, #birthphotography, #newbornphotographyBrianne’s midwives did an amazing job and took great care of Brianne and Emery.  I gave my congratulations and snuck out right as the sun was coming up.  A perfect way for an all-nighter to end (yes, I called it quits and totally slept instead of staying up longer).  The seasonal purge was put off to another day.  A week or so later I scheduled to go back and get Emery’s pictures when she was still a newbie but not vernix fresh.

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This sweet princess stole my heart and made my already baby fever kick into overdrive (for those of you wondering- nope not pregnant…yet!).  Her big baby blues melted straight to my heart and I just wanted to snuggle her.  But my professional mind overrode my puddled heart.

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Don’t say I didn’t warn you!  Those eyes with her sweet disposition melt straight to the soul.  This sweet princess barely wimpered except when she decided she was still hungry.  You know babies, they act like their full until you put them in front of a camera, then all of a sudden they think they’re going to starve in a matter of minutes!  I’m onto their game though, so we paused and let her get a little milk drunk.  No more fuss to be had after that.  We focused on some close-ups of some baby details.  Feet, noses, lips and belly buttons of course!

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A little belly time and this little one let out a secret; though she be small she is fiercely strong!  Oh the places Emery will go.  She will speak to mountains and they will move, with a gentle voice she will calm the seas, and she will be a pillar of beauty.  Her future is bright and all who have the pleasure of being her friend will be blessed.

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Let it be known, I am totally ok with Isaac marrying one of my daughters.  This little boy is the sweetest big brother.  Jane looks likes one of my girls and has the same spunky personality so she had me at hello and her springy curls.  Seriously I love this family!

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The littles were wiped.  We had reached our quota of, “just one more- you’re doing great!”  So we finished up with special moments with mommy and daddy.

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Daddy’s magic touch sent this sweet pea into dream world.  Of course we took advantage of this sweet moment (because sometimes that’s all it lasts is a minute moment in time).  #Capturingessencephotography, #birthphotography, #newbornphotography#Capturingessencephotography, #birthphotography, #newbornphotography

Before I left I wanted to document the welcome board in the entry way.  Proudly displayed for all who graced their home.  Thank you Jeff & Brianne for again allowing me to be a part of your journey.  I know our friendship will travel through time and continue to deepen and I thank God for that.  Blessings on sweet Emery Kate.  Love you my friends!

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