I am grateful…

I have a lot to be thankful for and love that there is a time of year dedicated to reflecting on those things.

I am grateful to my husband for being willing to come along on whatever adventure I come up with next (among many other things!). I am lucky to have kids who bring such joy into our lives and are such great travelers. I am grateful to live in a community where I get to do what I love. I am grateful to my clients for supporting my photography, and to my employees for helping me to get it all done, so that I can also have the time to go exploring with my family.

Here our some images from a recent trip to the San Juan Islands– we had such a wonderful time exploring!

Jamie + Kevin

I met Jamie and Kevin when I photographed their wedding almost ten years ago (they had two ceremonies, one at Pioneer Cabin and one over Trail Creek, but that is a story for another day). At the time they were living in Portland. Now ten years later, they have moved back to the valley, have two amazing kids, and have made a wonderful life for themselves, centered around food and living a healthy lifestyle. Kevin is a musician and has worked at all of the best restaurants in the valley. Jamie is an integrative nutritionist and has dedicated her career to helping people make healthy choices that fit into their busy lives.

As I struggle with the constant challenge to find a balance between my work and home life, to give my work the energy it needs, to find plenty of quality time to spend with family and friends, to spend time outside and to feed my kids healthy food, I really admire Jamie and Kevin and the life they have created for themselves. I are lucky to call them friends. Here are some images of their family at home.

You can check out Jamie’s integrative nutrition here: https://www.jamietruppinutrition.com/

and Kevin’s music here: https://www.facebook.com/wareskevin/

 

The freshest of food (and drink!) at CK’s

As we all know, the food at CK’s is always delicious. Much of that is due to CK and his team and their skill in the kitchen, but their commitment to fresh, local ingredients (some of which are grown in the garden right outside the restaurant) helps too! Every couple of years, I get to walk a block up the street with my camera gear to capture some of that beautiful food. Kinda makes your mouth water, doesn’t it?

 

At home with the Herricks

There’s nothing I like more than hanging out with people for a couple of hours, camera in hand, and seeing what happens. It’s such a pleasure to let the situation unfold naturally, as it would if I was not there. Inevitably, the moments that I capture during these ‘Real Life’ sessions lead to some of my very favorites images.

When I talked with Elizabeth and Sam, we decided that it would be fun to just capture a normal morning at home with their kids. I told them not to worry about getting ready for the session, just to do what they would normally do on a Saturday morning. That’s just what they did– making breakfast together, doing a puzzle on the living room floor, letting the kids jump on the sofa and play in their rooms. The Herricks are a family that loves being together, being present, just doing ordinary things. At first Gus and Grayson (two kids with big personalities!) paid attention to me, but after a little while, they seemed to forget that I was there. And that’s when I got a chance to see those special moments– the real ones. Thank you Elizabeth and Sam for the allowing me into your lives for a couple of hours.

Even though the pictures that we make during these sessions are simple and could be called ordinary, these portraits are special– we are all striving to live in the moment, to really experience being with our families without the distraction of everything else in life– and to be able to preserve a few of these moments is an extraordinary thing.

 

 

 

 

Watching Katelyn & John’s family grow

It is so much fun to look back at images from the last few years, and to see the progression of a family. I met Katelyn through her work at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts around the time that she and John started planning their wedding.

Here is an image from their engagement session…

They had the sweetest wedding at The Homestead…

When their son was born, we did a newborn session in my studio…

When little Harlan was 6 months old, I got to go their home for a sweet little session…

Now I can’t wait for Harlan’s one year session, which should be coming up pretty soon. Thank you Katelyn and John– it has been a pleasure working with you over the years!

Little Eamon turns two!

I know I have said this before, but I feel so honored to get to document families as they grow. I met Nichole and Aaron a few months before Eamon was born, and have had so much fun working with them ever since! Just for fun, I thought I would post images from the different sessions we have done as their family has grown over the last couple of years!

Here is an image from their first session, which was done in an orchard by the river where they always spent a lot of time walking with their dog.

A few months later, when Eamon was born, we took him to the park to capture the family with the fall colors.

We also had fun creating a similar image to the one that we did at their maternity session!

When Eamon turned one, we went back to the same park! Here are some of the images from that session.

 

And finally, last week, when Eamon turned two, we decided to do their session in Nichole and Aaron’s backyard, and walking on the bike path near their house. I love doing sessions at people’s homes, because not only are kids super comfortable in their own space, but in the long run, it is also so much fun to have great images taken in a place that is so special to you.

Thank you Aaron & Nichole for letting me document your lives over the past couple of years! I have thoroughly enjoyed it!

Allie + John and their fun Ketchum wedding!

Allie and John’s wedding was a great end to our super busy wedding season! I love the two of them and their sweet, fun and warm personalities. Their wedding was wonderful– a beautiful ceremony, a spectacular fall day and family and friends beaming with happiness for Allie and John!

John grew up in Ketchum, went to the Community School and has a super close group of friends from the valley (I actually met him years ago when I did his high school senior portraits!) He and Allie went to Gonzaga and met on a weekend skip trip to Canada through the GU Ski and Snowboard Club. They found they had lots in common and started dating shortly after.

I often ask people about how they got engaged, because it always tells me so much about who they are as a couple. Here is Allie and John’s story,

“As a tradition every year John and his family spend the 4th of July at their cabin in Stanley. This year, John and I were fortunate to have time off work and traveled to Idaho to join in the holiday celebrations. The morning of July 3rd John asked if I would like to go on a hike to kick off the day, which sounded nice before the day got too warm, so I said sure! We hopped on our bikes and headed towards the mountain directly across from the family cabin, which they had nicknamed years ago “Crystal Mountain.” John was carrying a backpack, which I found a little odd, but I didn’t think much of it. When we got to the top of the hike it was a beautiful view- we could see the cabin, the river and the snowy Sawtooth Mountains in the distance. I was taking pictures of the view when I turned around to see John kneeling down! I was completely shocked and thrilled, and said yes right away. From his backpack john pulled out champagne and his parents’ wedding glasses for a toast to a lifetime of adventures together.”

A super sweet story for an awesome couple! Thanks Allie and John for choosing me as your photographer– it was so much fun to be a part of your wedding day! I could not have enjoyed it more!

Thanks to a great team of vendors:

Second Photographer: Amanda Nagy | Wedding Planner: Megan Gergen of Sun Valley Company | Venue: Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church and Sun Valley’s River Run Lodge |  Catering: Sun Valley Company | Flowers: Tara Bella Flowers | Music: Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Cake: Kelly Martin (mother of the groom!)  | Makeup: Chantelle Conway | Hair: Stacy of the Sun Valley Spa |

 

Kimberly + Phillip’s Wedding at The Homestead

Kimberly & Phillip had a beautiful wedding at The Homestead. They were married on the lawn overlooking the mountains in a ceremony officiated by their friend Max, who grew up with Phillip here in the Wood River Valley. The ceremony was personal and fun and full of laughter. After the ceremony and cocktail hour, everyone moved into the tent, where the guests gave some of the sweetest and funniest toasts I have ever heard, which led to lots of tears, and more laughter, and then both at the same time! I have know Phillip since he was in high school and was so excited to be a part of his and Kimberly’s big day!

We were lucky to get to work with a wonderful team on this wedding:

Second Photographer: Amanda Nagy | Wedding Planner: Kelly Maybo of Blue Bottle Events | Venue: The Homestead  |  Catering: Mason Family Restaurants | Flowers: Kurt McNulty | Music: Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Cake: Hank & Sylvie’s  | Makeup: Ashley Hurley of Britt Davis Beauty | Also: That’s Entertainment, Emily Baird, Minted & The Idaho Photo Bus.

 

Katy & Brian’s Sun Valley Wedding at the Trail Creek

Katy & Brian had a gorgeous wedding on a beautiful, stormy fall day a couple of weeks ago. Although it threatened to rain during their ceremony (there were definitely a few rain drops!), the timing was just perfect– as soon as the ceremony ended, more than a few raindrops started falling– just in time for people to get into the warm, cozy tent– before it started pouring! As a photographer, I do love a stormy day– with the rich, saturated colors and dramatic sky– so I wasn’t complaining!

Katy & Brian were a joy to work with. It was so fun to see them surrounded by their closest family and friends, having a blast and really soaking it all in. Thank you so much for choosing me to document your day, you two!

A big thank you to all the vendors that put the whole thing together– I am so lucky to get to work with such wonderful people!

Second Photographer: Tessa Sheehan | Wedding Planner: Amanda Seaward of Absolute Weddings and Kat Stansberry of Sun Valley Company | Venue & Catering: Trail Creek Pavilion, Sun Valley Company | Flowers: Tara Bella Flowers | Music: Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Syringa String Quartet| Hair: Danielle Anspach of Mane Muse | Make Up: Chantelle Conway | As well as That’s Entertainment, Willow Paperie, Shine & The Idaho Photo Bus.

Rachel + George got married in Stanley!

I loved working with Rachel and George on their wedding in Stanley. It’s so great when a couple knows exactly what they want their wedding to be like, and then it all comes together.

I always ask people about how they met and how they got engaged, because I love to hear people’s stories. Rachel and George met on Tinder, and have a very cute story about their first date. They met in a bar, which was followed by another and lots of great conversation. When they found the Bridge Street Grill in Stanley, they thought it very appropriate to be married in a bar. Of course, a field overlooking the Salmon River wasn’t such a bad place for their ceremony!

Here’s the story of how they got engaged, “We were in Porto, Portugal over Thanksgiving.  While Rachel’s friends all predicted George would propose on the trip, 3 days in it hadn’t happened, and the thought had completely left Rachel’s mind.  The morning of the proposal, we left to walk around the city, and after touring a few 11th century churches, made our way to a bookstore (a traditional stop in every city we visit).  Unbeknownst to Rachel, George planned to propose in the bookstore.  However, the store was incredibly crowded that day, and shy George couldn’t bring himself to propose in front of 100 strangers (Rachel also gets stage-fright and is thankful he didn’t propose there too).  So we continued touring that day, and at sunset, George led the way to a monastery overlooking all of Porto.  It was there that George popped the question.  It was beautiful and perfect and words cannot describe it.  Rachel, of course, said yes.”

Rachel and George were so much fun to work with! Thanks to the great team of people who helped bring Rachel and George’s vision to life:

Second Photographer: Amanda Nagy | Wedding Planner: Ashley Dyer | Venue & Catering: Bridge Street Grill | Flowers: Tara Bella Flowers | Music: Mike Gradian of Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Luke Carter | Pies: Volcanic Farms |