Dandelions, oh dandelions!

I love everything about dandelions. I don’t care that they are weeds. To me, they are magical and bring so much joy! They mean spring has arrived and they can provide hours of entertainment.

I’ve been going through old images and keep finding dandelion images that I loved, so I thought I would share!

A little trip to Snow Basin

We are skiers for sure, but not usually the kind of skiers that are still skiing all spring and go on a ski trip for spring break (we are usually yearning for warm weather and beaches starting in about February), but this year we decided to give it a try! We were very lucky to get great snow and a blue bird day, and had a blast! The kids are already better skiers than us, so Gurmeet and I were just trying to keep up.

And now that we did that, we are ready for spring– bring on the warm weather!

Welcome to the world baby William!

When Kathryn called to schedule a newborn session with little William, I was so excited, because I was fortunate enough to get to photograph both his big brother and his big sister, and I love, love getting to document families as they grow!

The day that we had chosen for their session was a crazy one– the middle of the one of the big snow storms we got last month. Their house was cozy, the kids were sweet, and the light was beautiful– you couldn’t ask for anything more.

But as we were wrapping up inside, I just couldn’t stop thinking about how little William was born during a record month of snow in Ketchum and that we needed some images to help keep that memory alive. So we bundled everyone up and headed outside to make some images of the McNeal family and their new addition in the middle of a snowstorm! It’s pretty sweet how photography can give us the gift of preserving a simple little moment forever.

Cassie & Drew’s Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Sweet, beautiful, intimate, fun, and most importantly, full of joy. That was Cassie and Drew’s wedding. The two of them have a long history– they dated in high school in Reno but then college and careers took them their separate ways. At a serendipitous joint birthday party for Drew and his dad three years ago, they were re-united. Cassie moved from NYC to Chicago to be with Drew and they got engaged a year ago.

Cassie & Drew’s long history made it easy for their family and friends (who all know each other) to share toasts filled with cute and comical anecdotes about their lives together. It also made the wedding feel like it was a family reunion– one big happy family having the time of their lives as they celebrated a long awaited wedding!

The day was filled with the kind of moments that make me love what I do– Cassie’s dad tearing up when he saw her in her dress for the first time; Drew and his groomsmen cracking up during the wedding party photos; the crowd not being able to stop laughing when, in repeating her vows, Cassie couldn’t help replacing the ‘for richer or for poorer,’ with ‘for richer or for richer,’; the two mom’s dancing together and giggling the whole way through; and Cassie and Drew being lifted into the air by the crowd during the last dance of the night.

Cassie and Drew, so happy for you two! Thank you for choosing me to be document your big day– I loved being a part of it!

Abbey & Matt are getting married!

I know, I know, this is kind of ridiculous, but after spending only a few hours with them, I love everything about Abbey and Matt. It took just a few minutes to be able to tell that they just absolutely love spending time with each together, and their happiness is infectious!

Matt grew up in Twin Falls, eventually moving to NYC for work, where he met Abbey, “We were both working at a video editing company in New York City and from the minute we met, we sort of became inseparable. Going to the movies, seeing live music, laughing our butts off, having honest conversations and talking until the wee hours of the night- I think we both knew from early on that we had found our person.”

They come to Sun Valley often and love to ski, so we chose Baldy as the location for their engagement session. In the year between when a couple books us and when their wedding happens, it’s super important to us to really get to know them. Engagement sessions are part of that process, and so is just hearing about who they are in their own words. Here is what Abbey and Matt said about them as a couple, “We both love to have fun and are unabashedly affectionate! We love to ski, dog-sit for our friends, cook up meals in our apartment (we love Spa night, which is short for Spaghetti!), watch movies (lots of movies!), see live music, travel and explore places we’ve never been, visit art galleries and get our culture on, go for coffee strolls, play the NY Times crossword, and go on adventures!”

…and here’s the sweet story of how they got engaged, “It was a freezing cold Saturday morning in New York. One of those beautiful winter days where the sun is shining but you can see your breath in the air. It was the morning after Abbey had a performance with her band (she is a singer-songwriter) and we set out through the village to get some much needed bagels with lox (a staple!) and coffee. With bellies full, Matt led Abbey into Washington Square Park where he got down on one knee and asked her to marry  him.”

Given how much fun I had doing their engagement session, I can truly say that I can’t wait for their wedding this summer at Galena!





Happy (almost!) Anniversary Lilly & Stefan!

Lilly and Stefan had the sweetest, most intimate ceremony. They went back and forth for a long time, debating the pros and cons of having a big wedding or a small one, and ultimately decided that what was most important to them was to be surrounded by their nearest and dearest family and friends as they said their vows. And so, on a beautiful snowy day, they gathered all of the most important people in their lives together, went down by the river and vowed to be together forever. Not an eye was dry (including mine!).

I was very lucky to have Lilly as my studio manager for a year and a half and in that time we became very close. It is wonderful to see her and Stefan so happy together!

The Evans Family goes sledding!

I had so much fun getting to know the Evan’s family, who recently moved to Sun Valley from Seattle. They have the sweetest kids. Now, it’s very important to have pretty portraits of everyone looking their best, but after that’s done, it’s always nice to have a more little fun! For me, these ‘extra’ images often end up being my favorite! Here are a few…

…and of course, a few of the pretty portraits!

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/