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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/

 

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 |